DeMaio Tantrum Rattles Valdes House Bid

  By Jim Bleyer A veteran Tampa political operative totally blew his cool and embarrassed himself after Florida House candidate Susan Valdes was videoed stumbling and bumbling over questions regarding her donors and would-be donors. She made those remarks Saturday at a meeting of the Hillsborough Hispanic Democratic Caucus. Victor DeMaio, …

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The Case for Firing Jon Cooper

By Jim Bleyer Yeah, I know, the body isn’t even cold. But the Tampa Bay Lightning’s loss in the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday to a clearly inferior group of skaters is a call for immediate action. The blame for the latest deep playoff failure falls squarely at the feet of …

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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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Vinik Downtown Project in Deep Trouble!

    The Boston Globe said Vinik “reinvented” himself but Tampans have discovered that only applies superficially. By Jim Bleyer Water Street Tampa, the highly-touted $3 billion “vision” of local businessman and Tampa Bay Times investor Jeff Vinik, is in deep trouble and may be taken over and/or liquidated by …

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Buckhorn-Carlson Feud Casts Cloud over Tampa’s Future

      by Jim Bleyer             Greed, power, and retribution are propelling a behind-the-scenes struggle between two high-profile heavyweights that could prevent Tampa from fulfilling its potential as a top tier American city. That goal has proven elusive considering the present business and political climate …

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