The Grossly Cynical, Hypocritical Campaign of Janet Cruz

  By Jim Bleyer When State Rep. Janet Cruz jumped into a Florida Senate race against incumbent Republican Dana Young, she told Tampa voters she was motivated to run because of the February school shootings in Parkland. The term-limited House minority leader had previously filed to run for a seat …

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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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Tampa Bay Times Recommends Predator by Proxy Kathleen Peters

By Jim Bleyer The editorial recommendation of State Rep. Kathleen Peters for the Pinellas County Commission represents another #MeToo fail for the Tampa Bay Times. Peters, gal pal of disgraced predator, former State Sen. Jack Latvala, has been insensitive to the victims of sexual harassment but more than sympathetic to …

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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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San Diego Didn’t Fall for Shady Stadium Deal; Will Tampa?

  By Jim Bleyer Fifteen months ago the people and politicians of a major American city stood up to protect their region’s economic health and integrity by rejecting a shakedown from a billionaire owner of a big-league sports franchise. But the citizens of San Diego had three major advantages over …

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Cities, Counties Launch Homestead Exemption Propaganda Barrage

    By Jim Bleyer With Florida voters gaining the capability to vote on increasing the homestead exemption next year, Florida’s counties and cities are in full panic mode painting doomsday scenarios should the constitutional amendment pass in November 2018. Florida voters will be asked whether or not  the non-schools …

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