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In Tampa, Rick Baker refuses to talk about partisanship in mayoral contest

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Before it’s all said and done, Rick Baker may open up about being a Republican. But, at this stage of the campaign for St. Petersburg mayor, Baker continues to avoid partisan politics. 

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Nearly 22K early ballots cast ahead of St. Pete primary

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More than 22,000 ballots have been cast ahead of for St. Petersburg’s Aug. 29 mayoral and City Council District 6 primaries. Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark posted updated vote-by-mail numbers showing that, as of Thursday afternoon, 67,348 mail ballots have been sent, with just over 32 percent — 21,830 — have returned. By party, 10,113 Democrats, 8,003 Republicans and 3,714 NPR/other have cast votes.

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The two Ricks share love for the ‘burg at genteel candidate forum

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There have been some intense, sharp-edged encounters between Rick Kriseman and Rick Baker as the two men compete this summer to become mayor of St. Petersburg for the next four years. Wednesday night’s encounter at the Museum of Fine Arts wasn’t one of them.

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It’s official: Louis Murphy endorses Rick Kriseman’s re-election

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Reverend Louis M. Murphy, overseeing the largest African-American congregation in Pinellas County as senior pastor of Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, is endorsing Rick Kriseman for re-election as St. Petersburg mayor.

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‘Time to take the gloves off,’ a key Rick Kriseman supporter tells volunteers

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman can sound almost cerebral when he makes a case for re-election over his chief opponent, former Mayor Rick Baker. Rene Flowers is much more visceral.

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Mail ballots go out to St. Pete voters

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The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections mailed out ballots for the August 29 municipal primary Tuesday to the more than 64,000 voters who have requested them. On the ballot will be the mayoral primary, featuring Mayor Rick Kriseman, former Mayor Rick Baker as well as Anthony Cates, Paul Congemi, Theresa Lassiter and Jesse Nevel. The top two vote getters will square off in the November general election unless one of the candidates gets greater than 50 percent of the vote.…

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Momma Tee Lassiter: Activist or antagonist?

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When does a person’s civic activism go too far? Theresa “Momma Tee” Lassiter is perhaps the feistiest of engaged citizens in St. Petersburg. She attends every meeting. She’s seen in the background of many city news conferences, business openings and ribbon cuttings. She backs candidates and condemns others. And sometimes she’s thrown out of meetings. Elected officials in St. Pete know Momma Tee well. Other engaged citizens know her well. But for those who don’t there are a few things…

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