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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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Surprise, the Times‘ editorial board likes Barack Obama’s nomination Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.  No doubt this editorial was written by Robyn Blumner who, in Kagan, must see an ideological soul mate, in that is-she-straight-or-not sort of way.

Sure to draw the ire of the freeloading public is a proposal, reported by David DeCamp, to charge $8 per car load to enter Fort DeSoto park, nationally popular for its beach.  It’s now free after paying a separate state toll. The issue will be discussed by the County Commission on Tuesday.

That’s the same County Commission willing to help build the Tampa Bay Rays a new stadium, but “probably not in downtown St. Petersburg.”

If $8 is too much for a waterfront view, go online and check out the gallery of photos of St. Petersburg’s waterfront.

As I first wrote yesterday, Adam Smith follows up today, writing that a decision on Tampa’s 2012 GOP convention bid due Wednesday.  Marc Ambinder from The Atlantic puts Tampa’s chances at “90 percent.”

This has me asking (smells like a blog post, actually) if there is any other mid-major city a politico would rather be in than Tampa-St. Petersburg? I’m not talking about New York or D.C., but over the next two years, Tampa-St. Petersburg will be at the center of Cristpalooza, will see a slew of citywide races in both cities, then host the GOP convention in 2012.  All in the shadow of the St. Petersburg Times and PolitiFact.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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