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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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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The Great Televised Mayoral Debate: Sad

  By Jim Bleyer Anyone that sat through the entire Tampa mayoral debate Wednesday night punched their ticket to heaven.  It was that bad. The stench emanating from the Hillsborough County Community College Ybor campus and the Bay News 9 airwaves hung thickly over the Big Guava like those stationary, …

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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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