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The dog days of Summer have arrived

in Peter/The Bay and the 'Burg by
Labor Day is as far down the road as the 4th of July is in the rearview mirror. These are officially the dog days of Summer. Maybe the heat can explain:

How Cristina Silva writes this limp article as part of her coverage of the race in District 5. “The seat is being vacated by City Council member Jamie Bennett, who is running for mayor. Bennett supports all three candidates. ‘They all would do a good job,’ he said.” A milquetoast quote from a milquetoast incumbent? Instead of picking the low-hanging fruit and reporting about where the candidates agree, isn’t it Silva’s job to report on the differences. This is an exciting race, but the coverage doesn’t reflect it.

Or how Ed Helm has the temerity to propose a need for a citywide “family night” when his own relatives previously sued him, called him “unfit” and “erratic” and said he “cannot be trusted” with the job of Mayor.

Or how Jamie Bennett can say I’m lying on Friday, disputing how he paid me, then on Monday sneak into the City Clerk’s office to submit a new campaign treasurer’s report that shows I was right all along.

Or how my boy John Morroni (I wear a Livestrong bracelet out of respect for his battle against cancer) can be so weak-kneed on Ken Welch’s tax increase proposal: “Right now, I’m leaning against it unless there’s an overwhelming amount of support,” Morroni said. What a principled stand!

Or how Pinellas Democrats think its effective to email Republican members of the County Commission asking them to support Ken Welch’s tax increase. At first Karen Seel said she wasn’t interested, but now that she’s gotten an email from Ramsay, well, that really changes things.

Or how Daniel Ruth, who should consider himself lucky he has his once-a-week column with the Times, and recently launched his own blog — how novel! — came right out of the gate and said he would not “become part of the cyber community” while trashing the blogosphere he deigned to join.

Or how the Jacksonville Observer waited all of 18 hours after Jim King’s death before discussing how his passing would impact local elections. Classy.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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