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Winners & Losers from yesterday’s election

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Forget about Bill Foster winning and Kathleen Ford losing, there were plenty of other Winners and Losers who emerged from the St. Petersburg Mayoral Election. Here’s a running list of who really won and who really, really lost. Winners The Architects, the Maestros, or whatever they call campaign managers nowadays: Johnny Bardine, Steve Lipinski and Darden Rice. Bardine, Jim Kennedy’s man on the ground, saved a campaign that had been floundering, Lipinski, Steve Kornell’s campaign manager, has put together a…

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As rumors circulate that Kathleen Ford may make him next Police Chief, Randall Jones shows up on two mail-pieces for her campaign

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Rumors are circulating around City Hall, especially among the high command of the Police Department, that Kathleen Ford has made a deal with Randall Jones, failed candidate for Pinellas County Sheriff, that would make him the next Police Chief in a Ford administration. These rumors are gaining traction as a slew of direct mail arrives in voters’ mailboxes, all of it emphasizing Jones’ endorsement of Ford. The mail is paid by the St. Petersburg Democratic Club, the controversial PAC headed…

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Pinellas GOP still suffering from lackluster fundraising, profligate spending — including payments to Marco Rubio organizer

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The Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee continues to raise large sums of money, but not by its own historical standards, according to the latest campaign finance documents covering the fundraising period through September 30. Compare current fundraising, under Chair JJ Beyrouti, to this point in 2007, when the party was under the leadership of Tony DiMatteo: 3Q fundraising: 2007 – $75,850 2009 – $29,078 YTD fundraising: 2007 – $208,192 2009 – $125,078 Expenditures: 2007 – $126,890 2009 – $103,231 Cash-on-hand…

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Exclusive: Latest poll shows Kathleen Ford leading decisively over Bill Foster; Kennedy well ahead, Kornell, Rouson neck and neck

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At Tuesday’s Mayoral Forum hosted by Tiger Bay, Bill Foster pulled no punches in his verbal pummeling of Kathleen Ford. Foster seemed to want to blame Ford for anything and everything that had ever gone wrong in St. Petersburg. If he could’ve, Foster would’ve even blamed Ford for the Rays losing the World Series, except Foster was too busy playing the victim card, doth protesting too much about Ford’s (actually humorous) criticisms of Foster’s narrow worldview. I thought Foster’s was…

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As vote looms to remove her as VP of St. Pete Democratic Club, Rene Flowers defends her endorsement of Bill Foster

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At Wednesday’s meeting of the St. Petersburg Democratic Club, there is an agenda item to remove Rene Flowers as Vice President of the St. Petersburg Democratic Club because of her endorsement of Republican Bill Foster for Mayor of St. Petersburg. In her defense, Flowers wrote a scathing memo to Jack Killinsworth, the president of the SPDC, outlining not only why she supports Foster, but also criticizing the club, the Pinellas Democratic Party and other local Democrats for their inconsistent support…

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Winners & Losers from yesterday’s primary

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Forget about Kathleen Ford and Bill Foster winning, there were plenty of other Winners and Losers who emerged from the St. Petersburg Mayoral Primary. Here’s a list of who really won and who really, really lost. The Architects, the Maestros, or whatever they call campaign managers nowadays: Steve Lipinski and Darden Rice. Lapinski, Steve Kornell’s campaign manager, has put together a streak of impressive wins by paying attention to the details. Rice, who is quarterbacking Karl Nurse’s re-election effort, deserves…

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The Worst Election Ever comes to an end

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The last coherent thing my father said before he passed three years ago was the famous line from TS Eliot’s Hollow Men: This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper. But what do you say when something was a whimper all along? The St. Petersburg Mayoral Race comes to its first conclusion on Tuesday and not with a bang but…

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