Thursday, December 6, 2012
Dunedin Vice Mayor Ron Barnette will hand over his seat Thursday after the city commission makes a selection. The seat is rotated annually, according to a recent Charter amendment.
Ron Barnette's reign as vice mayor is over — for now, at least. The Dunedin City Commission, in its first regular meeting as a group since the November election, selects a new vice mayor Thursday. All eligible commissioners are women. Once selected, the next vice mayor's term is effective immediately. She would serve until Nov. 21, 2013, according to the City Charter, and act in place of Mayor Dave Eggers in the case of his absence. Although the vice mayoral position has traditionally been rotated each year, a city amendment passed on Nov. 6 made the practice an official requirement. Barnette replaced ex-Commissioner David Carson as vice mayor last year.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Former Gov. Charlie Crist increasingly is blasting Gov. Rick Scott over how he is running the state of Florida.
The 2012 election is barely in the books and already Florida politicos are turning their eyes to 2014, especially Democrats hungry to take back the Governor's mansion from the Republicans. Increasingly, Democrats appear ready to embrace former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist as their best chance at winning in 2014. At the same time, Crist is taking a more vocal role in criticizing Gov. Rick Scott, even taking to Twitter to blast Scott's controversial decision not to extend early voting during the presidential election. Crist certainly is a topic of news and speculation across Florida. Here is a sampling: AS DEMOCRATS TURN TO 2014, CHARLIE CRIST EMERGES AS MOST VOCAL OPPONENT OF RICK SCOTT by Mary Ellen Klas of the Miami Herald The populist…
Dunedin's newly elected candidates will swear in on Nov. 19, weeks earlier than the City Charter dictates, because of an ordinance passed in June to accomodate a scheduling conflict.
While City Charter dictates Dunedin's elected candidates assume office the second meeting after an election, a recently passed ordinance swears them in sooner. The City Charter dictates Dunedin's elected candidates assume their offices on the second meeting after an election. An ordinance city commissioners passed in June, however, overrides that. It bumps the swearing-in ceremony to the second Monday after the election. Dunedin's City Charter, which is kept up-to-date on Municode.com, outlines the process for handing over a public seat to an elected official. It states: The candidates so elected shall assume their offices at the time of the second regular City Commission meeting following the election. (§ 3.04) According to the Charter …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
The Tampa Bay Times reports that President Barack Obama won the electoral vote in Florida.
Florida finally has a winner in the race for president. The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that President Barack Obama won all 29 electoral votes in the state of Florida. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Obama had 50.01 percent of the vote in Florida to Gov. Mitt Romney's 49.13 percent. According to the Florida Department of Sttate, Obama collected 4,236,032 votes to Romney's 4,162,174.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Dunedin's latest City Commissioner-elect, Heather Gracy, has tried to serve as a positive female role model for her three daughters, ages 14, 11 and 5.
Jillian Gracy's eyes welled with joyful tears when she talked about her mother Tuesday night. "I'm so proud of her," she said, cupping both hands over her mouth and nose. Jillian, 14, is a freshman at Clearwater Central Catholic and the eldest daughter of Heather Gracy, a newcomer to the Dunedin political scene. Her mom just ran a seven-month campaign and unseated an established incumbent for Seat 3 on the Dunedin City Commission — a feat long considered by political experts to be a statistical David vs. Goliath. "I just think it's so cool. ... She'll be overseeing everything," Jillian explained. "Like going to those (city) meetings, but she's going to be in a high seat now." Heather Gracy spoke frequently and openly on the campaign trail …
Supervisor of Elections spokesperson Nancy Whitlock says it's not known if the uncounted ballots will impact close races.
The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections' canvassing board is spending Wednesday morning processing about 9,000 mail ballots. Spokesperson Nancy Whitlock says the mail ballots were dropped off at polling locations all over the county Tuesday. Voters had until 7 p.m. to drop off the ballots. Whitlock says it is not known if the uncounted ballots will impact close races like the Palm Harbor Fire Commission Seat 3, in which challenger Debbie Buschman beat incumbent Bob Shatanoff by 247 votes. "We'll just have to wait and see. It will be several hours," Whitlock told Patch on Tuesday morning. Whitlock says the election supervisor's office will update its website with updated vote totals after all of the mail ballots have been processed. …
Wondering when Mayor Dave Eggers and Commissioner-elect Heather Gracy get sworn in as the next city leaders?
You elected them. So when do they get to start their new jobs? According to the City Charter, basically Dunedin's Constitution, there's a process for handing over a public seat to an elected official. The City Charter says: The candidates so elected shall assume their offices at the time of the second regular City Commission meeting following the election. (§ 3.04) That means that according to the City Charter, Mayor Dave Eggers, Commissioner-elect Heather Gracy, both winners in Tuesday's General Election, and Commissioner Julie Scales, who automatically retains her seat because she was unopposed, will not be sworn in at the next regular commission meeting at City Hall on Nov. 15. According to the City Charter, that means Eggers, Gracy …
Florida once again has a race on its hands that is too close to call.
Even though Florida's 29 electoral votes won't make a difference in the outcome of the Presidential election, Florida once again has a race on its hands that is too close to call. President Barack Obama held a razor-thin thin edge over Gov. Mitt Romney, even as 200,000 votes were left to be counted in Florida. Obama won enough battleground states to win re-election even if he doesn't win Florida. All precincts have reported results, but provisional and absentee ballots still needed to be counted. That includes 9,000 ballots that were still being counted Wednesday in Pinellas County. It isn't yet clear when a winner in Florida's Presidential race may be declared. Obama held a 0.58% lead on Wednesday afternoon. If the margin falls below 0.…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Election results and local coverage of the state and national races on Election Day 2012.
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges …