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Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014

Joe Brown Columns


Redistricting snuffs election competition

The Florida Legislature finished its court-ordered task of fixing two congressional districts this past week that a judge ruled unconstitutional. Gov. Rick Scott approved it, but it’s still uncertain if Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis will sig...
Updated: 1 months ago

Perspective can nourish the future

Since I was a child, I’ve been in love with black history. I have, however, become bored with Black History Month, which we celebrate annually during the shortest month of the year.
Updated: 1 months ago

New ballpark no answer to Rays’ woes

When the news hit that the Tampa Bay Rays’ best pitcher, Cy Young Award winner David Price, had been traded to the Detroit Tigers, there was collective groan from many of my friends. A few expressed anger by way of their Facebook postings.
Updated: 1 months ago

Write-in scam cheats other voters

A judge in Tallahassee disqualified a write-in candidate in the Florida House District 64 race Thursday because the write-in didn’t live in the district. As a result, what was a closed primary election between two Republicans scheduled for Aug...
Updated: 1 months ago

Make education a priority

When it comes to reading, the FCAT scores released last month were not kind to some Pinellas County schools. Of 300 schools targeted to boost performance, five of the bottom 20 were in Pinellas. The county also had the lowest-ranked school in the sta...
Updated: 1 months ago

Any ideas for Pier-less St. Pete?

The bar conversation started out as a debate about what the Rays should do with pitcher David Price. Should he stay or should he go? Will the Rays ever be able to keep a superstar? Would a new ballpark really make a difference?
Updated: 1 months ago

Jolly cedes on marriage rights

U.S. Rep. David Jolly, who represents most of Pinellas County, made national news last week when he told the Washington Post that it’s “fully appropriate” for states to recognize same-sex marriage. He was responding to a question...
Updated: 1 months ago

New police chief is off to a good start

Back in September, candidate Rick Kriseman asked St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster to hold off on naming a successor to police chief Chuck Harmon, who had announced his retirement, until after the upcoming election. Kriseman believed the next mayor sh...
Updated: 2 months ago

Light rail plan needs to be regional

It started as a casual conversation in a bar but morphed into a public-policy discussion. The guy I was talking to lives in Tampa but works in Pinellas. He complained about how the booming tourism this spring made his daily commute miserable, adding ...
Updated: 2 months ago

District made for race, party cheats voters

Circuit Judge Terry P. Lewis ruled last week in Tallahassee that two Central Florida congressional districts were unconstitutional, “made a mockery” of the voter-approved “Fair Districts” amendment and must be redrawn. Thi...
Updated: 2 months ago