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Tampa Bay Times CEO Paul Tash to retire, Conan Gallaty selected as successor

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Tash led the paper through significant milestones, from the transition of print to digital, to navigating the pandemic.

Paul Tash, the Tampa Bay Times’ longest serving CEO, announced his retirement Thursday afternoon according to a report from the local paper. Times Publishing Co. President Conan Gallaty will succeed Tash as CEO.

Tash, who also serves as chairman of the Times’ board of directors, will officially leave the board on July 1. He will continue to serve as chairman on the board of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, which owns the newspaper.

“Without question, leading the Times is the honor of my life’s work,” Tash said in a letter to Times staff. “I look to its future with bright optimism, recognizing that the next chapter deserves fresh leadership.”

The 67-year-old Tash has worked at the Times for 47 years, starting as a summer intern, according to the paper. He was named CEO in 2004, becoming the longest-serving leader in the paper’s history.

Tash led the paper through significant milestones, from the transition of print to digital, to navigating the pandemic. Since he took the role, the newspaper changed its name to become the Tampa Bay Times, acquired the Tampa Tribune and won seven Pulitzer Prizes.

In 2020, the paper reduced printing to two days a week — Sunday and Wednesday — due to the coronavirus pandemic. This move was brought on by a decrease in advertising revenue resulting from the pandemic in April.

The next year, the paper also sold its St. Petersburg printing plant and began outsourcing print operations to a Lakeland facility. The sale enabled the company to repay that $15 million loan and steady its finances.

Then, in December, the federal government took control of the Times’ pension plan after finding its parent, Times Publishing Company, was unable to pay benefits — a sign of more financial peril.

Tash was also head of the paper when it faced a series of layoffs. In 2018, the Times laid off about 50 employees. In October 2019, the Times laid off seven more journalists, among others. In February 2020, Tash announced all employees would receive a 10% pay cut and executives would get a 15% cut. A month later, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit, 11 more journalists were laid off. Shortly after, furloughs were announced.

Gallaty, who will be the fourth person to lead the Times since 1978, will inherit the challenges facing the newspaper. Notably, Gallaty installed a new publishing system for TampaBay.com and has led the Times’ substantial growth in digital advertising and subscriptions. He was promoted to president of Times Publishing in 2020.

“I am both deeply appreciative and humbled to succeed Paul. His are big shoes to fill,” Gallaty said in a statement. “I am confident that our team will rise to the challenge and that some of our best journalism lies ahead.”

He began his career as a newspaper reporter at the Rome News-Tribune in his home state of Georgia. Since 2018, “he’s taken the Timesto a new level as a digital company,” editor and vice president Mark Katches said, adding Gallaty has “a solid vision to keep us moving forward.”


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Fireworks! Kamala Harris Snaps at Savannah Guthrie When Asked About Biden’s Disastrous Press Conference (VIDEO)

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Kamala Harris on Thursday snapped at “Today” host Savannah Guthrie when asked about Joe Biden’s disastrous press conference.

Joe Biden jumbled his words and refused to take responsibility for his failures during Wednesday’s presser.

What really stood out was Dementia Joe’s comments on Russia and Ukraine.

Joe Biden essentially gave a green light to Putin to enter Ukraine.

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“My guess is he will move in,” Biden said of Putin invading Ukraine. “He has to do something.”

Biden’s comments were so dangerous that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki released a statement after the presser to ‘clarify’ the president’s statements.

“President Biden has been clear with the Russian President: If any Russian military forces move across the Ukrainian border, that’s a renewed invasion, and it will be met with a swift, severe, and united response from the United States and our Allies,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. “President Biden also knows from long experience that the Russians have an extensive playbook of aggression short of military action, including cyberattacks and paramilitary tactics. And he affirmed today that those acts of Russian aggression will be met with a decisive, reciprocal, and united response.”

“Today” host Savannah Guthrie asked Kamala Harris about Biden’s presser and his comments on Russia-Ukraine and his statements questioning the legitimacy of the 2022 elections.

