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St. Pete to hold 2018 budget open house next week

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St. Petersburg city officials are holding an open house next week, giving residents a chance to provide input and learn more about the 2017-18 budget process. The budget open house is Monday, June 19, starting 6 p.m. at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N in St. Petersburg. For the first hour, residents are invited to ask questions and share ideas with Mayor Rick Kriseman, City Council members and administrators. During that time, staff from City Development, Public Safety, Neighborhood Affairs,…

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Florence Snyder: Rick Swearingen plays J. Edgar Hoover while Broward burns

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While Bald Badasses Rick Scott and Rick (“We know the terrorists are here!”) Swearingen are busy playing dress-up like Jack Bauer and Jason Bourne, Florida’s criminal justice basics are increasingly under the command of the Keystone Kops. The governor and FDLE commissioner are looking to raid state trust funds to “fight terrorism” by adding 46 new Counterterrorism Avengers to the payroll. It’s a good way to grab a cheap headline, and deflect attention from truly terrifying tales of our collapsing…

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Bill would require LEOs to wear body cameras during traffic stops

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In an effort to promote public safety, a state legislator filed a bill widening by a far margin the state’s use of body cameras by the law enforcement community at large. State Rep. Al Jacquet filed HB 513 Monday. The bill would, if enacted, require officers to wear and use body cameras while conducting routine traffic stops every time. “Body cameras are a tool to increase public safety that help protect both officers and the citizens they serve,” Jacquet said in…

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Today on Context Florida: Politics of make-believe, psychological slack, collective autism and a public safety crisis

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Today on Context Florida: In the eyes of Daniel Tilson, this week’s “Economic Growth Summit” hosted by Florida Gov. Rick Scott is all about the politics of make-believe, so anything goes. If life was fair, Scott’s summit would feature explanations and apologies to middle-class Floridians who’ve remained loyal to his hardcore conservative economic policies for years now. But life is often as tricky and unfair as…well, as hardcore conservative economic policies. Dale Brill says those of us with the financial resources…

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Protest of Times lawsuit against City of St. Petersburg planned for Sunday

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Looks like Jim Longstreth is organizing a protest of the St. Petersburg Times‘ lawsuit against the City of St. Petersburg over the solicitation ban is planned for this Sunday.  From the Facebook page: This is a peaceful protest against the St. Pete Times regarding the ridiculous lawsuit against the city of St. Petersburg regarding the new ban on street solicitation. This ban includes but is not limited to street vendors selling newspapers, panhandlers and fundraising initiatives. The ordinance prohibits any…

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What does Charlie Crist stand for? His website says a lot…

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After a weekend in which Charlie Crist earned the endorsement of Florida’s teachers, but not the AFL-CIO, and saw him position himself to go after the backing of the Sierra Club, even the governor’s most ardent supporters have to wonder what will Crist not do to gain a political advantage.  Crist is certainly enjoying his newfound Independent status, but have his core beliefs changed? Not according to his website, at least. Take a look at the meta-tags in the source…

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Dave Aronberg racks up another sheriff’s endorsement

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From Dave Aronberg’s Campaign: When we first started this effort, we had hoped that a select group of Sheriffs would stand with us. Based on my longstanding commitment to public safety and my experience in the Senate fighting gangs and prescription drug abuse, we believed we had a good chance. To earn the endorsements of a dozen currently serving Sheriffs is, frankly, beyond our highest expectations. To sweep every single Democratic Sheriff endorsement in this race is extremely gratifying and…

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