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Darden Rice seriously contemplating challenging David Jolly in CD 13

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Another Democrat is looking at the possibility of challenging Republican David Jolly in 2016, and this one actually lives in the district. St. Petersburg City Councilwoman Darden Rice says she’s been asked “for some time” to consider running for the Democratic nomination for the CD 13 seat, and she says she is giving it the serious consideration that it deserves. She says she will make her decision shortly after returning from an upcoming vacation. Among those interested in a possible…

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Bill doesn’t lift prohibition on plastic bag bans but does allow pilot programs

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A pilot program is a small step — but it is a step forward nonetheless, critics of disposable plastic shopping bags said Wednesday. A Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill that allows coastal communities to create a 2-1/2-year pilot program to regulate or ban plastic bags. Critics say plastic bags become litter that choke waterways and often are eaten by sea turtles and other marine life because they look like jellyfish. California enacted a statewide ban in 2014. But…

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Key plaintiff pulls out of voucher lawsuit

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The Florida Association of School Administrators — a major plaintiff and arguably the least overtly political — has pulled out of a lawsuit challenging the legality of Florida’s corporate tax credit scholarship program. “Following a full review of priorities, the Board made the decision to focus resources on FASA’s main objective -– to ensure that the quality of administrative leadership within our schools continues to make Florida’s graduates competitive worldwide,” said FASA executive director Juhan Mixon in a statement Friday. “Having made…

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Five minutes with David King, Counsel for League of Women Voters Florida

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Another skirmish in the battle over how Florida’s congressional districts were drawn played out Wednesday at the Florida Supreme Court. Sen. Bill Galvano emerged from the courtroom confident that the justices would uphold a plan approved by a lower court judge. David King represents the League of Women Voters which spearheaded a Fair Districts Constitutional Amendment that the group said lawmakers violated. King told justices that documents provided a peek “behind the curtain” of a corrupted process. Here’s five minutes…

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The day that was in Florida politics — Feb. 26

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Friday we got another chapter in an on-going series about the ouster of Gerald Bailey. The Tampa Bay Times secured a draft of an opinion piece Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam had prepared last month about the abrupt dismissal of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement director. A spokesperson explained the commentary wasn’t submitted to state newspapers because Putnam was talking to Capitol reporters and suggested publishing it would have been redundant. Former state senator Paula Dockery joined the League of…

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League of Women Voters to host candidate forums tonight and Thursday at City Hall

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Either way, seeing and hearing the candidates will help you to make your ballot choices for the November 3rd election. St. Petersburg will choose a mayor (Kathleen Ford or Bill Foster) and City Council members for Districts 2 (Stephen J. Corsetti or James Kennedy Jr); 4 (Leslie Curran or Pamella Settlegoode); 5 (Steve Kornell or Angela Rouson); 6 (Karl Nurse or Vel Thompson); and 8 (Jeff Danner or Leonard Schmiege); voted citywide. On Tues., Oct. 6th at 7 p.m. the…

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RIP Jeanne Malchon

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Former Florida Sen. Jeanne Malchon, an outspoken advocate for the elderly and environmental causes, died Sunday. She was 86. According to her family, the cause of death was complications from liver disease. A communications consultant, Mrs. Malchon was appointed to the Pinellas County Commission in 1975 in the wake of a bribery scandal. A Democrat, she ran for the state Senate in 1982, where she was a key sponsor for the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act. She was re-elected twice,…

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