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Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

Joe Brown Columns

COLUMN

Ride-sharing services fill a critical need

Since ride-sharing businesses such as Uber and Lyft came to the Tampa Bay area in April, the issue of a free unregulated market vs. the need for regulation in the name of public safety has been raised.
Published: 12/17/14
COLUMN

Let’s show that all black lives matter

Since the decision last week not to indict a New York City police officer who put Eric Gardner in an apparent chokehold before he died, mass demonstrations have swept the nation. These protests followed those in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting...
Published: 12/11/14
COLUMN

Examining statute for self-defense

Ever since last year’s trial and acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, Florida’s so-called “stand your ground” law has come under a lot of scrutiny. Even though it wasn’t in...
Published: 12/06/14
COLUMN

New voting map tough to unravel

Recently released documents related to the decennial redistricting process in Florida show that the firm in charge, Data Targeting, made a concerted effort to benefit the state’s Republican Party and keep it all out of the sunshine. One email ...
Published: 12/03/14
COLUMN

Fight for colorblind justice

I’ve watched a lot of news the past week from Ferguson, Missouri, and other cities across the nation. Although the TV reports were live, they all looked like reruns with the same script but a few different actors.
Published: 11/29/14
COLUMN

Voter apathy reaches new lows

Since the midterm elections, which was a real butt-whooping for Democrats, many in the party have admitted that their candidates made a big mistake by distancing themselves from President Barack Obama — whose coattails they were happy to grab ...
Published: 11/25/14
COLUMN

Health care is law flawed but fixable

Earlier this year, the special election for the U.S. House seat in Florida’s District 13, which is all within Pinellas County, received national attention, not to mention millions of dollars from outside interests. Many saw the race between Re...
Published: 11/23/14
COLUMN

Libertarians’ role in the elections

Residents of Florida’s 13th Congressional District have been subjected to three elections this year because of the death of longtime representative C.W. Bill Young in October 2013: a Republican primary in January; a special election in March b...
Updated: 1 months ago
COLUMN

Stadium isn’t biggest issue for the Rays

For more than a week now, I’ve been saying the same thing over and over: “Say it ain’t so, Joe.”
Updated: 1 months ago
COLUMN

It might be old, but it’s not worthless

On Friday, Apple debuted a new iPhone. In the days and weeks leading up to it, people camped out and stood in lines at electronics stores to purchase it. I’m betting that the model most of those campers currently own is less than a year old.
Updated: 2 months ago