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Announcing another bid for St. Pete mayor, Rick Baker savages Rick Kriseman

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Speaking in impassioned tones Tuesday, former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker is ready to tangle head on against incumbent Rick Kriseman. “You’re going to hear a lot about Republicans and Democrats over the next few months,” Baker said as he formally announced his bid for mayor on the steps of St. Pete City Hall. “Because that’s that’s the only thing they have.” Baker was referring to earlier statements from Kriseman’s campaign manager about Baker’s support for Republicans like Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin…

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2nd-day draft steals? Dalvin Cook, Forrest Lamp could go early; Joe Mixon, too

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The last two players to be selected with the first pick of the second round of the NFL draft were New York Giants star safety Landon Collins in 2015 and Cleveland Browns promising pass rusher Emmanuel Ogbah last year. The point being there is plenty of big-time talent left on the board when the first round ends. That is especially the case this season, when the draft class was considered to have more first-round talents than first-round picks. Six players…

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I really don’t know Kevin King

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I really don’t know Kevin King, the Chief of Staff to Mayor Rick Kriseman. I believe — and Kevin can correct me if I am wrong — the last time he and I spoke was in early 2006. It was after my spiral from politics, when I was waiting tables at a now-defunct joint on Fourth Street. If I remember correctly, Kevin was charitable to me, probably feeling sorry for my station in life at the time. He was soon to become, if not already, the go-to…

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Peach Bowl: Alabama dynasty vs. playoff outsider Washington

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Alabama is very familiar with this role. Washington? It’s been a while. The Peach Bowl features one of college football’s greatest dynasties against the definite outsider in this season’s College Football Playoff. The top-ranked Crimson Tide (13-0) is going for its second straight national title and fifth in the last nine seasons under coach Nick Saban. At this point, it’s national championship or bust for Alabama. A loss in Saturday’s semifinal game would make this season a failure. “It’s the…

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Remind us again what big project Rick Kriseman’s administration is good at managing?

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It is the difference between the executive and the legislative. The former is about the buck stopping here. The latter is about forming a committee to explore when would be best to meet to address the problem. It’s about management style. With a political career that included time on St. Petersburg’s City Council and as a backbench member of the Florida Legislature, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman‘s background is mostly one of committees and workshops. There wasn’t a lot of management…

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Jack Latvala wants Rick Kriseman to consider Pinellas County, and not just St. Petersburg, for future home of the Rays

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Shortly after the St. Petersburg City Council finally granted the Tampa Bay Rays management permission to negotiate with Hillsborough County officials regarding a potential new ballpark, St. Pete officials introduced a new project to assure fans that they would move heaven and earth to keep the team in the ‘burg. In late February came the Baseball Forever Campaign, an initiative spearheaded by the City of St. Pete and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. “There’s no better place to…

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Al Lang Stadium expansion wouldn’t rob Rays stadium money

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A proposed expansion of Al Lang Stadium on the downtown St. Pete waterfront would require bed tax funds from the county. So would a new baseball stadium if the Rays decide to stay in St. Pete. But contrary to buzz following reports Tuesday on the proposal, one project would not rob funds from the other. According to Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch, the two projects would receive funding from different pots within the county’s bed tax revenue. “We ‘reserve’ approximately…

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