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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.

New data map shows all but one Florida county suffered a weather disaster over the past five years

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Environmental researchers at Eckerd College released data showing nearly every single Floridian lives in a county where weather-related disasters have been declared over the past five years. The Hitting Close to Home online map shows all but one of Florida’s 67 counties had a severe weather event declared a disaster by either the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Only Indian River County on Florida’s East coast averted disaster. “From massive floods to severe rain storms…

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Bill Edwards hushes speculation that he’s vying for Major League Soccer in St. Pete

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Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards is rejecting speculation that he’s posturing St. Pete and Al Lang Stadium as a potential home for Major League Soccer. “With respect to the Tampa Bay Times blog post about the MLS, that discussion is premature and not part of the Rowdies present plans,” Edwards said. The post in the Tampa Bay Times’ Bay Buzz references past statements from Edwards showing interest in attracting MLS to St. Pete. It also references Edwards’ push to…

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Charlie Justice begins to close fundraising gap in race against Mike Mikurak

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February fundraising in the only competitive Pinellas County Commission race was fairly lackluster. Incumbent, Charlie Justice, took a first step in closing the gap between him and his challenger, Mike Mikurak. With $4,225 coming in during the month, Justice outraised Mikurak by nearly double this report. Mikurak raised $2,695. But the difference didn’t put much of a dent into Mikurak’s fundraising head start. The Republican has raised nearly $74,000 compared to Justice who has raised less than $30,000. Justice pulled…

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Al Lang Stadium expansion wouldn’t rob Rays stadium money

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A proposed expansion of Al Lang Stadium on the downtown St. Pete waterfront would require bed tax funds from the county. So would a new baseball stadium if the Rays decide to stay in St. Pete. But contrary to buzz following reports Tuesday on the proposal, one project would not rob funds from the other. According to Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch, the two projects would receive funding from different pots within the county’s bed tax revenue. “We ‘reserve’ approximately…

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David Jolly: Iran’s threat to Israel is a threat to the U.S.

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Pinellas County Congressman David Jolly is reacting to news that, for a second day in a row, Iran has test-fired ballistic missiles capable of reaching the nation’s archenemy and the U.S.’s strongest ally in the Middle East, Israel. The two missiles fired Wednesday are said to be capable of reaching 2,000 km — plenty of distance to reach Tel Aviv. Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency issued unsubstantiated claims that the missilies were inscribed with the words “Israel should be wiped from the pages…

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Jim Frishe campaign appears stalled as Mike Twitty sails past $100,000 mark

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Mike Twitty continues to grow his fundraising lead in his campaign for Pinellas County Property Appraiser against former State Representative Jim Frishe. During February, Twitty raised more than $5,000. Frishe raised just $650. The gap is approaching $70,000 with Twitty bringing in more than $108,000 and Frishe raising just shy of $40,000. What looks even worse for Frishe is the amount of time the candidates have had to raise funds. Frishe entered the race four months before Twitty. Frishe has…

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Four Sarasota-based challenges could reform Florida teacher bonus program

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Four challenges launched in Sarasota could have statewide implications on the controversial “Best & Brightest” teacher bonus program. The cases could change the way the program evaluates who gets a bonus and expand the pool of teachers eligible. The challenges are especially relevant this week as lawmakers Monday night included $49 million as an add-on item to its budget. That’s $5 million more than was funded last year and $4 million more than was asked for by the Florida House.…

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