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Tampa Mayoralty Race a Battle of Two Cabals

March 4, 2019 - 4:00pm

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 neighborhoods, activists, and community leaders. At least two candidates purchased group endorsements and anyone paying attention to the race, about 30 percent of registered voters, knows it.

Gaetz Twitter Storm Rated a Category 3

March 1, 2019 - 11:00am
Matt Gaetz

Severe but not fatal -- that’s the prognosis for the professional and political future of Donald Trump acolyte and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz after he verbally attacked government witness Michael Cohen on Tuesday.

Tampa Mayoral Race Exposes Fractured Community

February 25, 2019 - 8:00am

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 fourth largest city.

The seven-candidate lineup resembles a parade of panderers. They have been appearing at forums ad nauseum hosted by more special interests than the grains of sand on Ben Davis Beach. All feel obligated to attend the succession of dog-and pony shows to avoid incurring the wrath of these pressure groups.

Mainstream Media Need to Open Their Books to Maintain Credibility

February 20, 2019 - 9:15am

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 of journalistic crimes perpetrated on an unsuspecting public over the past decade.

Dems Aim Knives at Each Other in ‘Nonpartisan’ Tampa Races

February 19, 2019 - 8:45am

Candidates for Tampa mayor have been so excruciatingly bland during the runup to the March 5 primary that the campaign has been dubbed “The Big Yawn” by locals.

Not to worry.  The fervor expected to be epitomized by the seven mayoral hopefuls has shifted to their supporters. The sniping, which touched on what constitutes “progressive” gender preference, and defamation, all emanates from the Democratic playpen.

Unmagnificent Seven: Shooting Blanks in the Tampa Mayoral Race

February 11, 2019 - 9:15am

Tampa’s uninspiring mayoral race enters its final month with a clear leader, no spark from the seven suits seeking to succeed Bob Buckhorn, and a questionable process in reaching the average voter.

The Big Yawn began in earnest Nov. 7, the day following the 2018 midterms. After three months, the needle hasn’t moved in any of the private polls: former police chief Jane Castor leads the Titans of Tedium by a healthy margin.

Portland Stumbles, Vegas Marches in Chase for the Tampa Bay Rays

January 23, 2019 - 6:00am
Stuart Sternberg announcing Ybor City is dead

Pending legislation by a group of Oregon legislators would eliminate a $150 million state appropriation towards a Major League Baseball stadium in Portland.

Blue Ticket Consulting: Nice Work If You Can Get It

January 14, 2019 - 6:00am
Tom Alte, John Godwin and Nicholas Glover

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 Consulting in the Tampa City Council races going on now.

Tampa Bay Rays in Crosshairs of Brash Vegas, Restrained Portland

January 2, 2019 - 12:30pm
Action was hot, attendance was not

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.

Another Tampa Media Gaffe, but a Satisfactory Ending

December 27, 2018 - 6:00am
David Straz and Ed Turanchik

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.

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