Rays in Crosshairs of Brash Vegas, Restrained Portland

  By Jim Bleyer The abject failure of Hillsborough County to provide a sensible location and realistic financing for a new Tampa Bay Rays stadium has emboldened two western cities that yearn for Major League Baseball. Both Portland and Las Vegas are rumored to be hastening plans for building state-of-the-art …

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AFT Rolls out Big Legal Guns to Defend Transit Farce

  By Sharon Calvert from Eye on Tampa Bay All for Transportation (AFT) created the 5-page tax-hike charter amendment that led to Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White’s lawsuit, case #18-CA-011749. AFT recently filed to be an “intervener” in the lawsuit, filed against the county and other parties receiving the new tax …

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Another Tampa Media Gaffe but a Satisfactory Ending

        By Jim Bleyer     A Tampa media entity suffered amnesia last week, denying three city mayoral candidates the opportunity to participate in a Jan. 9 debate it is sponsoring. Spectrum Bay News 9 forgot its major responsibility of fully informing the public and its viewership, …

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Tampa Bay Rays: Going, Going, Gone!

  By Jim Bleyer Major League Baseball’s near decade-long attempted extortion of Tampa Bay taxpayers is over. It culminated with Tampa. Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan whiffing on their misguided effort to relocate the Tampa Bay Rays to Ybor City. Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg’s earthshaking announcement …

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The Rays: Will They Cross the Bay or Not?

            By E. Eugene Webb PhD, from the Bay Post Internet The ongoing saga of the next home for the Tampa Bay Rays continues with Hillsborough County administrator Mike Merrill throwing down the gauntlet…. er maybe a bat, when he declared, “there will be no …

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Times Twisted Facts to Help Sell Vinik Transit Tax Scam

  By Mark Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay Curiously, the Tampa Bay Times recently started reporting the All for Transportation tax hike in Hillsborough County will raise $15.8 billion over 30 years, while they consistently called it at $280 million per year, $9 billion tax before and just after …

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Long-Term MLB Player Contracts: Sheer Lunacy

                 By Scott Myers, Contributor   Do you work in a profession where the most elite of your peers get paid substantially more money as their skills precipitously erode with age?   If you are a Major League Baseball player, the answer is …

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Pass $16 Billion Vinik Tax; Ask Questions Later

  By Sharon Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay After the $16 Billion Vinik funded rail tax passes, the Vinik bailed out Tampa Bay Times is now asking questions they should have been asking before the election. The Times began asking what happens to the 10-year $812 million road funding …

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FDP, Choice of Chris King Torpedoed Gillum Candidacy

By Jim Bleyer You must win before you can govern. Easier said than done, especially it seems for progressives. Andrew Gillum, who exploded onto the national political scene with a meteoric victory in the 2018 Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary, was the immediate favorite to win it all on Nov. 6. …

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Yayoi Kusama: From Nowhere to Infinity

By Jim Bleyer Forget the old saw that the long-suffering, brilliant, starving artist achieves fame only after death. Yayoi Kusama, at age 89, sits on top of the international art world.  Her nearly 3-year “Infinity Mirrors” kaleidoscopic feast at five North American museums has drawn multitudes of art lovers.  The …

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With Chagall Exhibit, Polk Museum A Worthy Destination

    By Jim Bleyer The li’l ole Polk County Museum of Art on Lakeland’s Florida Southern College campus brims with visitors. The reason: a display of works by Belarus-born Marc Chagall (1887-1985), one of the world’s most pre-eminent modernists.   The “Chagall: Stories into Dreams” smash lures residents from …

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Hillsborough Voters Approve Vinik’s Transit Tax

    By Jim Bleyer Developer Jeff Vinik’s six-month, multi-million dollar propaganda campaign aimed at hoodwinking Hillsborough County residents into voting themselves the highest sales tax rate in Florida passed by a large margin Tuesday. Voters by 57-43 approved the $16 billion, 30-year transit tax that will bring the county’s …

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Accurate Hillsborough Vote Count Very Problematic

  By Jim Bleyer Despite assurances from Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer, there are literally thousands of skeptics who believe an honest vote count faces stiff odds Tuesday. Most of the mistrust emanates from opponents of the special interest driven transit sales tax increase.  Anti-taxers are certain that …

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