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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‘Unity’ Confab Fizzles; Cruz Campaign in Shambles

By Jim Bleyer By any measure, the Janet Cruz campaign for state senate’s so-called “unity” event last Thursday in South Tampa was a failure.  Worse, it was an embarrassment. The stunt was necessitated by what Tampa’s progressive community considers reprehensible behavior by Cruz and the Florida Democratic Party.  It was …

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The Case for Firing Jon Cooper

By Jim Bleyer Yeah, I know, the body isn’t even cold. But the Tampa Bay Lightning’s loss in the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday to a clearly inferior group of skaters is a call for immediate action. The blame for the latest deep playoff failure falls squarely at the feet of …

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Trump Should Cap Gas Prices

    By E. Eugene Webb, PhD, from the Bay Post Internet You’re probably watching gasoline prices go up and wondering what’s going on. Well, the answer is a lot. The seasonal changeover is in process, the petroleum industry sees a good economy and the chance to gain massive profits while …

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TBT ‘Expert’ with Ethical Challenges Tied to Jane Castor

    By Jim Bleyer The Tampa Bay Times’ alleged expert on election laws, Mark Herron, has faced ethical challenges and has political relationships with candidates favored by the St. Petersburg-based paper. And he may have cost Al Gore the presidency in 2000. The Tallahassee lawyer has been at the …

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Tampa Cannot Afford Castor Disaster

  By Angel D’Angelo, guest contributor Former Police Chief Jane Castor has announced her bid to run for Mayor of Tampa in 2019. She’s certainly a tempting candidate. Tampa’s first woman and first gay police chief, a 30 some year veteran of the police form and a staple in the …

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