Transit Petition Doesn’t Add up As Education Suffers

  By Scott Myers, Contributor On May 15, 2018 Jeff Eakins, Hillsborough County School District Superintendent, announced that he would be exploring a tax referendum to increase revenues for the Hillsborough County School District. On June 15, 2018 the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer certified a petition and established …

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DeMaio Tantrum Rattles Valdes House Bid

  By Jim Bleyer A veteran Tampa political operative totally blew his cool and embarrassed himself after Florida House candidate Susan Valdes was videoed stumbling and bumbling over questions regarding her donors and would-be donors. She made those remarks Saturday at a meeting of the Hillsborough Hispanic Democratic Caucus. Victor DeMaio, …

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Wanted: Better Choices for Tampa Mayor

By Jim Bleyer I feel like Commissioner Gordon who resorts to sending up the bat signal in times of distress. And I’ve got plenty of company. The six candidates who have declared to run in 2019 for mayor of Tampa just cannot be the best a city of 385,000 has …

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Four Mayoral Candidates Flunk East Tampa Test

  By Jim Bleyer East Tampa residents feel shortchanged by the City of Tampa on transit, housing opportunities, infrastructure, and fair treatment by law enforcement. After yesterday, they have more than sufficient reason to feel abandoned by City Hall. Though invited to a “Tea and Conservation” event in Temple Terrace, …

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Likeable Harry Cohen Has Avoided Controversy

  By Jim Bleyer After two full terms and hundreds of votes on the Tampa City Council, you would think mayoral candidate Harry Cohen would have made a few enemies.  Tampa Bay Beat hasn’t found any, at least any that bear a grudge. Somehow Cohen has sidestepped those political tripwires …

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