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St. Petersburg TimesBill Foster for St. Petersburg mayor – One candidate for St. Petersburg mayor offers the experience and leadership to build on the city’s accomplishments and meet its challenges. Bill Foster embraces the progress and offers an optimistic vision for the future. Kathleen Ford sees flaws, fights old battles and charts a different direction — backward.

Lakeland LedgerPublic Service Commission: Regulators and the Regulated – Whatever the scandal-ridden Florida Public Service Commission decides regarding multibillion-dollar rate-increase requests from the state’s two largest electric utilities, it will hit nearly 5 million homeowners and businesses in the wallet at a time when those wallets are uncomfortably thin.

Miami HeraldGovernor’s political theater – Now that Mr. Crist is running for the U.S. Senate and setting fundraising records — he has collected $6.7 million since May — he should drop the ingénue act, call a special session and get serious about true reforms, leading the Legislature to act in the public interest. Otherwise, it’s just one more re-run of bad performances all around.

Orlando SentinelKeep Fed independent – First-term U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando has made national headlines lately with his over-the-top attacks on Republicans for opposing Democrats on health-care reform. But he morphs into Mr. Congeniality when the issue is subjecting the Federal Reserve to an audit.

Tallahassee DemocratFor tots under 5 – An overwhelming response from parents to a multi-agency’s communitywide screening for developmental disabilities for children 6 months to 5 years old has organizers already planning for what’s next.

Tampa TribuneState must preserve Florida Forever – Florida Forever not only conserves wilderness, it protects water supplies, provides recreational opportunities and spares government the costs of providing roads and other services to sprawling subdivisions. It allows communities to better manage growth while protecting landowners’ rights.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.

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