Hillsborough Voters Approve Vinik’s Transit Tax

    By Jim Bleyer Developer Jeff Vinik’s six-month, multi-million dollar propaganda campaign aimed at hoodwinking Hillsborough County residents into voting themselves the highest sales tax rate in Florida passed by a large margin Tuesday. Voters by 57-43 approved the $16 billion, 30-year transit tax that will bring the county’s …

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Tampa NAACP Receives Death Threats over Anti-Transit Stance

  By Jim Bleyer Less than two weeks after it came out against a proposed Hillsborough County transit tax, the Tampa NAACP was targeted with a hate letter that included death threats. The threats were leveled at all African Americans. Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum was specifically mentioned. Addressed to NAACP …

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Traditional Democratic Groups Reject Janet Cruz

  By Jim Bleyer Four important groups that traditionally vote Democratic have deserted Janet Cruz in her quest to unseat State Sen.Dana Young in Greater Tampa’s SD18. These include the African American community, progressives, educators, and environmentalists.  Cruz, a term-limited State Representative has somehow alienated them all. The Hillsborough Democratic …

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Vinik Inveigles “Sierra Club” Support for Sales Tax Boondoggle

    By Jim Bleyer When the so-called “leadership” of the Tampa Bay Sierra Club publicly endorsed Tampa developer Jeff Vinik’s proposed Hillsborough County sales tax scam this week, it “forgot” to consult the membership. No debate. No discussion. No agenda item. The deceitful maneuver reflects the baksheesh tactics employed …

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Vinik Shuts Down Debate on Transit Tax, Buys Off Media

  By Sharon Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay The billionaires are entitled. They buy off the media. They bankroll a deceptive advertising campaign for a massive tax hike that never mentions the word “tax”. They want to shut down any debate about their $16 Billion rail tax boondoggle in …

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Gekko and Vinik: Two of a Kind

                   By Jim Bleyer Sure,  the legendary Wall Street misanthrope Gordon Gekko is more chiseled and less rumpled than Tampa wheeler dealer Jeff Vinik, but there is no argument the duo share many characteristics. Both are charming, manipulative people whose goal of enhancing …

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African-American Voters Ditch Cruz, Gravitate Towards Dana Young

  By Jim Bleyer Could House Minority Leader Janet Cruz’ insults to Afro-American voters cut any deeper than bragging about endorsements from Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, an unapologetic racial profiler, and the Tampa Bay Times who took many not-so-subtle racist jabs at Andrew Gillum during the Democratic primary? Cruz’ associations …

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Transit Proponents Give No Details of $16 BIllion Tax Hike

By Sharon Calvert, Eye on Tampa Bay Hillsborough County voters should know what they’re voting on before they vote. The Tampa Bay Times begins a recent editorial about the Florida Supreme Court striking down Amendment 8 from the November ballot (emphasis mine): “Voters should know what they’re voting on, which …

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