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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Tom Jackson Columns

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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...
Updated one month ago
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...
Updated one month ago
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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...
Updated one month ago
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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.
Updated one month ago
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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...
Updated one month ago
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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 &#...
Updated one month ago
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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: 2 months ago
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Agitated Nocco makes things interesting

Regarding how Pasco County should conduct its business going forward, it seems, suddenly, the last couple of months of tumult have been mere, and mild, prelude....
Updated: 2 months ago
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Lent’s ideals ‘will keep you busy’

WESLEY CHAPEL — Having nudged just past the halfway point of Lent, the six-week period that spans Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, this seems an especially good moment to ask the faithful: How’s your ritual self-denial going?...
Updated: 2 months ago
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Clear-eyed Netanyahu evokes Churchill, confirming Obama’s fears

Now we know what all the fuss, all the fear and loathing, was about. It wasn’t about protocol or a breach of constitutional manners. And it certainly wasn’t about an election half a world away....
Updated: 2 months ago