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Jackson, Tom

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Jackson, Tom

How can Crist’s ‘fairness’ epiphany be limited to couples?

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Now that Charlie Crist has famously, publicly and, not to put too fine a point on it, sanctimoniously renounced yet another position he until recently held passionately, three questions are appropriate.

Obamacare’s flesh wound

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That shiver of excitement shared by Obamacare opponents Tuesday shouldn’t be mistaken for ultimate triumph. Yes, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the second highest court in the land, dealt a blow to Obamacare w...

Extrapolating the Jolly standard

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Whether David Jolly’s epiphany is one of conviction or simply a matter of having deciphered the political tea ...

Warren’s fantasyland: A ramification-free world

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Elizabeth Warren — she of the imagined American Indian heritage that launched a thousand puns — addressed her real tribe the other day, laying out a warpath agenda for delegates to the far-left Netroots Nat...

Another lost-hard-drive improbability

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From the “You-Can’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up” file comes news confirming your suspicion that no matter how corrupt you thought the current administration is, it’s worse.

The eye of our latest ‘man-caused disaster’

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Remember, way back a week or so, when Texas Gov. Rick Perry invited President Obama down to the centers near the Rio Gra...

Bibi gets off Sunday’s best line

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Interviewed by Brit Hume on Fox News Sunday, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu distilled ...

A cynical, horrifying assault on the First Amendment

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Tom Jackson's The Right Stuff blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.

Governments grow; Pasco delivers proof

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The first draft of the latest Pasco County budget, including appendices, stretches 327 eye-glazing pages, and it probes such topics as interfund...

A cynical assault on the First Amendment

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There is enormous mischief in the proposed constitutional amendment voted out (10-8, along party lines) by the S...

Scott’s choo-choo troubles (mostly) refuted

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Rick Scott is catching heat for what seems ...

Retreating from a bad idea

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About that plan to eliminate valedictorian and salutatorian designations from future Pasco County high school ...

The left's calculated Hobby Lobby hokum

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Among the best things about the modern world of social media is we no longer have to guess what our political opposites are thinking — using the term expansively, because in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court'...

Rebuking naysayers in D'Souza's 'America'

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— The problem with the movie “America” is not its rather long and somewhat misleading subtitle. No. The problem with “

Don Porter, an American visionary

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Don Porter had a voice like barbed wire being dragged through a barrel of river gravel, and a John Wayne squint that...

The left’s Hobby Lobby hokum

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One of the best things about the modern world of social media is we no longer have to guess what our political opposites are thinking — using the term expansively, because in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Cour...

Cracker Barrel and the muffin maximization

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Following closely on the heels of an apparent hoaxing of KFC — an individual Jackson, Miss., restaurant and the company as a whole,

The upside of ‘teaching to the test’

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Ran across this — not for the first time — on my Facebook feed Sunda...

Prudence, not prohibition, guides school district

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Let's start by opening the most ginormous possible umbrella. Think of a golf bumbershoot large enough to accommodate Tiger Woods, his caddy and his entire

Lois Lerner: Relentlessly up to no good

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It grows increasingly apparent — almost by the day — why Lois Lerner hid behind the Fifth Amendment rath...

Once more, Rubio’s timing exquisite

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With the possible exception of his involvement in the Gang of 8 immigration/amnesty fiasco, Marco Rubio’s particular...

IRS scandal: New life from destroyed evidence

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What was the key educational point to emerge from Monday night’s

Democrats’ Fifth-Amendment paradox

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Anyone with even a passing acquaintance with TV’s “Law & Order” franchises know there’s more to taking the Fifth Amendment — the c...

In praise of quixotic write-in insurgencies

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Regular as clockwork, a spoiler attempting to close a primary showed up just before the noon deadline for qualifying Friday, only to be tripped up by the very statute h...

Hail to the Redskins, Scott Walker and the Pope

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Tom Jackson's “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week on TBO.com.

Hobby Lobby argument prevails in Colorado abortion case

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Now this is interesting.

When did Virginia adopt a monarchy?

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Terry McAuliffe, that old friend of Bill and Hil...

Pope Francis, pot poll-mover?

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Pope Francis, revolutionary in his views on wealth redistribution, has a far more conservative take on recreationa...

Wisconsin’s Walker attacked in episode of agenda-driven journalism, laziness, or both?

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You might have heard or read about allegations of a criminal conspiracy involving Wisconsin Gov. Scot...

Feds’ PC police target Redskins; who’s next?

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In its ruling Wednesday that it will no longer defend the Washington National Fo...

Much affirmed by VA’s dumb tweet

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In the lead item to his “Best of the Web” column Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal...

Voters, not judges, should settle same-sex marriage

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Ever restive, Americans’ opinions regarding most things have shifted radically over recent decades. I blame my self-absorbed,

Scott’s sidekick does more than tick a box

- Lieutenant governors do pretty much whatever the governor says, opines Tom Jackson. Carlos Lopez-Cantera’s assignment is as daunting as it is unambiguous: help Rick Scott win re-election.

Reject driver’s licenses for those here illegally

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Events of recent days forming a gigantic triangle — with points in Clearwater,

About that tea party obituary

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Not that anybody’s keeping score, but about a week ago in the Tribune’s bi-weekly feature we call “Faceoff,” Joe Henderson and I argued over whether there is a

Support slipping for Taliban/Bergdahl swap

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Americans still aren’t warming to the swap of the Taliban Five for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. If anything, they’re growing increasingly ambivalent, bordering on restless. In other words, there’s nothing eve...

Way too early to bury Scott

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Whether real or imagined, inevitability is among the more valuable commodities in politics, so it’s hard to fault Florida Democrats for

On Bergdahl/Taliban swap, too many bad explanations

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At this point, heaping criticism on the swap of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five hardened Taliban military leaders almost feels like piling on. And it would be if the whole fiasco weren’t this evolving, target-rich...

Democrats’ trickle-down politics

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It’s not just Florida where Democrats will be playing a cynical game of trickle-down politics come November. Just as Sunshine State Democrats are counting on Amendment 2, the referendum on medical marijuana, to

Jackson: Most likely, you voted for this legal brawl

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Regarding the big, fat legal fuss over design of Florida’s congressional dis...

Obama’s worrisome no-conditions rubric

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Whatever then-PFC Bowe Bergdahl did to wind up in the custody of hostile guerillas in the badlands of eastern Afghanistan five years ago is a study for another day. Let’s just say everything we’ve learned s...

The ‘Trick the Bumpkin’ gambit

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For further reading on the politics of the EPA announcement, and Red State Democrats’ mad rush to put distance between themselves and the ruin fulfillment of the draconian (and

Ballot box offers best fix for Obama’s EPA overreach

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With any kind of electoral luck this year and — especially — in 2016, the

Jackson: Welcome to the tea party evolution

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Regarding the tea party, the moment seems appropriate to resurrect Mark Twain's legendary response to rumors of his death. Such re...