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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 6 – Tampa Bay Times’ love affair with Rays

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As 2015 winds down we took a look back at the year’s news in St. Pete and came up with a list of the top ten most prolific happenings. Whether the news evoked outrage in a community, excitement or even heart break, these are the top headlines of 2015. No. 6 – Tampa Bay Times’ love affair with Rays The Tampa Bay Times has been an icon of local news for decades. To this day residents can’t get through a…

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St. Pete City Council incumbents Charlie Gerdes, Steve Kornell sail to re-election

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As expected, both St. Petersburg City Council incumbents facing re-election cruised to easy victories Tuesday night. With early voting counted, Council Chairman Charlie Gerdes was trouncing Monica Abbott with 64 percent of the vote. Steve Kornell is leading his opponent, Philip Garrett 56 percent to 44 percent. While Gerdes never really faced a credible threat from Abbott, Kornell did have cause for concern when the Tampa Bay Times endorsed Garrett based on one defining issue: Garrett supported Mayor Rick Kriseman’s brokered deal to let the Tampa…

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It’s not the party, it’s the after party: here’s where to find your favorite City Council candidates on Election Night

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It’s been a long road for some St. Pete City Council candidates. Win or lose both Will Newton and Lisa Wheeler-Brown will celebrate a hard-fought campaign Tuesday night. Newton will be gathering with supporters “hopefully celebrating a big win” Tuesday night at Ferg’s. The party starts there at 7 p.m. in the upstairs room. The campaign is providing some food. A cash bar is available for those wishing to imbibe. If the polls are any indication, the victory party will be at the Carter…

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Voter turnout in St. Pete on pace to be low

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As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, voter turnout in St. Pete was at 13.24 percent, most coming from mail-in ballots returned early. In the first three hours of Election Day, just 1.86 percent of registered voters had cast a ballot. The numbers are indicative of what has been a trickle at polling places. Even during the peak voting times between 7 and 9 a.m. only a handful of voters showed up at Pinellas Community Church in South St. Pete. That’s one…

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Tampa Bay Times still hammering away on candidates based on the Rays

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The Tampa Bay Times editorial board has taken one last chance to hammer home its unwavering support for anyone who may break the Tampa Bay Rays stadium saga stalemate. Even if it means endorsing a candidate for no other good reason. In its latest editorial, the Times continued its anti-Steve Kornell rhetoric based solely on the Rays issue. After having been criticized numerous times for endorsing Philip Garrett in the District 5 race despite a lackluster campaign and arguable lack of viability,…

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Foes Lisa Wheeler-Brown and Will Newton quite chummy on Election Day

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City Council candidates were out in full force Tuesday morning in a final push to earn votes before polls close at 7 p.m. City Council member Steve Kornell, who faces re-election, and District 7 candidates Will Newton and Lisa Wheeler-Brown all lingered jovially at Pinellas Community Church where voters in three South St. Pete precincts cast their ballots. All eyes are on Wheeler-Brown and Newton as voters wait for results to roll in Tuesday night. The District 7 race is…

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Philip Garrett called Janelle Irwin’s radio show; what happened next was awesome

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Philip Garrett is also “Charles in St. Pete,” an occasional caller at WMNF Community Radio on news and public affairs shows. For anyone who listens to call-in shows on WMNF, you know that not all of the callers always have the firmest grasp on the topics they’re calling about. “Charles in St. Pete” is not one of them. But he made a silly mistake today. As many of our readers know, I also host a political call-in show on WMNF…

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