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Tampa Bay Times still hammering away on candidates based on the Rays

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The Tampa Bay Times editorial board has taken one last chance to hammer home its unwavering support for anyone who may break the Tampa Bay Rays stadium saga stalemate. Even if it means endorsing a candidate for no other good reason. In its latest editorial, the Times continued its anti-Steve Kornell rhetoric based solely on the Rays issue. After having been criticized numerous times for endorsing Philip Garrett in the District 5 race despite a lackluster campaign and arguable lack of viability,…

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St. Pete Times editorial: Charlie Crist should veto HB 1143

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The St. Petersburg Times editorial board – to whom Charlie listens to more than anyone else save his Mother and Father – urges Governor Crist to veto HB 1143. Abortion-rights opponents have spent weeks pressuring Gov. Charlie Crist to sign legislation that would require all women seeking a first trimester abortion to submit to an ultrasound. But the newly independent Crist needs to exercise http://18.216.197.89/wp-admin/edit.phphis veto and protect a woman’s right to privacy. — Crist is no abortion-rights advocate. He…

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St. Petersburg Times editorial board riles judicial candidates by grouping endorsement interviews

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It must be really, really hard working as an editorial writer for the St. Petersburg Times.  Imagine the difficult of having to collaborate with five or six other people (none of whom are African-American, by the way, for those of you keeping score at home.  The Times makes such a big deal about diversity, yet it’s own editorial board is lily white now that Bill Maxwell has retired) to pen not just one, but two, sometimes three editorials.  Three editorials!  That’s like,…

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Times Editorial: Sleazy deal snares Bill McCollum

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From the St. Petersburg Times editorial board: Attorney General Bill McCollum and George Rekers have this in common: They were both happy to hire sleazy services, and they knew what they were getting for the money. Now both are having trouble explaining themselves. McCollum personally chose Rekers, a notorious antigay psychologist, as an “expert” witness in Florida’s legal effort to defend the state’s indefensible ban on gay people adopting children. That decision is under renewed scrutiny following reports that Rekers…

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St. Petersburg Times editorial: Teacher bill needs improvements

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From the St. Petersburg Times editorial board: The Florida House is poised to ram through sweeping changes to employment rules for public school teachers this week without listening to critics or allowing any improvements to the legislation. The bill (SB 6), already approved by the Senate, would abolish tenure for future teachers and make high-stakes testing central to deciding whether teachers get raises or qualify for renewal of their teaching certificate. Florida needs to make it easier to reward the…

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Times editorial: Call in the feds to investigate state GOP

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The St. Petersburg Times Editorial Board is calling for federal prosecutors and the Internal Revenue Service to conduct a vigorous investigation at the highest level, untainted by state politics.  Excerpts: It is becoming clearer why it took so long to oust former state Republican Party chairman Jim Greer in January even as the party’s grass roots activists and largest fundraisers demanded a change. Greer had his secrets, and powerful Republican legislators had theirs. Each side was desperate to avoid disclosure, no matter…

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Analyzing the polls vs. the actual results in the St. Petersburg Mayoral Race

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Pre-election polls are usually discarded as quickly as a losing candidate’s yard signs, but I think the ones surveying the St. Petersburg Mayoral Race deserve a second look, if for no other reason than to gauge the accuracy of the polls and the organizations which commissioned them. I’d argue that it was the publication of two polls within the last two weeks of the election that helped clear up what had been a particularly murky campaign. With ten candidates running,…

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