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Rick Kriseman needs to respond forcefully to Rick Baker’s Trumpian ‘St. Petersburg carnage’

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It’s been seven years since Rick Baker exited City Hall as its most powerful, successful mayor. Hardly a day has gone by that someone — perhaps this site more so than anywhere else — has wondered whether he’d have to, like Cincinnatus, come in from the fields to save the city he loves. Today, St. Petersburg received Baker’s response, as he forcefully declared that he would challenge Rick Kriseman in what wrestling promoters would call a loser-leaves-town match. Before I analyze…

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This fundraising invitation from Ed Hooper has me worried

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Late last month, former state Sen. John Legg announced that he would not attempt to return to the Legislature in 2018. Had he run, Legg’s best path to victory was thought to be through north Pinellas’ Senate District 16, where incumbent Jack Latvala is term-limited from running again. The person who benefits the most from Legg not running is former state Rep. Ed Hooper who, even if Legg was in the race, is the early front-runner to replace Latvala. Hooper was in…

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5 things I think I think about today’s Tampa Bay Times

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Back before there was a FloridaPolitics.com and it was just me blogging at SaintPetersBlog.com, I would write a semi-regular screed about the Tampa Bay Times’ political coverage. This was so long ago, the Times still had St. Petersburg in its masthead. I gave up the “5 things I think I think…” column after a while because it got repetitive. (And because so many of my favorite writers — Howard Troxler, Eric Deggans, Michael Kruse —  left the newspaper). However, with 15…

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David Jolly taps Max Goodman to serve as new campaign manager

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U.S. Senate candidate David Jolly has tapped Max Goodman to serve as his new campaign manager. Goodman had served as political director for the Clearwater Republican’s bid to succeed Sen. Marco Rubio for the last eight months. “Max Goodman, our Political Director for the last eight months, has assumed the additional responsibilities of day-to-day operations as our new Campaign Manager. Max is one of the brightest political minds in the state, a tireless fighter, and exactly the right person to manage this campaign from here to victory in…

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Email insights: David Jolly says he’s already under attack by special interests

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Just hours after launching his 2016 U.S. Senate bid, Congressman David Jolly is under attack. But his campaign is already busy preparing. According to a new email from campaign manager Nick Hansen, the Washington D.C. special interest establishment wasted no time pouncing on the Indian Shores Republican, who is seeking Marco Rubio’s open Senate seat. “Organizations that are part of the selfish politics in Washington put loyalty to ideological scorecards over allegiance to our nation,” Hansen writes. Jolly is “running…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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I was ghastly ill over the weekend (why do I always get sick in May?), so today’s edition is a blend of commentary from Sunday and Monday’s editions of the St. Petersburg Times. As always, the best read on Monday comes via Tom Jones and his “Shooting from the lip” column.  A full page of insight into the world of sports that you didn’t already know from watching ESPN. Worst read is, as usual, Ernest Hooper’s banal column. Speaking of…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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I was ghastly ill over the weekend (why do I always get sick in May?), so today’s edition is a blend of commentary from Sunday and Monday’s editions of the St. Petersburg Times. As always, the best read on Monday comes via Tom Jones and his “Shooting from the lip” column.  A full page of insight into the world of sports that you didn’t already know from watching ESPN. Worst read is, as usual, Ernest Hooper’s banal column. Speaking of…

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