- My report for 10 News/WTSP revealed Lisa Wheeler-Brown is ready for St. Pete to move past the Rays. Her interest in expediting the negotiations is steeped in a desire to redevelop the Trop site into something that creates more jobs.
- The Tampa Bay Times editorial board is patting itself on the back for pushing Wheeler-Brown to victory, opining that "voters sent a clear message Tuesday: They want the stadium stalemate with the Tampa Bay Rays resolved." Yes, the paper's endorsement was influential. But it's ridiculous to assume the vote was a mandate on the Rays stadium when the city has so many other issues at-hand and the paper's other baseball-motivated endorsement failed in removing incumbent Steve Kornell.
- The Tampa Tribune quoted Kornell as saying his victory was proof that baseball was not the only issue for voters. Mayor Kriseman echoed the sentiment. But if you're going to pride yourself in pushing for more tax dollars going to more stadiums, the Times has gotta do what the Times has gotta do.
- Turnout was just a hair over 17% in St. Pete. The apathy for voting matches the apathy for MLB. Echoing John Romano's Monday column, SaintPetersblog makes a legit case for voters to pay more attention. Remember: ELECTIONS. MATTER.
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