Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Congressman Adam Putnam's campaign for Florida agriculture commissioner merits notice

U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam, who's bidding to become state agriculture commissioner, merits close attention.

While other Republicans, such as chief financial officer candidate Jeff Atwater, trot out the tired cliches of less government and lower taxes in their commercials, Putnam actually espouses a viable vision by touting renewable energy as one of the cornerstones of his plans.

Putnam faces a challenge from Democrat Scott Maddox, but if he wins, he perfectly positions himself to make a run for governor in 2014 or 2018.

Unless, of course, Tim Tebow comes back and runs. …

Kudos to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, which donated $30,000 to Meals On Wheels of Tampa to help the nonprofit with a new requirement for background screening. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: A Nation Of Sheep Will Beget A Government Of Wolves. …

Venerable warbler Slim Whitman, who once starred as a pitcher at Hillsborough High, is still going at age 86. He released a CD this summer, Twilight On The Trail. It sounds great. …

My friend's Facebook status read: I like it on the front seat of the car. A tad shocking, until learning the suggestive message comes from a campaign to promote breast cancer awareness. The message and similar put-ons refer to where women like to keep their handbags. …

Speaking of breast cancer awareness, Paddy Burke's — downtown St. Petersburg's Irish pub — holds a breast cancer fundraiser Oct. 23. WQYK's Dave McKay will lead a group of celebrity bartenders. …

My wife doesn't want to hear this, but I don't believe God created me to do yard work.

That's all I'm saying.

Congressman Adam Putnam's campaign for Florida agriculture commissioner merits notice 10/10/10 [Last modified: Sunday, October 10, 2010 6:18pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Lacking support, lobbying ordinance gets no hearing in Hernando

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — A push to publicly identify people who lobby top county officials was rejected by a majority of the Hernando County Commission this week when commissioners decided to pull a proposed lobbying ordinance from the agenda.

    Commissioner Steve Champion said there was not a consensus to bring a lobbying ordinance forward so the item should not have been placed on the agenda.
  2. 80 books disappear from classroom that sheltered Irma evacuees

    K12

    DUNEDIN — When Martha Hereford-Cothron returned to her classroom at Dunedin Highland Middle School on Monday morning, her heart sank as her eyes scanned the room and landed on a white bookshelf, empty except for a broken DVD player and a thermal blanket.

    Gone from this shelf at Dunedin Highland Middle School were some 80 books and several board games in the classroom of teacher Martha Hereford-Cothron. The items disappeared after the classroom was used to shelter evacuees from Hurricane Irma. [Photo courtesy of Martha Hereford-Cothron]
  3. Lanes closed after pedestrian fatally struck by semi-tractor on U.S. 19 in Clearwater

    Accidents

    CLEARWATER — Southbound lanes on U.S. 19 were closed early Wednesday morning after a pedestrian was fatally struck by a semi-trailer.

  4. [National Hurricane Center]
  5. Manhattan Casino controversy resumes after taking a break for Irma

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman's administration has once again found itself defending its controversial choice of the Callaloo Group to open a "Floribbean" restaurant in the historic but currently empty Manhattan Casino.