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St. Pete College’s Soviet-style presidential selection would make Vladimir Putin proud

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In less pretentious times, St. Petersburg Junior College hired presidents without the help of consultants who make them look ridiculous. But it’s a “state college” now, and its presidential search is an expensive and entertaining-for-all-the-wrong reasons mashup of Marcel Marceau and The Muppets. To be fair, variations on the Soviet- stylings of SPC’s presidential search are happening all over Florida. We know more about SPC’s shenanigans because it is among the few “community colleges” where a reporter is paying attention.…

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At swearing in, Bob Dillinger says it’s his last term as Pinellas/Pasco public defender

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The event was set up as a festive ceremony to swear in six of Pinellas County’s constitutional officers. But amid the laughter, hugs and cheers, there were some serious moments. One came just after Pinellas-Pasco public defender Bob Dillinger was sworn in by Anthony Rondolino, chief judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit. In a voice choked with emotion, Dillinger announced that this would be his “last term as public defender for the Sixth Judicial Circuit.” Dillinger did not offer reasons…

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Pinellas clerk to hold group Valentine’s Day wedding ceremony

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Ken Burke, Pinellas County clerk court, has opened registration for his 11th Annual Valentine’s Day Group Wedding. Up to fifty couples are expected to be joined together for one group wedding ceremony on Valentine’s Day in the wedding garden at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. “Our Valentine’s Day group wedding event is a memorable occasion many in the community look forward to and we are very thankful for the couples who allow us to partake in their special day,”…

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Pinellas sets swearing-in for constitutional officers

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Swearing-in of Pinellas County’s incoming constitutional officers will be Jan. 3. The ceremony, which will be open to the public, will be at 5:30 p.m. in the historic Pinellas County Courthouse located at 324 S Fort Harrison Ave. in Clearwater. A reception in the courthouse lobby will follow the reception. Two of the constitutional officers are being sworn in for the first time. They are Mike Twitty, who will succeed outgoing property appraiser Pam Dubov. Dubov is leaving to enter…

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Pinellas county clerk sues inmate over filings, harassment

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Pinellas County Circuit Court Clerk Ken Burke and County Attorney James Bennett are putting an end to the harassment by a Florida prison inmate. The two are seeking relief over affidavits filed by Vincent Williams, who is currently serving 20 years for attempted murder. Burke and Bennett filed a joint complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief Nov. 18. In late November, Williams filed three affidavits with the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court. The first requested Burke to be…

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Ken Burke receives 2016 osteopathic society presidential award

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The Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society (PCOMS) awarded Ken Burke the 2016 Presidential Award for his outstanding leadership as the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller. “The Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society is pleased to present County Clerk Ken Burke with a Presidential Achievement Award for his dedication and commitment to the citizens of this county not only as county clerk, but for his service to local charities, as board chair at St. Petersburg College, and government…

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Matt Stewart collects endorsements from Pinellas County elected officials

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Matt Stewart, who’s running for the Pinellas County School Board, has been endorsed by three elected officials from Pinellas County. Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice, Clerk of Court Ken Burke and retiring Tax Collector Diane Nelson have all endorsed him. Stewart said he was honored to have their endorsements. Stewart is running for the District 1 at-large seat on the school board against Joanne Lentino, a retired teacher. There is no incumbent in the nonpartisan race, which is voted countywide.…

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