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Jim Verhulst - Deputy Editor of Editorials

Deputy Editor of Editorials

I grew up on a hog farm in Illinois, went to college and got married. In my late 20s I moved to St. Petersburg to take a job with the Times and never left. Now I write editorials, often on education, the environment and science. I also edit the letters to the editor as well as many of the op-ed columns. Shorter is almost always better, by the way. I bike, I cook, I dig out weeds in our Florida-friendly garden as my wife directs, and we take our collie Rufus for long walks. I count dolphins by the seawall when I run to work in the morning.

  1. Bottles of abortion pills at a clinic in Des Moines, Iowa.
  2. Amnet Ramos, 44, and her daughter, Inaia Hernandez, 12, stand for a portrait during a protest in Manhattan on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in New York where generations of women came together for a protest against the U.S. Supreme Court's anticipated ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. Ramos has protested since the Trump administration, and the threat to abortion rights has steeled her resolve to be heard - and that of her daughter. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
  3. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, wearing a mask to curb the spread of coronavirus, before the start of a House Committee on Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing, about the budget request for the National Institutes of Health, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)
  4. Stephen Parlato, of Boulder, Colo., holds a sign saying "hands off Roe," as a Capitol Police Officer walks past barricades outside of the Supreme Court, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Washington. "I'm trying to stop the Republicans' war on women," says Parlato, who flew in from Colorado to protest for abortion rights. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  5. Demonstrators protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, May 3, 2022, in Washington. A draft opinion suggests the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a Politico report released Monday. Whatever the outcome, the Politico report represents an extremely rare breach of the court's secretive deliberation process, and on a case of surpassing importance. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  6. If the Republicans take back the U.S. House this fall, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., will likely become the speaker.
  7. President Donald Trump speaks on the telephone in the Oval Office of the White House during his term in the White House. In the background is a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson which Trump had installed in the first few days of his administration. [Associated Press]
  8. This portrait of James Madison was painted by American artist John Vanderlyn in 1816, towards the end of Madison's presidency. James Monroe, Madison's close friend and successor, commissioned the portrait. Madison served in the House of Representatives and the cabinet. He was president from March 4, 1809 until March 4, 1817.
  9. Women need to start charging men to have babies.
  10. Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, sent weeks of text messages imploring White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to act to overturn the 2020 presidential election — furthering then-President Donald Trump's lies that the free and fair vote was marred by nonexistent fraud, according to copies of the messages obtained by The Washington Post and CBS News. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
  11. Fox News host Tucker Carlson
  12. This May 12, 2021, photo shows an advertisement for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin displayed on a tram in Hong Kong.
  13. In this photo taken from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the nation in Kyiv, Ukraine.
  14. Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to St. Petersburg, Russia's, governor Alexander Beglov during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
  15. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks to reporters after a Republican strategy meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  16. This 2018 portrait released by the U.S. Department of Justice shows Connecticut's U.S. Attorney John Durham, the prosecutor leading the investigation into the origins of the Russia probe. (U.S. Department of Justice via AP)
  17. View of the Koningshaven Bridge, known as De Hef, (The Lift), in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  18. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, left, sits with his wife Virginia Thomas, as he is introduced at the Federalist Society in Washington on Nov. 15, 2007.
  19. Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin arrives to speak at an election night party in Chantilly, Va., early Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, after he defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
  20. Insurrections loyal to President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
  21. Violent insurrectionists loyal to then President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021.
  22. Stephen Parloto of Boulder, Colo., holds a sign on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, ahead of the one year anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
  23. What if student debt were actually canceled?
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