Red Flag for Voters: Any Candidate on a ‘Listening Tour’

    By Jim Bleyer Beware of candidates for public office that launch a well-publicized “listening tour.”  It signifies that they haven’t been paying attention to voters and are not likely to suddenly change and become interested  in Joe and Jill Lunchpail’s concerns. You can bet that 100 percent of the …

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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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Get over It, Times; You Lost!

                          By Jim Bleyer   The biased coverage of the St. Petersburg mayor’s race by the Tampa Bay Times continues days after Rick Kriseman won re-election over Rick Baker. The Times, who went all-in for Baker on its …

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The Math of Khan Boosts Kriseman, Defangs Times/Poynter

    By Jim Bleyer Overcoming moneyed right-wing interests, a local newspaper that was paid by a spate of new investors to advance the cause of Trump acolytes, and dirty campaign tactics, incumbent St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman was re-elected for a second four-year term Tuesday. Kriseman’s 3.1 percentage point …

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