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Tom James at Tiger Bay

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Those of a “certain age” will still recall their grandparents’ admonitions to eat every bite on your plate, avoid waste of anything, save every penny and above all–avoid excess. These were the words of folks who lived through what the world came to call the “Great Depression” and the event, broken only by the launch of war spending, left an indelible mark on a generation. As they say, everything old is new again. Please join your fellow tigers as Raymond…

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Jeff Lyash at Tiger Bay

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They say power corrupts. Yet as Florida continues to grow in the future, it will need even more….power. With Fossil fuels projected to be readily available to burn for electricity no more than 20 more years, the power industry must make long-term plans now for its future. In Florida, Jeff Lyash, President & CEO of Progress Energy, has his company betting on a new nuclear plant, as well as several smaller alternative energy projects such as a new solar energy…

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Ramsey McLaughlin puts Wags to bed at Tiger Bay

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How boring was Pinellas DEC Chair Ramsey McLaughlin’s speech to Tiger Bay this afternoon? Well, first of all, he answered none of the hot-button questions asked of him by his introductory speaker Jerri Evans. Instead he gave a rather academic speech on how to win an election. McLaughlin’s remarks were in stark contrast to previous appearances by PCREC Chair Tony DiMatteo, who seemed to relish speaking in the Tiger’s Den. To the best question of the day, one posed by…

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Ramsay McLauchlan at Tiger Bay

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Long in the political wilderness, the 2008 presidential and congressional elections demonstrated a drastic return to power for the party of the left. But while Democrats bask in the glow of their successes in National elections, the party hasn’t been able to make much of a go of it in Florida and Pinellas County. Why hasn’t the local party been able to translate the national voting mood into success for state and local candidates? Can Pinellas County’s new Chairman of…

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Ray Tampa at Tiger Bay today

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With blacks having finally become CEOs of national corporations, held some of the nation’s top posts in military, judicial and foreign affairs, the possibility of not one but three serious black contenders for the St. Petersburg Mayor’s race, and most recently the election of the first black President of the United States, who got more white votes than Al Gore or John Kerry. One might ask: What’s a civil rights leader to do? Newly elected president of St. Petersburg’s NAACP…

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Back into the Tigers’ Den, I bag me a Tiger!

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It’s been more than a year and half since I last attended a Tiger Bay luncheon. Actually, it feels like a lifetime ago. Perhaps the most appealing benefit of membership is the ability to participate in Question & Answer sessions with the speakers. The coveted “Fang & Claw Award” is presented to the member at each meeting who “slashes through pretension and prevarication” with the toughest question of the day. With Mayor Rick Baker as the speaker, I knew he…

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Rick Baker to enter the Tigers’ Den

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If $150 per ticket for the Inaugural Ball is a little steep for you, then Tiger Bay’s Yacht Club luncheon price is the bargain opportunity for you to congratulate Rick Baker on his re-election (or perhaps CONA officials will be there to take the credit). But perhaps you’d rather inquire about his CEO salary hike, or fuss that there’s still too much focus on downtown development than elsewhere in the city. Who needs culture, arts or a new hotel anyway?…

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