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Rick Baker Back-to-School Meter downgraded by hiring of Nick Hansen

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Aaron Sharockman writes: Baker, who has a little more than a month left in his second and final term, has been working until 1 a.m. some nights on his application for (St. Petersburg College’s) top job, he said this week. He’s also seeking out the help of friends and colleagues, who have begun a letter-writing campaign to support his candidacy. Baker, who said supporters came forward as they heard about his prospective candidacy, has even asked a political consultant to…

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Exclusive: Latest poll shows Kathleen Ford leading decisively over Bill Foster; Kennedy well ahead, Kornell, Rouson neck and neck

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At Tuesday’s Mayoral Forum hosted by Tiger Bay, Bill Foster pulled no punches in his verbal pummeling of Kathleen Ford. Foster seemed to want to blame Ford for anything and everything that had ever gone wrong in St. Petersburg. If he could’ve, Foster would’ve even blamed Ford for the Rays losing the World Series, except Foster was too busy playing the victim card, doth protesting too much about Ford’s (actually humorous) criticisms of Foster’s narrow worldview. I thought Foster’s was…

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Bill Foster’s blunders in the black community continue as campaign hires former Cappelli, Gibbons aide Nick Hansen to run black GOTV

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It is probably the shortest post ever written on the St. Petersburg Times’ Bay Buzz: “Bill Foster opens a campaign office in Midtown”. It’s located in the shopping center at 2261 34th Street S. This news comes on the heels of several miscues by Bill Foster’s campaign in its outreach to the African-American community, such as the recent incident in which Foster “hurt some people’s feeling when he turned down an offer last week to take a photo with Davis,…

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Bill Foster rollin’ in the dough

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The money is starting to roll in for Bill Foster. His latest fundraising report showed Foster hauled in more than $36K over the last period. And that’s not counting the 12K he raised last Wednesday at the fundraiser AK Desai, Joe Triolo and Jim Holton hosted for Foster at the Venue or the money former Deveron Gibbons supporter Tim Higham raised for Foster last Friday at a fundraiser littered with other Gibbons supporters (I walked by and saw Nick Hansen…

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10 things I think I think about why Deveron Gibbons and Scott Wagman lost

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1. Both Gibbons and Wagman hired campaign managers who have yet to prove themselves in a significant, competitive race. Gibbons hired Nick Hansen, who’s resume includes efforts for Angelo Cappelli and Mitt Romney, while Toni Molinaro quarterbacked the Pinellas County Democrat’s failed Vote Local campaign. Molinaro also lost her race to retain her precinct in PCDEC. Neither manager’s work history was exactly confidence inspiring. Hansen and Molinaro’s efforts in the Mayoral Campaign weren’t their finest hours, either. Hansen was nowhere…

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Winners & Losers from yesterday’s primary

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Forget about Kathleen Ford and Bill Foster winning, there were plenty of other Winners and Losers who emerged from the St. Petersburg Mayoral Primary. Here’s a list of who really won and who really, really lost. The Architects, the Maestros, or whatever they call campaign managers nowadays: Steve Lipinski and Darden Rice. Lapinski, Steve Kornell’s campaign manager, has put together a streak of impressive wins by paying attention to the details. Rice, who is quarterbacking Karl Nurse’s re-election effort, deserves…

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Former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young to work on GOTV for Gibbons…and other thoughts on Deveron’s campaign

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Rumors are flying around so quickly, there isn’t enough time for separate posts on all the news coming out of the St. Petersburg Mayoral Race. A few tidbits from the Deveron Gibbons’ campaign: Word is that former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young will be rallying black voters for Gibbons during several GOTV stops at African American churches next Sunday. Gibbons’ media consultant Adam Goodman said on the TV program Florida This Week that he “just saw a new poll that show…

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