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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.

Mike Twitty nabs Pinellas Realtor Association endorsement

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Pinellas County Property Appraiser candidate Mike Twitty has earned another valuable endorsement in his campaign to replace outgoing appraiser Pam Dubov. The Pinellas Realtor Organization gave Twitty its nod in a letter this week. “we will be encouraging our members to actively support your campaign. With over 7,000 members, the Pinellas Realtor® Organization is one of Tampa Bay’s largest and most politically active professional trade associations,” the letter read. The organization also said it will be offering financial support to…

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Two Dunedin Commissioners in hot water over potential Sunshine Law violation

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Two Dunedin City Commissioners may be in very hot water over the recent events leading up to City Manager Rob DiSpirito’s abrupt resignation. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is launching an official investigation against Commissioner Heather Gracy and Vice Mayor Bruce Livingston for potential Sunshing Law violations. Gracy initiated an unexpected motion to fire DiSpirito at a meeting in early January. She said his leadership skills had become lacking and he was instead merely keeping with the city’s status quo.…

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Hulk Hogan takes the stand in day one of sex tape trial

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The first day of what is expected to be a three week jury trial looking into whether or not the online media news site Gawker violated the privacy rights of former wrestling star Hulk Hogan wrapped up with the first round of testimony still underway. Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, spent nearly an hour retelling to jurors details of his youth and young adult life. In an attempt to portray a sympathetic victim, defense attorney Kenneth Turkel…

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Hulk Hogan sex tape trial kicks off in Pinellas

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The Hulh Hogan sex tape trial began Monday morning with opening statements from the former wrestling star’s legal team. Lawyer Shane Vogt painted Bollea as an unsuspecting victim of a needless violation of his privacy. At issue is a sex tape released on Gawker.com in 2012 that showed Bollea having sex with Heather Clem who was married at the time to shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. Bollea is suing Gawker for $100 million as a result of publishing an…

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Charlie Justice schedules two fundraisers for March

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Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice is holding two fundraisers later this month in his re-election bid. The scheduled events come as Justice lags far behind his opposition in fundraising totals. Justice has brought in just $24,000 compared to his Republican candidate, Mike Mikurak, who has raised more than $73,000. Justice will attempt to bridge that gap on Saturday, March 19th from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Larry Biddle’s Planning Works location in St. Pete. Another Sunset Reception fundraising event…

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Civil forfeiture bill passes Senate, heads to House floor

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The Florida Senate approved a bill Friday that would reform civil forfeiture and reduce wrongful seizures of personal property. Under current law officers can seize a person’s property if they suspect it was gained as a result of or might be used in criminal activity. The owner of seized property does not currently have to be arrested in order for a police officer to seize his or her property. “If you told the average person that the government could seize…

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