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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The Case for Firing Jon Cooper

By Jim Bleyer Yeah, I know, the body isn’t even cold. But the Tampa Bay Lightning’s loss in the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday to a clearly inferior group of skaters is a call for immediate action. The blame for the latest deep playoff failure falls squarely at the feet of …

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