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Hooper: Balanced districts need a spectrum of candidates

We need to stop making excuses for people who don't vote.

Some civil rights groups continue to favor minority-majority voting districts such as the gerrymandered 5th Congressional District at the center of an ongoing fair districts dispute. They argue blacks will feel disenfranchised and won't vote if placed in a district where they're in the minority.

Balderdash. Blacks need to become more engaged so they can get candidates, Democrat or Republican, to focus more on their needs even if they are in the minority. Balanced districts and active groups on both sides of the spectrum will yield candidates reflective of Florida's status as a purple state. …

Fired St. Petersburg police Officer Kenneth Pienik became the latest law enforcement official to have his excessive force video go viral. Such "cops-gone-bad" videos seem to be popping up everywhere, leading me to conclude the police need a PR campaign. They're not all bad. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: My Boss is a Singer From New Jersey. …

With a mission of uniting artists and theater lovers, Rory Lawrence prepares to launch the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival Aug. 29-31 (tampabaytheatrefestival.com). Lawrence has a record of turning his visions into reality, and I'm thrilled to see this one coming to fruition. …

The Whispers and the Manhattans, old-school R&B groups that both possess a string of hits, perform Sunday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Prince Hall Shriners Imperial Convention coming to town this week.

I love it when an organization not only comes to enjoy our hospitality, but allows the locals to join in on the fun.

That's all I'm saying.

Hooper: Balanced districts need a spectrum of candidates 08/10/14 [Last modified: Sunday, August 10, 2014 7:25pm]
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