Daniel Ruth, Times columnist

Daniel Ruth

Times columnist

Daniel Ruth has been scribbling away for four decades as a reporter, film critic, television critic and columnist for the Tampa Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Tampa Bay Times. He also has worked as a radio talk show host as well as an adjunct professor for the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa and Columbia College in Chicago. Daniel is a Peter Lisagor Award recipient for his columns in Chicago and has been honored by the Pinellas County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union with the Irene Miller Vigilance In Journalism Award.

Daniel Ruth: The Florida Legislature tells voters it knows best

The Florida Capitol, where it all happens. [Times photo by Scott Keeler]
Lawmakers embraced efforts to suppress the vote and squash voter referendums.

Ruth: Straz plays like rookie in Tampa mayoral race

Tampa mayoral candidate David Straz waves a report during a news conference that he claimed proves his  opponent, Jane Castor, manipulated crime statistics during her time serving as a top commander and then chief of the Tampa Police Department. [CHARLIE FRAGO   |   Times]
Straz’s attacks on Jane Castor are off-base and ring hollow. He’s either a lousy candidate are he has gotten lousy advice.

Ruth: What Gaetz tweet says about Gaetz

A tweet from U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, is seen in this image from Twitter.com. Gaetz later deleted the tweet and offered an apology.
Rep. Matt Gaetz tried to intimidate Trump’s former lawyer with a nasty tweet. It backfired.

Ruth: Baxley tries to turn back the clock on climate change, evolution

The Florida state senator has filed legislation that would require teaching alternative theories.

Ruth: The stark contrasts between Bush and Trump

President Donald Trump walks outside of Blair House after paying a condolence visit to the Bush family, who is in Washington for former President George H.W. Bush's state funeral and related honors, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS) 1252052
The tributes for George H.W. Bush recall a different era and a different kind of president.