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‘Crusich’ a fragile, necessary long-odds gamble

If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it 1,237 times: The 2016 race to the White House is unique. Everyone paying the barest attention knows. The details don’t need to be rehearsed here.
Updated one month ago
An unseasonable farewell to Pasco’s head elf
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An unseasonable farewell to Pasco’s head elf

WESLEY CHAPEL — Charlie Brown expressed what’s on my mind just now with exquisite precision: “Goodbyes make my throat hurt. ... I need more hellos.”...
Updated one month ago
Saint Leo U. preps Saddlebrook’s next generation of Dempseys
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Saint Leo U. preps Saddlebrook’s next generation of Dempseys

WESLEY CHAPEL — On balance, even the most sympathetic observer would concede that being born into the Dempseys-of-Saddlebrook clan amounts to winning the birth lottery.
Updated one month ago
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A new, improved Trump? Don’t bet the rent money

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Updated one month ago
Remembering one who ‘died out of season’
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Remembering one who ‘died out of season’

LUTZ — Henry Jeffrey Fontanills III was the kind of guy who didn’t forget, and I mean that in the best way imaginable.
Updated one month ago
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Something a little off at GOP gala

NEW PORT RICHEY — By all outward signs, the annual Pasco Republican Reagan Day dinner was business as usual: Every ticket (all 450) was sold, filling Spartan Manor’s main ballroom; the opening ceremonies were reverently observed; the pr...
Updated one month ago
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End political mischief-making with the FairTax

The Republican House Freedom Caucus is agitating again, this time seeking the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for his prolonged obstruction of congressional investigations into the agency’s targeting of right-wing groups....
Updated one month ago
At last, Legg happy to go on hiatus
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At last, Legg happy to go on hiatus

NEW PORT RICHEY — John Legg was into politics before he was into shaving, before he could drive and, almost certainly, before he’d begun to dwell on the charms of the opposite sex. At 14, when his peers were memorizing the two-deep dept...
Updated one month ago
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Election tests lawmaker’s subterfuge

Dade City, says one who knows it well, is like a lovely lake. On the surface, it is smooth and inviting, its ripples reflecting sunlight like diamonds on a blanket. But down below, deep enough that it doesn’t make a splash, everything is froth...
Updated: 2 months ago
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The not-quite-impossible third-party dream

It’s no secret the cleanest way to derail the vaunted Donald Trump train is to deny him the magic number of delegates — 1,237 — needed to score a first-round victory at July’s Republican National Convention. It’s al...
Updated: 2 months ago