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Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014

Joe Brown Columns

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 ...
Updated: 17 hours ago
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...
Published: 11/16/14
COLUMN

Learn from Greenlight vote

In 2010, Hillsborough County voters gave a thumbs down to a mass transit referendum, Move Hillsborough Forward, by a margin of 58-42 percent. So when its campaign manager, David Singer, was asked earlier this year what a similar initiative on the oth...
Published: 11/09/14
COLUMN

Cameras can help us behave better

Since the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9, there have been calls by civil rights groups to hold law enforcement more accountable when using deadly force. One of the suggested ways to do that is individual...
Published: 11/05/14
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.”
Published: 11/01/14
COLUMN

Thinking outside Ban the Box

The other day, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman announced with much glee, “We are banning the box,” making the city the latest government to join the Ban the Box movement on job applications for city workers.
Published: 10/29/14
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
COLUMN

Outsiders not best source of transit advice

Back in 2001, I was awarded a fellowship by the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and attended a week-long seminar on urban issues at the University of California at Berkeley. I, along with a few other journalists, joked that it was th...
Updated: 2 months ago
COLUMN

Minorities suffer when districts drawn by race

A few weeks ago in this space, I wrote that the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately would have to decide on the redistricting lawsuit that threatened to put a wrench in Florida’s upcoming elections. The judge in the case pretty much let Florida ...
Updated: 2 months ago