A sincere thank-you to the Times‘ Adam Smith for attending Friday’s Quorum. We all got what we wanted out of his attendance: he was able to interview controversial US Senate candidate Col. Mike McCalister and Alan Suskey and I were able to tease him about looking like Chuck Todd.
Speaking of Smith, I don’t know if he wants the attention, but why not put his column on the front of the Tampa Bay/State section where Howard Troxler’s column resided? For the next 14 months, it’s Smith’s campaign coverage that will be driving the political discussion here in Florida, so why not give his column some permanent, prominent real estate?
Not a bad idea, huh? Anything to get Ernest Hooper off the front page.
Another note about Smith, his story about Michele Bachmann is making the national rounds.
As Michael Kruse tweeted today, how cool is the headline on the front of the sports page – 14KKKKKKKKKKKKKK GOLD – celebrating Tampa Bay Rays pitcher david Price’s record setting outing?
Tomorrow is Election Day in St. Petersburg, but only for the residents of District 1 (which makes up most of West St. Pete), who will decide among three candidates which two will face-off in a city-wide general election. Michael Van Sickler offers up an Election Eve story about how the primary will cost the city $150,000, or a predicted $67 a vote.
Other than Van Sickler’s story, which I could not even find today on the Times‘ website, there hasn’t been much from the Times about this race, which matters precisely because of editorials like this published today. I count a total of FOUR posts on the Bay Buzz about the District 1 race since candidate qualifying closed. FOUR! There were two new stories published on SaintPetersBlog.com just today, yet all the Times’ Bay Buzz can produce is four posts over two months?
Someone shoot that horse already!
Enough already, Orlando Sentinel, etc. The state’s political aficionados do not need another place to read the aggregated headlines (mostly from the Times/Herald) of other traditional news outlets. SayfieReview.com has been doing this well for over nine years. The Florida Times-Union offers a daily email of aggregated material. That should be enough. Otherwise, one of these days, there won’t be any original content, it will just be one aggregated link after another.
Former Speaker Johnnie Byrd was a guest on Florida This Week, which, with Dick Cheney talking about his book on other channels, made for a very difficult morning of Sunday television. I really can’t believe the audacity of Byrd, who is universally regarded as the worst non-indicted Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives of the modern era. Despite the negative assessment that still dogs his term in office, Byrd found a way to hit a new low when he actually defended the Rick Scott administration for losing the emails/public records from the governor’s transition. It was absolutely breathtaking watching Byrd justify this situation despite Byrd’s own problems while in office with keeping track of emails/public records.
Byrd’s appearance on the guest panel seriously has me questioning host Rob Lorei’s programming decisions (Lorei also had Mitch Kates on for the umpteenth time, despite Kates representing no one after having lost so many damn elections in 2010 no one will hire him).