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GOTV mailpieces from Scott Wagman, Bill Foster

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If your mailbox is like mine, it’s probably stuffed like a Christmas turkey with mail from candidates looking to Get Out the Vote. Here are the GOTV pieces from Scott Wagman and Bill Foster: No way, Equality Florida and the Stonewall Democrats and Linda Lerner…who’d have thunk it? Nice airbrushing of that shiny dome, Wags. Like so much of his campaign, very earnest, but a little underwhelming, if not also graphically sloppy. Basically, these two mailpieces represent about $10,000 being…

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Larry Williams was sued and accused of not paying a campaign consultant

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From the St. Petersburg Times‘ archives, the story of how the newest entrant into the mayoral race, who still has a billboard up from a previous race, didn’t pay his consultant and was sued accordingly: Former St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Larry Williams and a campaign consultant say they have settled a lawsuit that accused Williams of failing to pay $14,821.40 he owed. The Mallard Group filed the lawsuit in October, saying it repeatedly tried to collect from Williams. Terms of…

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Is Deveron Gibbons polling already?

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The sister of a close friend says she received a call this week from Republican polling firm The Tarrance Group asking questions about the St. Petersburg mayor’s race. The woman who answered this poll was struck by how detailed and extensive the interview was; based on the questions she said they asked, I’d estimate the poll cost at least 10K. Most of the questions were framed around Deveron Gibbons, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the poll is being conducted by…

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Monday’s mayoral wrap-up

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This past week saw an increased level of activity from almost every candidate running for Mayor. Here’s a recap with analysis. – Jamie Bennett took a hit for my volunteering on his campaign, but his campaign showed off its early organizational strength, launching a campaign website and hosting a campaign kick-off attended by just under 100 people. – Kathleen Ford is circling the race like a hungry shark in shallow waters, having resigned her membership in the organization opposed to…

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Quack, quack: Bill Foster hires Mallard Group

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Mayoral candidate Bill Foster confirmed on Saturday night that he will indeed retain The Mallard Group to assist his campaign. Foster has been coy about which consultant he would employ in this race, but he has relied on ‘The Pond’ before in his re-election efforts to the St. Petersburg City Council. Although The Mallard Group has been relatively quiet lately, especially after a series of high-profile losses and a lawsuit was filed against the firm by Judge Jack Day, TMG…

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Monday’s Mayor’s Race Update: The Consultant Primary

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Before the first campaign donation is even made, the candidates for Mayor of St. Petersburg are engaged in a primary in which there are no votes, although there are certainly winners and losers. I’m talking about the competition to secure the few high-profile political consultants working in the Bay area. The Times reports that three campaigns have hired managers/consultants to run their campaigns. If the newspaper is the judge of this race, then Scott Wagman has “won” the consultant primary,…

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Judge John Renke (deservedly) thrown off bench

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“No one disputes that John Renke III is a good circuit judge. But the way he got on the Pinellas-Pasco bench makes him unfit to serve, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday. He is the 16th judge ordered removed from the bench in Florida since 1970 but the first removed solely for campaign violations. The ruling against Renke, 36, came in a harshly worded opinion that all but ends his 3 1/2 years of handling family law and probate in…

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