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A look ahead at 2014 Florida elections listen

11/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Florida, Adam Smith, St. Petersburg, David Jolly, Alex Sink, Bill Young, Rick Kriseman, Bill Foster

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As the dust settles in St. Petersburg after an election that resulted in progressive sweep, voters are looking ahead to two other important races – the Pinellas County seat in Congress and the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee. During a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club luncheon Thursday, members bounced questions about the elections off two prominent local reporters.

Lobbyist and former Bill Young staffer David Jolly announced Thursday he will run for Young’s old seat in Congress. He could face Dem...

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St. Pete mayoral candidates Foster and Kriseman defend nasty campaign mailers listen

10/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Rick Kriseman, Bill Foster, St. Petersburg, The Rays, the pier

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The race between St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster and Rick Kriseman has become heated as the election draws near. The two have debated dozens of times on common issues facing the city, but during a debate Friday taped for WEDU’s Florida This Week, the two answered for some of their mud slinging campaign mailers.

“His own party – the Republican party – has dumped over $100,000 into these committees; money that has been used to buy TV ads, to buy and pay for these direct mail pieces, but I haven’...

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Midtown St. Pete Wal-Mart draws applicants by the hundreds listen

10/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: jobs, St. Petersburg, midtown, Bill Foster, Wal-Mart, St. Pete, economic development

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Wal-Mart will open a neighborhood market in midtown St. Petersburg by January, providing 95 jobs and the area’s only grocery store. Monday morning more than 200 people stood in intermittent rain waiting for their chance to apply for one of the spots in the new store. Mary Cummings got there at 6:30 to beat the crowd. The elderly African-American woman said from a lawn chair that she already has a job at a laundry mat, but isn’t making enough money to support herself.

Standing next to her w...

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St. Pete mayoral hopeful Kriseman unveils plan to identify cost savings listen

10/02/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: St. Petersburg, Bill Foster, Rick Kriseman, CitiStat, StPeteStat

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St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Rick Kriseman hopes to save the city potentially millions of dollars by replacing the current performance management system with a more innovative model used in cities across the nation. Kriseman unveiled his plan Wednesday morning in the Historic Kenwood neighborhood.

“In its first 7 years, this type of management program saved the City of Baltimore $350 million. The City of Chic...

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St. Pete candidates' ideas on arts funding varied listen

09/11/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Candidates for offices in St. Petersburg have varied ideas on how to increase funding for arts in the community. The two mayoral candidates and all eight people running for city council tried to woo arts enthusiasts with their ideas during a forum at Studio 620 in downtown Wednesday. Incumbent Mayor Bill Foster said he’s been trying to convince council to dip into a $15 million fund from the sale of land near Weeki Wachee Springs in Hernando County.

“We knew that it was for Parks and ...

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Equality Florida asks St. Pete to suspend its relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia because anti-gay legislation listen

08/14/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The LGBT rights group Equality Florida sent a letter this week to the Mayor of St. Petersburg and city council asking that the city suspend its relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia because of recent anti-gay violence and legislation.

We interviewed Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida.

Note: St. Pete's relationship with its Russian namesake is not an official Sister City designation; St. Pete's Sister City is Takamatsu, Japan.

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Council Member Wengay Newton votes to end design contract on the Lens Pier project listen

07/15/13 Naveen Sultan
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Council Member Wengay Newton voted to terminate the contract on the Lens Pier project with Michael Maltzan Architecture, the designers of the new development. St. Petersburg officials chose not to conduct early voting for the August primary, but residents can still cast mail-in ballots in person. Newton announced his vote during a press conference at the Supervisor of Elections Office in St. Petersburg, Friday. He encouraged all St. Petersburg residents to vote now.

“For me this is a c...

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St. Pete mayoral candidate Rick Kriseman wants to reopen pier approach to pedestrians, city already planning to do that listen

06/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A St. Petersburg mayoral candidate wants the city to re-open the outdoor portions of the Pier to pedestrian traffic something that is already slated to happen sometime next week. Former state Representative Rick Kriseman also wants city council and the current mayor to stop making any further decisions about the Pier’s future until a new mayor is elected. That includes possibly delaying demolition of the iconic inverted pyramid.

But during a press conference Thursday at the St. Petersbu...

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Uhuru activists want St. Pete Police out of their neighborhoods for good listen

05/03/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Activists from the Uhuru are demanding that St. Pete Police officers remove themselves from black communities. During a protest in front of the police station today, nine people spoke out against the agency for what they call terrorizing black neighborhoods.

“The street crimes unit is a special unit of the police department that act as armed thugs in the African community.”

That’s Chimerenga Waller with the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement. Waller led the gro...

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Mayoral candidate Kriseman calls for early voting in St. Pete municipal election listen

05/01/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The City of St. Petersburg will hold an election for Mayor and City Council this year.

The primary is in August, but unlike the 2012 presidential election, there aren’t plans to allow early voting.

That’s gotten groups, like the NAACP, and candidates, like Mayoral hopeful Rick Kriseman, hoping to change the policy.

"First off, my office only recently became aware that the city didn't have early voting for this coming municipal election. I mean, I think that in general the publ...

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