Wanted: Better Choices for Tampa Mayor

By Jim Bleyer I feel like Commissioner Gordon who resorts to sending up the bat signal in times of distress. And I’ve got plenty of company. The six candidates who have declared to run in 2019 for mayor of Tampa just cannot be the best a city of 385,000 has …

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Four Mayoral Candidates Flunk East Tampa Test

  By Jim Bleyer East Tampa residents feel shortchanged by the City of Tampa on transit, housing opportunities, infrastructure, and fair treatment by law enforcement. After yesterday, they have more than sufficient reason to feel abandoned by City Hall. Though invited to a “Tea and Conservation” event in Temple Terrace, …

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Tampa Cannot Afford Castor Disaster

  By Angel D’Angelo, guest contributor Former Police Chief Jane Castor has announced her bid to run for Mayor of Tampa in 2019. She’s certainly a tempting candidate. Tampa’s first woman and first gay police chief, a 30 some year veteran of the police form and a staple in the …

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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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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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