Extensive interview with Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Julie Marcus

Julie Marcus is the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections (SOE). In an effort to educate voters about what the job of an SOE entails and election integrity in general, we asked Marcus for a long-form interview, which she agreed to during this busy election season. We asked Julie Marcus a dozen questions. Without further ado,…

Paying $1 million to the NFL: how would your county commissioner vote?

After the election, the Pinellas County Commission will be voting on whether to pay $1 million to the NFL for a “Super Bowl marketing deal.” Given the divisive organization the NFL has become, we asked all four Pinellas county commission candidates how they would vote on this symbolically and fiscally important issue. We asked the…

3rd campaign financing violation – what afflicts the Janet Long Campaign?

Two weeks ago, Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long’s re-election campaign sent out mailers to voters without the “paid political advertisement” notice required by Florida’s campaign financing law. In other words, the campaign broke the law. Now the campaign has added a disclaimer to its most recent mailer, but that disclaimer says “Paid by Janet Long,…

The open and shut case of Commissioner Pat Kemp’s Florida Bar violations

Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp, who is on the ballot, is facing almost certain disciplinary action from the Florida Bar. This after a bar complaint was filed against her last month. The issue at hand is Kemp has referred to herself as an “attorney” or a “lawyer” at least 17 times during Hillsborough county commission…

Janet Long breaks Florida’s campaign financing law for 2nd time this year

Voters received a mailer from Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long yesterday. It was a typical mailer, but one thing stuck out like a sore thumb to one of our readers because of the absence of the “paid political advertisement disclaimer” on Long’s mailer. That disclaimer is required by Florida’s campaign financing law. Long and her…

More credibility problems arise for Netflix after controversial “Cuties”

Netflix’ release of the controversial French movie “Cuties” has sparked accusation that the movie promotes or tolerates pedophilia. The furor is mainly on the political right, but opinions do not break entirely along ideological lines. For example, Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Christine Pelosi told Netflix that the movie “hypersexualizes girls my daughter’s age, no doubt…

Trump announces $21.8 million in funding for Central Avenue BRT project

President Donald Trump today announced on Twitter funding for PSTA’s controversial Central Avenue BRT project (CABRT). The project is opposed by two of the three cities it runs through. There was no news release immediately available on the Federal Transit Administration website to provide further details. The announcement, known as an allocation announcement, is merely…

PSTA falsely reports bus ridership for year 15% higher than actual

PSTA staff have provided its board with inflated year to date bus ridership data two months in a row. Seven months in to its current fiscal year, PSTA’s official report for April shows a 52% decline in ridership on PSTA’s network of routes compared to last year, yet the same document reports ridership increased 2.3%…

TV anchor Cintron didn’t apply for $223,000 public sector job – got it anyway

Public records request by The Guardian revealed that zero (0) employment applications were received by Tampa International Airport for an unadvertised $223,000 per year position as Vice President of Marketing. Former TV anchor Veronica Cintron was hired for the position on April 10th, even though also she did not apply for employment. HCCA, the Hillsborough…

St. Pete: still no recovery donations from mayor and most city council members

A month after St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman used emergency powers to create the “Fightning Chance Fund” (FCF), only two council members out of seven have donated more than $50 to the effort. Mayor Kriseman and four city council members have donated bubkes (zero). As we reported previously, Council Member Ed Montanari donated $1,000 before…