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Bill Edwards’ Tampa Bay Rowdies referendum cruises to victory; wins with more than 87 percent support

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St. Petersburg voters are well on their way to allowing city officials negotiate a 25-year lease with Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards to expand Al Lang Field capacity from its current 7,000 seating structure to 18,000. With all 93 precincts reporting, the measure is cruising to victory, with 87 percent of residents voting “Yes” compared to 13 percent opposed. A total of 24,589 voted in support of the measure, with only 3,628 against it; 28,217 ballots were cast in total. Voter turnout…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies hosting Referendum Watch Party at Al Lang

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St. Petersburg voters are heading to the polls to decide on extending a 25-year at Al Lang Stadium lease to the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Tuesday’s referendum, financed by Rowdies owner Bill Edwards, has become a fundamental component in St. Petersburg’s bid for a Major League Soccer franchise. In what will (most likely) be a victory celebration of this historic vote, the Rowdies are inviting fans, sponsors and other community members to a free Referendum Watch Party beginning 6:30 p.m. at…

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Nearly 24K early ballots cast ahead of St. Pete Al Lang Referendum

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Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark posted vote-by-mail numbers for the St. Petersburg Special Referendum election May 2. On Monday, one day before in-person ballots are cast, of the 68,744 mail ballots sent, nearly 35 percent – 23,903 – have returned. By party, 10,999 Democrats, 8,515 Republicans and 4,389 NPR/other have cast ballots. Turnout now stands at 14 percent of the 168,145 registered voters eligible to vote in this election: 46,658 Republicans, 77,825 Democrats and 43,662 No Party Affiliation/other.…

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On eve of Tampa Bay Rowdies vote, owner Bill Edwards announces he’s getting a pacemaker

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During his presentation to the Suncoast Tiger Bay club last week, former Mayor Rick Baker was asked what would happen to the Tampa Bay Rowdies aggressive plans for the future if ‘Bill Edwards died?” It was meant to be rhetorical. Yet on the eve of the crucial vote to give Al Lang Field an extended lease with the Rowdies – essential for St. Petersburg to attract a Major League Soccer franchise – Edwards announced he will be undergoing surgery to…

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Rick Baker not yet ready to talk publicly about challenging Rick Kriseman

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With speculation fire that Rick Baker could announce another run for St. Petersburg Mayor as soon as next week, one could assume he’d show some leg on his political future during an appearance Wednesday at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club. Well, you know what they say about assuming … Instead of taking about his political future, Baker did what he’s done nonstop for the past two months: making the case for voters to support a referendum giving Bill Edwards — his boss — a 25-year lease…

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Nearly 22K ballots now returned in St. Pete Al Lang Referendum

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Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark released updated vote by mail numbers for the St. Petersburg Special Referendum election Tuesday, May 2. On Monday, of the 68,694 mail ballots sent, just over 31 percent – 21,756 – have returned. By party, 9,904 Democrats, 7,804 Republicans and 4,048 NPR/other have cast ballots. Turnout now stands at just under 13 percent of the 168,145 registered voters eligible to vote in this election: 46,658 Republicans, 77,825 Democrats and 43,662 No Party Affiliation/other.…

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Over 18K ballots returned so far for St. Pete’s Al Lang referendum

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Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark has posted the vote by mail numbers for the St. Petersburg Special Referendum election Tuesday, May 2. As of Monday morning, of the 66,840 mail ballots sent, just over 26 percent – 18,072 – have returned. The SOE website says there are 168,145 registered voters eligible to vote in this election: 46,658 Republicans, 77,825 Democrats and 43,662 No Party Affiliation/other. The City of St. Petersburg will not conduct early voting as provided in…

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