5 things I think I think about today's St. Pete Times

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First of all congratulations to Eric Deggans for being named a finalist for a Sunshine State Award. I’m not exactly sure why more Times reporters and staff aren’t finalists. It’s almost as if the Times does not participate in these awards?

As an aside, congratulations are also due to my friend Abel Harding and the rest of the PolitiJax staff for also being named a finalist for their blog work. Kudos also to Creative Loafing‘s Catherine Durkin Robinson and Mitch Perry for being named finalists.

Catching up from Sunday…

A must-read: Michael Kruse’s story (notice how many times Kruse’s name is starting to show up in this column)about a police detective who went too far of the radical right deep-end and still doesn’t realize why he was fired. Sorry, detective, but you can’t sign an affidavit renouncing the government then turn around and be granted all of the powers of the government.

Is it me or has Howard Troxler never really liked blogging or ‘new media’? He swore off his own blog and has consistently criticized blogging. In his Sunday column, Trox deservedly went after the onlinecommenters who have helped ruin the Internet version of the newspaper. I hope to sit down with Howard one time before he heads for the hills and debate the whole traditional vs. new media issue.

By the way, some of you (well, my mother and other members of my family) have suggested I apply for Troxler’s columnist job. Sounds like a great idea, except the Times can’t afford me (or, at least, they won’t allow me to accept the kind of outside income I would need to supplement their paltry salary). But, let me tell ya, no one would do more with Troxler’s real estate than me!

I am taking credit for suggesting Adam Smith’s Political Winner of the Week. I suggested Jack Latvala. Smith gives credit to most of Tampa Bay’s delegation in the Florida Senate. I think some of Tampa Bay’s leaders in the Florida House, like Jeff Brandes, Richard Corcoran, Jamie Grant and Dana Young also deserve credit. But I’ll write about that in a separate blog post.

Smith also tosses out an aside about the RPOF’s Presidency 5 is not attracting the type of excitement similar events have drawn in the past. The Florida GOP may need to do something about that…

Heading into Monday, the sport’s page is as loaded as a steakhouse baked potato, with stories about the hockey playoffs and Rays baseball and Tom Jones’ Two Cents.

The Sports section is the best part of Monday’s edition. If you’ve read this column, you know what I think is the worst: Ernest Hooper’s column. It’s particularly hyperbolic today. Example #1, Hooper describes tonight’s “St. Petersburg Together” program as “what could be a community-altering project…” Um, no.

Maybe the Times should just give me Hooper’s real estate and we can call it even.

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.