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Poll: Most voters down on expanding gambling

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The vast majority of Florida voters — 84 percent — “want to reduce or hold the line on gambling” and 60 percent also “are less likely to support a candidate … that votes to expand gambling,” a new poll released Monday shows. The latest Mason-Dixon poll included questions on gambling, according to a news release from No Casinos, Florida’s anti-gambling expansion group. The anti-expansion “feeling among Floridians carries across all regions of the state: North Florida (87 percent), Central Florida (92 percent),…

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Florida GOP to give presidential candidates ballot options

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The Republican Party of Florida is set to give presidential candidates three options to get on the March primary ballot. Party executive director Brad Herold says a rule proposed Thursday would automatically put candidates on the ballot if they attend a party-hosted summit in November. The party’s executive committee will vote on the rule Friday. If candidates don’t attend the Sunshine Summit, they would also be able to make the ballot by paying a $25,000 filing fee to the state…

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Submit your questions for Pinellas School Board candidates

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Got a question you’re dying to ask the Pinellas school board candidates? Well then, fire away. Right here. The Gradebook is rounding up questions for an Aug. 3 candidates forum that is being co-sponsored by the Pinellas Education Foundation, the Pinellas County Council of PTAs, WPDS-Channel 14 and the St. Petersburg Times. All the questions posed to candidates that night will be taken from this Gradebook post. The deadline for submission is Friday, July 16. If you want to remain…

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Oldsmar: Slate of candidates set

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The slate of candidates for the 2010 municipal election is set. Three offices are up for election March 9: mayor and council seats 2 and 4. Seat 2 council member Suzanne Vale will try to unseat Mayor Jim Ronecker, who’s seeking re-election. Former council member Janice Miller and Oldsmar Christian School history teacher Tom Eckert will vie for Vale’s current job. And Seat 4 will be a three-way contest between former council member Loretta Wyandt, former Tampa Tribune sales and…

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The worst trend of the St. Pete mayoral campaign: Candidates as guest bartenders

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Of the numerous choices which could qualify as the worst trend developing out the St. Petersburg Mayoral Campaign, the worst has to be the idea of candidates doing their impression of Sam Malone. I count at least three candidates who have either been a “guest bartender” for a fundraiser or have led their supporters on a “pub crawl.” Another candidate hosted a major volunteer event at Push Ultra Lounge. And don’t forget one mayoral candidate owns his own restaurant, so…

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City Council candidates at Tiger Bay today

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The two races for St. Petersburg City Council District 5 and 6 seats each share common elements. They both contain economically and racially diverse areas of the City with some of the most valuable, and most economically troubled real estate. They also feature open, or nearly open, seats as opposed to other districts where the incumbents are fairly securely entrenched. But the most interesting element each shares is the field of candidates. Each has a presumed front-runner. In District 5…

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Luis Perez’s lousy piece on the arts

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It’s refreshing to see so much attention paid to the public arts debate, but Luis Perez’s article yesterday, in which he features Kathleen Ford, should not have made it past his editor’s desk. To give Ford that kind of coverage, on an issue she has no involvement with, is unfair to the rest of the field of candidates for mayor. The argument from the Times is that Kathleen’s charge that Rick Baker acted illegally set her apart from the rest…

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