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Party, PAC money seeps into nonpartisan municipal races

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When candidates run for local nonpartisan offices — mayor, council member, or commissioner — they’re supposed to keep party politics out of the conversation. And, for the most part, that’s the way it is. But in some races this year, partisan money is helping finance local candidates. Take the City of Largo, for example, where incumbent Curtis Holmes is facing Neil McMullen in the race for Seat 3 on the city commission. McMullen is a descendant of one of Pinellas…

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Mike Twitty retains fundraising lead over Jim Frishe for Pinellas Property Appraiser

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In what so far is the richest race among 2016 Pinellas County public office candidates, property appraiser hopeful Mike Twitty now has a $50,000 fundraising lead over his lone opponent, Jim Frishe. To date, Twitty has raised nearly $86,000, while Frishe has pulled in close to $36,000. However, the Supervisor of Elections’ October finance reports show a month where the two candidate’s fundraising efforts were a little closer than their overall totals might suggest. Twitty – a 48-year-old Republican and political newcomer with 25-years of…

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Susan Latvala sues Palm Harbor restaurant for failure to pay back $10,000 loan

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Former Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala is suing the owner of Lulu’s Beach House Café in Palm Harbor. Latvala alleges the owner of the restaurant, Louise Goetz, owes her more than $10,000 for repayment in loans. Latvala loaned Goetz money on three separate occasions. Once, she loaned Goetz $4,100 for an espresso coffee machine. Goetz signed a promissory note to make interest only payments of about $10 a month for a year before making a single balloon payment paying off…

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Bob Hackworth loses ANOTHER campaign manager

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At some point, this all becomes a joke. Bob Hackworth has gone and lost another campaign manager.  This time it’s the charming, enthusiastic Shari Hazlett, who has decided to part ways with the mercurial former mayor of Dunedin.  Hazlett was brought into replace Darden Rice, who, after having her own issues with Hackworth, resigned as campaign manager, err, I mean stepped back from her day-to-day responsibilities to serve as just a consultant to the campaign. This latest development is disappointing…

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The case against Bob Hackworth’s campaign against Susan Latvala

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I would like to outline some of the pros and cons, from a purely political standpoint, of why Bob Hackworth should have run for the District 45 seat of the Florida House of Representatives rather than the seat currently held by Susan Latvala on the Pinellas County Commission.  This is the text of a memorandum I wrote to him (albeit unsolicited) when I learned he was considering a run. Perhaps the best way to sum up the difference between the two possible…

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The case against Bob Hackworth’s campaign against Susan Latvala

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I would like to outline some of the pros and cons, from a purely political standpoint, of why Bob Hackworth should have run for the District 45 seat of the Florida House of Representatives rather than the seat currently held by Susan Latvala on the Pinellas County Commission.  This is the text of a memorandum I wrote to him (albeit unsolicited) when I learned he was considering a run. Perhaps the best way to sum up the difference between the two possible…

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Neil Brickfield on the Billiris-WorkNet controversy

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An increasingly dangerous place to be is the space between political consultant, err, I mean, Pinellas’ next, first county mayor, err, I mean County Commissioner Neil Brickfield and any opportunity for him to offer a quote to the St. Petersburg Times’ David DeCamp. Check out this whopper from Brickfield on the flap about WorkNet Pinellas and the use of youths in a stimulus-funded program to collect petitions for a County Commission candidate: Brickfield, who sits on the WorkNet board and…

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