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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Media Needs Open Books to Maintain Credibility

    By Jim Bleyer The public has had enough. Mainstream media entities that purport to report unvarnished news must be held accountable for their transgressions—slanting coverage, contorting facts, omitting information. HAL 9000, the futuristic computer in the Space Odyssey series, would go haywire attempting to tally the mushrooming mountain …

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Topher Morrison Connecting with Younger Tampa Voters

    By Jim Bleyer In a Tampa mayoral campaign noted for its bland, good ‘ol boy gentility, political neophyte Topher Morrison has injected vitality into the race—directly challenging opponents, attracting a cadré of dedicated workers, and most importantly, energizing a key electoral demographic. Young voters between 18 and 30, …

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Move to Amend: Reversing Citizens United and Beyond

  By Beth Eriksen Shoup, Contributor Today marks the ninth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission ruling, striking down limits on independent corporate spending in elections. It also marks the anniversary of the founding of Move to Amend, a group that sprang up to fight corporate …

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The Great Televised Mayoral Debate: Sad

  By Jim Bleyer Anyone that sat through the entire Tampa mayoral debate Wednesday night punched their ticket to heaven.  It was that bad. The stench emanating from the Hillsborough County Community College Ybor campus and the Bay News 9 airwaves hung thickly over the Big Guava like those stationary, …

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Tampa Bay Rays: Going, Going, Gone!

  By Jim Bleyer Major League Baseball’s near decade-long attempted extortion of Tampa Bay taxpayers is over. It culminated with Tampa. Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan whiffing on their misguided effort to relocate the Tampa Bay Rays to Ybor City. Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg’s earthshaking announcement …

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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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