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St. Petersburg Times’ Sandra Gadsden doesn’t care for Foster personnel decisions

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The St. Petersburg Times Sandra Gadsden echoes much of the criticism I have leveled about Bill Foser’s awkward personnel decisions the Mayor has made during his first months on the job, especiallyFoster’s appointment of Todd Yost as the city’s lobbyist: Yost’s appointment was announced in a rather curious way. “He didn’t contribute money, he didn’t raise money, he didn’t knock on doors for me,” Mayor Bill Foster said. “His involvement in my campaign was zero, zilch, none.” No offense to…

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St. Petersburg Times’ Sandra Gadsden doesn’t care for Foster personnel decisions

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The St. Petersburg Times’ Sandra Gadsden echoes much of the criticism I have leveled about Bill Fotser’s awkward personnel decisions the Mayor has made during his first months on the job, especially Foster’s appointment of Todd Yost as the city’s lobbyist: Yost’s appointment was announced in a rather curious way. “He didn’t contribute money, he didn’t raise money, he didn’t knock on doors for me,” Mayor Bill Foster said. “His involvement in my campaign was zero, zilch, none.” No offense…

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Has John McBride emerged as favorite for St. Petersburg’s city lobbying position?

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John McBride, a Tallahassee-based lobbyist with stints at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Office of Insurance regulation, has emerged as one of the leading candidates for the City of St. Petersburg’s governmental relations position, according to sources  familiar with the interviewing and selection process. McBride’s is relatively unknown inside City Hall, nevertheless, he may very well win the position because many of the other leading candidates have too many factors working against them. Former City Councilmember Rene Flowers…

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Has John McBride emerged as favorite for St. Petersburg’s city lobbying position?

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John McBride, a Tallahassee-based lobbyist with stints at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Office of Insurance Regulation, has emerged as one of the leading candidates for the City of St. Petersburg’s governmental relations position, according to sources  familiar with the interviewing and selection process. McBride’s is relatively unknown inside City Hall, nevertheless, he may very well win the position because many of the other leading candidates have too many factors working against them. Former City Councilmember Rene Flowers…

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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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Quack, quack: Bill Foster hires Mallard Group

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Mayoral candidate Bill Foster confirmed on Saturday night that he will indeed retain The Mallard Group to assist his campaign. Foster has been coy about which consultant he would employ in this race, but he has relied on ‘The Pond’ before in his re-election efforts to the St. Petersburg City Council. Although The Mallard Group has been relatively quiet lately, especially after a series of high-profile losses and a lawsuit was filed against the firm by Judge Jack Day, TMG…

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