Monday, September 24, 2018

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Tracey McManus, Times staff writer

Tracey McManus, Times staff writer

Tracey covers Clearwater government and general topics in the city. Before joining the Times in August 2015, she spent five years covering everything from education reform to animal welfare for The Augusta Chronicle in Georgia. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was raised in Palm City, Fla., and graduated from University of Florida in 2010 with degrees in journalism and Spanish.



[DOUG CLIFFORD/STAFF] U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, addresses the audience at the West Paco Chamber of Commerce election debate Sept. 17. Bilirakis faces Democratic challenger Chris Hunter, a former federal prosecutor and FBI agent, in the Nov. 6 election.

Two months before election, Gus Bilirakis tries to tweak flawed opioid law he backed

On Sept. 5, two months before Election Day where he's running for a seventh term, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis filed a bill to clarify a 2016 law he co-sponsored that made it nearly impossible for the Drug Enforcement Administration to intercept...
Updated: 10 hours ago
MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times Andrew Gillum speaks in front of a packed house at the Pinellas County Democratic Party's Wave to Victory Gala on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 in St. Petersburg.

Pinellas Democrats urgency for Blue Wave: “Everything is at stake”

Just hours earlier, news broke that the Trump Administration was proposing a rule so immigrants already in the U.S. legally could be denied green cards if they have ever used public assistance like food stamps and housing...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Jill Silverboard

Strong mayor question has top Clearwater officials mulling options

CLEARWATER — It was no coincidence that after 11 years working for the city, Deputy City Manager Jill Silverboard put her name in the hat for two outside jobs within the past three months.After discussions about changing...
Published: 09/18/18
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (left), R-Palm Harbor, debates Democratic challenger Chris Hunter (right) in Monday night's candidate forum at the Pasco-Hernando State College in New Port Richey. Bilirakis, 55, is running for a seventh term in Florida's 12th Congressional District. Hunter, 45, is a former federal prosecutor and FBI agent. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]

Bilirakis vs. Hunter debate comes down to one word: Trump

Published: 09/17/18
Clearwater voters can hear the pros and cons of a strong mayor form of government at two upcoming forums. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times

Clearwater voter forums will discuss referendum on strong mayor charter change

CLEARWATER — Residents can hear varying perspectives on the Nov. 6 referendum on whether to change Clearwater’s form of government into a strong mayor system at two upcoming forums.The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a forum...
Published: 09/13/18
Two public forums will discuss Clearwater’s strong mayor referendum

Two public forums will discuss Clearwater’s strong mayor referendum

CLEARWATER – Residents can hear varying perspectives on the Nov. 6 referendum on whether to change Clearwater's form of government into a strong mayor system at two upcoming forums.The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce will...
Published: 09/13/18
Pier 60 is among the things that will benefit from Clearwater's increased tax rate.  JIM DAMASKE   |   Times

As spending increases in Clearwater, so will taxes

CLEARWATER — The City Council is poised to approve the first property tax rate increase in a decade next week, and residents can look to an expensive trend for much of the hike: an uptick in spending on capital improvements.While personnel and...
Published: 09/13/18
Several Belleair residents have contributed heavily to the effort to bring a strong mayor form of government to Clearwater.  JIM DAMASKE   |   Times

Clearwater’s strong mayor question draws dollars from Belleair neighbors

CLEARWATER — Wealthy business executives, a financial company, and political action committees.Those are some of the top donors to the PAC advocating for the Nov. 6 referendum that would eliminate the city manager form of government in place...
Published: 09/12/18
Pinellas County Commission Democratic candidate Amy Kedron is running for the District 6 seat. [Kedron campaign]

Pinellas Commission candidate calls police on Times reporter at fundraiser

Pinellas County Commission candidate Amy Kedron called police on Tampa Bay Times reporter Mark Puente when he attempted to interview her outside of a
Updated one month ago
Democrat David Shapiro (handout photo)

Tampa Bay-area Democrats running for Congress decline to back Nancy Pelosi for speaker

If a "blue wave" comes in November, don't expect it to sweep Nancy Pelosi back into power. At least, that's if Tampa Bay-area Democrats have anything to say about it.Three of the four Democrats running against Republicans in local...
Updated one month ago