5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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As much as I nip at the heels of Adam Smith, the pasty one knows how to bring it when it’s playoff time.  Dude has been laying in the weeds for months, letting some of his other teammates, like John Frank and Aaron Sharockman, put up some stats during the regular season, the legislative session.  But when decision time looms, in this case, the primaries are approaching, Smith ratchets up his game. Smith’s profile of Jeff Greene, picked up by much of the national media, is all hammer and nails…and another example of why Smith is the best political reporter in the state.

Just noticed an ad on my neighborhood’s Times‘ newsstand that Daniel Ruth will now be published twice a week.  Also noticed that he is getting active again on his blog.  In other words, we’re gonna get a lot more of Daniel Ruth and that’s probably a good thing.

Since I read most of the Times online, I don’t often take it with me onto the throne for my morning disposition.  Except on Mondays when Tom Jones’ Shooting from the Lip column is published.  His column doesn’t work as well online as it does in print.

Credit goes out to new Times food critic Jim Webster for reaching out to local food blogger Elizabeth Dougherty to help with his review of Gordan Ramsey’s new TV show.

Today’s Tampa Bay section of the newspaper is just the latest example of the problem with that portion of the newspaper.  In just six pages, the section had story about prescription drugs, a story about Jeff Greene, a column by Eric Deggans about ABC, a page for Business news, obituaries, Neilsen ratings, and so on.  This section should not be called Tampa Bay, just More News.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.