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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Closing the Millennial Gap

Part 2 of 2   By Jim Bleyer Tampa Bay lags behind the rest of the country in attracting Millennials.  Business leaders claim to want them here but they fail to recognize what is important to that generation beyond jobs. The Tampa Metropolitan Statistical Area’s population breakdown reveals the problem. …

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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 …

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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 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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