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Tampa Bay Times: Florida’s sunshine laws dim as DeSantis decides what to disclose

The guy who came in second in the CPAC straw poll, by the way

https://www.tampabay.com/news/florida-politics/2021/03/01/floridas-sunshine-laws-dim-as-desantis-decides-what-to-disclose/

Trump wins…

Lest you think the 2024 presidential election hasn’t already started

https://www.nationalreview.com/news/trump-wins-cpac-straw-poll-desantis-runner-up/

Graham: McConnell might regret trashing Trump

Photo: Anthony Moretti 20Jan2017

This is…something.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2021/02/14/lindsey-graham-says-mitch-mcconnells-trump-speech-may-haunt-gop/4481763001/

Republicans becoming a “direct intrusion” in many college classrooms

Photo: Anthony Moretti 6Jan2018

The Chronicle of Higher Education has the details.

Blocking professors from teaching social-justice issues. Asking universities how they talk about privilege. Analyzing students’ freedom of expression through regular reports. Meet the new campus-speech issues emerging in Republican-led statehouses across the country, indicating potential new frontiers for politicians to shape campus affairs.

This flurry of activity, in states like Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, and Iowa, shows lawmakers’ intense focus on campus culture wars amid broader national clashes over how America’s history is taught and remembered.

“We’re really seeing a direct intrusion into the classroom with some of these proposals, in a way that the prior wave of these student-speech laws did not,” said Neal Hutchens, chair of the University of Mississippi’s department of higher education, who specializes in legal issues.

This post echoes louder and louder: Now that Trump cannot help you, you abandon him? How weak.

Bobby Knight is the greatest thing to ever happen to the Indiana University men’s basketball program. He set the Hoosiers on a trajectory that few men or women before or after him have matched at any other school across the university. Indiana basketball has been, at best, a second-tier national program since Knight was fired on Sept, 10, 2000.

He did it his way, and he apologized to no one.

Knight’s behavior was the worst kept secret in Bloomington, Indiana, the home of the university. But when Knight was winning 20+ games per year and positioning the Hoosiers into the national championship discussion, his sins were swept under the rug.

Eventually, the wins started to decline and the aspirations for titles went away. Then, and only then, was Knight kicked to the curb. The president of the university claimed that Knight’s behavior had become too much to accept, and he had to go.

What baloney.

Knight was a useful pawn when he was winning games and championships. He no longer was when his teams stopped winning.

Understand, I’m not defending the way Knight treated people. What I’m asking you to realize is that Knight was cast aside only because he was no longer producing champions.

And that brings me to Donald Trump.

I’ve no interest in defending Trump, and I’ll be celebrating on Jan. 20 when Joe Biden becomes the next president of the United States. But I am disgusted by the number of people and organizations suddenly running away from Trump.

On Friday night, Twitter announced it was permanently shutting down Trump’s personal account on that platform. The language used to defend the decision seems all too similar to what was used on that September day in Indiana. The decision is empty; Trump was good for business, so to speak, throughout his run up to the 2016 election and beyond. Once that changed, Twitter suddenly did what it was not willing to do over the past 48 or so months.

Wrong.

Meanwhile, multiple Republican politicians are running away from the president in much the same way they would be if they were fleeing a burning building. Their public self-preservation and criticisms of Trump are vacuous. Many of these Republicans either remained silent about Trump over the past four years or they allied themselves with him. But now that he can do nothing for them, they claim to be fed up.

How weak.

If Knight really was that bad in the eyes of the university’s leaders, he should have been cast aside long before he was. If Trump really was that bad in the eyes of Republican officials (not to mention to Twitter), he should have been cast aside long before he was.

Blame Knight and Trump for their actions? Absolutely. Blame their enablers for not having a spine? Absolutely.