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Former City Council candidate Steve Corsetti considering party-switch to run against Pinellas Commish John Morroni

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Republican Steve Corsetti, who lost a competitive race for the St. Petersburg City Council, confirms that he is considering becoming a Democrat in order to challenge popular Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni. “Several people are urging me to make the switch,” said Corsetti, who lost by eleven points to incumbent Jim Kennedy. “And I am taking the idea under serious consideration.” Despite just running for office, Corsetti remains a bit of an enigma to many political observers. During the campaign,…

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Bill Foster raises another $55K in two weeks, but will it be enough to beat Kathleen Ford

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The latest campaign finance information (through October 9) is now available online. Mayor Kathleen Ford raised $7,340 for an overall total of $66,488.76, now having spent $46,485, leaving Ford with just over $20K cash-on-hand. Bill Foster raised $55,055 for an overall total of $207,242, spent $30,508, now having spent $141,143 overall, leaving Foster with just over 66K cash-on-hand. District 2 Steve Corsetti raised $50 (from former City Council candidate Joe Smith), for an overall total of $7,505, now having spent…

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Exclusive: Latest poll shows Kathleen Ford leading decisively over Bill Foster; Kennedy well ahead, Kornell, Rouson neck and neck

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At Tuesday’s Mayoral Forum hosted by Tiger Bay, Bill Foster pulled no punches in his verbal pummeling of Kathleen Ford. Foster seemed to want to blame Ford for anything and everything that had ever gone wrong in St. Petersburg. If he could’ve, Foster would’ve even blamed Ford for the Rays losing the World Series, except Foster was too busy playing the victim card, doth protesting too much about Ford’s (actually humorous) criticisms of Foster’s narrow worldview. I thought Foster’s was…

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Agenda 2010’s Bizarro World straw poll

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My favorite rabble-rouser Gypsy Gallardo helped organize a forum of the St. Petersburg City Council candidates, during which a straw poll was held to, supposedly, gauge the favorites of the African-American community. And like the Bizarro World in which up is down and black is white, most of the winners of the Bizarro Straw Poll are the candidates who will probably lose. And even those candidates who might win, the results are so lopsided, that only Bizarro Superman could make…

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Steve Corsetti, you have my apologies, but I have to endorse you — but first, another rant about Kathleen Ford

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In case any of you are wondering what political life would be like under a Kathleen Ford administration, this past week offered a glimpse of things to come. The debate over whether to vacate the sidewalk in front of BayWalk has nothing to do with Kathleen Ford. Not in the least. But an already fractious debate became more decisive the moment Ford announced she opposed the plan. Suddenly, lines were drawn and positions hardened. And this was an issue to…

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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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10 things I think I think about the (pathetic) St. Petersburg City Council races

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1. Jim Kennedy had a really bad week. First, Howard Troxler knocked the entire City Council for its inability to solve even the simplest of issues, such as the controversy surrounding a hot dog vendor. The story would not have been too bad for Kennedy, except for this quote, which is a doozy: “In government,” Kennedy said blithely of this latest delay, “six weeks is pretty darn quick.” Then a relative bombshell hit when Ken Welch came forward and said…

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