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Florida Ethics Commission censures, fines former St. Pete City Council member Jamie Bennett for role in Ticketgate

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At its April meeting, the Florida Ethics Commission will formally agree to a stipulation publicly censuring and fining former St. Petersburg City Councilmember Jamie Bennett for his role in distributing city tickets to Tampa Bay Rays baseball games in an attempt to gain influence over neighborhood leaders. Specifically, the Florida Ethics Commission found that Bennett: While ostensibly distributing the tickets in accordance with City policy by handing them out to heads of neighborhood associations, preliminary evidence indicates that Respondent’s primary…

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If the Times cares about poor people, why publish their mugshot?

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As is often the case, the left hand doesn’t always know what the right hand is writing. Case in point is today’s noble editorial in the SPTimes bemoaning the fact that several courts in Florida have resurrected the de facto debtor’s prison, in which thousands of Floridians are jailed for failing to pay assessed court fees and fines. Yet, this editorial comes from the same newspaper which just launched an online feature for readers to view the mugshots of the…

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