Bigoted Extremist Fronted Hillsborough Light Rail Pitch

By Jim Bleyer The transparent smear campaign by pro-light rail public officials and supportive media outlets against opponents of a Hillsborough County sales tax increase boomeranged on a gargantuan scale this week. The embarrassing fallout traveled 650 miles from Raleigh to Tampa. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, who tried to …

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Go Hillsborough’s Propaganda Arm: The Tampa Bay Times

  By Jim Bleyer   The Tampa Bay Times, without a shred of dignity, ethics, or conscience, continues to bombard the public about the Go Hillsborough transit plan with incomplete, inconsistent, and wildly inaccurate information. It is part of a concerted propaganda effort to confuse voters into taxing themselves for …

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Go Hillsborough More Tainted Than Ever

  By Jim Bleyer “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching”—C. S. Lewis The rap sheet for the proposed mega-controversial Go Hillsborough referendum grew longer than “War and Peace” this week. Adding to the legacy of cronyism, secrecy, and misinformation was a spurious investigation that …

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Florida Pension Fund Raid Benefits Bush Allies

By Jim Bleyer Florida’s public pension fund bailed out two prominent Miami developers linked to former governor and presidential hopeful Jeb Bush when it overpaid by tens of millions of dollars for an occupancy-challenged downtown Tampa apartment complex in February, 2014. The $76.5 million purchase of the Pierhouse at Channelside …

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The Public’s Right to Know

      Eight weeks. That’s how long the Tampa Bay Times has possessed information it deemed critical as belonging in the public domain. The credentials and resumes of 83 applicants for the Museum of Science and Industry’s CEO were pried loose following litigation and protracted out-of-court negotiations between the …

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Vinik Tap Dances Around MOSI Relocation

  By Jim Bleyer The relocation of the financially struggling Museum of Science and Industry to Jeff Vinik’s projected downtown Tampa mega development appears no closer to reality than it was seven months ago when the possibility first surfaced. Vinik, a retired hedge fund manager and owner of the Tampa …

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Jeff Vinik, the Media, and the MOSI Mess

By Jim Bleyer       Jeff Vinik owns Tampa Bay.  No, not just the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Tampa Bay. Besides the hockey fans who consistently cram Amalie Arena with unyielding fealty, Vinik’s acolytes include, without any known exception, state and local politicians, movers and shakers on both sides of …

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Stopping the Presses

                    By Jim Bleyer   More than 200,000 West Coast Floridians hear the familiar pre-dawn thud of the Tampa Tribune landing on their driveway. It’s a good bet those loyal customers will be acclimated to the sound of silence by the …

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Gwen Graham: Rising Star or Shooting Star?

By Jim Bleyer Despite suffering post-mortem depression, Florida Democrats are hailing newly-minted Congresswoman Gwen Graham as the party’s future, if not its savior. They have good reason to cheer.  She beat an incumbent, one of only two Democrats nationwide to accomplish the feat.  She won in a purplish-red district.  And …

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