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Scott Wagman, the Half-Million Dollar Man loaned, err, raised $271K for the primary

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Final fundraising numbers for the primary in the St. Petersburg Mayoral Race: Jamie Bennett reported $1,000 in contributions. For the primary he raised $47,683. About $5OK less than what he would have raised had he still had me around. Scott Wagman raises $3,735.01 and loans his campaign $30,000 (now $170,000 all together). For the primary he raised a total of $271,635. You may remember Larry and Mitch bragging about their guy raisin’ $500K for this race. Fellas, hate to tell…

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10 things I think I think about the televised ‘Conversation with the Candidates’

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1. The St. Petersburg Times should be embarrassed by the turnout at last night’s forum. There wasn’t more than 150 people in the audience, none of whom haven’t already made up their mind. The entire balcony was empty! That’s how bad the Times’ “picayune” coverage has been…that no one, and I mean no one, cares enough to show up for the only televised debate of the campaign. Where was the Police Chief or members of his command? Where were the…

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Kathleen Ford, Bill Foster ahead, while Deveron Gibbons, Scott Wagman lag behind in latest poll

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A new poll found mayoral candidates Kathleen Ford and Bill Foster are the frontrunners in the mayoral race. Ford was slightly ahead, with 22 percent of the vote. Foster had 21 percent of the vote. The poll, commissioned by the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, found 23 percent of voters were still undecided. Tel Opinion Research polled 400 voters. The poll has a margin of error of 3 to 3.5 percent margin, said Robert Kapusta, incoming chairman of the St. Petersburg…

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The dog days of Summer have arrived

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Labor Day is as far down the road as the 4th of July is in the rearview mirror. These are officially the dog days of Summer. Maybe the heat can explain: How Cristina Silva writes this limp article as part of her coverage of the race in District 5. “The seat is being vacated by City Council member Jamie Bennett, who is running for mayor. Bennett supports all three candidates. ‘They all would do a good job,’ he said.” A…

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Pinellas GOP outraises local Dems, yet both have same amount of cash on hand. In other words, where’s the money, JJ?

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For the first time since 1996, the Florida Democratic Party outraised the Republican Party of Florida. Unfortunately for Pinellas Democrats, that trend did not extend to the local level, as the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee still crushes the Pinellas Democratic Party. For the last quarter: Pinellas GOP $29,891 Pinellas Democrats $22,700 Through June 30, the parties have raised: Pinellas GOP $96,598 Pinellas Democrats $33,882 But, the Pinellas Republican Executive Committee is blowing through money like I do at Derby…

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Exclusive: Deveron Gibbons, Kathleen Ford lead race to be next Mayor, according to SP voter survey

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The Times isn’t the only source with for exclusive polling information. I’ve obtained a copy of a comprehensive voter survey of 400 registered St. Petersburg voters. I’ll be sharing the results of this survey throughout the week. For Deveron Gibbons, the glass is either half-empty or half-full. For Kathleen Ford, the glass is surprising filled-up. For the mythical candidate “Undecided,” the cup runneth over. In a survey of voters in St. Petersburg City Council Districts 5,6, and 7, Gibbons was…

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The Worst Election Ever

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Who would believe the fate of St. Petersburg could be changed by a car accident that occurred well beyond its city limits? On a brisk October evening, the Lord decided to call home Patrick Brett, the 20-year-old son of Terry and Kim. The high school student body president, homecoming king, and president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, died well before his time in a car accident on his way home from a college football game. Because it was near…

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