Giving thanks for girls and softball

Last weekend my three girls played their last Pony League softball game at Skyway Park. At the start of the game, I had mentioned to my wife that I was somewhat glad the season is over as we would now have our Saturdays back.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Thursday, November 22, 2012

Last weekend my three girls played their last Pony League softball game at Skyway Park. At the start of the game, I had mentioned to my wife that I was somewhat glad the season is over as we would now have our Saturdays back.

Then the game started.

In the second inning, my eldest daughter, Casey, who is 8 and was playing second base, had an unassisted double-play. She caught a pop-up and then ran to third where she got the runner on third base out for failing to return to base following the fly out.

After Casey caught the pop-fly, Continue reading “Giving thanks for girls and softball”

Miller pulls plug on rotation plan

Without explanation, Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller pulled his proposal to drastically change how the county commission chairman is selected each year.

By Chris Ingram

Without explanation, Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller pulled his proposal to drastically change how the county commission chairman is selected each year.

Miller’s plan would have removed any thought to the selection of the chair in favor of a process (visit www.IrreverentView.com for details). For unknown reasons, Miller pulled the plug on the idea late this afternoon. Perhaps supporters on the BOCC of Miller’s plan got cold feet upon learning the board would have had to suspend Continue reading “Miller pulls plug on rotation plan”

Less Miller is good Miller (updated)

Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller is back at his attempt (it failed last year) to change the way the Hillsborough County commission elects its chairman. Miller introduced the item and it will be considered at the commission’s meeting next week — conveniently one day before Thanksgiving, it certainly won’t be a packed house.

County Commission set to change the way it selects its leader. Outcome could result in hate-monger as chair

By Chris Ingram

Updated 9:07 a.m. on 11/15/12 

Updated at 12:15 a.m. on 11/15/12 

Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller is back at his attempt (it failed last year) to change the way the Hillsborough County commission elects its chairman. Miller introduced the item and it will be considered at the commission’s meeting next week before a packed house  — if you believe there will be a packed house at commission chambers one day before Thanksgiving.

While the current situation is flawed, Miller’s plan is even worse.

Here is how Mr. Miller’s power-altering proposal works (if you know how to play Russian Roulette, you’ll understand the Miller plan and you can quit reading now).

Photo: Hillsborough BOCC group portait. Scarier than the bar scene from ‘Star Wars.’

Miller’s plan would change the commission rules so that instead of the seven commissioners electing a chair each year by a majority vote, the chairmanship would rotate every year in numerical order from 1 to 7. So over the course of two terms, every commissioner would be guaranteed to serve as chairman at least one year. If they changed districts, it is possible they could be chairman multiple consecutive terms (I’ll betchya’ ol’ Lessie-pooh never thought about that).

Les’ plan sounds great on paper — just like “campaign finance reform” did — we saw how that worked out. Les’ plan is nothing short of a limp power-play that deserves about as much respect as Continue reading “Less Miller is good Miller (updated)”

The problem with the arrogant liberal media is…they are arrogant liberals

But don’t worry sir, I think I’ll be smiling tomorrow once all the votes are counted. And you and your pals in the liberal media establishment will begin making all sorts of excuses for your fallen hero. Including, no doubt, the facts about Florida early voting.

All you need to do is watch Ali Velshi on CNN to see it in action (See update at end)

By Chris Ingram

I was listening to CNN’s election coverage earlier today (I couldn’t listen to Fox because the battery in my remote broke and I was too lazy to change the channel), when I heard a reporter named Ali Velshi boldly and factually state something about long lines in Florida and how early voting in the state had ended “yesterday.”

Photo: Ali Velshi. The lines on his suit are straight, but his facts are not.

The latter part, about early voting ending yesterday was absolutely incorrect. By statute, early voting ended on Saturday, November 3.

In at least one Florida county (Miami-Dade), the elections office — in attempt to increase turn-out Continue reading “The problem with the arrogant liberal media is…they are arrogant liberals”

Election outlook prediction

By Chris Ingram

Here are five things to look for tonight

As voters across the country head to the polls today, here are five things to look for tonight as the ballots are counted. My Electoral College and popular vote prediction is included at the end, along with a link to an Electoral College map creator.

Photo: Katherine Harris holding a Palm Beach County voter in 2000.

Here is the list:

1) It’s going to be a long night. Voting started and ended in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire shortly after midnight Tuesday. The handful of first-in-the-nation voters were evenly split between the two major-party candidates just like the rest of the country is divided.

Ohio is a swing state where the candidates are virtually tied in the polls. The Electoral College could hinge on Continue reading “Election outlook prediction”

Election coverage

Bay News 9’s campaign 2012 coverage starts tonight with a special live election preview show tonight at 7:00 p.m. on channel 1009 HD/9SD on Brighthouse Networks in the Tampa media market. Live Election Night coverage begins at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Join Al Ruchel, Ana Cruz and me with the rest of the Bay News 9 team for complete “Florida Decides” coverage of local and national elections.

Bay News 9’s campaign 2012 coverage starts tonight with a live election coverage beginning tonight at 5:00 p.m. on channel 1009 HD/9SD on Brighthouse Networks in the Tampa media market. Join Al Ruchel, Ana Cruz and me with the rest of the Bay News 9 team for complete “Florida Decides” coverage of local and national elections.

Not playing. The campaign ad you won’t likely see on TV is online now!

The campaign ad you won’t ever see. Online now!

Click here to view the campaign ad the Romney and Obama campaigns don’t want you to see. Video is now online on YouTube. Continue reading “Not playing. The campaign ad you won’t likely see on TV is online now!”