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Prominent supporter of Deveron Gibbons arrested on fraud charges

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Authorities say Thomas Coelho, a 40-year-old St. Petersburg ticket broker, has left behind a trail of legal and financial carnage in five states. His latest mess, police say, is right here in Tampa Bay. Coelho was arrested Thursday on a charge of scheming to defraud, accused of agreeing to sell $115,000 worth of Super Bowl XLIII tickets for a Tampa woman. Coelho is a prominent supporter of mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons. Just two months ago, Gibbons released a media advisory…

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Jamie Bennett to skip Kennedy King dinner

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Mayoral candidate Jamie Bennett will skip this weekend’s Kennedy King Unity Dinner, evidently because he (actually, his wife) does not want to attend an event of an organization (The Pinellas Democratic Party?) whose members have filed complaints against his campaign (dentally challenged Dem Jim Donnelon filed complaints against Bennett and myself, all of which were dismissed).

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Ramsey McLaughlin puts Wags to bed at Tiger Bay

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How boring was Pinellas DEC Chair Ramsey McLaughlin’s speech to Tiger Bay this afternoon? Well, first of all, he answered none of the hot-button questions asked of him by his introductory speaker Jerri Evans. Instead he gave a rather academic speech on how to win an election. McLaughlin’s remarks were in stark contrast to previous appearances by PCREC Chair Tony DiMatteo, who seemed to relish speaking in the Tiger’s Den. To the best question of the day, one posed by…

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Larry Williams was sued and accused of not paying a campaign consultant

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From the St. Petersburg Times‘ archives, the story of how the newest entrant into the mayoral race, who still has a billboard up from a previous race, didn’t pay his consultant and was sued accordingly: Former St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Larry Williams and a campaign consultant say they have settled a lawsuit that accused Williams of failing to pay $14,821.40 he owed. The Mallard Group filed the lawsuit in October, saying it repeatedly tried to collect from Williams. Terms of…

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