Transit Proponents Give No Details of $16 BIllion Tax Hike

By Sharon Calvert, Eye on Tampa Bay Hillsborough County voters should know what they’re voting on before they vote. The Tampa Bay Times begins a recent editorial about the Florida Supreme Court striking down Amendment 8 from the November ballot (emphasis mine): “Voters should know what they’re voting on, which …

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The Grossly Cynical, Hypocritical Campaign of Janet Cruz

  By Jim Bleyer When State Rep. Janet Cruz jumped into a Florida Senate race against incumbent Republican Dana Young, she told Tampa voters she was motivated to run because of the February school shootings in Parkland. The term-limited House minority leader had previously filed to run for a seat …

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How to Obtain Tickets for Boffo ‘Infinity Mirrors’ Exhibit

  By Jim Bleyer Yayoi Kusama’s spectacular “Infinity Mirrors” exhibition enters the final stage of its two-year North American tour de force November 18 at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art and demand for tickets to the multi-media show is soaring. Dubbed by many as the art world’s “Hamilton”, the  exhibition …

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After LG Picks, DeSantis and Gillum Need to Woo Party Skeptics

  By Jim Bleyer The first order of business for Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum: mending fences. With Jeanette Nuñez and Chris King, the gubernatorial hopefuls  chose solid, if not bold, imaginative picks for their running mates last week.  But they face monumental missionary work after bitter, divisive primaries. Public …

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Jeff Vinik Tax Just Doesn’t Add Up

      By Jim Davison, Contributor The 1% Jeff Vinik-inspired sales tax increase propaganda machine is up and running. The misinformation campaign has started.  The director of the Hillsborough County MPO, Beth Alden, told the Tampa City Council what the 1% sales tax would pay for in the MPO …

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Greed Over Need: Tampa Bay Times Pitches a Temper Tantrum

  By Sharon Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay The Tampa Bay Times needs an intervention. The Times has reported more than 40 Hillsborough County schools desperately need new air conditioners. They recently published this article about the A/C issue, hot classrooms, and mold in schools. When Plant High School opened …

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Pay-for-Play Blogger Continues to Disgrace Himself with Racist Tweet

  By Jim Bleyer No one ever confused Peter Schorsch with Heywood Campbell Broun, Ernie Pyle, Nellie Bly, or even the rawest cub reporter. Schorsch is the St. Petersburg-based owner of Florida Politics, the widely acknowledged pay-for-play echo chamber for Florida politicians, political operatives, and lobbyists that lamely attempts to …

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Florida Progressives Need to Vote Values, Not Party

  By Karik Krishnaiyer, republished from The Florida Squeeze As we approach another party primary which has been divisive, the calls for unity and coming together are as loud and nauseating as ever. As a longtime active Democrat in Florida, I’ve sacrificed principle and my values before to back deeply-flawed …

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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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