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Editorial: Trump’s dangerous plan for Endangered Species Act

The 1973 Endangered Species Act is at once the noblest and most contentious of the landmark environmental statutes enacted during the Nixon presidency. For 45 years it has been celebrated by conservationists for protecting, in Richard Nixon’s words, ...
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Editorial: Once again, time running out on flood insurance

Editorial: Once again, time running out on flood insurance

We are seven days away from the 50th anniversary of the creation of the National Flood Insurance Program. And we are six days away from its temporary expiration. This has become a familiar, dangerous game of roulette for millions of Floridians who de...
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Editorial: ‘Stand your ground’ law triggers vigilante justice

Editorial: ‘Stand your ground’ law triggers vigilante justice

It’s been used to defend a neighborhood crime watch volunteer’s fatal confrontation with a black teenager in Central Florida, a shooting inside a Pasco County movie theater and a shooting outside a Miami nightclub. Now Florida’s indefensible "stand y...
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Editorial: NFL calls wise time-out on disciplining protests

The National Football League kept an embarrassing situation from becoming even worse by shelving its new policy clamping down on players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.The league announced late Thursday it would suspend the 2-month old p...
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Editorial: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s responsible budget

Editorial: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s responsible budget

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is shoring up his final year in office with the proposed city budget he released Thursday. The plan includes no big-ticket items, opting instead to maintain ongoing investments in parks, roads and other basic public services....
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IRS making ‘dark money’ darker

Under a perverse interpretation of federal law, tax-exempt nonprofit organizations supposedly devoted to "social welfare" can spend large amounts of money to influence elections without publicly disclosing the identities of their donors. But instead ...
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Times recommends: 4 for Hillsborough School Board

Times recommends: 4 for Hillsborough School Board

The Hillsborough County School District faces enormous challenges in meeting its growth needs, stabilizing the budget and improving achievement at low-performing schools. With two open seats in the Aug. 28 election, the new board will need to restore...
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Times recommends: 4 for Pinellas School Board

Times recommends: 4 for Pinellas School Board

Voters will elect at least one new member to the Pinellas County School Board, as incumbent Linda Lerner decided not to seek re-election after serving 28 years. There are two countywide seats and two district seats on the Aug. 28 ballot, and there ar...
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Editorial: Ferry is fun but should pay for itself in long run

Editorial: Ferry is fun but should pay for itself in long run

The CrossBay Ferry appears headed for another round of rides across Tampa Bay, with local governments pledging one more year of financial support. But as more taxpayer money is steered into this project, it’s important to recognize what purpose the f...
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Editorial: Scott should order investigation of concealed weapons permitting

Editorial: Scott should order investigation of concealed weapons permitting

To his credit, Gov. Rick Scott says he is considering requests to order an independent investigation of how Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam’s office screens applications for concealed weapon permits. It’s a reasonable request, and the governor h...
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