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With Bill McCollum’s announcement, has Rick Baker’s political career come to an end?

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He is the popular mayor of the fourth largest city in the fourth largest state with a proven record of achievement and yet Rick Baker may have hit the ceiling as far as his political career is concerned. With Bill McCollum announcing that he will not run for the U.S. Senate — thereby guaranteeing a bid for re-election as Florida’s attorney general — and Alex Sink’s decision to remain as CFO, Baker now founds himself without an open office for…

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‘Hello, this is Morpheus, I mean Ken Welch’

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Recently, I posted an entry that had some mistaken information on it about Ken Welch conducting a poll. So he e-mailed me, I called him back and that’s when he asked me if I wanted to take the blue pill or the red pill. That voice of his! He’s just that cool, calm and collected. No wonder everyone wants him to run. – But Mayor Morpheus has his own decision to make about the blue pill and the red pill.…

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Monday’s mayoral wrap-up

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This past week saw an increased level of activity from almost every candidate running for Mayor. Here’s a recap with analysis. – Jamie Bennett took a hit for my volunteering on his campaign, but his campaign showed off its early organizational strength, launching a campaign website and hosting a campaign kick-off attended by just under 100 people. – Kathleen Ford is circling the race like a hungry shark in shallow waters, having resigned her membership in the organization opposed to…

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Quack, quack: Bill Foster hires Mallard Group

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Mayoral candidate Bill Foster confirmed on Saturday night that he will indeed retain The Mallard Group to assist his campaign. Foster has been coy about which consultant he would employ in this race, but he has relied on ‘The Pond’ before in his re-election efforts to the St. Petersburg City Council. Although The Mallard Group has been relatively quiet lately, especially after a series of high-profile losses and a lawsuit was filed against the firm by Judge Jack Day, TMG…

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Mirror Lake Clean-Up

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From Reverend Mishra of UUC of St. Petersburg: “I wanted to bring to your attention an opportunity for us to rally together as a community this Saturday, January 10th — the Annual Mirror Lake Clean-Up morning. Please join us for whatever length of time you are able to between 9am-12noon to help demonstrate our commitment to the neighborhood our religious community resides in. In the midst of these difficult (even at times depressing) economic times, this is a way to…

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Monday’s Mayor’s Race Update: The Consultant Primary

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Before the first campaign donation is even made, the candidates for Mayor of St. Petersburg are engaged in a primary in which there are no votes, although there are certainly winners and losers. I’m talking about the competition to secure the few high-profile political consultants working in the Bay area. The Times reports that three campaigns have hired managers/consultants to run their campaigns. If the newspaper is the judge of this race, then Scott Wagman has “won” the consultant primary,…

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