Evaluating the Tampa Bay Times’ Liability

  By Jim Bleyer By promoting for material gain a predictable scenario involving confrontation and possible bloodshed, what responsibility does an organization have to victims and the community it allegedly serves? A consensus of attorneys interviewed by Tampa Bay Beat says responsiblity certainly exists; proving it in a civil litigation …

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Desperate Rick Baker Exploits Storm Crisis, Victims

By Jim Bleyer With his chances of becoming St. Petersburg’s next mayor dissipating as rapidly as the ravaging winds of Hurricane Irma, Rick Baker exploited one of the worst natural disasters in the nation’s history to resuscitate his failing campaign. Baker, his employer Bill Edwards and others billed as his political …

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An Intemperate Baker Plans Attacks, Obfuscation

  By Jim Bleyer Back on his heels after woefully underperforming in the primary, an incensed Rick Baker will dramatically amp up his campaign to unseat St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman in the two months leading up to the Nov. 7 “nonpartisan” election, sources have told Tampa Bay Beat. The …

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Times Bows to GOP Bankrollers, Betrays St. Pete

  By Jim Bleyer     The Tampa Bay Times effort to woo more subscribers from the radical right has destroyed what little remains of its credibility and could embolden extremists and their racist followers to transform a tranquil, diverse, progressive St. Petersburg into a literal and ideological battleground. The …

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Baker, Trump share base, biases, playbook

    By Jim Bleyer Non-committal and nearly silent, mayoral candidate Rick Baker continued his passive campaign Sunday with another moral fail.  He was seen standing on the fringe of a candlelight vigil at St. Petersburg’s Demens Landing that stressed community unity and condemned the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, VA. …

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Shady Vinik-Sundome Deal Hardly “Preeminent”

  By Jim Bleyer When the University of South Florida announced in May that management of its Sun Dome arena would be overseen by a Jeff  Vinik enterprise, no details of the deal were reported in the local media. As Tampa Bay Beat discovered, USF President Judy Genshaft and Athletic Director …

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Buckhorn Inaction Jeopardizes Tampa’s Future

By Jim Bleyer On Monday, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn not only blew off two prominent environmentally-conscious organizations, but thousands of residents and businesses as well as his city’s future. Buckhorn chose to remain out of step with his party, modern science, latge cities, and most Floridians when he rejected pleas …

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Party Switch for Buckhorn?

  By Jim Bleyer Rumors that Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, a registered Democrat with a conflicted, convoluted, opportunistic political philosophy, will soon join the Republican party are bubbling in Tampa and Tallahassee, Tampa Bay Beat has learned. Recent developments have ramped up speculation. Last week Buckhorn endorsed Republican State Rep. …

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Tampa’s Millennial Strategy: Denial and Delusion

By Jim Bleyer Florida is the tenth worst state for the Millennial population, according to a well-respected, untainted  WalletHub study. The media and business leadership in Orlando acknowledge the problem; in Tampa Bay the daily newspaper and business community prefer to combat reality with denial and delusion.  Orlando is more …

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Where Ethics Is a Word with No Meaning

  By Jim Bleyer In keeping with The Tampa Bay Times effort to make itself relevant in the digital age, the paper and its parent the Poynter Institute continue to conceal important facts from readers while attempting to control the local political narrative behind the scenes. A poll, published Friday, …

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Closing the Millennial Gap

Part 2 of 2   By Jim Bleyer Tampa Bay lags behind the rest of the country in attracting Millennials.  Business leaders claim to want them here but they fail to recognize what is important to that generation beyond jobs. The Tampa Metropolitan Statistical Area’s population breakdown reveals the problem. …

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Tampa Bay and Millennials: Strangers Forever?

Part 1 of 2   By Jim Bleyer Attracting Millennials to Tampa Bay has been at or near the top of the “to do” list of Tampa Bay’s movers and shakers for years. Achieving that goal to any meaningful degree has remained elusive. The reason?  A failure to accurately define …

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