Political birthdays for the week of August 15

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It’s almost too hot outside to want to light birthday candles, but we would be remiss if we didn’t wish the following Florida and Tampa Bay politicos a very Happy Birthday: Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch (Monday), Republican activist Chet Renfro (Monday), political consultant Rockie Pennington (Tuesday), blogger extraordinaire Ben Kirby (Tuesday), state Rep. Ben Albritton (Wednesday), legislative whiz Nick Hansen (Wednesday), state Rep. Paige Kreegel (Saturday) uber spokeswoman Katie Betta (Saturday).

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.