Harris snapped after Guthrie pointed out the Democrats’ election bills were debated and didn’t pass through the senate.

“Well, to the point, because those bills were debated, the bills were debated and they didn’t pass,” Guthrie said.

“If I may finish! if I may finish!” Harris said interrupting Guthrie.

Harris also lost her cool when Guthrie pointed out how Joe Biden gave the green light for Putin to invade Ukraine.

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“If Russia takes aggressive action, it will be met with severe costs.”

Watch @SavannahGuthrie’s full interview with @VP Kamala Harris on Russia-Ukraine tensions and voting rights legislation. pic.twitter.com/500tX6R8SM

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 20, 2022

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EPIC: Joe Manchin Shames Democrats in Their Attempt to Nuke Filibuster in Order to Pass Freedom to Cheat Bill (VIDEO)

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Last night Democrats were unable to change the rules of the US Senate in order to pass their Freedom to Cheat bill. Their proposed legislation would have eliminated voter ID, prevented states from cleaning voter rolls, would have allowed for ballots to be turned in days after the election, and would have allowed for illegal ballot harvesting. It would have destroyed elections in the country and they knew this. That’s why they wanted it and the fake news media promoted it.

The vote failed 52-48 with Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema joining Republicans in the vote.

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) gave an epic speech before the final vote. He helped defeat the communist onslaught for another day.

Via Becker News.

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“I cannot support such a perilous course for this nation when elected leaders are sent to Washington to unite our country, not to divide our country,” he argued.

“Let this change happen in this way, and the Senate will be a body without rules,” Manchin warned.

“We’ve changed the rules,” in the past, Manchin said. “But we changed them with the rules. We didn’t break the rules to change the rules. But all of a sudden now we just can’t do it anymore. Just got to blow it up.”

“The rule book means that the rules changes are done on the basis of broad, bipartisan consensus, not imposed on the minority by raw majority power,” he went on. “No matter who is in power.”

Here is the video.

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BREAKING: Voter GA Confirms Over 100,000 Ballots in Georgia 2020 Election Missing Valid Chain of Custody Documentation, Additionally Drop Box Videos Have Been Destroyed

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Voter GA held a press conference today at 10 am Eastern.  During the conference, the VoterGA team released two bombshells that prove the 2020 Election in the state should never have been certified.  

The first item involves the chain of custody documentation gathered and maintained during the 2020 Election.  All ballots are to be accounted for with proper custody activities performed and documented.  Documentation should be available for all ballots that come in the door.  (Remember, Biden was given the state by only a 12,000 vote margin.)

We have noted this for months in Georgia and now VoterGA provided proof that this is the case.  We first reported a year ago that over 400,000 ballots in Georgia don’t have the proper evidence (chain of custody documentation) to show that the ballots entered the election process legitimately.

Georgia’s Secretary of State Raffensperger Certified Georgia’s 2020 Election Results Knowing 460,000 Ballots Were Missing Legally Required Chain of Custody Documentation

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In June of 2021, a Fulton County election official confirmed that one in four absentee ballots in the county did not have proper chain of custody documentation.

Fulton County Georgia Election Official Admits Legally Required Chain of Custody Documentation Is Missing from 24% of Ballots from 2020 Election — Or 1 in 4 Ballots!

In September we reported that the results in Georgia were illegitimate because there is no evidence that proper chain of custody documentation was recorded and maintained for tens of thousands of ballots.

IT’S ALL ABOUT CHAIN OF CUSTODY DOCUMENTATION – Georgia’s 2020 Election Comes Down to This

Today Voter GA provided evidence that 100,000 ballots lack the proper chain of custody documentation in Georgia which is required by law.  Voter GA also reported that the video coverage of the ballot drop boxes inserted into the 2020 Election has either been deleted or is of such poor quality that they would never be able to be used to determine the content of nighttime drop-offs.

If anyone can insert any ballot into any election, then we have no legitimate elections.  Georgia’s election never should have been certified.

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