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Janelle Irwin has 1518 articles published.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.

80 eclectic artist comprise Cool Art Show in downtown St. Pete

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Eighty artists will speckle the downtown St. Pete Coliseum next weekend for the 26th annual Cool Art Show. And it is cool. Paintings, sketches, jewelry, metal work, glass, wood, you name it, it’s there. St. Pete is home to one of the liveliest arts community in the country and next weekend more than 6,000 people are expected to roam from booth to booth checking out what local artists are up to. One of the biggest names at the show is…

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Tampa Chamber hosting straw poll of local and state candidates tonight

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The Tampa Chamber of Commerce is hosting a one-stop shop of 2014 political candidates Wednesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. For three hours from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., 39 candidates or their representatives will be mingling with voters. There will be candidates for offices in just about all corners of government, from local offices like school board and county commission to judicial contests and all the way on up to state legislative seats. “People are encouraged to get…

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Pinellas GOP endorses candidates in four judicial races

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The Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee has endorsed four local judicial candidates. Susan St John, 40, Circuit Court Judge in the 6th Judicial Circuit, Group 1:  St John has been a prosecutor with the State Attorney’s office for a decade. She specializes in violent crimes as well as human trafficking and sex crimes against children. She joined the Army after high school. She received her undergrad from the University of Central Florida and her law degree from Stetson. St John’s…

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Anti-rail advocates next talking point? City of St. Pete pushing Greenlight Pinellas yard signs

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The city of St. Pete is inviting residents to nab a Greenlight Pinellas yard sign in advance of a November referendum asking voters to support an extra penny sales tax to fund transit improvements. The plan would replace the current portion of property taxes and boost revenue for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority from roughly $30 million to $130 million. It would fund things like increased bus frequency, bus rapid transit and passenger rail connecting downtown St. Pete, mid-county in…

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Prime ‘Primi’ location to become Jon La Budde’s newest venture, Reno’s

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Prominent St. Petersburg businessman Jon La Budde is jumping back into the restaurant biz. Reno’s is slated to open on Labor Day, barring any hiccups. La Budde’s vision is to create a mainstream “gastro pub” that includes a menu with a little something for everyone. “We didn’t want to be a hamburger joint. We didn’t want to be a sushi restaurant. What we wanted to do was appeal to a broader spectrum of people,” La Budde said. He’s keeping tight…

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