Times Bows to GOP Bankrollers, Betrays St. Pete

  By Jim Bleyer     The Tampa Bay Times effort to woo more subscribers from the radical right has destroyed what little remains of its credibility and could embolden extremists and their racist followers to transform a tranquil, diverse, progressive St. Petersburg into a literal and ideological battleground. The …

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Baker, Trump share base, biases, playbook

    By Jim Bleyer Non-committal and nearly silent, mayoral candidate Rick Baker continued his passive campaign Sunday with another moral fail.  He was seen standing on the fringe of a candlelight vigil at St. Petersburg’s Demens Landing that stressed community unity and condemned the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, VA. …

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Party Switch for Buckhorn?

  By Jim Bleyer Rumors that Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, a registered Democrat with a conflicted, convoluted, opportunistic political philosophy, will soon join the Republican party are bubbling in Tampa and Tallahassee, Tampa Bay Beat has learned. Recent developments have ramped up speculation. Last week Buckhorn endorsed Republican State Rep. …

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Cities, Counties Launch Homestead Exemption Propaganda Barrage

    By Jim Bleyer With Florida voters gaining the capability to vote on increasing the homestead exemption next year, Florida’s counties and cities are in full panic mode painting doomsday scenarios should the constitutional amendment pass in November 2018. Florida voters will be asked whether or not  the non-schools …

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Punt, No Kickoff, for Buckhorn

By Jim Bleyer Political winners of the week: Florida voters who will not be subjected to the campaign puffery, hyperbole, and mendacity emanating from the yap of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. The term-limited two-t̶i̶m̶e̶r̶ termer Thursday declared himself out of the gubernatorial race because t̶h̶e̶r̶e̶’̶s̶ ̶z̶e̶r̶o̶ ̶c̶h̶a̶n̶c̶e̶ ̶h̶e̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶ ̶w̶i̶n̶ …

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Donald Trump, Pam Bondi, and the Church of Scientology

        Donald Trump         L. Ron Hubbard     By Jim Bleyer Donald Trump does not believe in science-but he does believe in Scientology, its tactics, truth twisting, and totalitarianism, if not its tenets. He cavorts regularly with its followers and sympathizers, utilizes the …

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Wanted for Jack Latvala: A Memory and a Mirror

By Jim Bleyer Gwen Graham                 Chris Latvala   Even for someone with a reputation for disparaging political opponents, belittling women, and consummate hypocrisy, State Sen. Jack Latvala sunk to a new low Friday. Speaking at Cafe con Tampa, the weekly informal parley …

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