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Democratic leader claims foul play in state party’s support of Rick Kriseman’s campaign

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A Pasco County Democratic Committee official is filing a grievance with the Florida Democratic Party over its support of candidate Rick Kriseman in the non-partisan St. Petersburg primary race for mayor. Clay G. Colson has written an email to Allison Tant, the state party chair, to complain that the FDP funded Kriseman over fellow Democrat Kathleen Ford without consulting party leaders. He is alleging that the party’s actions violate state party by-laws. In the email’s subject line, he wrote “Official…

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Cautious hope – and a new blueprint – for the St. Pete Pier

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The future of the St. Petersburg Pier starts today. At 4 p.m., to be precise. That is when grassroots organizer Fred Whaley and fellow members of the newly formed 828 Alliance are scheduled to meet with Mayor Bill Foster at City Hall to present their blueprint for deciding the future of the city pier. The scheduled exchange comes the day after Foster and other city leaders watched as their $50 million plan for redeveloping the city pier was soundly defeated…

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‘Lens’ opponents party, introduce ‘American Idol’ style phone poll on Pier’s future

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Opponents of the $50 million “Lens” project celebrated a sweet victory Tuesday night, as St. Pete voters overwhelmingly sunk the $50 million city pier redevelopment project. With 63.2 percent of the vote, members of Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg expressed relief, noting the impressive lineup of opponents who were challenged — and defeated — in the grassroots campaign. Organizer Fred Whaley reminded fellow volunteers during the group’s victory party at the Orange Blossom Tuesday night that this “little challenge” required…

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Absentee voting outpaces previous primary race for mayor

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Voting in St. Petersburg’s primary election already is outpacing the 2009 primary – the last time that there was a mayor’s race. According to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, 17 percent of registered voters – or 27,409 people – had cast absentee ballots by Friday, Aug. 23. That’s nearly 7 points higher than the same reporting period in the 2009 primary, when there was an overall voter turnout of 23 percent for the election. But it is not the…

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USF St. Pete starts fall classes today at 6,000-student campus

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With his belongings crammed into a mini U-Haul, Phillip Murray made the marathon drive from Chicago to Florida, arriving just in time to unload, unwind and start classes today at USF-St. Pete. Murray joins 550 students – the majority of them freshmen – who moved into USF St. Pete’s residence halls over the weekend to ready for the start of fall classes today at the 6,000-student downtown campus. Many students are Florida residents, arriving from Tarpon Springs, Ocala, Winter Park…

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