All For Transportation Tax Will Increase Congestion

  By Sharon Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay Despite the $2 million and growing advertising campaign for All For Transportation and the 1 cent, 14% sales tax increase proposed as a county charter amendment in Hillsborough County, the plan will increase congestion and not relieve it. The evidence is hidden …

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What Chris King Has Done that Ron DeSantis Hasn’t: Evolve

        By Jim Bleyer   Bereft of substantive policy positions and concrete accomplishment, Ron DeSantis has allied himself with groups and individuals that espouse racial and religious hatred.  Starting with his post-primary day  “monkey it up” dog whistle, DeSantis has unashamedly courted bigoted extremists to his flailing …

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The Many Contradictions of Janet Cruz

                    By Jim Bleyer Inconsistencies dogging the Janet Cruz  campaign for Florida Senate not only include key political issues but more fundamental representations such as her name and address. Cruz, a term-limited state representative, is challenging State Sen. Dana Young in …

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Sloppy Transit Tax Audit Raises More Red Flags

By Tom Rask, Tampa Bay Guardian It was after 3 P.M. in County Center on a hot Friday in September. The previous evening at 6:15 P.M., Hillsborough County Chief Financial Administrator Bonnie Wise had requested that “errors” be corrected in the Transit Tax performance audit report delivered by the auditing firm McConnell & …

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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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