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Joe Gruters says he’s a long shot for CFO position, but appreciates the consideration

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Sarasota GOP Chair and state Rep. Joe Gruters said he is a “long-shot” to be Gov. Rick Scott‘s choice to succeed Jeff Atwater as Chief Financial Officer once Atwater leaves the office in May. On Wednesday afternoon, Gruters appeared on Tampa Bay area radio station News Talk 820 WWBA with guest host David Jolly, who formerly represented Florida’s 13th Congressional District.Gruters had shown loyalty to Scott and President Jolly said Gruters had shown loyalty to Scott and President Donald Trump when he backed both candidates when they were considered outliers within…

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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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Dick Greco on voting outside of Tampa for the first time in his life

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In Tampa, there was a minor ripple in the political class earlier this year when it was reported that Dick Greco was moving with his wife Linda McClintock to St. Petersburg, though the two would continue to work in Tampa. For some longtime observers, it was almost heretical to learn that the man who served in four different terms as the mayor of Tampa (and tried again for a fifth in 2011) was deserting the Cigar City for the hipper…

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Chris Ingram brings the Tiger Bay Club back to relevance

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At its best, Tiger Bay Club forums held throughout the state can provide a valuable public service as a place where the public can interact with lawmakers, political candidates, activists and journalists who are asked to participate each month. Depending on the topic or the featured speaker, however, these same events can often devolve into dull, scripted events. That’s where the audience of Tiger Bay members get to to play their part in what we have of a democracy, raising questions…

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