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Steve Kornell jabs at Angela Rouson in dueling mail-pieces to early voters

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The question “Who says…?” is at the center of the debate between Steve Kornell and Angela Rouson in their campaign to win the District 5 seat on the St. Petersburg City Council. Both candidates mailed direct mail-pieces (both of which are heads-and-shoulders better than the butt-wipe the Mayoral Candidates mailed out) to the so-called early voters and the differences between the two is obvious: Steve Kornell is a recreation leader, Angela Rouson is a leader, period. Kornell’s mail-piece is actually…

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For your consideration: Saint Petersblog 2.0 for Best of the Bay’s Best Local Blog

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VOTE HERE FOR SAINT PETERSBLOG FOR BEST LOCAL BLOG. As a candidate for Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay’s Best Local Troublemaker award, I forgot to think about how Tampa-dominated these awards can be. How else can you explain Joe Redner leading in this category. Five, ten years ago, sure. But what did Redner do this year to deserve this recognition? Almost everyone else on the Readers’ Poll for Best Local Troublemaker makes their trouble in Tampa. What basically has…

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Bill Foster targeted in new mailer

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From the Bay Buzz, which doled out hat tip to me for the image I gave the Times: Bill Foster is the target of a mailer criticizing his tax record while on the City Council. The mailer, which is apparently paid for by a group that calls itself the Committee for Responsible Representation, says Foster voted to increase city property taxes 64 percent from 1999 to 2006. The mailer also says Foster accepted a 40 percent pay raise in 2005…

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Preview of the new commenting system on the St. Pete Times’ website: Looks like you can’t call someone an asshole anymore

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Since their inception, the St. Petersburg Times‘ Buzz and the Bay Buzz have been the Wild Wild West of Florida’s political media blogs. A post rarely goes by without a barrage of obscene comments from anonymous bloggers. Homophobia, racism, sexism, hell, even nihilism, runs rampant on the two blogs. I, like any other frequent posters, have been called every name in the book by bloggers on the Buzz and Bay Buzz. Occasionally, the comments become so heinous, so libelous, that…

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Are Scott Wagman’s ads on Google a violation of Florida’s election laws?

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I’ve been wrong before about Scott Wagman violating Florida’s election laws, so I was much more thorough this time around concerning a possible violation by Mr. Houghton-Wagman. And while the case has yet to be investigated and ruled on, it appears as if Wagman could be in a heap of trouble with the Florida Elections Commission. The alleged violation: Upon conducting a search for the term “Jamie Bennett” on Google’s search engine, I was returned to a screen with an…

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Deveron Gibbons refunds contributions from indicted supporter Tom Coehlo

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St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons refunded two contributions from prominent supporter Tom Coehlo, a local businessman arrested on fraud charges in early July. I previously wondered why the Times had not written about the connection between Gibbons and Coehlo, who hosted a fundraiser for Gibbons in March and was listed as a major supporter of Gibbons: Certainly Gibbons is embarrassed enough by the Coehlo connection that he believed it necessary to refund the contributions. Update: The Bay Buzz —…

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Senator Jim King has gone to the Doak Campbell Stadium in the Sky

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Jim King, the gregarious former president of the Florida Senate, has succumbed to his battle with pancreatic cancer. Obituaries, coverage here: Governor Charlie Crist releases statement: “You couldn’t help but love Jim King. He lived every day with such enthusiasm and joy. Our hearts go out to his wife Linda and his daughters Monta and Laurie. Mayor John Peyton on death of Senator Jim King: “Jim leaves a great legacy of service – including his significant efforts to promote biomedical…

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