5 things I think I think about today’s Tampa Bay Times

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It’s just been so busy around here — and with a wonderfully pregnant wife, it will likely only get busier — that I really haven’t had time to dissect the morning newspaper as much as I did only a month or two ago.

Don’t get me wrong, I still read the Times, but, increasingly I do so online.  This I don’t particularly enjoy because I don’t know which articles have been prioritized with bigger headlines and up-front placement.  A story I may consider important can be relegated to a sidebar blurb and I would never know.

Another trend I have spotted in my reading is the increased use of my Kindle app on my iPhone.  If you’re not on my Kindle, I’m not reading you, which sucks because I subscribe to so many magazines.  These publications just stack up each week to the point where I have to sit down, undistracted, and tear through them.

Anyway, enough about my reading habits. Here are five things I think about today’s Tampa Bay Times.

Times columnist John Romano will be the special guest at Quorum tomorrow night.  This is a very informal happy hour where pols of all stripes come together and drink liberally, or conservatively as the case may be. Come meet John and get his off-the-record take on Bill Foster or the Rays or whatever IPA they are now serving at Cassis.

I invite Robert Trigaux to stop by Quorum and discuss today’s column “10 signs things looking up here.” Trigaux is an honest broker about what’s really going on with Tampa Bay’s economy so if he says things are looking up, they actually may be better than we appreciate.

I’d love for Kris Hundley to drop in on Quorum and update the crowd on the saga of fugitive Bobby Thompson.  The latest: federal agents seeking clues about Thompson’s true identity got a warrant to search a storage locker in Oregon on Wednesday and found two suitcases packed with about $1 million in cash.

This story is such a win for the Times, including retired reporter Jeff Testerman, who all but stumbled onto this story of a lifetime.

I really don’t want Michael Van Sickler to stop by Quorum because every time he writes about my friend and client Rep. Jeff Brandes he does so from a perspective I just don’t get.  Brandes shared with Van Sickler his new television ad and, from there, the story turned into a broadside on Brandes’ record on transportation issues.

Van Sickler writes:

“(T)his ad doesn’t mention Brandes’ view on providing more immediate solutions that would affect Tampa Bay’s transportation network today. Bus rapid transit? Toll roads? More roads? Brandes doesn’t say in the ad.”

Sorry, but the ad is only thirty seconds in duration.  And if you put everything in, you’re left with nothing.

Aww, Mike, you know you’re invited to Quorum.  As are all of my friends at the Times. Even Ernest can come.

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.