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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Hillsborough Progressives Reject Janet Cruz

    By Jim Bleyer When the Democratic Progressive Caucus issued its endorsements this week, one prominent name was omitted: Janet Cruz. Call it payback for the term-limited Cruz’ reprehensible power play last February when she muscled progressive Bob Buesing out of the race to challenge Republican State Sen. Dana …

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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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