After LG Picks, DeSantis and Gillum Need to Woo Party Skeptics

  By Jim Bleyer The first order of business for Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum: mending fences. With Jeanette Nuñez and Chris King, the gubernatorial hopefuls  chose solid, if not bold, imaginative picks for their running mates last week.  But they face monumental missionary work after bitter, divisive primaries. Public …

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Pay-for-Play Blogger Continues to Disgrace Himself with Racist Tweet

  By Jim Bleyer No one ever confused Peter Schorsch with Heywood Campbell Broun, Ernie Pyle, Nellie Bly, or even the rawest cub reporter. Schorsch is the St. Petersburg-based owner of Florida Politics, the widely acknowledged pay-for-play echo chamber for Florida politicians, political operatives, and lobbyists that lamely attempts to …

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Tampa Mayor Buckhorn Actively Seeking Lt. Gov. Slot

  By Jim Bleyer Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is actively seeking the second spot on the Democratic gubernatorial ticket, Tampa Bay Beat has learned, but such a candidacy would bring more baggage than benefit. Buckhorn has reached out to both the camps of Phillip Levine and Gwen Graham in his …

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Gwen Graham, With a Sparse Deck, Plays Gender Card

  By Jim Bleyer With a threadbare resumé of public service and a record of voting for big business and against the environment, Gwen Graham has resorted to shouting that “it’s time” Florida elected a female governor. She has reminded audiences at every campaign stop that she is a woman …

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Gillum Wows Overflow Crowd at Hillsborough Dem. Gala

  By Jim Bleyer An already energized throng of more than 500 Hillsborough County Democrats, anticipating that the much hyped Blue Wave will wash over Florida in November,  saved most of its enthusiasm and cheering Saturday night for gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. All four primary candidates spoke for only 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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