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Largo mayoral race flap grinds on

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There is no denying that multiple mistakes made a mess of the qualification process in the upcoming mayoral election in Largo. Unless former mayor Bob Jackson is willing to let go of his desire to be mayor again, taxpayers may be left holding the bill for a court case. (Here’s a link to the Times editorial.) The qualification period for candidates seeking office in Largo’s Nov. 3 city election ended Aug. 13. Only two candidates were interested in running for mayor: the incumbent,…

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Excuse me, Mr. Scott Wagman, but how exactly do you plan on paying for 100 more cops?

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Scott Wagman’s comprehension of public policy pales in comparison to his knowledge of what accent color goes well with cornflower blue, but the first-time candidate hasn’t shied away from making ridiculous proposals. This is the candidate whose very first policy position was to call for a moratorium on any and all spending for new parks, despite the fact that such spending comes from an earmarked fund established only for that purpose. This is the candidate who suggested it was okay…

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I wish I had a nickel for every time Jamie Bennett says I stood on the steps of City Hall and (fill in the blank)

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I’ve certainly done enough damage to Jamie Bennett’s campaign that I should probably never say another thing about him. Naaahhh. Bennett’s just too easy a target. And with Alex Haak out of the mayoral race, I predict Jamie Bennett will pick up the slack in the guffaw department. My latest gripe about Bennett comes from listening to him at the most recent mayoral forums. It seems like he begins every statement with: “I stood on the steps of City Hall…

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Maybe, just maybe, the Times is partially responsible for St. Pete voters’ apathy

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Not to stir up any more trouble for myself than I usually do, but maybe, just maybe voters are undecided about whom to vote for St. Petersburg Mayor because the Times coverage is so lackluster. Not for lack of trying. The Times has bombarded the voters with coverage of the trivial and trivial candidates. Whether it be stories about Rays’ tickets, “sign monsters” or Kentucky Fried Chicken, the focus has been on what is Buzz worthy, rather than what is…

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As St. Petersburg burns, City Hall fiddles with parking meters

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A certain city council member and mayoral candidate once remarked to me, after I complained about the unevenness of the enforcement of the city’s parking codes, that “those meters pay my salary.” It’s probably obvious which council member said that to me, but it’s unclear who the genius is behind the decision to standardize when meters are policed throughout downtown, from 9 am to 10 pm, seven days a week. In this economic downturn, when downtown concerns, especially restaurants, are…

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Where are the candidates for City Council?

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Around St. Petersburg’s City Hall, you can’t step over a homeless person without bumping into someone running for Mayor. With Larry Williams throwing his hat in the ring last week, there are currently nine people hoping to replace Rick Baker. Being a candidate for mayor is the only job sector in town that’s a growth industry. Where then are all the candidates for St. Petersburg City Council? There are five seats up for grabs this year, and currently there are…

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Kathleen Ford announcement disrupted by homeless

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The speech was over before it began. That was how quickly Kathleen Ford spoke on the steps of City Hall. With about twenty-five supporters in attendance, Kathleen had to cut her remarks short as homeless protesters began to gather to protest the Ford campaign. Unfortunately, the Ford campaign did not know what was going on. But I couldn’t really see what was going on either as I was talking to a reporter and then a friend. It was just all…

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