Tampa Bay Tabloid Shuffle: The Bad News and the *footnote

  By Jim Bleyer First, the bad news. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, the area’s much beloved alternative weekly, was bought out by Euclid Media Group.  Known as EMG,  it owns a portfolio of nine such city publications including the Orlando Weekly. EMG has shown a penchant for marginalizing and, in …

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Foul Ball!!! Stench of Sternberg Deal Common MLB Ploy

  By Scott Myers, Contributor Tampa Bay Rays owner Stu Sternberg behaves as one would expect of a Major League Baseball owner: pitching threats, illusion, and deceit to extort cities. Declaring the price of a new stadium will increase with each passing year, Sternberg preposterously presented the possibility of a …

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Clean up the FL Dem mess: Jettison Graham and Rizzo

  By Jim Bleyer Former Democratic state party chairman Stephen Bittel made disparaging remarks about black legislators at a major party fundraiser last June 17.  There were no repercussions. He apologized for his racially derogatory tirade and then it was business as usual for the Florida Democratic Party. Five months later …

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Sternberg’s Best Bet: Las Vegas

  By Jim Bleyer After decades of being shaken down by sports franchises, their billionaire owners, and professional sports leagues, sensible cities are refusing to pay subsidies to keep or lure a professional sports team. There is one exception: Las Vegas.  It appears to be the most likely destination for …

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Straz Campaign Just Ignores the Rules

  By Jim Bleyer Elitist David Straz doesn’t like playing by the rules. For at least the second consecutive month, the putative Tampa mayoral candidate’s PAC filed an incomplete financial report with the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections. The billionaire, who made his fortune buying and selling banks, said he …

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Bed Tax Fund Takes a hit and TBARTA Gets $1 Million

By E. Eugene Webb PhD Republished from Bay Post Internet   In a last-minute move Senator Jeff Brandes R of St. Petersburg managed to get some transportation language added in the tax cut bill approved by the State Legislature. Details of the legislation are in this Tampa Bay Times editorial. …

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Call Them What They Really Are: “The Reform Generation”

  By Jim Bleyer The generation, born from 2000 to the present, is known by sociologists as “The New Silents” or “Gen Z.” Thoughtless. Insulting, Inaccurate. This is the generation that has challenged pay-for-play politicians, confronted their socially unconscious elders, and sparked a mini-revolution.  Media coverage of its activism over …

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How to Put the ‘X’ in FedEx

  By Jim Bleyer While every company with a decent, moral corporate culture severs formal ties with the National Rifle Association in the wake of the horrific shooting that took the lives of 17 Florida high school students, FedEx stands alone. Their executives are obstinate, insensitive, and deceitful.   But …

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Takers and Fakers: Franklin, Billy, and Donald

        By Scott Myers, Contributor     Why do evangelical leaders like Franklin Graham continue to enable Donald Trump? Maybe it is because Donald Trump likely throws money at Franklin Graham’s charity – Samaritan’s Purse.  Or maybe it is because Franklin Graham and his ilk are very …

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These Heartless Cowards Will Ask for Your Vote

                  By Jim Bleyer Two Tampa legislators and Gov. Rick Scott, all with undistinguished records of public service, this week gave voters more reasons to support their opponents in 2018. State Reps. Jackie Toledo and Shawn Harrison along with the governor cratered to …

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