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Saturday kicks off new era for St. Petersburg City Council

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Two St. Petersburg City Council members are getting ready to leave City Hall after eight years of service. That means two more are getting ready to take their places. Bill Dudley and Wengay Newton both served the maximum two terms allowed under the city charter with passion and conviction, and they will be missed. But it’s time to pass the torch to their successors. At 10 a.m. Saturday at City Hall, Lisa Wheeler-Brown and Ed Montanari will be sworn in…

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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 1 – Lisa Wheeler-Brown

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As 2015 winds down we took a look back at the year’s news in St. Pete and came up with a list of the top 10 most newsworthy happenings. Whether the news evoked outrage in a community, excitement or even heartbreak, these are the top headlines of 2015. No. 1 – Lisa Wheeler-Brown Lisa Wheeler-Brown will replace Wengay Newton on St. Pete City Council in January and it’s a big deal. For a lot of reasons, Wheeler-Brown’s campaign and subsequent…

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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 4 — Tropicana Field

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As 2015 winds down we took a look back at the year’s news in St. Petersburg and came up with a list of the top 10 most interesting happenings. Whether the news evoked outrage in a community, excitement or even heartbreak, these are the top headlines of 2015. No. 4 — Tropicana Field The debate over what to do with low attendance at Tampa Bay Rays games has been going on for years transcending multiple Mayors. Never has the issue…

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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 6 – Tampa Bay Times’ love affair with Rays

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As 2015 winds down we took a look back at the year’s news in St. Pete and came up with a list of the top ten most prolific happenings. Whether the news evoked outrage in a community, excitement or even heart break, these are the top headlines of 2015. No. 6 – Tampa Bay Times’ love affair with Rays The Tampa Bay Times has been an icon of local news for decades. To this day residents can’t get through a…

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Could Rick Kriseman’s City Council win really be a loss?

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In SaintPetersBlog publisher Peter Schorsch’s rundown of winners and losers from the St. Pete City Council election this week, he counts Mayor Rick Krisemn among the winners. “With [Lisa Wheeler-Brown’s] victory, he has another ally on City Council and the fifth vote for his deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. The mayor also deserves credit for not appearing to put too heavy a thumb on the scale for his preferred candidate,” Schorsch wrote. Indeed, that is a win for the…

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An inside look at Lisa Wheeler-Brown’s campaign challenges

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Victorious St. Pete City Council candidate Lisa-Wheeler-Brown’s campaign wasn’t exactly ideal. Negative attacks following the Primary Election clouded her intended message and dominated conversation in the media. And, as a result, her campaign management became too much of the conversation. “We work very hard to keep the consultants out of the story,” said Tom Alte, a consultant with the campaign. “You want the candidates to be able to get their message out and to talk to the voters and tell them what…

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Old Northeast, downtown voters favored Lisa Wheeler-Brown

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown, winner of Tuesday night’s City Council contest, rocked Historic Old Northeast in the election. According to data from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, the precincts where Wheeler-Brown earned the most votes over her opponent, Will Newton, were in that general vicinity. She also crushed the vote in downtown. The Old Northeast Precinct No. 135, which butts up against Coffee Pot Bayou, cast more than 250 more votes for Wheeler-Brown than Newton. In the downtown Precinct No. 123, which…

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