Fix the Mess—Rescind Vote on Hagan’s Retribution

    By Sharon Calvert (Reprinted with permission from Eye on Tampa Bay) We posted here that it appears there’s deception and some incompetence regarding Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan’s retribution motion to pursue those who filed ethics complaints against him. Hagan irresponsibly threw his controversial retribution item on the …

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Red Flag for Voters: Any Candidate on a ‘Listening Tour’

    By Jim Bleyer Beware of candidates for public office that launch a well-publicized “listening tour.”  It signifies that they haven’t been paying attention to voters and are not likely to suddenly change and become interested  in Joe and Jill Lunchpail’s concerns. You can bet that 100 percent of the …

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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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