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A must-read from Mitch Perry: Bob Hackworth’s power lunch with Pam Iorio

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  From Mitch Perry: Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio is thrilled about the major developments in downtown Tampa that have finally reached fruition, and she just can’t hide it. So one day last week, after a sit-down interview with CL (see p. 5), she took this reporter, CL Editor David Warner and former Dunedin Mayor Bob Hackworth on a tour she’d probably like to give all of the critics who never warmed to her grand ambitions for the Riverwalk. Beginning at…

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Bad day for Ron Saunders, Florida House Dems, Tampa Bay: Rep. Mike Scionti resigning for DoD job; former Dunedin Mayor Bob Hackworth to pass on H-45

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This is turning out to be a pretty bad day for Rep. Ron Saunders and his Democratic colleagues in the Florida House… State Representative Michael Scionti will not seek reelection to a third term in the Florida House of Representatives for Legislative District 58 and announces that he has been appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intergovernmental Affairs and Homeland Defense. Representative Scionti’s resignation takes effect at midnight on December 13, 2009.…

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Draft ‘Bob Hackworth for House District 45’ page springs up on Facebook

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From page creator Steve Lapinski: Bob Hackworth should run for State House District 45 (N. Pinellas, S. Pasco). Like the current incumbent, Bob is a former mayor of Dunedin. This is one of the most competitive open seats currently held by a Republican and we still don’t have a Dem in the race. Bob can do this! The info section on the page reads: The path to returning the Democratic Party to the majority in the Florida Legislature begins by…

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A point-by-point rebuttal of Diane Stenle’s editorial criticizing early mail-in voting

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Let’s start being honest about why the St. Petersburg Times seeks to downplay the significance of early, mail-in voting: if voters cast their ballots early, that will lessen the importance of the Times‘ coverage, especially its editorial recommendations. My point-by-point response to Diane Stenle’s editorial is in italics. Candidates might as well throw out the play book on how to run campaigns for local offices in Pinellas County. It’s a whole new ball game. The game changer: mail balloting. Stenle…

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Election Day

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“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual–or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”That quote is some pretty heady stuff from Mr. Samuel Adams (who I believe fought the British for the right to distribute…

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Summary of Times endorsements in Dunedin

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With four of the five Dunedin City Commission seats up for grabs in the March 10 election, the potential for change is great. The Times recommends: For Mayor: Dunedin residents are fortunate to have a choice between two smart, knowledgeable candidates for mayor. Either one would represent Dunedin well, but we believe Dave Eggers is the best choice for these times.” Seat 1: We have disagreed with some of Commissioner Julie Scales’ positions on important issues and we have criticized…

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Dave Eggers is cooking up a fundraiser

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Dave Eggers, candidate for Mayor of Dunedin (and for whom I have previously worked), has cooked an interesting idea for a fundraiser called “Cooking with the Candidate” where you can join Dave and Chef John, the resident Chef for WFLA, for a five-course dinner of Dave’s favorite foods at LaMaison Gourmet (471 Main Street). Ummm, cooking, politics, eating…some of my favorite pasttimes. And remember what Chef Alice Waters said, “Eating is a political act.”

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