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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Tampa Mayoral Race Exposes Fractured Community

    By Jim Bleyer The 2019 Tampa mayoral campaign hasn’t brought out the best and the brightest but it has cast a spotlight on the fractured culture and numerous special interest factions fighting for the heart, soul, and wallet of Florida’s third largest city. The seven-candidate lineup resembles a …

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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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