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Exclusive: Latest poll shows Kathleen Ford leading decisively over Bill Foster; Kennedy well ahead, Kornell, Rouson neck and neck

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At Tuesday’s Mayoral Forum hosted by Tiger Bay, Bill Foster pulled no punches in his verbal pummeling of Kathleen Ford. Foster seemed to want to blame Ford for anything and everything that had ever gone wrong in St. Petersburg. If he could’ve, Foster would’ve even blamed Ford for the Rays losing the World Series, except Foster was too busy playing the victim card, doth protesting too much about Ford’s (actually humorous) criticisms of Foster’s narrow worldview. I thought Foster’s was…

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Images from Election Day

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Mayoral candidate Jamie Bennett found his front yard filled with campaign signs put there by his daughter Alexandria. St. Petersburg Firefighters manned the polls for their endorsed candidates Angela Rouson and Kathleen Ford. Rick Baker enjoys lunch at Diner 437. An adviser to Baker said the Mayor held back his endorsement of Bill Foster once Baker learned Foster was comfortably ahead in the polls. With more than half of the electorate voting by mail and turnout low, poll workers, such…

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Winners & Losers from yesterday’s primary

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Forget about Kathleen Ford and Bill Foster winning, there were plenty of other Winners and Losers who emerged from the St. Petersburg Mayoral Primary. Here’s a list of who really won and who really, really lost. The Architects, the Maestros, or whatever they call campaign managers nowadays: Steve Lipinski and Darden Rice. Lapinski, Steve Kornell’s campaign manager, has put together a streak of impressive wins by paying attention to the details. Rice, who is quarterbacking Karl Nurse’s re-election effort, deserves…

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The Worst Election Ever comes to an end

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The last coherent thing my father said before he passed three years ago was the famous line from TS Eliot’s Hollow Men: This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper. But what do you say when something was a whimper all along? The St. Petersburg Mayoral Race comes to its first conclusion on Tuesday and not with a bang but…

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Kathleen Ford, Bill Foster ahead, while Deveron Gibbons, Scott Wagman lag behind in latest poll

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A new poll found mayoral candidates Kathleen Ford and Bill Foster are the frontrunners in the mayoral race. Ford was slightly ahead, with 22 percent of the vote. Foster had 21 percent of the vote. The poll, commissioned by the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, found 23 percent of voters were still undecided. Tel Opinion Research polled 400 voters. The poll has a margin of error of 3 to 3.5 percent margin, said Robert Kapusta, incoming chairman of the St. Petersburg…

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John Warren’s direct mail-piece

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There are other candidates running for Mayor of St. Petersburg beside Deveron Gibbons and Scott Wagman. Unfotunately, their campaign budgets allow them to block out the light from other campaigns. Take a look at this mailpiece from John Warren’s campaign. There is a lot to like here. I like one of the pictures. It’s not perfectly set-up, because there is more sky than there is John Warren, but it says to me, this man has a vision, yet knows how…

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Creative Loafing’s slurping of Scott Wagman — and its downward spiral in general

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Last week, Political Whore Wayne Garcia and I got into a minor scrape over my accusation of a bias by Creative Loafing for St. Petesburg mayoral candidate Scott Wagman, whose political consultant is the domestic partner of CL editor David Warner. My accusation began as just a gentle nudge; I left this comment at the end of a story about Wagman receiving Sierra Club’s endorsement: “Lots of stories about Wagman from the paper edited by his consultant’s partner.” Garcia unloaded…

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