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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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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Call Them What They Really Are: “The Reform Generation”

  By Jim Bleyer The generation, born from 2000 to the present, is known by sociologists as “The New Silents” or “Gen Z.” Thoughtless. Insulting, Inaccurate. This is the generation that has challenged pay-for-play politicians, confronted their socially unconscious elders, and sparked a mini-revolution.  Media coverage of its activism over …

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How to Put the ‘X’ in FedEx

  By Jim Bleyer While every company with a decent, moral corporate culture severs formal ties with the National Rifle Association in the wake of the horrific shooting that took the lives of 17 Florida high school students, FedEx stands alone. Their executives are obstinate, insensitive, and deceitful.   But …

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Takers and Fakers: Franklin, Billy, and Donald

        By Scott Myers, Contributor     Why do evangelical leaders like Franklin Graham continue to enable Donald Trump? Maybe it is because Donald Trump likely throws money at Franklin Graham’s charity – Samaritan’s Purse.  Or maybe it is because Franklin Graham and his ilk are very …

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These Heartless Cowards Will Ask for Your Vote

                  By Jim Bleyer Two Tampa legislators and Gov. Rick Scott, all with undistinguished records of public service, this week gave voters more reasons to support their opponents in 2018. State Reps. Jackie Toledo and Shawn Harrison along with the governor cratered to …

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