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Personnel note: Florida Ports Council names Niki McKinnell as Public Affairs VP

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The Florida Ports Council named Niki McKinnell as Vice President of Public Affairs. McKinnell replaces Jennifer Krell Davis who has accepted a position as Deputy Director of the Office of Public Information at The Florida Bar. McKinnell brings more than a decade of communications and public affairs experience to the Florida Ports Council. She comes from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), where she managed marketing programs and grants to increase driver safety on Florida’s roadways.…

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By setting special election date in April, Charlie Crist complicates chances of health care reform passing

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Interesting point from Anthony Man: U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, resigned from his Broward-Palm Beach County congressional seat, effective Jan. 3. When he announced his decision in October, he’d hoped that sticking around until the beginning of the year would mean health care legislation would be done and signed into law by the president. But, as everyone knows, that debate bogged down and Wexler – a certain “yes” on health care overhaul – is gone. Enter Gov. Charlie Crist.…

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Largo mayoral candidate demands to be on ballot after mistake over missing signature

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Former Mayor Bob Jackson, who was disqualified from the Nov. 3 election, wrote a letter to City Clerk Diane Bruner late Wednesday demanding his name be placed on the ballot. Bruner decided to disqualify Jackson because he failed to sign his loyalty oath. Jackson chastised Bruner and another employee for mistakes they made in the handling of his form. Bruner, who was informed about the missing signature by the Supervisor of Elections Office, admitted she did not notice the problem…

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Largo mayoral race update: Bob Jackson may sue after being thrown off ballot

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Former Mayor Bob Jackson may sue the city because he was disqualified from the Nov. 3 election. Jackson said city employees made a series of mistakes that led to his disqualification to run, and the resulting disenfranchisement of voters. “It’s essentially about the people’s right to make a choice,” Jackson said. Jackson was challenging incumbent Mayor Pat Gerard, who defeated him in 2006 in a close and heated race. City Clerk Diane Bruner notified Jackson on Thursday that he would…

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Former Largo mayor scratched from ballot over missing signature

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In a messy turn of events, former Mayor Bob Jackson has been disqualified from the Largo city election because one of his candidate forms, a loyalty oath, was not signed. Friday afternoon, City Clerk Diane Bruner e-mailed a letter to the Supervisor of Elections Office asking the mayor’s race to be pulled from the ballot. Jackson was challenging incumbent Mayor Pat Gerard, who defeated him in the 2006 election. For now, Gerard is automatically re-elected as the only qualified candidate,…

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