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Saturday, Apr 18, 2015

Tom Jackson Columns

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FloridaMan touches down on hot topic

Let’s get this out of the way at the top: Of course the fellow who landed a one-man gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn was from Florida. Of course he was, or there’s not a lively Twitter feed that goes by the handle “@_FloridaMan.&#x...
Updated: 22 hours ago
Remember who sparked Rubio’s rocket
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Remember who sparked Rubio’s rocket

It is not for nothing that at times such as these — that is, the eve of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s presumptive entry into the 2016 presidential race — I am reminded of Judith Rochelle....
Published: 04/12/15
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West Pasco club wasn’t Republican enough

TRINITY — Regarding the kerfuffle over the rapidly expiring West Pasco Republican Club, the question — and it’s not an unfamiliar one — appears to reduce to this:
Published: 04/05/15
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Rivals, critics doubt Ted Cruz’s credentials at their peril

As we have discovered since he jetted from the starting blocks as 2016’s first declared presidential candidate, Ted Cruz seems to be a lot of things: scholar, radical (or patriot), genius (or know-it-all), upstart, loner, throwback (or traditi...
Published: 03/29/15
Updated: 03/30/15
Some ideas are too good to sleep on
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Some ideas are too good to sleep on

WESLEY CHAPEL — Like anyone, Bill Schroder dreams. Like many of us, when he awakens those dreams evaporate like so much morning fog, leaving only vapory, disconnected images. What else happens when he sleeps, however, is he gets ideas. OK, rig...
Published: 03/29/15
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Solar buffs seek favors in power plan

TAMPA — As a practical matter, I have no beef with what activist Florida sun worshipers say they are out to achieve: a world in which you could have a solar-electricity array installed on your roof that, besides serving your household needs, y...
Published: 03/27/15
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Protecting a robust rebirth of the First Amendment

Let’s begin here: Ted Cruz is right. About so many things, really. But for the moment, let’s unsheath our laser pointers.
Published: 03/22/15
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Activist Pat fires first in Pasco’s charter war

The committee assigned to study the merits of switching Pasco County to a charter form of government hasn’t so much as held a get-acquainted mixer yet (that’s probably not necessary; they’re all from the good ol’ boy netwo...
Published: 03/22/15
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Matching discretion, voter intent

The latest scrum in Tallahassee — this one involving Florida’s environmental future — provides yet another confirmation that, when it comes to amending the state constitution at the ballot box, the wisest vote almost always is &#...
Published: 03/20/15
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Tom Cotton’s #47professors posted a civics lesson, period

Anyone seeking evidence that our schools no longer effectively teach the Constitution need look no further than the hair-on-fire response to the open letter to Iran’s leaders published last week above the signatures of 47 Republican senators....
Updated: 1 months ago