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Has John McBride emerged as favorite for St. Petersburg’s city lobbying position?

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John McBride, a Tallahassee-based lobbyist with stints at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Office of Insurance Regulation, has emerged as one of the leading candidates for the City of St. Petersburg’s governmental relations position, according to sources  familiar with the interviewing and selection process. McBride’s is relatively unknown inside City Hall, nevertheless, he may very well win the position because many of the other leading candidates have too many factors working against them. Former City Councilmember Rene Flowers…

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Has John McBride emerged as favorite for St. Petersburg’s city lobbying position?

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John McBride, a Tallahassee-based lobbyist with stints at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Office of Insurance regulation, has emerged as one of the leading candidates for the City of St. Petersburg’s governmental relations position, according to sources  familiar with the interviewing and selection process. McBride’s is relatively unknown inside City Hall, nevertheless, he may very well win the position because many of the other leading candidates have too many factors working against them. Former City Councilmember Rene Flowers…

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10 things I think I think about Bill Foster’s first 100 days in office

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This week will mark the end of Bill Foster’s first 100 days as Mayor of St. Petersburg.  Here’s what I think of Mayor Foster’s first three months in office: 1.  So let me get this straight, Foster’s first three major personnel decisions have been to retain Goliath Davis, to eliminate five Park Ranger positions at Boyd Hill Nature Trail and to hire his former campaign manager for a $50,000 a year position. 2.  Foster is said to have narrowed the list…

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10 things I think I think about Bill Foster’s first 100 days in office

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This week will mark the end of Bill Foster’s first 100 days as Mayor of St. Petersburg.  Here’s what I think of Mayor Foster’s first three months in office: 1.  So let me get this straight, Foster’s first three major personnel decisions have been to retain Goliath Davis, to eliminate five Park Ranger positions at Boyd Hill Nature Trail and to hire his former campaign manager for a $50,000 a year position. 2.  Foster is said to have narrowed the list…

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A few words about my friends

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When I first started blogging, way back in 2005, Saint Petersblog was the home of many wonderful tales from my adventurous weekends. Five years later, I’ve, fortunately or unfortunately as the case may be, de-personalized this blog more than I would have liked to. So please give me a moment to say a few words about some of my friends – in politics and far from them… I owe a long overdue congratulations to Dr. Mark Adamiak, my best friend,…

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Young turks lining up for plum City of St. Petersburg lobbying job

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At least 95 individuals have applied for the City of St. Petersburg’s governmental relations manager position, according to application documents obtained from a public information request made last week. Many of the applicants are the ‘young turks’ who have staffed local campaigns and elected officials, such as Nick Hansen, who helped organize Mayor Bill Foster’s election effort, Brian Shuford, Rebekah Torres, an aide to former state House Rep. Mike Scionti. Also, see that the talented Steve Cline is on the…

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E-mails confirm City Hall administrator is coordinating letter-writing campaign for Rick Baker’s application for SPC president — on city time

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Last week, Aaron Sharockman reported that St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker had begun campaigning in earnest for the presidency of St. Petersburg College: Baker, who said supporters came forward as they heard about his prospective candidacy, has even asked a political consultant to help coordinate the letters. Nick Hansen, who was campaign manager for mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons, has been collecting and organizing the letters. Today, through a public records request, Saint Petersblog has learned that Lori Matway, the City…

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