St. Pete Mayor Kriseman Said to Be Eyeing Governorship

    By Jim Bleyer   St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman is a man with ambitions that could reach as far as the Florida Governor Mansion or the U.S. Capitol building. The whispers by insiders on both sides of Tampa Bay are screaming “Governor.”  Kriseman and his team, however, can …

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Anti-Semitic Left Handing Florida to GOP

      By Jim Bleyer If the Democrats hope to beat President Donald Trump in 2020, they probably will have to achieve that without winning Florida. The country’s third most populous state and most crucial battleground has a sizable Jewish population.  Best estimates are that approximately seven percent of …

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New Law Paves Way for Increased E-Scooter Safety Amid Concerns

  Scooters confined to special lanes found much safer than sidewalk usage. By Jim Bleyer Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signing of a bill greenlighting e-scooters in bicycle lanes will mitigate certain safety concerns and issues with the elderly, disabled, and toddlers that populate Florida’s urban sidewalks. The new law, along with …

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Those Cute, Pesky E-Scooters: Amenity or Menace?

    By Jim Bleyer It’s been a rocky road for electric scooters. Embraced by many American cities, including Tampa, the dockless, shareable two-wheelers have experienced mounting injuries, many serious.  Initial enthusiasm has been replaced with a healthy dose of reality. Sure they’re cute, cheap, and offer Millennials a downtown …

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Andrew Gillum: The Running Man

      By Jim Bleyer Andrew Gillum brought healthy doses of his charisma, bankroll, and grit to Tampa on Thursday in an effort to rally Democrats for the 2020 election and beyond. The main photo op for the local press was his presenting a large facsimile of a $100,000 …

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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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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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After LG Picks, DeSantis and Gillum Need to Woo Party Skeptics

  By Jim Bleyer The first order of business for Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum: mending fences. With Jeanette Nuñez and Chris King, the gubernatorial hopefuls  chose solid, if not bold, imaginative picks for their running mates last week.  But they face monumental missionary work after bitter, divisive primaries. Public …

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