Did Vinik Veto Yzerman’s Plan to Ditch Cooper?

    By Jim Bleyer The sudden departure of Tampa Bay Lightning’s General Manager Steve Yzerman only three weeks before the National Hockey League’s 2018-19 season was the subject of much speculation with no definitive answer. At the time, observers focused on possible Yzerman health problems or his wearying of …

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More Playoff Coop Poop as Bolts Drop Deuce in Own Crib

      By Jim Bleyer The Tampa Bay Lightning four days ago were overwhelming favorites to win hockey’s cherished Stanley Cup. Not anymore. The eighth and last seed Columbus Blue Jackets blew the doors off the Lightning in the last five periods of hockey and lead 2-0 in the …

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Tampa-South Pasco Stuck with ‘Bridge to Nowhere’

  By Jim Davison, Contributor   The term “bridge to nowhere” conjures up many different images from short-sighted government planning to outright corruption. The term spans the entire spectrum of negative perception about government performance. We all know that bridges are built to connect two areas divided by some type …

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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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Emboldened Hate Groups Flourish in Florida

    By Jim Bleyer  Organized “hate groups” are expanding in number and membership throughout the country with Florida one of the fastest growing states in this dubious regard. Some of the 75 groups operate statewide while others confine their activities locally.  Hate groups cluster in Southeast Florida and the …

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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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Florida Can Make History with ERA Ratification

  By Jim Bleyer Only 1,203 miles separate Seneca Falls, NY from Tallahassee.  Philosophically they  have been light years apart —until now. The Florida Legislature and Gov. Ron DeSantis could make history that would make the U. S. birthplace of the women’s rights movement proud.  Thirty-seven states have ratified the …

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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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Gaetz Twitter Storm Rated a Category 3

By Jim Bleyer Severe but not fatal—that’s the prognosis for the professional and political future of Donald Trump acolyte and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz after he verbally attacked government witness Michael Cohen on Tuesday. That was one day before Cohen gave damning testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform …

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Hillsborough Commissioners Poleax Constituency to Save Tax Boondoggle

I   By Sharon Calvert, (excerpts from Eye on Tampa Bay) Six Hillsborough County commissioners are intentionally putting taxpayers at tremendous financial risk and signing away the rights of their own constituents and future commission boards. County Commission Chairman Les Miller, a supporter of the $16 billion All For Transportation (AFT) …

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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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Media Needs Open Books to Maintain Credibility

    By Jim Bleyer The public has had enough. Mainstream media entities that purport to report unvarnished news must be held accountable for their transgressions—slanting coverage, contorting facts, omitting information. HAL 9000, the futuristic computer in the Space Odyssey series, would go haywire attempting to tally the mushrooming mountain …

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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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The 200-Inning MLB pitcher: A Vanishing Breed?

    By Scott Myers, Contributor For the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) season, there were just 13 pitchers who logged 200 innings or more – less than 1/2 a pitcher per team.  Up until 1998, except for strike interrupted seasons, the average per team hung at two or higher.  …

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