FDP, Choice of Chris King Torpedoed Gillum Candidacy

By Jim Bleyer You must win before you can govern. Easier said than done, especially it seems for progressives. Andrew Gillum, who exploded onto the national political scene with a meteoric victory in the 2018 Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary, was the immediate favorite to win it all on Nov. 6. …

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Yayoi Kusama: From Nowhere to Infinity

By Jim Bleyer Forget the old saw that the long-suffering, brilliant, starving artist achieves fame only after death. Yayoi Kusama, at age 89, sits on top of the international art world.  Her nearly 3-year “Infinity Mirrors” kaleidoscopic feast at five North American museums has drawn multitudes of art lovers.  The …

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With Chagall Exhibit, Polk Museum A Worthy Destination

    By Jim Bleyer The li’l ole Polk County Museum of Art on Lakeland’s Florida Southern College campus brims with visitors. The reason: a display of works by Belarus-born Marc Chagall (1887-1985), one of the world’s most pre-eminent modernists.   The “Chagall: Stories into Dreams” smash lures residents from …

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Hillsborough Voters Approve Vinik’s Transit Tax

    By Jim Bleyer Developer Jeff Vinik’s six-month, multi-million dollar propaganda campaign aimed at hoodwinking Hillsborough County residents into voting themselves the highest sales tax rate in Florida passed by a large margin Tuesday. Voters by 57-43 approved the $16 billion, 30-year transit tax that will bring the county’s …

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Accurate Hillsborough Vote Count Very Problematic

  By Jim Bleyer Despite assurances from Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer, there are literally thousands of skeptics who believe an honest vote count faces stiff odds Tuesday. Most of the mistrust emanates from opponents of the special interest driven transit sales tax increase.  Anti-taxers are certain that …

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Tampa NAACP Receives Death Threats over Anti-Transit Stance

  By Jim Bleyer Less than two weeks after it came out against a proposed Hillsborough County transit tax, the Tampa NAACP was targeted with a hate letter that included death threats. The threats were leveled at all African Americans. Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum was specifically mentioned. Addressed to NAACP …

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Vinik Cabal In Absolute Panic Mode

  By Jim Bleyer The Jeff Vinik-inspired Hillsborough County transit tax is in deep trouble judging by the actions of his band of mercenaries. Rena Frazier and Christina Barker, members of the failed team that could not sell the regressive tax increase to NAACP members two weeks ago, are begging voters …

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Traditional Democratic Groups Reject Janet Cruz

  By Jim Bleyer Four important groups that traditionally vote Democratic have deserted Janet Cruz in her quest to unseat State Sen.Dana Young in Greater Tampa’s SD18. These include the African American community, progressives, educators, and environmentalists.  Cruz, a term-limited State Representative has somehow alienated them all. The Hillsborough Democratic …

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Porn-Obsessed Spano Unworthy Successor to Dennis Ross

  By Jim Bleyer The district that sent Dennis Ross to Congress certainly deserves better than Ross Spano who was known as “The Invisible Man” in the Florida House of Representatives. Dennis Ross, who is retiring after four terms, served CD15 with distinction, supporting Central Florida’s citrus and agriculture industries …

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Vinik Inveigles “Sierra Club” Support for Sales Tax Boondoggle

    By Jim Bleyer When the so-called “leadership” of the Tampa Bay Sierra Club publicly endorsed Tampa developer Jeff Vinik’s proposed Hillsborough County sales tax scam this week, it “forgot” to consult the membership. No debate. No discussion. No agenda item. The deceitful maneuver reflects the baksheesh tactics employed …

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PSTA Ridership 13 Percent Lower Than a Decade Ago

  By Tom Rask, from the Tampa Bay Guardian In its fiscal year which ended September 30th, so-called revenue passenger trips on the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s (PSTA) network of buses dropped 4.5% compared to the previous year. PSTA’s ridership is thus now 13% lower than it was 10 years …

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Vinik Shuts Down Debate on Transit Tax, Buys Off Media

  By Sharon Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay The billionaires are entitled. They buy off the media. They bankroll a deceptive advertising campaign for a massive tax hike that never mentions the word “tax”. They want to shut down any debate about their $16 Billion rail tax boondoggle in …

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Gekko and Vinik: Two of a Kind

                   By Jim Bleyer Sure,  the legendary Wall Street misanthrope Gordon Gekko is more chiseled and less rumpled than Tampa wheeler dealer Jeff Vinik, but there is no argument the duo share many characteristics. Both are charming, manipulative people whose goal of enhancing …

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African-American Voters Ditch Cruz, Gravitate Towards Dana Young

  By Jim Bleyer Could House Minority Leader Janet Cruz’ insults to Afro-American voters cut any deeper than bragging about endorsements from Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, an unapologetic racial profiler, and the Tampa Bay Times who took many not-so-subtle racist jabs at Andrew Gillum during the Democratic primary? Cruz’ associations …

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