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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.

Tampa Bay Rays: Going, Going, Gone!

December 13, 2018 - 2:00pm
Stuart Sternberg Tuesday in Las Vegas

Major League Baseball’s near decade-long attempted extortion of Tampa Bay taxpayers is over.

What Torpedoed Andrew Gillum? The FDP and His Lieutenant Governor

November 20, 2018 - 6:00am
Andrew Gillum on the campaign trail

You must win before you can govern.

Hillsborough Voters Approve Vinik’s Transit Tax

November 7, 2018 - 12:00pm
Developer Jeff Vinik gets his wicked way

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.

Accurate Hillsborough Vote Count Very Problematic

November 2, 2018 - 1:30pm
Craig Latimer

Despite assurances from Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer, there are literally hundreds of skeptics who believe an honest vote count faces stiff odds Tuesday.

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