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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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Peter Schorsch announces candidacy for Creative Loafing’s Best Local Troublemaker

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It is with tremendous enthusiasm and the support of my family and friends that today I announce my candidacy for Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay award “Best Local Troublemaker.” In so many ways, this is a no-brainer: since I returned from New York last year, no one has created more havoc in the local political scene. I told Mayor Rick Baker to shave his mustache. I’ve torpedoed more people than Sean Connery. I even called the St. Petersburg Times…

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Howard Troxler: On Jamie Bennett: Nice guy, but he has to grip the reins tight

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This was an unwise marriage, the too-easygoing City Council member running for mayor of St. Petersburg and the wild-card political consultant. Now it’s an ugly divorce. After James Bennett’s campaign got caught handing out tickets to the city’s suite at Tropicana Field for political purposes, Bennett and adviser Peter Schorsch parted ways, blaming each other. In turn, Schorsch went public over the weekend with a laundry list of dirty campaign tricks and violations that he says Bennett knew about. Bennett…

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