Hillsborough Directs CARES $$ to Billionaires

    By Scott Myers, Contributor John Lewis, a true American hero, said “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up.” You have to say something; you have to do something.” So I’m doing my little bit about something very wrong. …

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Vinik Protegé DeMeulenaere Resurfaces Near Boston

    By Jim Bleyer   Molly Demeulenaere, who spent a rocky tenure as CEO of the Museum of Science and Industry, is now in Massachusetts still promoting the arts. She is billed as a Development Consultant at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Inc., a ferry ride from Boston. …

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Stubborn Castor Perpetuates Tampa’s Racism Reputation

  By Jim Bleyer A three-dimensional black and white chess game continues to be played out in Tampa between city officials and the African-American community with no resolution in sight. As in the board game, the queen, Mayor Jane Castor, is going full throttle to protect the king, Police Chief …

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Recruiting Poll Workers Will Thwart Trump’s Fraud Claims

    By Steve Rosenfeld, Editor, Voting Booth In 2000, Ion Sancho had a front-row seat to the partisan mayhem and legal posturing surrounding Florida’s presidential recount. The Florida Supreme Court asked Sancho, then supervisor of elections in Florida’s capital, to be its technical adviser—second in charge—of overseeing the recount, …

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DeSantis Plays Defense as Presidential Hopes Fade

    By E. Eugene Webb PhD, from Bay Post Internet It seemed so very perfect. The first-term governor, Navy SEAL, handsome, young, replete with beautiful wife and lovely family, political experience as a member of the US House of Representatives and a charming personality to go with all of …

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Tampa’s Castor: A Distrusted, Unrepentant Racist

    By Jim Bleyer Jane Castor wears the title of Tampa mayor but a more accurate representation to the city’s majority of African Americans would be Racist-in-Chief. Her actions as Tampa’s police chief from 2009-2015 undermined race relations and her inaction to repair them as mayor during her turbulent …

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Your Taxes Will Promote MPO-IOC Transit Propaganda Deluge

  By Jim Bleyer Twitter? Check. Facebook? Check. Special website? Check. Electronic media? Check. Graphics and imagery? Check. Any and all means of messaging to promote Tampa-centric transit plans including light rail? Check. The federally-funded Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization hatched such a comprehensive propaganda plan in anticipation of the …

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Clueless Trump Should Be Rooting For Sweden

    By Scott Myers, Guest Contributor Regarding “Donnie Bone Spurs,” here is the key consideration: Trump knows that when he is no longer POTUS, there is a very high probability that he will subsequently be going to prison.  Therefore, every move he makes is to keep his evil ass …

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Jim Davison to Challenge County Commissioner Pat Kemp

    By Jim Bleyer Jim Davison, a conservative activist and emergency room physician, is expected to file papers this week for the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 seat held by Pat Kemp. The heavyweight matchup promises to be a referendum on countywide transportation which has been a fiasco for …

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Cooper Still Coaches While Franchise Value Decays

    By Jim Bleyer Would you reward an employee whose ineptitude cost you well over $100 million? Of course you wouldn’t but that’s precisely what Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik did when he extended coach Jon Cooper’s contract last March. Cooper’s contract with the Lightning was set to …

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Corporate Con Artist Jeff Vinik Gets Tax Break Intended for Poor

  By Jim Bleyer When Congress approved the creation of “opportunity zones” as part of Donald Trump’s 2017 tax code overhaul, it didn’t have half-billionaire Jeff Vinik in mind as the legislation’s sole beneficiary in downtown Tampa. But a cabal of enablers—Senator Rick Scott, former Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, and …

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Hagan Only Tip of Iceberg in FBI Probe

  By Jim Bleyer The federal investigation into shady land deals in Hillsborough County includes several targets besides County Commissioner Ken Hagan and his family, Tampa Bay Beat has learned. Those being investigated include private citizens as well as other public officials, according to our source in Tallahassee.  No specific …

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Identity Politics Hurting Dems 2020 Chances

    By Jim Bleyer The conventional wisdom—that earlier this year projected the 2020 political demise of Donald Trump and Democratic control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives—lies in tatters. Democrats themselves,  are responsible for dashing those high, if unrealistic expectations.  The majority of Americans abhor identity politics …

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Would Split Season, Move to Tampa Solve Rays Attendance Woes?

    By E. Eugene Webb PhD, from Bay Post Internet It seems like the proclamation of former baseball Commissioner Bud Selig still haunts Tampa Bay. At the height of St. Petersburg’s struggle to acquire a major-league  baseball franchise in the late 1980s Selig notably said, “St. Petersburg is not …

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