Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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Editorial: Bilirakis mimics Trump, colleagues in misleading voters
DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, responds to Democratic challenger Chris Hunter while participating in Spetember’s  political debate as part of the West Pasco County Chamber of Commerce’s candidate forum at Pasco-Hernando State College in New Port Richey. Bilirakis, 55, is running for a seventh term in the seat his father, Michael Bilirakis, held for 24 years before him.
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis wants voters to believe he is different than his Republican colleagues in Congress and President Donald Trump. The Palm Harbor Republican says he pays more attention to local issues than to the president, claims he doesn’t...
Mexico Beach, population 1,200, lay devastated on Thursday, the day after Hurricane Michael made landfall nearby. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
Hurricane Michael reminds us it’s past time to get smarter about where we build
MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesJeff Eakins, superintendent of Hillsborough County Schools speaks during a media visit on September 21, 2018 at Westchase Elementary School in Tampa, Fla. The school district released a list of projects to be completed should the referendum pass in November. The projects include air conditioning, roofing, security measures and classroom renovations. At Westchase Elementary School the work will include new air conditioning, painting and updated playgrounds.
Editorial: Answering questions about Hillsborough school tax
Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik  [Times staff]
Column: Jeff Vinik: Time to invest in transportation

Top Editorials

All the Times candidate recommendations in one place

All the Times candidate recommendations in one place

Here is a complete list of the Times recommendations for the Aug. 28 primary. U.S. House of Representatives District 12, Democrats: Chris Hunter District 13, Republicans: George Buck District 15, Democrats: Kristen Carlson District 15, Republica...
Published: 08/24/18
Updated: 10/07/18
Times recommends: Vote yes on Amendment 4, no on all of the rest

Times recommends: Vote yes on Amendment 4, no on all of the rest

The list of proposed constitutional amendments is long and confusing. Some have multiple parts. So here’s some easy advice: After voting yes on Amendment 4, vote no on all the others.All but two of the 12 amendments to the Florida Constitution...
Published: 09/28/18
Updated: 10/03/18
Editorial: Scott sends positive signal on Supreme Court appointments

Editorial: Scott sends positive signal on Supreme Court appointments

Gov. Rick Scott has headed down a dangerous path by announcing he has started the process to fill three upcoming vacancies on the Florida Supreme Court as he heads out the door. But to his credit, the governor indicated his "expectation’’ is that he ...
Updated one month ago
Editorial: Banks should not shut down campaign accounts for marijuana ties

Editorial: Banks should not shut down campaign accounts for marijuana ties

Two banks have taken the retaliatory step of closing down the campaign account of a statewide candidate because she received contributions from the medical marijuana industry. Nikki Fried, the Democratic nominee for agriculture commissioner, has been...
Updated one month ago
Editorial: Focus on Hurricane Florence, not defending poor response in Puerto Rico

Editorial: Focus on Hurricane Florence, not defending poor response in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Florence began lashing down on the Carolinas Thursday and was expected to make landfall early Friday, washing over dunes, downing trees and power lines and putting some 10 million people in the path of a potentially catastrophic storm. Flor...
Updated one month ago

Editorials

Is Tampa Bay headed for another housing bubble? Not this time around

Is Tampa Bay headed for another housing bubble? Not this time around

Home prices keep climbing. Houses sprout in long dormant parts of Pasco and Hillsborough counties. Condo towers rise in our downtowns. It’s no wonder I’m often asked whether we are creating another housing bubble like the one that plunged the economy...
Published: 10/12/18
Updated: 10/15/18
Editorial: Tampa water project benefits entire region

Editorial: Tampa water project benefits entire region

A proposal that goes to the three-county utility Tampa Bay Water on Monday could benefit residents, the economy and the environment across the region. The utility's governing board will consider a proposal by the city of Tampa to redirect highly trea...
Published: 10/12/18
Updated: 10/15/18
PolitiFact Florida: No evidence that Andrew Gillum is running from FBI

PolitiFact Florida: No evidence that Andrew Gillum is running from FBI

A Republican ad portrays Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum as a man on the run from law enforcement amid an FBI corruption investigation in his city."Andrew Gillum is running for governor and also from the FBI," the Republican Party of Florida ad says....
Published: 10/15/18
Romano: Why is Florida risking future hurricane misery?

Romano: Why is Florida risking future hurricane misery?

No one should know better than Florida, right?When it comes to storms, we’ve got the best experience misery can buy.We’ve been hit by major hurricanes in the Southeast (Andrew) and the Southwest (Charley). We’ve had hurricanes slowly creep south to n...
Published: 10/13/18
Editorial cartoons for Oct. 13-14-15

Editorial cartoons for Oct. 13-14-15

These cartoons are from various Times wire services.
Published: 10/12/18
Column: Florida must protect voting systems, right to vote

Column: Florida must protect voting systems, right to vote

This continues to be a devastating week for Florida. Hurricane Michael has taken lives, wrecked homes, and destroyed whole communities. It has also had a significant, destructive effect on our democracy.On Monday, social media lit up with reports tha...
Published: 10/12/18
Editorial: Rays’ purchase of Rowdies good for St. Petersburg

Editorial: Rays’ purchase of Rowdies good for St. Petersburg

The Tampa Bay Rays’ purchase of the Rowdies soccer team adds some stability to the region’s roster of professional sports franchises. It also guarantees that the Rowdies, who have amassed an enthusiastic fan base in a short time, will k...
Published: 10/12/18
Editorial: Remember Mexico Beach when next evacuation order comes

Editorial: Remember Mexico Beach when next evacuation order comes

When the sun rose Wednesday, Mexico Beach was a sleepy town of 1,200 people on Florida's northern Gulf coast. By sundown, it was gone. The pictures show the heartbreaking devastation left by Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle. Entire neighbor...
Published: 10/12/18
Business leaders support Hillsborough referendums

Business leaders support Hillsborough referendums

Column: Tampa Bay business leaders support education, transportation referendums
Published: 10/12/18
Shortsighted opposition to TECO

Shortsighted opposition to TECO

The destruction from Hurricane Michael is only the latest reminder of Florida's growing vulnerability to extreme weather, rising sea levels and other impacts of a warming climate. But the Sierra Club's opposition to Tampa Electric Co.'s plans to retr...
Published: 10/12/18
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