Powerless Couple

  By Jim Bleyer A year ago significant others Yvonne Fry and Mark Ober sat on top of Hillsborough County’s political world.  He: a four-term state attorney heavily favored for a fifth.  She: a politically ambitious civic activist and a district favorite to win an open legislative or county commission …

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Straz: Wrong leader for Tampa in 2019; 1959 maybe

    By Jim Bleyer “I have much respect for your father. But your father, his thinking is old-fashioned.“ That’s how Virgil Sollozzo described Vito Corleone to his son Michael in The Godfather. Sollozzo could just as well have been talking about David Straz as much as the iconic film’s …

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Wall Street Piles on Raymond James Fave Amid Fraud Accusations

By Jim Bleyer Accusations that Ubiquiti, a tech company heavily promoted by St. Petersburg-based Raymond James & Associates, committed fraud have gained traction with stock analysts and law firms seeking damages during the past week. Ubiquiti, a manufacturer of wireless data communication and wireless broadband products, has been relentlessly touted …

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Drain the Regional “Swamp” Before Its Filled

      By Sharon Calvert   We’re being setup AGAIN! As we posted here, Senator Jack Latvala unscrupulously used his position as Senate Appropriations Chair to ram his crony TBARTA bill written by special interests thru the state legislature to create a new transit agency “Tampa Bay Area Regional …

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Evaluating the Tampa Bay Times’ Liability

  By Jim Bleyer By promoting for material gain a predictable scenario involving confrontation and possible bloodshed, what responsibility does an organization have to victims and the community it allegedly serves? A consensus of attorneys interviewed by Tampa Bay Beat says responsiblity certainly exists; proving it in a civil litigation …

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Desperate Rick Baker Exploits Storm Crisis, Victims

By Jim Bleyer With his chances of becoming St. Petersburg’s next mayor dissipating as rapidly as the ravaging winds of Hurricane Irma, Rick Baker exploited one of the worst natural disasters in the nation’s history to resuscitate his failing campaign. Baker, his employer Bill Edwards and others billed as his political …

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An Intemperate Baker Plans Attacks, Obfuscation

  By Jim Bleyer Back on his heels after woefully underperforming in the primary, an incensed Rick Baker will dramatically amp up his campaign to unseat St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman in the two months leading up to the Nov. 7 “nonpartisan” election, sources have told Tampa Bay Beat. The …

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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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