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Sue Carlton - Columnist

Columnist

My dad always said the Carltons were thieves and cattle rustlers run out of Georgia, which makes me a bona fide Floridian going back generations. I grew up in Miami and landed in Tampa, a town that said “bland” to the world but turned out anything but. I live in an old bungalow in an old neighborhood with my husband and a very enthusiastic dog. I’ve covered everything - crime, courts, the homeless. I’ve come to love this place of outrages and injustices, history and culture, Deep South and café con leche, downtown growing up and a parade of political characters let’s just call interesting. And lucky me, I get to write about all of it three days a week.

  1. Tampa attorney Ed Turanchik
    The lawyer and transportation wonk waxes on politics and plans for the future. (Hint: Maybe not what you think. )
  2. The Citrus County commissioners who railed against a request by the local libraries to fund digital subscriptions to the New York Times. From left to right, their names are Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman, Scott Carnahan, Ronald Kitchen and Jimmie Smith.
    Instead of recognizing that libraries are about knowledge and information, commissioners cry “fake news” and stump for President Donald Trump instead.
  3. Nov. 5• Transportation
    Tampa traffic backs up at a familiar spot: near the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts before a show. Where's that transportation tax we voted in to soothe our traffic woes?
    With the transportation tax in legal limbo, maybe not so much. But public officials give some hope.
  4. A Bird electric scooter is seen along the Tampa Riverwalk. Riders are forbidden from riding along the path through downtown.
    Sure they’re fun, says Sue Carlton, but there’s been flagrant flaunting of scooter etiquette already.
  5. Amendment 4 aimed to expand voting rights to felons who had done their time.
    Because of lawmakers, a voter effort to help felons ended up in court. Sue Carlton asks: Could this latest ruling be a sign?
  6. Police have found that it's not unusual for one gun owner to have dozens of weapons. This cache of guns, owned by one man, is stored in the evidence room at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
    'Red flag’ law aims to keep people with violent instincts, mental disorders from accessing weapons.
  7. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister [CHRIS URSO | Times]
    Yes, that’s an "R" next to his name on the ballot. But if you dig deeper, Sue Carlton asks, does the sheriff bleed blue? And a follow-up: Does it matter?
  8. Pat Frank, at a 2016 candidate debate with then-challenger Kevin Beckner. She won. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
    From school board to state lawmaker to clerk of courts, she just keeps on going, Sue Carlton writes.
  9. These fancy digs with room for 4,000 awaits Tampa's Riiverwalk bats at Julian B. Lane Park. [Photo courtesy of City of Tampa]
  10. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would like the Florida Supreme Court to opine on the Amendment 4 mess, please. [CHRIS URSO  |   Times]