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For many, Tampa’s 2021 Super Bowl is unexpected ‘big win.’ Others remain skeptical.

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Members of Tampa’s political, business, media and activist communities weighed in Wednesday on the surprising news that Tampa will host the Super Bowl in February 2021. The announcement was unexpected, particularly after the NFL snubbed a local bid last year to host the big game in either 2019, 2020 and 2021. But major rainstorms in Southern California throughout the past year delayed construction of a new stadium for the L.A. Rams and Chargers, forcing the NFL to choose a new town…

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Winners & Losers from yesterday’s primary

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Forget about Kathleen Ford and Bill Foster winning, there were plenty of other Winners and Losers who emerged from the St. Petersburg Mayoral Primary. Here’s a list of who really won and who really, really lost. The Architects, the Maestros, or whatever they call campaign managers nowadays: Steve Lipinski and Darden Rice. Lapinski, Steve Kornell’s campaign manager, has put together a streak of impressive wins by paying attention to the details. Rice, who is quarterbacking Karl Nurse’s re-election effort, deserves…

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For your consideration: Saint Petersblog 2.0 for Best of the Bay’s Best Local Blog

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VOTE HERE FOR SAINT PETERSBLOG FOR BEST LOCAL BLOG. As a candidate for Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay’s Best Local Troublemaker award, I forgot to think about how Tampa-dominated these awards can be. How else can you explain Joe Redner leading in this category. Five, ten years ago, sure. But what did Redner do this year to deserve this recognition? Almost everyone else on the Readers’ Poll for Best Local Troublemaker makes their trouble in Tampa. What basically has…

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Political Whore leaving Creative Loafing

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From Wayne Garcia, Political Whore: After nearly five years of documenting the inside story of Tampa Bay and Florida politics, my time here is coming to a close. I have accepted a yearlong appointment as the Freedom Forum Visiting Professional at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, where I am teaching four sections of investigative journalism and editing this fall. For the past four years, I have worked to complete a Master of Arts degree in Mass…

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Harsh reaction to St. Petersburg Times’ recommendation of Bill Foster for Mayor from Tampa Bay’s progressive community

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Call it The Endorsement Heard ‘Round The ‘Burg. In what some St. Pete insiders view as pure Machiavellian journalism, if not a complete sell-out of its core beliefs, The St. Petersburg Times, one of the nation’s best liberal newspapers endorsed, err…”recommended” is the preferred term, Bill Foster, an anti-evolution, anti-gay candidate. As Wayne Garcia of Creative Loafing writes: Actually, the Foster recommendation should come as no surprise to Times’ readers who observed the editorial board’s changing tone ever since Tim…

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Peter Schorsch announces candidacy for Creative Loafing’s Best Local Troublemaker

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It is with tremendous enthusiasm and the support of my family and friends that today I announce my candidacy for Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay award “Best Local Troublemaker.” In so many ways, this is a no-brainer: since I returned from New York last year, no one has created more havoc in the local political scene. I told Mayor Rick Baker to shave his mustache. I’ve torpedoed more people than Sean Connery. I even called the St. Petersburg Times…

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Wayne Garcia says I am a ‘one-man election wrecking crew’ — I can’t say he’s wrong

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From Wayne Garcia, Political Whore, who has wasted almost as much time writing about the All-American City Awards as he has the St. Petersburg mayoral race and who has shown a definitive bias for Scott Wagman’s campaign, lists me as one of five reasons why the election is not connecting with voters: Former PoHo contributing blogger Schorsch should have been nowhere near the city of St. Petersburg election. After all, his arrest a few years back on charges of ripping…

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