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The 2009 elections

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If you are a fan of the best television show ever produced, you’ll know where we came up with the idea for this graphic. (Thanks to Kathryn at Sonata Graphics for the great design work.) I wanted a theme for the coverage this blog intends to provide for next year’s city elections. Because I intend to cover the hell out of this race, which is probably the most important in this city’s modern history. Already, the cast of characters expected…

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2008 is the year of ‘stache!

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Just as soon as I implore Mayor Rick Baker to shave his mustache if he runs for CFO next year, The Huffington Post declares 2008 the Year of the Mustache: “2008 was a great year to be a mustache in America. And when we say mustache, we’re not talking about the ironic, hipster, Hollywood variety, but rather the real, I’m-a-political-power-player, downright manly mustache.”

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Developer takes control of BayWalk

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TAMPA — Developer Fred Bullard, an original partner in the BayWalk retail center, has bought out the Sembler Co. for full control of the downtown St. Petersburg plaza. Bullard had owned 50 percent of BayWalk and on Thursday acknowledged buying the other half from Sembler for an undisclosed sum. He purchased the remaining portion of BayWalk through STPR Holdings, a company he controls. Bullard said he has no immediate plans for changes at BayWalk but is evaluating the plaza. “We’ve…

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Give Carl Zimmermann credit

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Sure, Carl Zimmermann lost his race to neo-populist Peter Nehr by less than 1,500 votes, but Carl did so with determination and style — and in a district as egregiously gerrymandered as any in Florida. I served as a consultant to Carl’s campaign at the very beginning of his effort. Even then I could tell that Carl was a serious candidate who could have won had he run in a more competitive district. Unfortunately, the state and local Democratic party…

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Congratulations, Charlie

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First of all, congratulations to my dear friend Governor-elect Charlie Crist. His Senate campaign was the first that I ever worked on, so I owe much to the silver-haired, silver-tongued favorite son of St. Petersburg. I first met Charlie when he came to my high school to discuss the Youth in Government program I was involved in; not soon after he invited me and my friend Estella to be pages in the state Senate. From then after Charlie has been…

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Susan Bedinghaus draws an opponent in County Judge race

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Looks like St. Pete lawyer Nat Kidder does not believe that women have an advantage in local judicial races (they’ve won 17 of the last 19). Last week, he jumped into the Group 17 race opposite heavyweight — yet still a nice person — Susan Bedinghaus.

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Photo of the Day from Crescent Lake

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As some of you know, I live next to one of Saint Petersburg’s most treasured natural resources — Crescent Lake Park. I actually have the pleasure of living in an apartment with a 5-window-panel view of the Lake, so I am constantly getting photographs of the beautiful scenes that occur here. As a new feature of Saint Petersblog, I decided to add my own daily “moment of Zen” feature in which I will share a new photo from Crescent Lake.…

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