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Editorial: A historic order for voting rights

Historic is an overused adjective to describe significant milestones in civic life. In this case, it is not hyperbole. A federal judge’s sweeping order that Florida’s archaic system for restoring felons’ right to vote is unconstitutional opens the do...
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Editorial: A smarter plan for housing

Editorial: A smarter plan for housing

The Tampa Bay area is ripe for housing development known as the "missing middle," higher-density structures that comport with the scale of existing neighborhoods. Think two-story fourplexes, not imposing condo towers, intermingled with single-family ...
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Editorial: Maybe Bayshore, but somewhere Tampa needs pedestrian oases

Editorial: Maybe Bayshore, but somewhere Tampa needs pedestrian oases

The idea of closing off Bayshore Boulevard to cars every Sunday, proposed by an advocacy group for pedestrians and bicyclists, sounds a bit extreme.But it’s heartening to see that members of the Tampa City Council didn’t dismiss the idea out of hand ...
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Editorial: A smarter approach for minor crimes

Everybody makes stupid mistakes, and a minor crime shouldn’t keep anyone from living a productive life. Hillsborough County has the right idea in giving nonviolent adults a second chance.The county launched a new initiative this week, the Adult Pre-A...
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Editorial: Clean house at CareerSource agencies

Editorial: Clean house at CareerSource agencies

The rot at the public agencies that help Tampa Bay workers find jobs extends beyond their chief executive. It includes board members of CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay who fail to grasp the seriousness of the evidence of inflated per...
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Editorial: Campaign accounts should not be endless slush funds

Editorial: Campaign accounts should not be endless slush funds

It costs a lot of money to run a congressional campaign, and it takes a lot of gall to keep spending campaign cash years after leaving office. That’s exactly what many former lawmakers and candidates have done, shamelessly using leftover campaign con...
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Editorial: After State of the Union, now do the right things

Editorial: After State of the Union, now do the right things

President Donald Trump said a few of the right things and generally managed to restrain his tone in his lengthy State of the Union address. There were no real surprises Tuesday night, and while he dropped a few whoppers his call for bipartisan negoti...
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Editorial: Tampa Bay Rays were right to act quickly and transparently on team doctor

Editorial: Tampa Bay Rays were right to act quickly and transparently on team doctor

Confronted with an accusation of sexual abuse against the team doctor, the Tampa Bay Rays could have quietly severed ties, declined to speak about the matter and gone back to business as usual. But the team took a far better tack by being forthcoming...
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Editorial: Schools should make final-exam exemptions this flu season

As this ferocious flu season rages on, school districts are wisely urging infected students to stay home to keep the bug from spreading. It’s common sense. So it would be wise for districts to make an exception to policies that allow kids with a mini...
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Editorial: A shameful campaign ad sheds heat where Florida’s immigration debate needs light

Editorial: A shameful campaign ad sheds heat where Florida’s immigration debate needs light

Even by the gutter standards of modern times, the television ad that Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran began to air this week is despicable. The ad uses the accidental death of a woman in California to frame a national debate on immigration thro...
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