The Tampa Tribune

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    Florida's Biggest Newspapers Have Come Out Against Medical Marijuana for Incredibly Stupid Reasons

    A somewhat surprising number of Florida's biggest and most influential newspapers have come out against medical marijuana. The Orlando Sentinel, the Tampa Bay Times, and the Florida Times-Union are just a few. None of those editorials actually bashes the idea of medical marijuana. They're cool wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    The Ads in Charlie Crist-Rick Scott Race Are Getting Ugly

    We're still five months away from when Florida elects a new governor, but the latest round of advertisements in the race have gotten ugly. Florida Republicans are urging television stations not to air a new ad from Democrats highlighting the legal problems of Scott's former companies. Meanwhile, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    USF Bans Selfies at Graduation

    After we get to these diplomas, can we go smoke a cigarette? I really need one. But first, Let me take a #selfie. Sorry soon-to-graduate University of South Florida students. There will be no selfies allowed on the graduation stage. The school has added photographing your self to the list of discou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    The NRA Freaked at Suggestion That Everyone Shouldn't Have Guns During Hurricane Evacs

    Imagine this scenario: A hurricane is about to pummel Dade County. Hundreds of thousands of panicked, jumpy residents sit on traffic-clogged escape routes, all trying desperately to get to safety. And now a simple question: Should all those people, even those without legal concealed carry permits, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Big Business Mega-Coalition Decides Florida Should Stop Hating Gays So Much

    Poor Republican legislators are surely going to be in a bind over this. On one hand, they're used to bending to the whims of big business. On the other, they party has gone all in on the "Yeah, LGBT people are kind of icky" front. So what are they to do when a giant coalition of some of Florida's bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    New Bill Would Ticket Floridians for Driving Slowly in the Left Lane

    Sorry snow birds, the Florida Senate is mulling whether to pass a law that would directly target one of your worst driving habits. A part of a new bill would make driving slow in the left lane a ticketable offense, meaning going 50 in the left lane on the interstate could have bigger ramifications t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    No Newspaper Has Endorsed Connie Mack for Senate (And They're Not Nice About It Either)

    Poor Rep. Connie Mack IV. He's trying his damnedest to turn the fact that he shares his name with his ex-senator dad into a Senate career of his own, but the latest polls show him trailing boring old incumbent Bill Nelson by anywhere from 5 to 8 points (a practical landslide for Florida's deeply div ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Boom: Sun-Sentinel Endorses Romney

    We're not sure how much newspaper endorsements even matter anymore, but The Sun-Sentinel dropped a bomb this morning by endorsing Mitt Romney. This comes after years of endorsing the Democratic presidential candidate, and despite the fact the paper serves Broward County, the most solidly Democratic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Charlie Crist Endorses Democrat Bill Nelson Over His Former Supporter Connie Mack

    Florida's most moderate former Republican has endorsed Florida's most moderate Democrat, Bill Nelson, over his Republican challenger, Connie Mack IV, in a move that should surprise no one but is sure to have people talking. Since leaving the Republican Party during his own bid for Senate, Crist has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Cheetah the Chimp Died in Florida, But There's Little Evidence He Was Actually in Tarzan Movies

    ​To hear the story repeated from fine bastions of journalism like the New York Times, NPR, and CNN, you'd be lead to believe that the chimpanzee who played Cheetah, Tarzan's ape companion in the famed 1930s movie series, recently died in an animal sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida. Don't believe e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Florida County May Use Tax Dollars to Attract Nude European Tourists

    ​Miami-Dade County may soon get some stiff competition in attracting naked tourists. Pasco County, located just north of Tampa Bay, is considering using tax dollars to actively promote its numerous nudist resorts to rich European travelers looking to expose every last inch of their skin to the war ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Disappointed Dad? Rick Scott's Daughter Was an Anthropology Major

    ​Rick Scott's bizarre attack on anthropology majors seemed completely random. Well, apparently his remarks may have had some family drama implications. Turns out that Rick Scott's own daughter majored in anthropology and never found a job in her field.

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Only God and LeBron Can Improve Sales of Florida Specialty License Plates

    ​Florida offers 122 specialty license plates, and all but two saw declines in sales between 2009 and 2010: The "In God We Trust" plate and the Miami Heat plate. Yep, unless you're God almighty or LeBron almighty, Floridians just don't want to shell out the extra cash to worship you on their bumper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2011

    Allen West Says "It's Just a Matter of Time" Before Gays "Break Down the Military"

    ​In another public reaffirmation of his belief that gay people are going to make America lose wars, Florida Republican Congressman Allen West said at a dinner in Plant City Saturday night that "when you take the military and you tell it they must conform to the individual's behavior, then it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    No, 70 People Were Not Trapped in an Airport Hangar Due to Central Florida's Crazy Weather

    via Bay News 9​It's in the 80s and perfectly sunny here in Miami, but our state-mates in the central part of Florida aren't enjoying the same good weather. An apparent tornado that ripped through Tampa has left many areas in Central Florida in disarray. But a report carried by numerous national me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Prisoners Butt Out: Cigarettes Will Be Banned in Florida Prisons

