Straz Campaign Just Ignores the Rules

  By Jim Bleyer Elitist David Straz doesn’t like playing by the rules. For at least the second consecutive month, the putative Tampa mayoral candidate’s PAC filed an incomplete financial report with the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections. The billionaire, who made his fortune buying and selling banks, said he …

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Bed Tax Fund Takes a hit and TBARTA Gets $1 Million

By E. Eugene Webb PhD Republished from Bay Post Internet   In a last-minute move Senator Jeff Brandes R of St. Petersburg managed to get some transportation language added in the tax cut bill approved by the State Legislature. Details of the legislation are in this Tampa Bay Times editorial. …

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Call Them What They Really Are: “The Reform Generation”

  By Jim Bleyer The generation, born from 2000 to the present, is known by sociologists as “The New Silents” or “Gen Z.” Thoughtless. Insulting, Inaccurate. This is the generation that has challenged pay-for-play politicians, confronted their socially unconscious elders, and sparked a mini-revolution.  Media coverage of its activism over …

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How to Put the ‘X’ in FedEx

  By Jim Bleyer While every company with a decent, moral corporate culture severs formal ties with the National Rifle Association in the wake of the horrific shooting that took the lives of 17 Florida high school students, FedEx stands alone. Their executives are obstinate, insensitive, and deceitful.   But …

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Takers and Fakers: Franklin, Billy, and Donald

        By Scott Myers, Contributor     Why do evangelical leaders like Franklin Graham continue to enable Donald Trump? Maybe it is because Donald Trump likely throws money at Franklin Graham’s charity – Samaritan’s Purse.  Or maybe it is because Franklin Graham and his ilk are very …

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These Heartless Cowards Will Ask for Your Vote

                  By Jim Bleyer Two Tampa legislators and Gov. Rick Scott, all with undistinguished records of public service, this week gave voters more reasons to support their opponents in 2018. State Reps. Jackie Toledo and Shawn Harrison along with the governor cratered to …

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Straz Campaign Finance Reports Beg Official Scrutiny

By Jim Bleyer The five-month financial report filed by the Straz for Tampa PAC contains glaring omissions and possibly intentional misinformation geared to sanitize the participation of public relations executive Bill Carlson and his firm, Tucker-Hall. It’s the latest in a series of dreadful missteps by Straz and the cabal …

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San Diego Didn’t Fall for Shady Stadium Deal; Will Tampa?

  By Jim Bleyer Fifteen months ago the people and politicians of a major American city stood up to protect their region’s economic health and integrity by rejecting a shakedown from a billionaire owner of a big-league sports franchise. But the citizens of San Diego had three major advantages over …

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Grade F: The Math Simply Fails for a Stadium Relocation

  By Scott Myers, Contributor and Jim Bleyer What we’ve known for months has become official: Tampa Bay Rays owner and public trough addict Stu Sternberg has blessed an Ybor City site as the location of a new stadium. Cost estimates are around $700 million but should never be trusted. …

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Graham Campaign, Allies View Gillum as Main Threat

  By Jim Bleyer Florida gubernatorial hopeful Gwen Graham, her operatives, and allies view Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum as her primary threat for the Democratic nomination and are attempting to marginalize him through a nasty whisper campaign. Sources in Tallahassee and Tampa Bay have told us her public stance that …

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Vinik Downtown Project in Deep Trouble!

    The Boston Globe said Vinik “reinvented” himself but Tampans have discovered that only applies superficially. By Jim Bleyer Water Street Tampa, the highly-touted $3 billion “vision” of local businessman and Tampa Bay Times investor Jeff Vinik, is in deep trouble and may be taken over and/or liquidated by …

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