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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Jane Castor Energizes Tampa Arts Community

    By Jim Bleyer If Variety reviewed the Mayor’s Forum on the Arts, held Wednesday night at Hillsborough Community College, the gathering would have been described as nothing less than “boffo.” In fact, the venerable staple of entertainment news might have showered the Tampa event with more superlatives than …

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Carlson Harbors Big Ambitions for Tampa

  By Jim Bleyer Don’t be deceived by Bill Carlson’s calm demeanor.  The rookie city councilman’s passion for Tampa runs wide, deep, and beyond his avid penchant for a good cigar. Along with enthusiasm for all things Tampeño, Carlson brings to City Hall a world view, willingness to explore and …

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Wanted: Better Choices for Tampa Mayor

By Jim Bleyer I feel like Commissioner Gordon who resorts to sending up the bat signal in times of distress. And I’ve got plenty of company. The six candidates who have declared to run in 2019 for mayor of Tampa just cannot be the best a city of 385,000 has …

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Four Mayoral Candidates Flunk East Tampa Test

  By Jim Bleyer East Tampa residents feel shortchanged by the City of Tampa on transit, housing opportunities, infrastructure, and fair treatment by law enforcement. After yesterday, they have more than sufficient reason to feel abandoned by City Hall. Though invited to a “Tea and Conservation” event in Temple Terrace, …

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