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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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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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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