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Kennedyís retirement opens a void at center

Kennedyís retirement opens a void at center

Justice Anthony Kennedyís 30-year career on the Supreme Court was a historical accident. President Ronald Reaganís first choice to replace retiring Justice Lewis Powell in 1987 was Judge Robert Bork, a cerebral but overly doctrinaire conservative; hi...
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Editorial: A Supreme Court win for Florida in water war with Georgia

Editorial: A Supreme Court win for Florida in water war with Georgia

Florida scored an important but temporary victory Wednesday with a sensible decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the stateís long-running water war with Georgia. The courtís 5-4 opinion sends the case back to a special master, who sided with Georgia...
Updated one month ago
Editorial: Hope springs eternal on Fourth of July

Editorial: Hope springs eternal on Fourth of July

This Fourth of July dawns on a hyper-polarized nation, gripped by economic anxiety and at odds over how to solve our most pervasive problems. Yet for all our family feuding, the United States remains the strongest democracy in the world even as our i...
Published: 06/26/18
Updated: 07/03/18
Editorial: Supreme Court gives president too much deference on travel ban

Editorial: Supreme Court gives president too much deference on travel ban

The U.S. Supreme Court relied on false hopes and pinched legal reasoning Tuesday in upholding President Donald Trumpís authority to ban travelers from majority Muslim countries. While the ban is narrower than two earlier versions, the courtís majorit...
Updated one month ago
Editorial: Renewed hope for high-speed rail

Editorial: Renewed hope for high-speed rail

The recent announcement that rail between Tampa and Orlando might again be on the table is an encouraging sign for the Tampa Bay region. It doesnít absolve Gov. Rick Scott for his foolish decision weeks after taking office in 2011 to reject federal m...
Updated one month ago
Editorial: Send message by voting, not harassment

Editorial: Send message by voting, not harassment

Since his June 2015 campaign kickoff speech in which he slandered Mexican people as rapists, President Donald Trump has been practicing a new way of playing politics ó an ugly, divisive, derogatory way. But several incidents over the last week, in Wa...
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Editorial: The real forces behind mass shootings

Editorial: The real forces behind mass shootings

Itís the refrain by gun advocates in the wake of every mass shooting: The attacker was mentally ill. They obtained their gun illegally. The message is that gun violence isnít about guns but mental instability and gaps in law enforcement. But a recent...
Published: 06/21/18
Updated: 07/09/18
Editorial: Handing out gift cards like candy at CareerSource

Editorial: Handing out gift cards like candy at CareerSource

Itís hard to pick the biggest outrage in the financial and ethical swamp that has swallowed Tampa Bayís two primary job placement agencies, CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay. Is it the boiler room atmosphere where CareerSource recruite...
Updated one month ago
Editorial: State help needed to staff hotlines with veterans helping veterans

Editorial: State help needed to staff hotlines with veterans helping veterans

Veterans can help veterans deal with trauma resulting from military service in a way no one else can. Thatís the theory behind a special hotline set up in the Tampa Bay area that proponents are hoping to take statewide.The expansion would cost some $...
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Editorial: With Supreme Court ruling, Florida should collect sales tax from online retailers

Editorial: With Supreme Court ruling, Florida should collect sales tax from online retailers

It turns out the U.S. Supreme Court has a better grasp of the economic realities of the 21st century than Congress or the Florida Legislature. The court ruled Thursday that states can require online retailers to collect sales taxes even if the retail...
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