Traditional Democratic Groups Reject Janet Cruz

  By Jim Bleyer Four important groups that traditionally vote Democratic have deserted Janet Cruz in her quest to unseat State Sen.Dana Young in Greater Tampa’s SD18. These include the African American community, progressives, educators, and environmentalists.  Cruz, a term-limited State Representative has somehow alienated them all. The Hillsborough Democratic …

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Vinik Inveigles “Sierra Club” Support for Sales Tax Boondoggle

    By Jim Bleyer When the so-called “leadership” of the Tampa Bay Sierra Club publicly endorsed Tampa developer Jeff Vinik’s proposed Hillsborough County sales tax scam this week, it “forgot” to consult the membership. No debate. No discussion. No agenda item. The deceitful maneuver reflects the baksheesh tactics employed …

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Likeable Harry Cohen Has Avoided Controversy

  By Jim Bleyer After two full terms and hundreds of votes on the Tampa City Council, you would think mayoral candidate Harry Cohen would have made a few enemies.  Tampa Bay Beat hasn’t found any, at least any that bear a grudge. Somehow Cohen has sidestepped those political tripwires …

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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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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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