Andrew Gillum: The Running Man

      By Jim Bleyer Andrew Gillum brought healthy doses of his charisma, bankroll, and grit to Tampa on Thursday in an effort to rally Democrats for the 2020 election and beyond. The main photo op for the local press was his presenting a large facsimile of a $100,000 …

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Wheels Come Off Hillsborough Transit Planning

      By Dr. Jim Davison Hillsborough County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization has concocted an impractical transit scheme that involves tearing down 10 miles of Interstate-275 in favor of a boulevard concept, a plan ranked last by a survey of Tampa Bay citizens. The unfathomable concept attempts to shoehorn a …

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$300 Million+ Class Action Suit Filed against Beleaguered Vinik

    By Jim Bleyer A class action lawsuit has been filed against Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment that could conservatively could cost the Jeff Vinik-led company $300 million. The legal action alleges TBSE, owner of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Litigation …

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Transit Tax Lawsuit Judge Admits “A Lot of Pressure”

  By Jim Bleyer Acknowledging he feels pressure in deliberating and ruling on a lawsuit challenging the validity of the Hillsborough County sales tax for transit, Judge Rex Barbas nevertheless promised anything but a quick resolution to the issue. Both sides participated in a marathon hearing Friday with more arguments …

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Truth is Kryptonite to AFT, Promoter of The Vinik Tax

By Sharon Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay All for Transportation (AFT) has been dishonest from the start. It tried to create a false narrative last June that the Hillsborough County tax hike ballot initiative was a “grassroots” initiative launched by everyday citizens. That was quickly debunked. Five special interests …

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Transit Tax Litigant Stacy White Draws Nuisance Ethics Complaint

  By Jim Bleyer A Hillsborough transit tax activist and noted conspiracy theorist has filed an ethics complaint against Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White in a transparent attempt to deflect public attention from just how misguided the special interest levy is and how it was sold to a misinformed public. …

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Jeff Vinik Owns Tampa Bay Times—in Case You Hadn’t Noticed

    By Jim Bleyer   Jeff Vinik, through Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment LLC, owns the major interest in the Tampa Bay Times, according to corporate records obtained by Tampa Bay Beat from Bloomberg, the world’s primary distributor of financial data. It accounts for the Times’ sheer, unfettered promotion …

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Jane Castor Elected to Lead Tampa into 2023

      By Jim Bleyer Former Police Chief Jane Castor rolled to an easy victory Tuesday in Tampa’s mayoral runoff, making history as the city’s first openly gay mayor. Her election ensures what essentially will be a four-year extension of policies promulgated by her predecessor, Bob Buckhorn. With 98 …

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The Definition of Insanity: Vinik and BriseBois

      By Jim Bleyer Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik doubled down on retaining Jon Cooper, his underachieving head coach. The former hedge fund manager and would-be developer supported Cooper in the wake of the most historic collapse in the history of North American professional sports.  The Lightning, …

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Did Vinik Veto Yzerman’s Plan to Ditch Cooper?

    By Jim Bleyer The sudden departure of Tampa Bay Lightning’s General Manager Steve Yzerman only three weeks before the National Hockey League’s 2018-19 season was the subject of much speculation with no definitive answer. At the time, observers focused on possible Yzerman health problems or his wearying of …

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More Playoff Coop Poop as Bolts Drop Deuce in Own Crib

      By Jim Bleyer The Tampa Bay Lightning four days ago were overwhelming favorites to win hockey’s cherished Stanley Cup. Not anymore. The eighth and last seed Columbus Blue Jackets blew the doors off the Lightning in the last five periods of hockey and lead 2-0 in the …

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Tampa-South Pasco Stuck with ‘Bridge to Nowhere’

  By Jim Davison, Contributor   The term “bridge to nowhere” conjures up many different images from short-sighted government planning to outright corruption. The term spans the entire spectrum of negative perception about government performance. We all know that bridges are built to connect two areas divided by some type …

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Jewish Voters Need to Recalibrate in 2020

    By Jim Bleyer   American Jews are under siege by the New Left and the Democratic Party’s craven leadership. The Democrats could not bring themselves to condemn anti-Semitic remarks from an ignorant, petty, narrow-minded, rookie Congressperson.  The bigot, Ilhan Omar, fortunately drew criticism within her district from Muslims …

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Hillsborough Transit Tax Hangs on Deceptive Ballot Language

  By Sharon Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay   All for Transportation (AFT), promoters of the Hillsborough County $16 billion transit tax, carpet bombed voters last year with glossy mailers claiming it had a transportation plan to cut traffic congestion over the 30-year life of the tax. The ballot …

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