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Saturday, Apr 30, 2016

Joe Brown Columns

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Ex-felons should get right to vote

Last week, Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia used his executive power to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 felons, circumventing the Republican-run Legislature and overturning a Civil War-era provision in the state’s constitution aimed...
Published: 04/28/16
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Thinking outside the cable box

When I walked into my local Publix the other day, there were three girls sitting on a bench near the entrance engrossed in their cell phones. The way kids communicate these days, they might have been texting each other, even though they were only inc...
Published: 04/24/16
Updated: 04/25/16
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After 25 years, some still don’t get it

After watching the HBO docudrama “Confirmation” last weekend, I felt as if I had traveled back in time.
Published: 04/21/16
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‘State of the art’ is costing taxpayers

The team entered Major League Baseball in 1998 as an expansion franchise with a taxpayer-funded ballpark. Now the ballclub has indicated it wants to move to a better location, even though it is under contract to stay put for at least another 10 ...
Published: 04/17/16
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An exception to the rule on role models

When the transition of my phone, cable and Internet service from Verizon Fios to Frontier went less than smoothly a few weekends ago, I entertained the thought — again — of “cutting the cord” and limiting my TV viewing to ...
Updated one month ago
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Excellence is the best weapon

Last week it was announced that the U.S. Department of Education will investigate the Pinellas County School District to find out if it’s violating the civil rights of black students in five poorly performing schools in south Pinellas. This fo...
Updated one month ago
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Kudos for historic park restoration

The city of Tampa deserves major kudos for last weekend’s celebration of the reopening of Perry Harvey Sr. Park. Not only is the restoration beautiful, it also will provide a permanent history lesson for generations who have no idea the area a...
Updated one month ago
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‘Made in USA’ is less of an option

Presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are about as ideologically opposite on the political spectrum as any two candidates in recent memory. Both of them, however, are in agreement on one issue: free trade.
Updated one month ago
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In franchise value, Rays rank last

The baseball season hasn’t officially begun, but according to Forbes magazine, the Tampa Bay Rays are in last place.
Updated one month ago
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Ad produces delusions of grandeur

That commercial is back for the NCAA basketball tournament, the one for the sports drink Powerade featuring Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls. Last year AdWeek called it “inspirational.” I found it depressing.
Updated one month ago