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Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen is an award-winning journalist, commentator, and novelist. Hiaasen has worked for the Miami Herald since 1976, and his writing focuses on environmental and corruption issues in his home state of Florida.

His latest book is Sink—No Surrender (2014).

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush listens to a question during an interview with Reuters at Nonie's Restaurant in Peterborough, New Hampshire October 13, 2015.

When The Applause Dies For Jeb Bush

If Jeb bombs in New Hampshire, he’s done. Even if he doesn’t quit the race, it’s over.

February 8, 2016
A FanDuel logo is displayed on a board inside of the DFS Players Conference in New York

Fantasy Sports Bet On The Legislature In Florida

Fantasy sports companies have spent more than $220,000 to recruit top Florida legislators on behalf of FanDuel, DraftKings and other daily fantasy leagues.

February 1, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as if he is sleeping while talking about his opponent Jeb Bush during a Trump for President campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina

Trump’s Conversation With God

“Please, Lord — can I call you Lord? — I really need that Christian vote.”

January 25, 2016
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Polluters Win Again In Florida Legislature

Enforcement of clean-water rules is basically being replaced by the honor system. Big Agriculture couldn’t be happier.

January 18, 2016
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Firing Florida Atlantic Professor Long Overdue

Florida Atlantic University finally canned the despicable James F. Tracy. Despite what he might say, his travails have nothing to do with the First Amendment.

January 12, 2016
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Rubio Sighting In The Capitol

These days a Rubio sighting in the Capitol is rare. But he showed up — to vote against preventing people on the FBI’s terror watch list from buying guns.

December 15, 2015
Medical student Electo Rossel listens to music at the Malecon seafront outside the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba

Cubans Have Spirit; What They Need Is Money

The main complaint is that change isn’t coming fast enough to Cuba, a place where nothing happens fast. “Only when Raul and Fidel are gone,” one man asserted. You understand why some Cubans who leave feel they’ve got no choice — and you understand why the others stay. Havana creaks and coughs, yet still casts a spell.

December 8, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks at a rally at the Henderson Pavilion in Henderson

Dr. Carson And The Media Vampires

Ben Carson’s ghostwriter asks Carson how his memory could have gotten so jumbled, but in retrospect he concedes he should have fact-checked it himself.

November 17, 2015
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FBI Should Probe Florida’s Mental Hospitals

The term “torture chamber” is outdated, but torture still occurs in Florida’s state prisons and mental hospitals.

November 10, 2015
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So Many Facts That We’ll Never Know About Corey Jones’ Death

Something tragic happened in the dead of night, and only one person lived to tell his side of the story. That is the fact.

October 27, 2015
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From God’s Lips To Matt Gaetz’ Ears

For God (perhaps) sayeth, “Go ye forth, and let all the people of the world know that their Heavenly Father is totally into guns. Seriously. I beseech all the lambs in my flock to lock and freakin’ load!”

October 19, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush joins the audience in reciting the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance at a campaign town hall meeting in Bedford

They Love You When You’re Gone

Imagine if you were one of the wealthy donors who wrote a six- or even a seven-figure check to the Bush Super PAC early this year, thinking you were betting on a sure winner. Now you’re looking at the headlines and lunging for the bourbon.

October 13, 2015
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Pure Lunacy To Jail This Man For 20 Years

There are armed robbers, rapists, even killers who will do less prison time than Lee Wollard.

October 6, 2015
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Brazen Theft Of Florida’s Amendment One Bucks

Most embezzlers try to conceal their thefts, but not in Tallahassee, Florida. The looting of Florida’s Amendment One conservation funds took place in broad daylight.

September 29, 2015
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C’mon Down, Forget The Big Snake

A pet king cobra escaped in Orlando, and it wasn’t just a standard pet cobra that escaped. It was the largest, quickest, deadliest species of cobra in the animal kingdom. As if people needed another excuse not to come to Florida.

September 22, 2015
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Revealed: Hillary Emails Are Scandalously Mundane

For those Americans who haven’t dived into the 7,121 pages of Hillary Clinton emails that were made public, here’s a summary: Boring.

September 8, 2015
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Saving Black Bears So Hunters Can Kill Them

What’s the point of saving a native creature from extinction if we can’t start shooting the darn things again? That’s the unspoken philosophy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which after two decades of protecting the black bear has decided the time has come to open fire.

September 1, 2015
Former Florida Governor and Republican candidate for president Jeb Bush greets supporters at a VFW town hall event in Merrimack

Jeb Bush Needs Some Razzle-Dazzle

Sometimes there’s a fine line between mild-mannered and wimpy. No one’s expecting Jeb to morph into an electrifying personality at age 62 — but they do expect evidence of a pulse. So here’s plan to energize Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign.

August 25, 2015
Recently re-elected Governor Rick Scott visits with FWC staff and Commissioners Yablonski and Roberts on November 17, 2014 at the Bryant Building in Tallahassee. (Tim Donovan, Florida Fish & Wildlife/Flickr)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Picks The Public’s Pockets

Is Rick Scott the worst governor in the history of Florida?

August 18, 2015
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Trainload Of Questions About All Aboard Florida Boondoggle

It will be impossible for the All Aboard Florida train project to ever make a profit. If your broker calls up and tries to sell you some of these bonds, fire the fool.

August 11, 2015
Investigators stand outside a movie theatre where a man shot and killed filmgoers Thursday night in Lafayette, Louisiana

We Simply Sit And Wait For The Next Massacre

For a troubled man, young or old, finding guns for is only a mouse-click away. It’s the same sick story over and over.

July 28, 2015
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Would You Trust Rubio With Nation’s Finances?

Marco Rubio’s is a stirring, up-by-the-bootstraps tale, if you leave out the credit-card mix-ups, unpaid mortgage, and $80,000 speedboat.

June 16, 2015
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Red Cross Failed Haiti In Time Of Need

The American Red Cross’s efforts in Haiti have been scandalously sluggish, wasteful and inept.

June 9, 2015
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Jeb Bush Raises Tons Of Money, Loses Credibility

By pretending he hasn’t made up his mind, Jeb Bush can personally go out and raise many millions of dollars for his super political action committee.

June 2, 2015
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Local Residents Not On Board With Boondoggle Express

Skepticism, anger, and legal challenges stand in the path of the 16 passenger trains that are fancifully scheduled to run daily from Miami to the Orlando airport.

May 26, 2015
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