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With Times’ endorsement, the expectation is Rick Baker must win the primary outright

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I would not want to be Nick Hansen right now. For those of you who don’t know him, Hansen is the campaign director of Rick Baker‘s bid for a third term as mayor of St. Petersburg. Up until this today, Hansen has had one of the best jobs in local politics.

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The two Ricks battle it out over sewage, the Pier, and ideology

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In their first televised debate, former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker put incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman on the defensive over his handling of the city’s sewage crisis and construction of a new Pier. Kriseman returned fire, attacking Baker’s conservative ideology and previous interactions with the LGBTQ community.

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Dan Raulerson resigning from Florida House in August

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Dan Raulerson is resigning from the Florida House. The Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday that the Plant City Republican has announced he will resign his seat effective Aug. 15. The announcement, according to the report, comes about a month after he made public comments critical of House leadership.

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Dennis Ross ‘sick of excuses’ for ACA repeal and replace failure

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A day after an attempt by Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act crashed and burned, Lakeland GOP Congressman Dennis Ross blasted members of his own party, saying he’s “sick of the excuses.” “The Senate has failed the American people and abandoned voters who were promised that they would repeal and replace the disastrous Obamacare. The House did its job. We honored our pledge and passed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare in early May. There is no need to…

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Candidates spar again at St. Pete mayoral forum

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What distinguished the fourth forum for candidates in the race for St. Petersburg Mayor was the first appearance of Paul Congemi. In that one-hour City Hall debate, hosted Tuesday evening by the League of Women Voters, the perennial gadfly managed to insult nearly every other candidate on the ballot, as well as their supporters. The room itself was the smallest venue to date for what has, in the course of the past month, become the most entertaining drama in town. Nevertheless,…

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Kathy Castor says now is the time for GOP and Democrats to come together and repair healthcare

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U.S. Representative Kathy Castor is breathing a sigh of relief now that the GOP-Senate led repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act has blown up in spectacular fashion. On Monday night two Senate Republicans – Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah, came out in opposition to the bill, leaving Republican leaders at least two votes short of those needed to start debate on the measure. That prompted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to declare that he hoped…

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St. Pete College drops sponsorship of mayoral debate after Tampa Bay Times restricts audience

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The decision to change the format of an upcoming mayoral debate has led to the departure of one of the original sponsors of the event.

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