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Julianne Holt heaps effusive praise about working with Andrew Warren in Hillsborough judicial system

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On the same day Julianne Holt was elected to serve as the public defender in Hillsborough County in 1992, Harry Lee Coe was elected state attorney. After Coe committed suicide in 2000, he was succeeded in office by Mark Ober, who served for another 16 years, before Democrat Andrew Warren narrowly defeated him in a major upset in November. Although he’s only been on the job officially for a little more than four months, Holt says that in some ways, they’ve been the…

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Darryl Paulson: Do universities discriminate? Promoting ideological diversity, free speech in U.S. universities

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In the previous three pieces, I have written about how university hiring policies have led to the virtual exclusion of conservatives on college faculties. We have seen how universities have wrapped students in a protective cocoon to prevent them from hearing speech that might be offensive with the use of speech codes, safe spaces, and micro-aggressions. Finally, we have seen how the academy has abandoned its mission of exposing students to diverse views and it some cases has actually encouraged…

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Darryl Paulson: Do universities discriminate in hiring?

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Universities are touted as bastions of diversity whose prime role is to encourage students to engage in critical thinking, ask tough questions and expose themselves to a diversity of ideas and opinions. If that is the mission of the university, they have dismally failed. Diversity is respected, up to a point, as long as it doesn’t include ideological diversity. As liberal commentator Nicholas Kristof observed in a recent New York Times op-ed, “We progressives believe in diversity, and we want…

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Title hopes on line for some, rivalries on tap for others

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For many, it’s all about the playoffs. Who’s in? Who’s out? Will a Big 12 team make it? What’s up with Michigan State-Ohio State? Well, when it comes to some of college football’s most cherished rivalries, let’s take a national title break. There are a few games Saturday offering something else: braggin’ rights – and trophies! So while Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame try to maintain their spots in the College Football Playoff ranking, here’s a look at…

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Lawrence Lessig pounds Marco Rubio in his first TV ad

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Harvard Law professor and Democratic presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig is up with his first television ad, and in it he slams Marco Rubio’s alliance with major corporations that are backing his candidacy for president. Lessig’s odds of capturing the nomination may be more remote than Martin O’Malley’s, but because he began raising money this summer before he officially became a candidate, he already has a war chest of over $1 million that he collected from 10,000 donations. Running as a “referendum…

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Ron DeSantis admits GOP faithful are ‘demoralized, depressed and dejected’ at D.C. Republicans

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If Republican primary politics are all about reaching out to the conservative base, then on paper, Jacksonville-area U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis should be a strong contender as the GOP Senate nominee in 2016. The Sunshine State native (who grew up in the quaint Pinellas County town of Dunedin) has only been in elected office for three years, having won a congressional seat in Florida’s 6th District in 2012, but his profile has been growing statewide since he became the first Republican to announce…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.1.15 — The politics of envy and being relatable

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Envy is considered one of the seven deadly sins in Christianity. It’s something that would be ideal if we didn’t occasionally suffer from, but it’s all too human for us to do so. I don’t know if it’s something I read or heard years ago, but when it comes to money (like sex), I always have tried to take the notion that it’s only one’s own that one should be concerned with. Otherwise one could go mad, bemoaning the fact…

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