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Alex Sink coming to Tiger Bay on Thursday

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Democrat Alex Sink is rolling out the public phase of her campaign for governor, and one of her first stops will be the Tigers’ Den.  Chief Financial Officer Sink accumulated more votes than Governor Charlie Crist when she first ran for office four years ago, but faces a tougher climb this time. Though closing in the polls, she still trails probable Republican opponent Bill McCollum.  It’s a tough year for the D’s, her long private sector career as a corporate…

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GOP candidates for attorney general coming to Tiger Bay on Thursday

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In late March the two Democratic candidates for attorney general joined us.  Now it’s the Republicans’ turn, and all four announced candidates will converge on the Tigers’ Den for a debate/joint appearance.  They are (in alphabetical order): Holly Benson, a three-term legislator from Pensacola and twice an agency head in the Crist administration. Pam Bondi, an assistant state attorney and criminal prosecutor in Tampa.  Her high-profile cases have made her a frequent guest on cable television, and she is known…

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Sheriff Jim Coats comes to Tiger Bay on Thursday

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More than half of Pinellas County’s budget goes to support its 2,800-person Sheriff’s department.  But in a year of making do with less,  Sheriff Jim Coats has been asked to cut $30 million for 2010-2011.  Can it be done without a significant hit to public safety?  The sheriff steps into the Tiger’s Den to tell us where he is willing to tighten and what needs to stay.  As budget planning begins in earnest will he fight to be spared the…

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Nancy Argenziano comes to Tiger Bay

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Not so long ago stock analysts praised the “reliable” regulatory climate for Florida’s big power companies – that is to say consistently pro-industry. There is a new sheriff in town, though. Chairman Nancy Argenziano took charge at the start of 2010 along with several like-minded commissioners appointed by Governor Charlie Crist. They just said no this January to the customary generous rate increase requests from Progress Energy and Florida Power and Light. The howls of protest from executives of the…

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Steve Seibert steps into the Tigers’ Den

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Florida’s being paved over by developers! It’s a refrain often heard in the debates on how development in the Tampa Bay area will occur. Steve Seibert was a well liked and admired Pinellas County Commissioner before being asked by Governor Jeb Bush to lead the State’s Department of Community Affairs, which oversees development and environmental issues. Since leaving that post in 2007, he has become Executive Director of Florida’s Century Commission, created to advise the Governor and Legislature on how…

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Daniel Ruth steps into the Tigers’ Den

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Daniel Ruth has worked as a reporter, radio show host, film & television critic and opinion columnist for 36 years, including stints with the Chicago Tribune and Tampa Tribune. Once given a “vigilance in media” award by the Pinellas ACLU, his columns were either loved or hated, but rarely uncontroversial. Yet last November, the Tribune decided it could not afford its “old lion” and fired Ruth after 17 years. Perhaps sensing an opportunity to again point out its relative strength…

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