Eye-Catching James Museum Stands Out as Must-See Destination

  By Jim Bleyer The James gang rode through downtown St. Petersburg Saturday after depositing a magnificent treasure there. No, not Jesse and Frank.  We’re talking about Tom and Mary and the treasure isn’t buried. In full view is The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art at Central Avenue …

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Gwen Graham, With a Sparse Deck, Plays Gender Card

  By Jim Bleyer With a threadbare resumé of public service and a record of voting for big business and against the environment, Gwen Graham has resorted to shouting that “it’s time” Florida elected a female governor. She has reminded audiences at every campaign stop that she is a woman …

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Without Term Limits, Corruption Runs Rampant in Hillsborough County

  By Chris Paradies We live in a tourist paradise. Award-winning beaches grace the shores along our sunny, palm-lined stretch of the Gulf of Mexico. Our families enjoy everything that Hillsborough County offers: parks, recreation fields, camping, and plenty of sunshine! As the founder and president of a small firm that helps …

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Gillum Wows Overflow Crowd at Hillsborough Dem. Gala

  By Jim Bleyer An already energized throng of more than 500 Hillsborough County Democrats, anticipating that the much hyped Blue Wave will wash over Florida in November,  saved most of its enthusiasm and cheering Saturday night for gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. All four primary candidates spoke for only a …

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Tampa Bay Tabloid Shuffle: The Bad News and the *footnote

  By Jim Bleyer First, the bad news. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, the area’s much beloved alternative weekly, was bought out by Euclid Media Group.  Known as EMG,  it owns a portfolio of nine such city publications including the Orlando Weekly. EMG has shown a penchant for marginalizing and, in …

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Foul Ball!!! Stench of Sternberg Deal Common MLB Ploy

  By Scott Myers, Contributor Tampa Bay Rays owner Stu Sternberg behaves as one would expect of a Major League Baseball owner: pitching threats, illusion, and deceit to extort cities. Declaring the price of a new stadium will increase with each passing year, Sternberg preposterously presented the possibility of a …

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Clean up the FL Dem mess: Jettison Graham and Rizzo

  By Jim Bleyer Former Democratic state party chairman Stephen Bittel made disparaging remarks about black legislators at a major party fundraiser last June 17.  There were no repercussions. He apologized for his racially derogatory tirade and then it was business as usual for the Florida Democratic Party. Five months later …

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Sternberg’s Best Bet: Las Vegas

  By Jim Bleyer After decades of being shaken down by sports franchises, their billionaire owners, and professional sports leagues, sensible cities are refusing to pay subsidies to keep or lure a professional sports team. There is one exception: Las Vegas.  It appears to be the most likely destination for …

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