ST. PETERSBURG — For nearly two years, the political stench of a sewage crisis has permeated City Hall.
The city's dilapidated sewer system has released up to 186 million gallons of waste into Tampa Bay plus local waterways and streets. The crisis started in August 2015 and hasn't stopped. A federal probe ended without criminal charges, but the state investigation is still ongoing. The city also faces an $810,000 fine on top of the tens of millions needed to fix the problems....
ST. PETERSBURG — The smiles of the faces of the workers in the City Clerk’s office said it all Friday. The qualifying period for city elections was almost over.
Officially, it ended at 5 p.m., but City Clerk Chan Srinivasa said a few minutes before that it was already done. To get through all the paperwork a last-minute procrastinator for one of four City Council races or the mayoral contest would have had to arrive at City Hall about 4 p.m., he said....
During the most expensive mayoral election ever, St. Petersburg City Council wants to limit PAC money06/22/17 Blog
ST. PETERSBURG — In front of a large group of red-shirted campaign finance reform supporters, the St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday started the ball rolling on an ordinance that would limit individual campaign contributions to $5,000 from political action committees.
The vote followed hours of impassioned debate and took place amidst what has already become the most expensive mayoral election in city history: incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and his challenger, former Mayor Rick Baker....
ST. PETERSBURG — As the city prepares for the largest LGBT celebration in Florida this weekend, this year's St. Pete Pride parade will march right into the midst of the heated election battle between incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker.
And LGBT residents and political junkies alike will finally learn the answer to a question many have been asking for months:
Will Baker finally march in Pride, after avoiding it as mayor from 2001-10?...
ST. PETERSBURG — The biggest mayoral contest in city history is going primetime.
Mayor Rick Kriseman will debate former Mayor Rick Baker in front of a live television audience July 25 at the Palladium Theater in downtown St. Petersburg. The debate is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9 along with the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College....
ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman's election year budget got a mixed greeting Monday night from a large crowd that feared being left behind in a city on an economic roll.
"We've been fiscally responsible on how we've spent your money," Kriseman told a crowd of more than 100 at the Coliseum in downtown.
ST. PETERSBURG — As the mayoral race heats up, so has the issue of climate change.
Incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman is using the global phenomenon to attack former mayor Rick Baker.
Kriseman, a Democrat, signed a resolution with more than 300 other mayors to uphold the Paris Agreement on climate change after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the accord on June 1....
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman makes his re-election bid official; says city can't afford to go backwards06/16/17 Blog
ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman officially qualified to run for re-election Thursday, then dashed to a series of campaign events in his quest for another four-year term.
The mayor paid the $250 qualifying fee surrounded by family members, then spoke with reporters in the City Clerk’s office.
“This is just the next step in continuing to move this city forward,” Kriseman said. “This is a great city, but we still haven’t reached that pinnacle yet.”...
ST. PETERSBURG — Ah, the political yard sign. Usually decked out in some combination of red, white and blue. Sometimes it has a catchy slogan. As Election Day approaches, the signs sprout like mushrooms after a hard rain. After the election, they wilt slowly, lingering for months, a careworn reminder of victory or defeat.
As St. Petersburg’s mayoral election picks up speed (it’s already shattered fundraising records), the humble yard sign has entered the political discourse via its successor: social media....
ST. PETERSBURG — As the final T's were being crossed on May campaign donation figures, Rick Baker held another political fundraiser in early June downtown at the historic Princess Martha.
The former two-term mayor spoke again about his vision of a seamless city uniting Midtown with more prosperous neighborhoods. He promised to partner with failing city schools. He touted his practical environmentalism, highlighting his cleanup of Lake Maggiore during his time as mayor between 2001 and 2010. He vowed to tackle the city's homeless population by working with faith communities like the Catholic Church....
ST. PETERSBURG — When he announced his bid to return to the mayor's office, Rick Baker bashed incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman for his pricey hiring decisions.
"Rick Baker never had a spokesman when he was mayor," Baker said when he announced his candidacy May 9 on the steps of City Hall. "Maybe because I didn't have $125,000 to throw away."
The former mayor was referring to Kriseman's hiring of a mayoral spokesman, Ben Kirby....
ST. PETERSBURG — A campaign filing late Friday offered a first glimpse behind some of the titans shoveling mountains of cash into the St. Petersburg’s mayoral race, widely assumed to be poised to break all records for campaign spending in the Sunshine City.
This week, Rick Baker, a former Republican mayor challenging incumbent Democrat Rick Kriseman announced a record-breaking $553,174 haul in three weeks after entering the race on May 8....
06/09/17 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — The city, working with the state and the private sector, will spend $2.5 million to ease congestion in Carillon business center, prompting Raymond James to expand its operations there.
Mayor Rick Kriseman's administration announced the news, which is expected to create up to 650 jobs, at the City Council's June 1 meeting, during a newly launched "Good News" segment at the beginning of the council session....
Rick Baker's campaign announced Thursday that the former mayor raised $553,174 in three weeks after announcing his candidacy in early May. Hours later, Mayor Rick Kriseman's campaign announced it had topped $500,000, an opening salvo in what is widely expected to be the most expensive mayoral race in Sunshine City history.
Baker called the support an endorsement of his vision of a "seamless city." His campaign said it was a broke all records for a mayoral election....
In St. Petersburg's mayoral race, Rick Kriseman and Rick Baker rake in the big bucks, exceed $500,000 each06/08/17 Blog
ST. PETERSBURG — Rick Baker's campaign announced Thursday that the former mayor raised $553,174 in the three weeks since he announced he was running for his old job on May 9.
Hours after the Baker announcement, the campaign of incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman responded that it raised $100,000 in May, bringing its total contributions to over $500,000. Thursday's dueling announcements were the opening salvo in what is widely expected to become the most expensive mayoral race in St. Petersburg history....