Articles by: Blake Jackson

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visits Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Maddy Wilford on February 16.  (Public domain White House photo by Shealah Whitehead.)

A Brief Discussion on Arming Teachers

March 13, 2018 at 4:48 pm 0 comments

In the wake of an unfortunately increasing number of mass shootings, the policy debate over gun control and reform tends to dominate public discourse. When the shootings occur at schools the discussions often suggest arming teachers as a possible preventative measure. Recently even President Trump proposed a gun reform billRead More

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady at CPAC 2017. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Gage Skidmore.

House Budget Paves Way for Tax Reform

November 2, 2017 at 2:21 pm 0 comments

The House has adopted the recently passed Senate budget which will replace the previously accepted House budget from October 5. Contrary to the anti-deficit rhetoric espoused by President Trump when he outlined his initial tax bill, this budget resolution raises the federal deficit by up to 1.5 trillion over theRead More

Tax plan proponent Mitch McConnell at CPAC 2014. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Gage Skidmore.

New Republican Tax Plan: What to Expect

October 15, 2017 at 2:51 am 0 comments

In late September Republicans released a new tax plan that will find its way in front of Congress in the coming months. This proposed tax plan is important because it may provide the platform under which individuals and corporations would be taxed for its duration. In understanding the proposed taxRead More

Stephen Bannon speaking at CPAC 2017. (Unmodified photo by Michael Vadon used under a Creative Commons license.

Analysis: Trump Fires Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon

August 19, 2017 at 12:00 am 0 comments

On August 18th, Steve Bannon reached an agreement with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly that resulted in his removal from the role of President Donald Trump’s chief strategist. The term “agreement” is used since over the last two weeks Bannon was given the option to resign, but choseRead More

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at his first State Department engagement in February. (Public Domain photo by U.S. Department of State.)

America’s New Chief Diplomat Is an Old Face on the World Stage

April 13, 2017 at 4:15 pm 0 comments

As of February 1, 2017, Rex Tillerson, a native of Wichita Falls, Texas, has been serving as the United States Secretary of State. Before assuming his current foreign relations position, Tillerson was the chief executive officer of oil and gas corporation, Exxon Mobil. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wasRead More

Government shutdown in 2013. (Unmodified photo by flickr user reivax used under a Creative Commons license

Are We Headed for Another Government Shutdown?

April 5, 2017 at 12:01 am 0 comments

On Saturday, April 29, President Trump will have completed the first 100 days of his presidential term; however, with the deadline for a new spending bill on April 28th, the completion of Trump’s first 100 days may mark the first day of a government shutdown. On April 28th, the currentRead More

Understanding the Florida Unemployment Rate

Understanding the Florida Unemployment Rate

March 29, 2017 at 2:51 pm 0 comments

Despite adding more jobs than any other state in January, Florida is showing an increased unemployment rate. Why is this happening? To begin, we will look at how exactly an unemployment rate is calculated. As you can see, it is a simple and relatively intuitive ratio where the total laborRead More

A map of the proposed Sabal Trail Transmission Pipeline. (Unmodified photo by Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange used under a Creative Commons license.

Local Pipeline Project Continues to Draw Ire From Protesters

March 10, 2017 at 8:13 am 0 comments

On the morning of February 26, 2017, a 66-year-old man used a high-powered rifle to shoot at the Sabal Trail Pipeline. The man fled into Citrus County and was shot and killed by law enforcement responding to a 911 call. Upon his death, the protestor was discovered to be ChokoloskeeRead More

Map of the Florida College System, circa 2012. (Unmodified photo by Carriehender used under a Creative Commons license.

A Closer Look: Inside Florida’s New College Performance Proposal

February 27, 2017 at 3:49 pm 0 comments

Currently barreling through the Florida Senate, the Florida Excellence in Higher Education Act of 2017, or Florida Senate Bill 002, intends to revise the requirements for performance based metrics associated with incentives given to the Florida College System. Proposed by Senator Bill Galvano, the bill passed through the Senate AppropriationsRead More

President Donald J. Trump nominates Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States. (via The White House on Instagram)

Gorsuch’s Nomination to SCOTUS Brings Division, Political Wrangling

February 3, 2017 at 1:00 am 1 comment

On Tuesday night at 8pm EST, President Donald J. Trump nominated federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States to replace the late Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. The nomination comes in the aftermath of the Senate’s 2016 refusal to consider former President Barack Obama’s nominee, Chief Judge Merrick Garland.Read More