Dems Open 2021 Door for GOP Mayor in St. Pete

By Jim Bleyer An ordinarily innocuous St. Petersburg City Council race has roiled local politics and become a key bellwether as to who will be the next mayor of Florida’s fifth largest city. The race to succeed term-limited Rick Kriseman as St. Petersburg mayor is two years away but political …

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Times Bows to GOP Bankrollers, Betrays St. Pete

  By Jim Bleyer     The Tampa Bay Times effort to woo more subscribers from the radical right has destroyed what little remains of its credibility and could embolden extremists and their racist followers to transform a tranquil, diverse, progressive St. Petersburg into a literal and ideological battleground. The …

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Baker, Trump share base, biases, playbook

    By Jim Bleyer Non-committal and nearly silent, mayoral candidate Rick Baker continued his passive campaign Sunday with another moral fail.  He was seen standing on the fringe of a candlelight vigil at St. Petersburg’s Demens Landing that stressed community unity and condemned the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, VA. …

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Experts: Transportation Sales Tax Funds a Road to Nowhere

By Jim Bleyer   Promoting local sales tax increases for transit projects will always be a losing struggle in Florida, a group of transportation strategists agreed this week. They attributed voter mistrust of government as the insurmountable barrier to referendum-based tax hikes. That unequivocal assessment was expressed at a funding …

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