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Ticketgate: the political strategy behind the distribution of tickets

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The first time I saw the tickets to the city’s suite at Tropicana Field was on or about April 16, immediately after Jamie Bennett called St. Pete Beach Mayor Mike Finnerty to confirm a) that Finnerty was still endorsing Bennett and b) if Finnerty wanted four tickets to the city’s suite at a Rays game. That was the precedent set by Jamie Bennett in my presence. Tickets equals politics. And from those actions I took my direction on how and…

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Jamie Bennett to sponsor referendum to preserve and protect waterfront

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City Councilmember Jamie Bennett will introduce a new business item before the City Council calling for a referendum to preserve and protect St. Petersburg’s Waterfront. Councilman Bennett, a leading candidate for mayor, has agreed to adopt the referendum language authored by POWW – Preserve Our Wallets and Waterfront, a citizen’s group dedicated to stopping major development on the city’s waterfront without a direct vote by residents. Councilman Bennett will be holding a press conference to outline his vision and to…

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POWW ramps up signature drive

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Preserve Our Wallets and Waterfronts, or POWW, has amped up its campaign to change the city charter and give voters more rights over future stadium construction. – The political action committee hired Peter Schorsch, a political consultant who led an unsuccessful campaign to replace Albert Whitted Municipal Airport with a waterfront park in 2003, to collect signatures. BUT LET’S NOT FORGET THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME A REFERENDUM QUESTION WAS PUT ON THE BALLOT VIA PETITION. I’D LOVE TO SEE…

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