Straz Resolves to Buy Tampa Mayorship

  By Jim Bleyer Political hopeful David Straz, who was awarded an ambassadorship but has never held elective office, will unleash a torrent of cash in an effort to become the next mayor of Tampa, according to longtime political insiders in this town. The whisper number is $2 million, a …

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Alex Harris Inspires Tampa Bay Youth through the Arts

  By Jim Bleyer Alex Harris always was moved to create.  As a kid with seven siblings in rural Georgia, he parlayed buckets, pie pans, and pine tree branches into his first drum kit. Now he wants to inspire others. He’s succeeding.  His Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT) in St. …

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Get over It, Times; You Lost!

                          By Jim Bleyer   The biased coverage of the St. Petersburg mayor’s race by the Tampa Bay Times continues days after Rick Kriseman won re-election over Rick Baker. The Times, who went all-in for Baker on its …

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The Math of Khan Boosts Kriseman, Defangs Times/Poynter

    By Jim Bleyer Overcoming moneyed right-wing interests, a local newspaper that was paid by a spate of new investors to advance the cause of Trump acolytes, and dirty campaign tactics, incumbent St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman was re-elected for a second four-year term Tuesday. Kriseman’s 3.1 percentage point …

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Powerless Couple

  By Jim Bleyer A year ago significant others Yvonne Fry and Mark Ober sat on top of Hillsborough County’s political world.  He: a four-term state attorney heavily favored for a fifth.  She: a politically ambitious civic activist and a district favorite to win an open legislative or county commission …

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Straz: Wrong leader for Tampa in 2019; 1959 maybe

    By Jim Bleyer “I have much respect for your father. But your father, his thinking is old-fashioned.“ That’s how Virgil Sollozzo described Vito Corleone to his son Michael in The Godfather. Sollozzo could just as well have been talking about David Straz as much as the iconic film’s …

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Wall Street Piles on Raymond James Fave Amid Fraud Accusations

By Jim Bleyer Accusations that Ubiquiti, a tech company heavily promoted by St. Petersburg-based Raymond James & Associates, committed fraud have gained traction with stock analysts and law firms seeking damages during the past week. Ubiquiti, a manufacturer of wireless data communication and wireless broadband products, has been relentlessly touted …

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Drain the Regional “Swamp” Before Its Filled

      By Sharon Calvert   We’re being setup AGAIN! As we posted here, Senator Jack Latvala unscrupulously used his position as Senate Appropriations Chair to ram his crony TBARTA bill written by special interests thru the state legislature to create a new transit agency “Tampa Bay Area Regional …

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