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Editorial: With revamped courts, abortion rights becomes key issue in governor’s race

Editorial: With revamped courts, abortion rights becomes key issue in governor’s race

Abortion rights are routinely under assault from the Republican-led Florida Legislature, and now the preservation of those rights is as fragile as its been in decades. With new appointments coming to both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Florida Suprem...
Published: 07/03/18
Updated: 07/06/18
Editorial: 6 reasons Floridians should pay attention to farm bill negotiations

Editorial: 6 reasons Floridians should pay attention to farm bill negotiations

Floridians should follow the farm bill negotiations this summer in Congress. Farm bills are typically dry discussions about reauthorizing a vast array of programs every five years, ranging from farm subsidies to agricultural research to food programs...
Updated one month ago
Editorial: A more robust plan for Hillsborough’s foster care system

Editorial: A more robust plan for Hillsborough’s foster care system

The corrective action plan that Eckerd Connects has sent to the state has — on paper, at least — the essentials needed to improve Hillsborough County’s foster care system. By addressing the needs of both foster children and the foster system itself, ...
Updated one month ago

Editorial: Tampa City Council wisely favors environment over development

The Tampa City Council showed common sense, vision and resolve by unanimously rejecting a proposal Thursday that called for filling three acres of a lagoon for a new townhouse development. These projects have no place in modern urban planning, and th...
Updated one month ago
Editorial: Good news for preserving St. Petersburg’s State Theatre

Editorial: Good news for preserving St. Petersburg’s State Theatre

The sale of St. Petersburg’s State Theatre saves a historic landmark in the middle of a rapidly changing downtown. Even better, the new owner plans renovations and improvements that will bring the building up to code and continue its existence as a t...
Updated one month ago
Editorial: Celebrating USF’s preeminence

Editorial: Celebrating USF’s preeminence

Years of persistent effort paid off Thursday as the University of South Florida won well-deserved recognition as one of the state’s preeminent universities. USF and the entire Tampa Bay community can be proud of this signature achievement, but the wo...
Updated one month ago
Editorial: Dark money should not cloud Florida’s race for governor

Editorial: Dark money should not cloud Florida’s race for governor

Dark money is playing a negative role in Florida’s race for governor, and it’s only going to get worse after the August primary and before the November general election. Ads fueled by untraceable money already have tried to influence the outcome of b...
Updated one month ago

Editorial: New Florida law provides help blocking robocalls

Here’s a bright spot for consumers: A new state law is set to take effect Sunday that authorizes phone companies to block robocalls, which have been on the rise along with Floridians’ frustration. Approved unanimously by the Legislature last spring, ...
Updated one month ago
The battle over Trump’s next Supreme Court pick

The battle over Trump’s next Supreme Court pick

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announcement of his retirement comes with the ink barely dry on several crucial decisions enabled by President Trump’s choice of the conservative Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court. The partisan bombast over who’ll repl...
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Kennedy’s retirement opens a void at center

Kennedy’s retirement opens a void at center

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s 30-year career on the Supreme Court was a historical accident. President Ronald Reagan’s first choice to replace retiring Justice Lewis Powell in 1987 was Judge Robert Bork, a cerebral but overly doctrinaire conservative; hi...
Updated one month ago