Kriseman wins primary by 70 votes, will face Baker in November run-off

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ST. PETERSBURG | On August 29, with a turnout of nearly 34 percent of the city’s registered voters, St. Petersburg decided Rick Kriseman and Rick Baker would move from the mayoral primary to a run-off in November’s general election.

Had any of the six eligible candidates for mayor obtained over 50 percent of the vote, St. Petersburg would have chosen its next mayor. Of the two viable options, neither frontrunner managed to do so—though the city’s current mayor, Kriseman, won the primary by 70 votes.

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Hillary Clinton accepts distinction as first woman presidential nominee of major party

By : Chris Johnson, The Washington Blade
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PHILADELPHIA – On the final night of the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton in her acceptance speech for Democratic presidential nomination late Thursday sought a broad coalition to take on Donald Trump.

“We have to heal the divides in our country,” Clinton said. “Not just on guns, but on race, immigration and more. That starts with listening to each other, hearing each other, trying, as best we can, to walk in each other’s shoes.”

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Live coverage of the Democratic National Convention DAY ONE

By : Washington Blade reporters
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Watermark Publishing Group is a member of the National Gay Media Association, a group of the leading LGBT newspaper publishers in the United States.

The Washington Blade, a member of the NGMA and D.C.’s LGBT newspaper, is providing coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions for Watermark and our readers.

Photos by the Washington Blade’s Michael Key.

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Clinton, Trump employ gender politics on the campaign trail

By : Wire Report
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WASHINGTON (AP) – She has no stamina. She shouts. She’s got nothing going for her but being a woman.

Donald Trump, after toying with gender politics off and on during the campaign, is all in on a mission to undercut Hillary Clinton’s credentials by syncing up his say-anything campaign strategy with his alpha-male persona.

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Carlos Guillermo Smith launches District 49 campaign at The Abbey

By : Jeremy Williams
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Orlando – Carlos Guillermo Smith officially kicked off his 2016 run for Florida House of Representatives’ District 49 at The Abbey July 9.

Smith, who is the current chair for the Orange County Democrats, spoke to the nearly 200 attendees about his path to get to Tallahassee and why he thinks he should represent District 49.

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Eyeing History

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg – On Tuesday, Aug. 27, voters in St. Petersburg could take the first steps toward adding two openly gay women to the City Council’s roster. Both Darden Rice and Amy Foster are seeking the District 4 and District 8 seats, respectively. If they survive the primary, both would go on to the general election in November.

If they win there, they could join Steve Kornell on the council. Kornell became Pinellas County’s first openly gay elected official when he won his first term in 2009.

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President Obama is re-elected, defeats Romney

By : Wire Report
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President Barack Obama won re-election Tuesday night despite a fierce challenge from Republican Mitt Romney, prevailing in the face of a weak economy and high unemployment that encumbered his first term and crimped the middle class dreams of millions.

“This happened because of you. Thank you” Obama tweeted to supporters as he secured four more years in the White House.

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