Chris Ingram on WMNF and WFLA

I will be guest hosting, and filling in for Jack Harris on AM Tampa Bay on WFLA 970 AM, Tampa from 5 a.m. – 9 a.m. with Tedd Webb and Cory Dylan. Listen live on the air or click here to listen on your computer or smart phone.

On Wednesday, I was interviewed by Warren Elly, hosting “Last Call” on WMNF 89.5 FM, Tampa. We discussed the Republican Party, elections, “stand your ground,” Rep. Jamie Grant, Mike Fassano, and “voter suppression.”  Click here to listen.

WFLA

I will be guest hosting, and filling in for Jack Harris on AM Tampa Bay on WFLA 970 AM, Tampa from 5 a.m. – 9 a.m. with Tedd Webb and Cory Dylan. Listen live on the air or click here to listen on your computer or smart phone.

The power of incumbency

Campaigns are complicated matters, and many factors influence the ultimate outcome. Grassroots support, yard signs, precinct walks, a catchy slogan, the candidate’s background and positions on issues are all things that help determine a winning strategy, but none independently influences an election night victory.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Thursday, August 16, 2012

It is once again safe to open your mailboxes and turn on your television without being deluged with oversized mail pieces and ominous political campaign commercials telling you how bad the other guy is.

Campaigns are complicated matters, and many factors influence the ultimate outcome. Grassroots support, yard signs, precinct walks, a catchy slogan, the candidate’s background and positions on issues are all things that help determine a winning strategy, but none independently influences an election night victory.

Winning political campaigns are significantly determined by Continue reading “The power of incumbency”

Local election coverage on Bay News 9

Be sure to watch Bay News 9 tonight for all of your local Bay-area and state election coverage. I’ll be on with host Al Ruchel and the Bay News 9 news team, along with new Democrat political analyst Ana Cruz. Bay News 9 is only available on Brighthouse Networks (Channel 1009 in HD/9 in non-HD) in the Tampa/St. Pete market.

Be sure to watch Bay News 9 tonight for all of your local Bay-area and state election coverage. I’ll be on with host Al Ruchel and the Bay News 9 news team, along with new Democrat political analyst Ana Cruz. Bay News 9 is only available on Brighthouse Networks (Channel 1009 in HD/9 in non-HD) in the Tampa/St. Pete market.

Don’t forget to vote! Polls are open until 7:00 p.m.

If you don’t think this is funny, you don’t have a brain

Since becoming a mother, I’ve learned that making friends with cool parents can be a challenge. There are neurotic helicopter parents who will dial 911 if the kid gets a bruise. Bringing attention to the threat du jour is their sole purpose after reproduction. Top ten favorites include recalled cribs, food allergies, and which roller coaster could decapitate a child. They make you long for the days when parents casually dropped off kids at the county fair knowing full well that toothless alcoholic carnies operated the Ferris wheel.

Language, Rhetoric, Semantics-It’s All Noise to Me in the Fight for the GOP

By Debra Cole

(Editor’s note: when I was a Kool-aid drinking Republican back in high school and college, I probably would have hated Debra Cole. Today, the rose colored glasses are off, and I think she is hysterical. I hope I.V. readers will enjoy her latest rant. It will make you think and laugh — and there is lots of truth to it — Chris Ingram)

Since becoming a mother, I’ve learned that making friends with cool parents can be a challenge. There are neurotic helicopter parents who will dial 911 if the kid gets a bruise.  Bringing attention to the threat du jour is their sole purpose after reproduction. Top ten favorites include recalled cribs, food allergies, and which roller coaster could decapitate a child. They make you long for the days when parents casually dropped off kids at the county fair knowing full well that toothless alcoholic carnies operated the Ferris wheel.

Then there are the parents that can’t talk about anything but Continue reading “If you don’t think this is funny, you don’t have a brain”

Don’t send party faithful out to pasture for primary date

The RNC has the right to do whatever it wants regarding the management of its convention, which will be in Tampa in August. This includes everything from the seating of delegates, to assigning hotel rooms for state delegations, to designating seating for delegates on the convention floor, to how many stupid hats, pins and buttons a delegate should be required to wear before plopping themselves in front of a TV camera to make total fools of themselves on national television.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published January 17, 2012

Ask any Republican — from the rank-and-file grassroots to party leadership — what their No. 1 goal for 2012 is and the answer is always, “Send Obama an eviction notice.”

Yet somehow the Republican National Committee, most of its members and its national chairman, Reince Priebus, are hellbent on airing the party’s dirty laundry by taking Florida to the woodshed for violating the RNC’s “rules” about election dates.

I have what I think is a great idea to solve this “problem.” But first, it’s important to understand the facts. They are: Continue reading “Don’t send party faithful out to pasture for primary date”

Political Insider: why Bill Nelson should be worried

In that article, I opined that Republican leaders would encourage Charlie to run for re-election to offer stability to the GOP statewide rather than face the inevitable chaos of open seats in every statewide office after Obama’s big win in Florida just a few months earlier.

When comparing electoral margins from 2002, 2006, and 2010 it doesn’t look good for Bill

By Jamie Miller, Irreverent View’s political insider

In January 2009, I wrote a column for Irreverent View that suggested Charlie Crist should run for re-election rather than run for the U.S. Senate.

In that article, I opined that Republican leaders would encourage Charlie to run for re-election to offer stability to the GOP statewide rather than face the inevitable chaos of open seats in every statewide office after Obama’s big win in Florida just a few months earlier. Continue reading “Political Insider: why Bill Nelson should be worried”

For Dick Greco the future is all about the past

Dick Greco lumbers out of his car for breakfast at Pach’s Place just off Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, and within seconds he’s politicking in the parking lot. For Greco, politicking means talking to people and making them feel good about themselves. He asks people about their family, and he likes to talk about the old days.

Win or lose he’ll always be “the mayor”

By Chris Ingram

(Author’s note: the following feature article is based on a series of interviews I had with Dick Greco over the last few months. Greco was informed our talks would be for publication and I also disclosed to him before we began that I had made a financial contribution to Bob Buckhorn, one of his opponents. Greco is expected to announce his candidacy for Tampa mayor later today. This column was originally posted Nov. 29, 2010).

Always politicking

Dick Greco lumbers out of his car for breakfast at Pach’s Place just off Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, and within seconds he’s politicking in the parking lot. For Greco, politicking means talking to people and making them feel good about themselves. He asks people about their family, and he likes to talk about the old days. Greco is also known to call the ladies “honey” and even refer to men as “baby,” as in, “How you doin’, baby?” And of course there is the coy wink when asked about the likelihood he’s going to run for mayor – a wink that gets less coy and more likely with each passing day. Continue reading “For Dick Greco the future is all about the past”