People Power Joins Battle against Plutocracy

  By Beth Eriksen Shoup  (from the Ybor City Stogie) Editor’s note: This is particularly timely as the only two announced candidates for Tampa mayor are a billionaire and someone who boasts that he knows billionaires. We are at a dangerous tipping point between the power of organized wealth and …

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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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Straz Resolves to Buy Tampa Mayorship

  By Jim Bleyer Political hopeful David Straz, who was awarded an ambassadorship but has never held elective office, will unleash a torrent of cash in an effort to become the next mayor of Tampa, according to longtime political insiders in this town. The whisper number is $2 million, a …

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Alex Harris Inspires Tampa Bay Youth through the Arts

  By Jim Bleyer Alex Harris always was moved to create.  As a kid with seven siblings in rural Georgia, he parlayed buckets, pie pans, and pine tree branches into his first drum kit. Now he wants to inspire others. He’s succeeding.  His Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT) in St. …

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