E-Scooters: A Tale of Two Cities

  E-scooters are ridden and parked in restricted areas of Tampa’s Riverwalk and Ybor City (above).   By Jim Bleyer For the under-30 zealots who enjoy the free-wheeling e-scooter culture in Tampa’s urban core, it is the best of times.  For seniors, the disabled, children, and strollers confined to the …

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Florida‘s Thoroughbred Industry Weathers National Furor

    By Jim Bleyer Horse racing fatalities this year at Santa Anita’s fabled Southern California track have put the Sport of Kings under the scrutiny of politicians, animal rights activists, the media, and the thoroughbred racing industry itself. Thirty horses died in racing or training since Christmas at Santa …

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Gaetz Twitter Storm Rated a Category 3

By Jim Bleyer Severe but not fatal—that’s the prognosis for the professional and political future of Donald Trump acolyte and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz after he verbally attacked government witness Michael Cohen on Tuesday. That was one day before Cohen gave damning testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform …

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Another Tampa Media Gaffe but a Satisfactory Ending

        By Jim Bleyer     A Tampa media entity suffered amnesia last week, denying three city mayoral candidates the opportunity to participate in a Jan. 9 debate it is sponsoring. Spectrum Bay News 9 forgot its major responsibility of fully informing the public and its viewership, …

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Vinik Cabal In Absolute Panic Mode

  By Jim Bleyer The Jeff Vinik-inspired Hillsborough County transit tax is in deep trouble judging by the actions of his band of mercenaries. Rena Frazier and Christina Barker, members of the failed team that could not sell the regressive tax increase to NAACP members two weeks ago, are begging voters …

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The Many Contradictions of Janet Cruz

                    By Jim Bleyer Inconsistencies dogging the Janet Cruz  campaign for Florida Senate not only include key political issues but more fundamental representations such as her name and address. Cruz, a term-limited state representative, is challenging State Sen. Dana Young in …

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DeMaio Tantrum Rattles Valdes House Bid

  By Jim Bleyer A veteran Tampa political operative totally blew his cool and embarrassed himself after Florida House candidate Susan Valdes was videoed stumbling and bumbling over questions regarding her donors and would-be donors. She made those remarks Saturday at a meeting of the Hillsborough Hispanic Democratic Caucus. Victor DeMaio, …

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