St. Pete Mayor Kriseman Said to Be Eyeing Governorship

    By Jim Bleyer   St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman is a man with ambitions that could reach as far as the Florida Governor Mansion or the U.S. Capitol building. The whispers by insiders on both sides of Tampa Bay are screaming “Governor.”  Kriseman and his team, however, can …

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Anti-Semitic Left Handing Florida to GOP

      By Jim Bleyer If the Democrats hope to beat President Donald Trump in 2020, they probably will have to achieve that without winning Florida. The country’s third most populous state and most crucial battleground has a sizable Jewish population.  Best estimates are that approximately seven percent of …

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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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Andrew Gillum: The Running Man

      By Jim Bleyer Andrew Gillum brought healthy doses of his charisma, bankroll, and grit to Tampa on Thursday in an effort to rally Democrats for the 2020 election and beyond. The main photo op for the local press was his presenting a large facsimile of a $100,000 …

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Jane Castor Elected to Lead Tampa into 2023

      By Jim Bleyer Former Police Chief Jane Castor rolled to an easy victory Tuesday in Tampa’s mayoral runoff, making history as the city’s first openly gay mayor. Her election ensures what essentially will be a four-year extension of policies promulgated by her predecessor, Bob Buckhorn. With 98 …

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Jewish Voters Need to Recalibrate in 2020

    By Jim Bleyer   American Jews are under siege by the New Left and the Democratic Party’s craven leadership. The Democrats could not bring themselves to condemn anti-Semitic remarks from an ignorant, petty, narrow-minded, rookie Congressperson.  The bigot, Ilhan Omar, fortunately drew criticism within her district from Muslims …

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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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Vinik Lackey Hudson Acceded Transit Scheme Is “Fraudulent”

U By Jim Bleyer In a text to a Hillsborough County voter two weeks before the November transit tax referendum,  Jeff Vinik pointman Tyler Hudson virtually admitted that the now exposed scam is fraudulent. Once more Hudson, in responding to Charlotte Greenbarg’s accusation that promoters of the Vinik Tax were …

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City Elections Reflect Tampa’s Apathy, Resistance to Change

  By Jim Bleyer Former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, riding her name recognition and Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s potent political machine, steamrolled six opponents Tuesday in almost winning outright the prize of succeeding her term-limited mentor. Castor garnered 48 percent of the vote and will meet billionaire David Straz in …

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Tampa Mayoralty Race a Battle of Two Cabals

By Jim Bleyer To paraphrase former President Gerald Ford: “My fellow Tampanians, our long municipal nightmare is over.”  That is unless potential voters were comfortable with hypocrisy, empty promises, and losing political strategies that defy comprehension. The seven candidates embraced Mom, apple pie, and transit while introducing themselves to low-income …

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