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Dan Ruth’s radio show on WWBA 820 comes to an abrupt end

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After four years of hosting a Saturday morning radio show on politics and other issues, Tampa Bay Times columnist Daniel Ruth is out at WWBA-AM 820. Regular listeners to Ruth’s show learned abruptly about the program change this past Saturday morning, when instead of hearing his dulcet voice pontificating about President Donald Trump, they instead were treated to a repeat of a recorded show hosted by conservative talk show Michael Savage, who normally airs on the station weeknights from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Station management says the issue…

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Yolie Capin swats newspapers for mocking free parking idea for Tampa Council

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In the week since the Tampa City Council voted to draft an ordinance to allow them free parking at city lots or spaces, the public has responded with sharp criticism. The proposal was offered by Councilwoman Yolie Capin, and the reviews haven’t been kind. “Uh, Ms. Capin? You’re a member of the Tampa City Council. You’re not the supreme allied commander of NATO. Your job is to vote on zoning issues, listen to constituent complaints about potholes and serve on various…

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In one sentence, Dan Ruth unknowingly illustrates why Eric Lynn won’t likely go to Congress

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Eric Lynn is running a good campaign for the Pinellas Congressional seat currently held by David Jolly. Lynn was smart and jumped in the race as soon as it became apparent the Pinellas district would no longer be a safe seat for Republicans once districts were redrawn to meet standards under Florida’s Fair Districting Act. The jump-start has allowed Lynn to build up his name recognition throughout the district, boost his standing with moderate Democrats instead of just those who love an…

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Dan Ruth: Bad recycling planning = A one-term Kriseman

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Rick Kriseman can’t win. It took St. Pete years to hop on the universal curbside bandwagon. The slow progress led the city to be the last remaining major Florida city not to have universal recycling. Environmentalist do-gooders reamed Kriseman’s predecessor, Bill Foster, for not pushing recycling. Kriseman, on the other hand, touted it during campaigning and capitalized on the recycling vote. He ushered it in, along with a willing City Council and now it’s just days away from becoming a…

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Tampa Bay Times ups its pressure on the Legislature to expand Medicaid

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As Florida lawmakers head back up to Tallahassee Monday morning to begin a Special Session necessary to finalize a state budget, the Tampa Bay Times is taking a strong stand in favor of expanding the state’s subsidized healthcare program. The Republican-controlled House adjourned its regular session three days early in late April over an impasse in the budget largely pertaining to healthcare funding. Florida still has not accepted $51 billion in federal dollars to expand Medicaid to 800,000 uninsured Floridians.…

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Where you at, Dan Ruth?

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Daniel Ruth was/is a great columnist. I still don’t understand why the Tampa Tribune let him go. I have to believe his dismissal had more to do with the Trib, than with Ruth. So it was welcome news when the St. Petersburg Times announced that it was poaching Ruth from the Tribune/unemployment line. Ruth’s once-a-week column is often funny, occasionally hilarious and always insightful. Daniel Ruth is a terrible blogger. I don’t know why he doesn’t pull down his all…

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Of blogs gone by…

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Everyone knows this has not been an especially kind year to newspapers and the traditional media. And while the so-called “new media” continue to displace traditional media’s dominance of the marketplace of ideas, it’s not always easy for the new kids on the block. Sure, launching a blog can be done with only a few clicks, but maintaining and growing a blog is a different matter entirely. According to a 2008 survey by Technorati, which runs a search engine for…

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