Fact Checking The Poynter Institute

  By Jim Bleyer The Poynter Institute, self-anointed watchdog of journalistic ethics and the public trust, has declared Apr. 2 as International Fact-Checking Day. Billed as a “global initiative,” the effort is aimed at heightening awareness about misinformation, “especially online.” But before holding itself up as the epitome of trustworthiness …

Continue reading

No to Regionalism in Tampa Bay

By Sharon Calvert (Reprinted from Eye on Tampa Bay) Watch these two companion bills filed in this legislative session affecting transportation in Tampa Bay. SB1672 was filed by Senator Appropriations Chair Senator Latvala and it’s identical House companion bill HB1243 was filed by Representative Dan Raulerson who is not a …

Continue reading

Oh, What a Week!

By Jim Bleyer Until recently, conventional wisdom dictated that one should never pick a fight with people that buy ink by the barrelful. That precept no longer applies, especially in Tampa Bay. Two public figures, whose incompetence and backroom wheeling and dealing have been shielded from public view under the …

Continue reading

Is Anybody Listening?

By Jim Bleyer Timothy Leary would have riffed, “Drop in, turn off, tune out.” The three citizen activists most instrumental in defeating Greenlight Pinellas and Go Hillsborough, the most recent ill-fated local transit proposals calling for higher sales taxes, spoke Friday morning to an SRO, mostly pro-transit crowd at Cafe con …

Continue reading

Experts: Transportation Sales Tax Funds a Road to Nowhere

By Jim Bleyer   Promoting local sales tax increases for transit projects will always be a losing struggle in Florida, a group of transportation strategists agreed this week. They attributed voter mistrust of government as the insurmountable barrier to referendum-based tax hikes. That unequivocal assessment was expressed at a funding …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading

It’s More Knowhow Than How Much

By Jim Bleyer An incumbent GOP governor’s favorability ratings scrape bottom in the low 30s. Sledgehammer budget cuts to education, environmental, and health programs litter his four-year tenure. He takes credit for a rebounding state economy that was actually fueled by Federal Reserve policy and stimulus programs launched in Washington. …

Continue reading