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Tossing rivals off ballot is wrong way to settle an election

Reverse the situation, and I'm sure the Hillsborough County Democratic Party would sue to have Republican candidates removed from the ballot.

That's politics.

Yet Republican lawsuits to knock former Tampa City Council members John Dingfelder and Linda Saul-Sena from the ballot in County Commission races is a disappointment.

I'm not excusing Dingfelder and Saul-Sena, who are culpable because they failed to follow a simple election law procedure and skirted the rules to sustain their campaigns. But if the GOP succeeds, a judge will have played a bigger role in the election than the people.

The gaffes can be used as a tool to bolster the already strong chances of Dingfelder's and Saul-Sena's likely GOP opponents.

But in the end, Republicans should want to win it at the precinct, not the courthouse. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Midwives — We'll Help You Out. …

I went on a hard-hat tour of the new Dali Museum in St. Petersburg with renowned architect Yann Weymouth, and I'm convinced the design will grow to be as big an attraction as Dali's works. The Pinellas Tourist Development Council has a grand opportunity to help complete the funding with hotel bed tax dollars. I hope it doesn't blow it. …

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh chose to play for the Miami Heat for less money, but don't call it a sacrifice. A single mom who works two jobs to pay for private school sacrifices. These guys just settled. …

The World Cup watch party Sunday at Channelside reminds me that this area could actually host World Cup matches in 2018 or 2022. Go to to sign the online petition.

That's all I'm saying.

Tossing rivals off ballot is wrong way to settle an election 07/11/10 [Last modified: Sunday, July 11, 2010 5:36pm]
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