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Cost of Mayor Bill Foster’s new high-speed pursuit? $140,000 and counting as city purchases 380 ‘stop sticks’

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Before I write anything else, let me be clear that I think it was just ridiculous for Mayor Foster to allow the police to engage in high-speed pursuits.  As City Council Chair Leslie Curran got Police Chief Chuck Harmon to admit, there is not one shred of evidence that the police can point to that shows allowing high-speed pursuits does anything but create mayhem. When asked by Curran what data he had showing that the policy change would reduce crime,…

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Cost of Mayor Bill Foster’s new high-speed pursuit? $140,000 and counting as city purchases 380 ‘stop sticks’

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Before I write anything else, let me be clear that I think it was just ridiculous for Mayor Bill Foster to allow the police to engage in high-speed pursuits.  As City Council Chair Leslie Curran got Police Chief Chuck Harmon to admit, there is not one shred of evidence that the police can point to that shows allowing high-speed pursuits does anything but create mayhem. When asked by Curran what data he had showing that the policy change would reduce…

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Leslie Curran emerging as ‘voice of opposition’ to Bill Foster’s City Hall

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Ouch. Ouch. OUCH! As much as it pains me to write this – ouch! – City Councilmember Leslie Curran is emerging as a counterweight, if not the voice of opposition, to Mayor Bill Foster’s City Hall, a suprising development considering that Curran and Foster are both Republicans from the same part of town who share similar worldviews. Yet, since becoming Chair of the City Council, Curran’s frustration with some of Foster’s heavy-handedness is becoming apparent. Consider this exchange during a…

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Leslie Curran emerging as ‘voice of opposition’ to Bill Foster’s City Hall

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Ouch. Ouch. OUCH! As much as it pains me to write this – ouch! – City Councilmember Leslie Curran is emerging as a counterweight, if not the voice of opposition, to Mayor Bill Foster’s City Hall, a suprising development considering that Curran and Foster are both Republicans from the same part of town who share similar worldviews. Yet, since becoming Chair of the City Council, Curran’s frustration with some of Foster’s heavy-handedness is becoming apparent. Consider this exchange during a…

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As rumors circulate that Kathleen Ford may make him next Police Chief, Randall Jones shows up on two mail-pieces for her campaign

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Rumors are circulating around City Hall, especially among the high command of the Police Department, that Kathleen Ford has made a deal with Randall Jones, failed candidate for Pinellas County Sheriff, that would make him the next Police Chief in a Ford administration. These rumors are gaining traction as a slew of direct mail arrives in voters’ mailboxes, all of it emphasizing Jones’ endorsement of Ford. The mail is paid by the St. Petersburg Democratic Club, the controversial PAC headed…

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10 things I think I think about the televised ‘Conversation with the Candidates’

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1. The St. Petersburg Times should be embarrassed by the turnout at last night’s forum. There wasn’t more than 150 people in the audience, none of whom haven’t already made up their mind. The entire balcony was empty! That’s how bad the Times’ “picayune” coverage has been…that no one, and I mean no one, cares enough to show up for the only televised debate of the campaign. Where was the Police Chief or members of his command? Where were the…

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Exclusive: Chuck Harmon whacks Scott Wagman in letter defending Police Department

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Police Chief Chuck Harmon blasts Scott Wagman in a defense of the police department he is distributing to “friends, colleagues, community leaders and citizens.” Harmon writes: “Scott Wagman has sent out such gross misrepresentation of the facts in his campaign materials indicating crime in Tampa is down 46% while St. Petersburg is up 9%.” Harmon goes on to cite several statistics, while also stating “the candidates have a duty to tell the truth and not misrepresent facts of such importance…

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