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

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The date is not set yet, but look for an exciting Tiger Bay panel in May on the debate involving new media vs. old media.  The Tampa Bay Times‘ Eric Deggans and John Romano will be speaking, along with the Tampa Tribune‘s Jeff Houck, myself and Creative Loafing’s Mitch Perry. Should be a very good program.

Thank you David DeCamp, Tom Scherberger and Janet Zink for stopping by Quorum on Friday.  It was nice to see so many reporters from the Tampa Bay Times at our not-too-political Happy Hour. Oh wait…

Speaking of reporters leaving the Times, I must ask, who is Emily Nipps’ press agent?  Chick hit the trifecta last week as her departure was profiled on American Journalism Review, Poynter and Romensko.

For the second week in a row, I accurately predicted Adam Smith’s choice for Loser of the Week in Florida Politics.  This week, Smith wrote:

“Florida NRA uber-lobbyist Marion Hammer. Gun control had seemed like a quaint relic of the 1980s. Now a young dad and Iraq war veteran is dead for standing up for a skateboarder in Valrico. And a Skittles-packing teen in Sanford is dead after rousing the suspicion of a gun-toting neighborhood watchman. Good luck next legislative session, Marion.”

Smith and Alex Leary had a must-read piece in Sunday’s edition about Marco Rubio preparing to be selected as Mitt Romney’s choice for VP.

“Advisers say Rubio has faced intense, sometimes unfair scrutiny, including recent revelations that he was Mormon while his family lived in Las Vegas. Some stories breathlessly speculated whether voters would accept two Mormons on the ticket (Romney is one), ignoring that Rubio was a member of the faith for only a few years as a kid. Given the intense attention on Rubio, advisers say it’s only prudent to take such steps as hiring a researcher.”

Don’t you just love these cantankerous letters-to-the-editor about the noise from the St. Petersburg Grand Prix?

What a surprise, a columnist for the Times thinks it’s a great idea for the Hillsborough County Commission to be wooing the baseball team which plays in St. Petersburg.

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.