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Pinellas GOP lawmakers ‘have no respect for open government,’ Times editor says

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A top editor at the Tampa Bay Times fired back Wednesday after Pinellas legislators slammed the paper for calling them “Disciples of Darkness” because of transparency-related and public records measures passed this year. “I understand why they are not happy,” Tim Nickens, the Times editor of editorials, wrote in an email. “They have no respect for open government, and Florida voters have strongly supported open government for decades. They also do not like it when they are held accountable for their own voting records.’’…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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I was ghastly ill over the weekend (why do I always get sick in May?), so today’s edition is a blend of commentary from Sunday and Monday’s editions of the St. Petersburg Times. As always, the best read on Monday comes via Tom Jones and his “Shooting from the lip” column.  A full page of insight into the world of sports that you didn’t already know from watching ESPN. Worst read is, as usual, Ernest Hooper’s banal column. Speaking of…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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I was ghastly ill over the weekend (why do I always get sick in May?), so today’s edition is a blend of commentary from Sunday and Monday’s editions of the St. Petersburg Times. As always, the best read on Monday comes via Tom Jones and his “Shooting from the lip” column.  A full page of insight into the world of sports that you didn’t already know from watching ESPN. Worst read is, as usual, Ernest Hooper’s banal column. Speaking of…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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It’s not that I don’t like Ernest Hooper it’s just that I wish he knew what he was talking about when he writes about Florida politics.  Consider this airball: The media frenzy surrounding Gov. Charlie Crist’s independent bid for the U.S. Senate threatens to draw attention away from the governor’s race, but it’s no less important. Threatens to draw attention away from the governor’s race? Threatens? The race for the US Senate long ago sucked the oxygen out of the…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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It’s not that I don’t like Ernest Hooper it’s just that I wish he knew what he was talking about when he writes about Florida politics.  Consider this airball: The media frenzy surrounding Gov. Charlie Crist’s independent bid for the U.S. Senate threatens to draw attention away from the governor’s race, but it’s no less important. Threatens to draw attention away from the governor’s race? Threatens? The race for the U.S. Senate long ago sucked the oxygen out of the…

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10 things I think I think about today’s paper

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Isn’t it quaint to even say ‘today’s paper’ when some the Times’ best content isn’t even in the paper, but online. 10 things I think I think about today’s paper. 1. My brief post on Wednesday about Bill Maxwell retiring turned out to be spot-on. I spoke with Bill several times when he dined at Parkshore Grill and found him to be a true gentleman. However, I don’t know if I will miss his writing much, as it has become…

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