    The ban will also bring an end to many Lady Gaga-inspired prison fashion trends. ​Used to be that a couple cartons of cigarettes could buy you some protection in prison, but Florida inmates may want to start trafficking in boxes of Nicorette. That's because in six months time smoking will be compl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Some Grocery Totes Contain Lead

    Photo by Ily GoyanesSick of lax government regulations.​They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. That may be, but what about the road to learning disabilities in children and fertility problems in adults? Who knew that being environmentally conscious could make you sick?If you are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Alex Sink Picks Up Endorsement From Every Major Newspaper in the State

    In an age when the broadsheets are struggling and anyone can make their own mini-endorsements on Twitter or Facebook, do newspaper endorsements still matter? The Democratic Governor nominee better hope so. She's walked away with the support of every major newspaper's editorial board in the state. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Marco Rubio is in A Whole Lot of Personal Debt, May Have Used Party Money to Redo His Kitchen

    Marco Rubio talks a lot about fiscal responsibility and his ideas to save the economy. He also talks a lot about the national debt and ways to balance the budget. So you'd think the guy would have his own finances in order. Not true. Today, The Wall Street Journal singles Rubio out as one of the can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Charlie Crist Hints at Vetoing Controversial Abortion Bill

    via The Glow Box​When news broke that Charlie Crist would run for Senate as an independent, it was speculated that he'd spend the rest of his term as governor issuing a few controversial vetoes that would separate him from the Republican party. He already did so with the education bill, and is now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Jeb Bush: No Endorsement in Senate Race Soon, If Ever

    via Dem UndergroundEven though the entire state knows Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are in total political love, Bush continues to remain neutral in the Republican primary for Senate.The Tampa Tribune asked Jebbers if he plans to make an endorsement soon. "I don't know... I don't know if I'm go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Who is Paula Dockery and Why is She Running for Governor?

    After a few months of publicly flirting with the idea, Republican State Senator Paula Dockery of Lakeland officially announced today that she will run for Governor, and challenge Attorney General Bill McCollum in the Republican Primary. So, who is this lady and why is she doing it? Sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Personhood Amendment Could Outlaw Birth Control Pills

    The Florida Personhood Amendment we wrote about last week would not only outlaw abortion in the state, but also potentially ban birth control pills and other forms of contraception.The American Life League, one of the main groups behind the push (when it's not busy printing tacky "Bury Oba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Charlie Crist's Lame Attempt To Distance Himself From Obama

    When Charlie Crist stood on stage with President Obama in February I wonder if Crist had any idea that he'd actually be running for Senate. As a popular incumbent running for re-election the political risk would be lessened. Well, the risk of standing with a popular, newly elected pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Conservatives May Want Rubio To Challenge Crist in Senate Primary

    You would think the Republican party would start trying to find ways to be a more inclusive group. Instead, operating under the assumption that when the democrats make one major screw up, voters will have only one choice to turn to: a newly, ideologically pure Republican party. Now, The Tampa Tribun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Legislators Looking to Beef Up Protections Against Dating Violence

    For most of us, our psycho-ex's biggest offenses are sending locks of their hair in the mail, leaving 20 minutes long voice mails with self-penned poetry, or posting Photoshop manipulations of what our kids might look like on our Facebook walls long after we've broken up. Unfortunately though many h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2007
  • Blogs

    April 25, 2007

    “White Marble Farms" Pork = Hog Wash!

    In my upcoming restaurant review of Acqua, in the Four Seasons Miami, I write of having ordered a main course of Szechuan-glazed “White Marble Farms pork shank,” and then go on to explain that this pastoral moniker is a brand name cooked up by Sysco marketers for industrial pork from Cargill Mea ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 19, 2007

    Having Seconds

    A pair of high-end hotel restaurants gets a second look

  • News

    June 29, 2006

    Wrong Way Out

    Why push diversity when you can complain?

  • News

    August 19, 2004

    Nixon Rewound

    As Florida's GOP delegates head for New York, it's time to recall Miami Beach, 1972

  • News

    June 24, 2004

    Gang Related

    Mass transit trouble and coked-up greyhounds

  • News

    March 13, 2003

    Letters from the Issue of March 13, 2003

    Cuban trade, crabby cabbies, and peace marchers

  • News

    December 28, 2000

    Vox Populi

    Opposition to developing an airport in Homestead continues to grow

  • News

    June 17, 1999
  • News

    April 23, 1998

    He Did a Job on the Mob

    During the Forties and Fifties, Mel Richard fought organized crime's incursion into Miami Beach. He's still crusading.

  • News

    August 10, 1994

    Road Show

    Want to know more about Jeb Bush? The machinations of Florida's Republican party? Vomiting? Get on the bus.

  • News

    February 26, 1992

    The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways

    Bible thumper Norman Hickey believes the Day of Judgment is at hand. Which ought to make him a shoo-in for Miami Beach city manager.

  • News

    January 15, 1992

    Raising Cane

    Home may be where the heart is, but sportswriter Gary Long's vote is in the state of Washington

  • Music

    December 11, 1991

    Local Is As Local Does

    Miami could take a rock lesson or two