Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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The Staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Buckhorn hopes to find common ground with Trump on infrastructure.

Buckhorn hopes to find common ground with Trump on infrastructure.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn is going to the White House.So is Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos.  But not St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.Buckhorn's mission? To find common ground with President Donald Trump, specifically on a stalled plan to pump up t...
Published: 01/23/18
Tampa’s charter, getting its first review, will seek public comment Wednesday

Tampa’s charter, getting its first review, will seek public comment Wednesday

For the first time since the city adopted a home-rule charter in 1975, a nine-member appointed commission has been meeting to consider possible changes to Tampa's city charter.The Charter Review Commission's inaugural work might be new to Tampa, but ...
Published: 01/23/18
Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker leaves the Edwards Group

Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker leaves the Edwards Group

ST. PETERSBURG — Rick Baker is opening a new chapter in his life. So far, the future remains an open book.As first reported by Florida Politics, the former two-term mayor announced Sunday that he's resigning his position as president of th...
Published: 01/15/18
Kanika Tomalin’s new role tops long list of changes in St. Pete City Hall

Kanika Tomalin’s new role tops long list of changes in St. Pete City Hall

ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman's second term has begun with a swirl of retirements and promotions at City Hall.A dozen key staffers were promoted and given raises. A half-dozen high-level officials retired.The news was announced late Jan....
Published: 01/12/18
Updated: 01/15/18

Will Florida’s stolen gun problem be addressed by lawmakers this year?

Crime scene photos from a burglary where 40 guns were stolen at Titan Arms, in unincorporated Lakeland, Fla. on September 4, 2016. [Photo courtesy State Attorney's Office, Tenth Judicial Circuit]When state Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, was to...
Published: 01/10/18
Gene Smith, St. Pete’s “Ninth Council Member,” mourned as news of death spreads

Gene Smith, St. Pete’s “Ninth Council Member,” mourned as news of death spreads

The man they called the ninth council member around St. Petersburg City Hall leaves colorful memories unlikely to face term limits.Gene Smith, 68, was found dead in his apartment at 430 5th St Monday morning, according to police.The death is still of...
Published: 01/09/18
Hillsborough GOP chair Deborah Tamargo to resign Tuesday

Hillsborough GOP chair Deborah Tamargo to resign Tuesday

TAMPA — Hillsborough County Republican Party chair Deborah Tamargo said she will resign her position Tuesday as she faces a grievance filed against her by other party officers.Tamargo announced her resignation in an email sent to party members ...
Updated one month ago
U.S. Rep. Castor backs Mariella Smith for Hillsborough commission seat

U.S. Rep. Castor backs Mariella Smith for Hillsborough commission seat

Just a few days into her nascent campaign for Hillsborough County commissioner, Democrat Mariella Smith has picked up an endorsement from one of Tampa's best-known elected officials: U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor.Smith, running for the District 5 seat in a ...
Updated one month ago
How did St. Petersburg mayor  Rick Kriseman do on his campaign promises?

How did St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman do on his campaign promises?

Mayor Rick Kriseman made several new promises for St. Petersburg ahead of his second term, including raising the minimum wage to $15 for city workers and reducing the city’s poverty rate.Before round two as mayor starts Jan. 2, PolitiFact Flori...
Updated one month ago
Democrats line up behind candidate in one of Florida’s most vulnerable GOP-held state House seats

Democrats line up behind candidate in one of Florida’s most vulnerable GOP-held state House seats

Looks like Tampa Bay Democratic leaders are eager to avoid an expensive primary in the race to replace outgoing state House Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena, which they see as a prime pickup opportunity. House District 69 candidate Jennife...
Updated one month ago