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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Steve Lytle Still Doesn’t Get It

              Lytle cleans up nice   By Jim Bleyer Tampa City Council candidate Steve Lytle continues to promote the narrative that he has reformed his youthful wayward ways: it just isn’t working. Last week Tampa Bay Beat recounted Lytle’s multiple arrest record—DUI, breaking and …

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An Offer You Can’t Refuse: Who is Peter Schorsch?

    By Jordan Kirkland, from RoundTable Politics Mob and gangster movies are a dime a dozen. From The Godfather to Goodfellas, the genre has taken the U.S. by storm since the early 1900’s. On a yearly basis, directors like Martin Scorsese churn out mafia sub-genre movies, allowing viewers to …

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Lightning’s Key to the Cup Stands behind the Bench

  By Jim Bleyer The Tampa Bay Lightning possess the most talented roster in the National Hockey League. By far. The Lightning have the NHL’s best goaltender, even the best backup goalie.  Victor Hedman is one of the top three defensemen in the NHL.  Four rolling forward lines with some …

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Portland Stumbles, Vegas Marches in Chase for Tampa Bay Rays

  By Jim Bleyer Pending legislation by a group of Oregon Legislators would eliminate a $150 million state appropriation towards a Major League Baseball stadium in Portland. It’s a blow to Portland’s hopes of luring an MLB team and a boost for competing cities, especially Las Vegas.  The Tampa Bay …

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Vinik: the Man, the Tax, the Hedge Fund, the Spin

        By Jim Bleyer There is no shortage of Tampa Bay media lackeys that gladly genuflect for Jeff  “Transit Tax” Vinik. “Vinik to relaunch asset management firm: ‘The fire still burns in my belly” bleated the headline dutifully penned by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. This would be …

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Move to Amend: Reversing Citizens United and Beyond

  By Beth Eriksen Shoup, Contributor Today marks the ninth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission ruling, striking down limits on independent corporate spending in elections. It also marks the anniversary of the founding of Move to Amend, a group that sprang up to fight corporate …

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Blue Ticket Consulting: Nice Work if You Can Get It

             Tom Alte, John Godwin, Nicholas Golver   By Jim Bleyer, from the Sunshine State News  The ethical boundary has always been blurry for political operatives in the midst of a heated campaign, but that line may have been crossed by St. Petersburg-based Blue Ticket …

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Patient or Customer? Analyzing the Medical Upsell

  By E. Eugene Webb PhD, from Bay Post Internet   Have you had the experience of going to a dentist, eye doctor, chiropractor or other medical provider and been given a reasonable looking estimate of the cost of the procedure you need or are interested in only to have …

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