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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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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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League of Women Voters to host candidate forums tonight and Thursday at City Hall

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Either way, seeing and hearing the candidates will help you to make your ballot choices for the November 3rd election. St. Petersburg will choose a mayor (Kathleen Ford or Bill Foster) and City Council members for Districts 2 (Stephen J. Corsetti or James Kennedy Jr); 4 (Leslie Curran or Pamella Settlegoode); 5 (Steve Kornell or Angela Rouson); 6 (Karl Nurse or Vel Thompson); and 8 (Jeff Danner or Leonard Schmiege); voted citywide. On Tues., Oct. 6th at 7 p.m. the…

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Tiger Bay or Tiger Lilly?

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Like with so many others, my relationship with Tiger Bay is becoming a love-hate situation. I love going to the forums, I think they hate when I show up and make the likes of Leslie Curran quiver with discomfort. Earlier this year and behind closed doors, the board of Tiger Bay contemplated taking away a fang-and-claw award I received for a question I asked Mayor Rick Baker. The rationale for this unprecedented action (seriously) had something to do with Beverly…

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10 things I think I think about yesterday’s candidate forum at Tiger Bay

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Honestly, I am often apprehensive about going to Tiger Bay. I know I make a lot of people (that means you, Leslie Curran) uncomfortable by just being in the room. But my apprehension subsides quickly once I see all the familiar faces. Plus, I’ve won a couple of fang-and-claw awards, I try to ask good, tough questions (I’d have won a few more fang-and-claw awards by now if some of the judges weren’t those same people I make uncomfortable) and,…

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Karl Nurse drops a niiiicccceeee mailpiece

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My dear friend Karl Nurse dropped a niiiicccceeee mail-piece. Nice head shot, nice soft colors, nice quote from the Times. The reverse has a couple of niiiicccceeee pictures of Obama and Morpheus. Karl basically is pulling a reverse Deveron, who sent out a mail-piece chock full of pictures of Deveron and Wonder Bread. I guess I have to give this piece a “B” because it’s so damn nice. The front is about as good as you can get without trying…

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City Council candidates at Tiger Bay today

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The two races for St. Petersburg City Council District 5 and 6 seats each share common elements. They both contain economically and racially diverse areas of the City with some of the most valuable, and most economically troubled real estate. They also feature open, or nearly open, seats as opposed to other districts where the incumbents are fairly securely entrenched. But the most interesting element each shares is the field of candidates. Each has a presumed front-runner. In District 5…

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