OPPAGA Counsel, Like Sgt. Schultz, Knows Nothing

By Jim Bleyer As far as we can determine, Hogan’s Heroes character Sgt. Schultz did not hold a law degree nor was he entrusted with protecting the public purse. But Janet Tashner, the state Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability’s General Counsel, apparently needs those qualifications for the …

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Cronies Collaborate to Control Billions of Tax Dollars

By Sharon Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay The Vinik $15-18 Billion transit tax hike and the Chuck Sykes/District Rays Candidate Hagan billion dollar stadium have officially combined into one collaborative effort. The latest campaign filing found on the SOE website of Vinik’s transit tax hike All For Transportation (AFT) …

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Tampa Bay Times Recommends Predator by Proxy Kathleen Peters

By Jim Bleyer The editorial recommendation of State Rep. Kathleen Peters for the Pinellas County Commission represents another #MeToo fail for the Tampa Bay Times. Peters, gal pal of disgraced predator, former State Sen. Jack Latvala, has been insensitive to the victims of sexual harassment but more than sympathetic to …

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Audit Required for Special Interest Transit Referendum

By Sharon Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay Hillsborough County’s All for Transportation sales tax hike referendum is subject to a performance audit that must be completed and available to the voting public by September 6. If it makes the ballot and passes, the one percent increase would make Hillsborough County, …

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Tampa Mayor Buckhorn Actively Seeking Lt. Gov. Slot

  By Jim Bleyer Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is actively seeking the second spot on the Democratic gubernatorial ticket, Tampa Bay Beat has learned, but such a candidacy would bring more baggage than benefit. Buckhorn has reached out to both the camps of Phillip Levine and Gwen Graham in his …

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