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Barbara Banno foreclosure is “old news”

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Barbara Banno isn’t shying away from financial struggles that led to a foreclosure filing on her Gulfport home in 2012. In a blog post and in response to media inquiries, Banno readily admits she fell victim to the economic downturn. However, there are a couple of buts. First, Banno is still working with her financial institution, Wells Fargo according to financial documents, to satisfy her financial obligations and keep her home through a loan modification. “My ability to be Mayor…

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Toast to the Bay/Dump into the Bay: Jeff Brandes and Barbara Banno

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Toast to the Bay: Jeff Brandes Hats are off to Jeff Brandes this week for what will likely end in victory after two Legislative sessions of battling. A measure aimed at protecting property rights in Florida finally garnered consensus from pro-property rights lawmakers and law enforcement officials. A civil forfeiture measure pushed by Brandes both this year and last sailed through a House Committee hearing Thursday after an amendment was approved bringing law enforcement group’s to the table in support.…

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Sam Henderson releases Stonewall Democrats questionnaire

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Sam Henderson is releasing his responses to the Stonewall Democrats questionnaire that led the organization to endorse him for Mayor of Gulfport. The endorsement from the pro-LGBT group may have come as a shock to some and did shock Henderson’s opponent, Barbara Banno. Banno is openly gay. Henderson is not. Henderson’s release comes after Banno issued a public call for Henderson’s questionnaire in a blog on her campaign website. In it she claimed she has been a leader on LGBT…

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Gulfport mayoral candidates to answer questions at Stetson Town Hall

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Stetson University College of Law is hosting Gulfport mayoral candidates Sam Henderson, the incumbent, and Barbara Banno at a town hall forum Thursday in the school’s Mann Lounge. The candidates will first present their campaign platforms and then answer questions posed by moderator Lance Long, a professor at the school. Stetson’s Environmental Law Society, Maritime Law Society and Long’s Environmental Advocacy class are co-sponsoring the forum. It’s likely that the August sewage dump into Clam Bayou by St. Petersburg will…

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April Thanos grows fundraising gap over Dan Liedtke

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April Thanos is taking her bid for Gulfport City Council serious. The political newcomer loaned herself $3,000 in her bid to unseat incumbent Ward 1 councilman Dan Liedtke. On top of that loan, Thanos brought in $2,746 in contributions from a combination of Pinellas County residents, Gulfport residents and out-of-towners. Her biggest contribution came from the Florida Voters Fund political committee. That committee is affiliated with the company managing Thanos’ campaign. The Gulfport Democratic Club kicked in $300 and the…

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Sam Henderson closes fundraising gap in Gulfport mayoral election

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Gulfport mayoral candidate Barbara Banno is leading the fundraising battle against incumbent Sam Henderson, but he won the latest battle. During the first half of February from the first until the twelfth, Henderson brought in more than $4,500 compared to Banno who raised just over $3,000. The latest round of campaign finance activity brings Henderson’s total raised as of February 12th to just over $9,000. Banno has raised more than $16,000. However, Henderson has more cash on hand than his opponent…

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Sam Henderson to mingle with art supporters Saturday

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Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson will be greeting voters at Domain Home and Accessories Gallery Saturday nabbing up as many votes as he can leading up to the March 15 election. Pottery artist Bari Precious will also be on hand at the local business supporting local arts and artists. The art walk event runs from 7-8:30 p.m. at 3129 Beach Blvd. in Gulfport. Public appearances will be key for Henderson leading up to the election. He’s facing challenger Barbara Banno, a…

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