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Pinellas Stonewall Democrats re-issue press release endorsing Scott Wagman, only this time they blast Bill Foster

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On the organization’s website, the Pinellas Stonewall Democrats have re-issued their press release endorsing Scott Wagman for Mayor of St. Petersburg. You’ll notice the Stonewalls continue to misleadingly frame this election as a battle against Foster. They are trying to drive turnout for Scott Wagman by making Foster out as the bogeyman. The Stonewalls don’t have to like Foster and Foster hasn’t been a friend to the gay community. But, by attacking Foster for Wagman, all the Stonewalls are really…

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Are Scott Wagman’s ads on Google a violation of Florida’s election laws?

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I’ve been wrong before about Scott Wagman violating Florida’s election laws, so I was much more thorough this time around concerning a possible violation by Mr. Houghton-Wagman. And while the case has yet to be investigated and ruled on, it appears as if Wagman could be in a heap of trouble with the Florida Elections Commission. The alleged violation: Upon conducting a search for the term “Jamie Bennett” on Google’s search engine, I was returned to a screen with an…

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Pinellas Realtors explain endorsements

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Is this going to be one of the new trends this election season, in which organizations explain their endorsements? Sierra Club explained why it endorsed Scott Wagman for St. Petersburg Mayor; now the Pinellas Realtors are explaining (albeit with several spelling errors I had to correct) the endorsement they made last week in the City Council races: District 2: James Kennedy – Kennedy earned the committee’s recommendation because of his commitment to growth management planning as well as his overall…

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Ridin’ dirty: Deveron Gibbons’ driving record

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According to the official records from the Department of Highways and Motor Vehicles, Deveron Montez Gibbons’ has had his driver’s license suspended at least seven times, while also racking up at least nine separate traffic violations. Dating back to 1999, Gibbons’ record shows a clear pattern of disregard not just for traffic laws, but for the judicial system itself. His license was suspended each time for failing to satisfy the requirements imposed on him as a result of a previous…

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Maybe, just maybe, the Times is partially responsible for St. Pete voters’ apathy

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Not to stir up any more trouble for myself than I usually do, but maybe, just maybe voters are undecided about whom to vote for St. Petersburg Mayor because the Times coverage is so lackluster. Not for lack of trying. The Times has bombarded the voters with coverage of the trivial and trivial candidates. Whether it be stories about Rays’ tickets, “sign monsters” or Kentucky Fried Chicken, the focus has been on what is Buzz worthy, rather than what is…

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Avert your eyes! Kathleen Ford’s website is up

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Kathleen Ford’s campaign website is now up and running, almost a month after she filed her paperwork to run for St. Petersburg Mayor. It isn’t the roogoodoo that Bill Foster’s site is, but it’s pretty bad, even by political website standards. How do I hate thee, let me count the ways: The header is generic, with cut-and-paste Americana bunting and a campaign pin that reads “Ford ’09.” The top left of the site is dominated with icons that link to…

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Kathleen Ford takes steps to run for Mayor

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As of Monday, Kathleen Ford has resigned her membership in at least one local, but significant, political organization in preparation for an expected run for St. Petersburg Mayor. A source close to the Ford family stated that they expected Kathleen to announce her candidacy around the same time as Commissioner Ken Welch makes his decision, which he said would take place at the end of the month.

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