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Donald Trump campaigned as a disrupter, begins governing by chaos

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Trump’s temporary halt to the U.S. refugee program — the most consequential policy he’s unveiled in his presidency’s opening days — wreaked havoc at airports and sparked protests across the country. The order left Trump’s own government agencies scrambling, his Republican Party divided and allies around the world uneasy. A federal judge issued an emergency order temporarily blocking part of the measure, setting up a legal battle ahead. Trump could have avoided at least some of these consequences. He could…

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The vote to vacate the BayWalk sidewalk failed, not because of the protesters, but because of the St. Pete Chamber

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Much has already been written about the effort to vacate the sidewalk outside of BayWalk. St. Petersburg Times Editor of Editorials is already blaming the Gang of Four (Leslie Curran, Jeff Danner, Wengay Newton and Herb Polson for BayWalk’s impending demise: “When BayWalk is boarded up and completes its transformation from downtown St. Petersburg’s jewel to its biggest eyesore, we will know whom to blame. When Muvico closes and there is not a single movie theater in a city that…

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Bill Foster to launch campaign at Pioneer Park

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Mayoral hopeful Bill Foster will unveil his “Foster Formula” at noon on Monday during a public speech at Pioneer Park (and after homeless protesters interrupted Kathleen Ford’s announcement speech, who knows who will show up at Foster’s speech). Monday marks the six-months-and-counting mark until the primary for the Saint Petersburg Mayor’s race. Actually, voting will begin as early as July, but his late entry doesn’t seem to worry Foster: “Unlike other campaigns, I don’t have to cram for the final,”…

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Pleasantville and the St. Pete Pride Parade

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It just so happened that I was reading this article about religious protesters marching through the crowd at Saturday’s St. Pete Pride festival at the same time I was watching the movie Pleasantville, a “kind of parable that encourages us to re-evaluate the good old days and take a fresh look at the new world we so easily dismiss as decadent.” I can’t help but draw a comparison between the ignorant trouble-makers that showed up to protest the Pride Festival…

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