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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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I was ghastly ill over the weekend (why do I always get sick in May?), so today’s edition is a blend of commentary from Sunday and Monday’s editions of the St. Petersburg Times. As always, the best read on Monday comes via Tom Jones and his “Shooting from the lip” column.  A full page of insight into the world of sports that you didn’t already know from watching ESPN. Worst read is, as usual, Ernest Hooper’s banal column. Speaking of…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

in Peter/The Bay and the 'Burg by

I was ghastly ill over the weekend (why do I always get sick in May?), so today’s edition is a blend of commentary from Sunday and Monday’s editions of the St. Petersburg Times. As always, the best read on Monday comes via Tom Jones and his “Shooting from the lip” column.  A full page of insight into the world of sports that you didn’t already know from watching ESPN. Worst read is, as usual, Ernest Hooper’s banal column. Speaking of…

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10 things I think I think about Bill Foster’s first 100 days in office

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This week will mark the end of Bill Foster’s first 100 days as Mayor of St. Petersburg.  Here’s what I think of Mayor Foster’s first three months in office: 1.  So let me get this straight, Foster’s first three major personnel decisions have been to retain Goliath Davis, to eliminate five Park Ranger positions at Boyd Hill Nature Trail and to hire his former campaign manager for a $50,000 a year position. 2.  Foster is said to have narrowed the list…

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10 things I think I think about Bill Foster’s first 100 days in office

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This week will mark the end of Bill Foster’s first 100 days as Mayor of St. Petersburg.  Here’s what I think of Mayor Foster’s first three months in office: 1.  So let me get this straight, Foster’s first three major personnel decisions have been to retain Goliath Davis, to eliminate five Park Ranger positions at Boyd Hill Nature Trail and to hire his former campaign manager for a $50,000 a year position. 2.  Foster is said to have narrowed the list…

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Elections Supervisor: City of St. Petersburg could save $275K by scheduling municipal elections in conjunction with county’s

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The City of St. Petersburg could save as much as $276,509 if it scheduled its municipal elections in conjunction with the county’s, which are held on even-number years. But converting the city’s elections to a mail-ballot system would only save $17,900. These numbers are part of a series of cost estimates prepared by the Supervisor of Elections office as it responds to inquiries from several cities and towns interested in not only saving taxpayer money during difficult financial times, but…

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St. Petersburg should move its elections back to the Spring, but when exactly?

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The numbers do not lie: in March of 2001, more than 34% of voters turnout to choose the Mayor of St. Petersburg. 34% is not an especially impressive showing, but it’s certainly better than the 26% who turned-out earlier this month. And that was for a Mayoral Election. Consider the numbers when the Mayoral Race is not on the top of the ballot. In 2001, a paltry 12.77% took part in the city’s elections. By 2007, the number had fallen…

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10 things I think I think (for the last time) about St. Petersburg’s elections

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1. I have to take umbrage with this line from Stephen Nohlgren’s (faulty) analysis of why Kornell won: “For starters, the Kornell camp worried about last-minute smears by Rouson or her supporters, Lapinski said.” Angela Rouson was never going to go negative against Steve Kornell because he was gay, simply because she doesn’t believe being gay is a negative. As for her supporters, of which I was probably her most vocal, we/I were never going to go negative against Steve…

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