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THOMAS: Helping minority children key for conservatives

If conservatives really want to attract more minority voters they will help their kids. It’s positive, it’s optimistic, and it will work.

ROBINSON: The American story of slavery

Scholars digging through public, commercial and family archives are unearthing facts and stories that have long been swept under the rug. Hollywood’s recognition of “12 Years a Slave” announces an uncomfortable truth: Slavery’s story is America’s story.

JACK SIMPSON: Will military cuts leave us too weak to respond when called?

I’m glad to be just an observer and not Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. He has to be concerned with the nation’s financial stress and he has to slash budgets to keep us in line.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Stroll across campus evokes glorious memories

Last week my lovely wife, Lisa, and I enjoyed a “Throwback Sunday.”

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THOMAS: A closer look at Arizona

Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed the “religious freedom bill” passed by the Republican legislature. While there is no mention in the bill of same-sex marriage, or even homosexuals, most people believe same-sex marriage and homosexuals were the targets of the proposed law.

JEFF MEADORS: Too much turmoil in curriculum changes and student assessments

Samantha Fuhrey, NCSS superintendent of schools, believes the Newton County School System is experiencing gains.

DOUG HOLT: SPLOST bill prompts lively debate on House floor

Business in the Georgia House intensified last week. We considered 77 bills and resolutions on the House floor in a number of lengthy sessions, while at the same time producing several dozen bills per day from numerous committee meetings.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Great speech; great actor; great person

I have often referred to California and Hollywood in particular as Granola Land. You know, because it is home to so many fruits and nuts. I have visited Hollywood and Vine on a few occasions and seen a lot of very strange things that have strengthened my opinion.

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KRAUTHAMMER: Putin’s Ukraine gambit

Whether anything Obama says or does would stop anyone remains questionable. But surely the West has more financial clout than Russia’s kleptocratic extraction economy that exports little but oil, gas and vodka.

ROB JENKINS: Time for a grass-roots movement on term limits

With mid-term elections still more than eight months off, this column might be premature. Then again, I’m already hearing political ads on the radio, so maybe my timing isn’t so bad—especially since I hope to start a grass-roots movement.

ROBINSON: GOP sheds crocodile tears over jobs

Obama and the Democrats still believe that no one who works full time should have to be poor. Despite their new rhetoric, Republicans obviously disagree.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Winding up for baseball season

Try as I might I cannot ignore the fact that baseball season is just a few weeks away and while we are still watching our forecast for possible mixed precipitation, in Florida and Arizona the big leaguers and want-to-be big leaguers are getting ready for the season. Every year I get just as excited as the year before about the coming season.

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THOMAS: Separation of government from press

After much criticism from conservative quarters, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided, at least for now, to withdraw plans for its proposed study of how media organizations gather and report news.

DOUG HOLT: House supports effort for balanced budget

The House began shifting gears towards more floor work last week as the intensity of the session ratcheted up. We voted on 33 bills and resolutions. I’m going to focus on four that were rather out of the ordinary.

JEFF MEADORS: Should Common Core trump MVPs of public education?

Common Core’s mission includes the provision of “a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.”