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Eric Skains exiting executive director position at St. Pete Pride

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Eric Skains, who has served as the executive director of St. Pete Pride for the past five years, is stepping down from his position. Skains’ resignation is effective August 31. The Houston native is moving back to his hometown to take a job in the corporate world, an opportunity he says he can’t turn down.

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SEIU backs Barclay Harless for St. Pete City Council

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In what Barclay Harless‘ campaign hopes will be a game changer, the Service Employees International Union Florida Public Services Union (SEIUFPSU) announced it’s endorsing him for St. Petersburg City Council District 2.

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City Council candidate Barclay Harless talks ‘big ticket’ plans

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Rick Baker‘s entrance into the mayoral race may have sucked up a lot of the public attention in St. Petersburg’s political atmosphere this spring. However, there an interesting race is emerging between two capable candidates in St. Petersburg City Council District 2. Realtor Brandi Gabbard and banker Barclay Harless are vying to succeed a term-limited Jim Kennedy later this year. Although Harless holds a fundraising lead, Gabbard actually raised more campaign cash in April. At Central Avenue’s Oyster Bar Thursday night, friends of Harless…

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Tampa a ‘final four’ city to host National Gay & Lesbian Chamber Convention

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Tampa is one of the final four cities in the running to host the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Convention this summer. Last week, a team of NGLCC officials visited Tampa to evaluate the location for the gathering scheduled for Aug. 7-10, 2018. Visit Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to attract the conference to Tampa — competing against Austin, Texas; Philadelphia and New Orleans. The chosen city could see an…

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Kevin Beckner campaign says key card information shows that Pat Frank hasn’t been showing up to work

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After making inferences that Hillsborough Clerk of the Circuit Courts Pat Frank hasn’t been showing up for years to put in full days of work, the Kevin Beckner campaign on Thursday sent out Excel spreadsheets to reporters, documenting when she checked in and out of office with her key card in the downtown Tampa office. According to the Beckner campaign, the information shows that in 2013 and 2015, Frank showed up at the downtown office for the equivalent of 120 days a…

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West Central Florida Federation of Labor opts NOT to endorse in Hillsborough Clerks race

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The West Central Florida Federation of Labor has opted not to make an endorsement in the Hillsborough Clerk of the Courts race. “We took a position of ‘no endorsement,’” said Cheryl Schroeder, the executive director of the West Central Florida Federation of Labor said on Wednesday. The Federation represents between 20-25 unions throughout the state. There are three candidates competing for the position – incumbent Pat Frank, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, and former Fox-13 WTVT consumer reporter and attorney Eric Seidel. Schroeder…

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown email blast asks supporters to focus on issues, not allegations

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown is running damage control. An email blast went out Friday afternoon asking voters to focus on the issues and ignore recent allegations of campaign finance transgressions. “You’ve been a dedicated supporter and have stood with me as we work to move St. Petersburg forward, so I wanted to make sure you had the facts. If you’ve been following the blogs, you may have seen that the campaign made a few mistakes when we were first getting started the…

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