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People take part in a candlelight memorial service the day after a mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, U.S. June 13, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

It Happened In Orlando, But It Could Have Been Anywhere

When has there been such a burst of sickening headlines from one place? First, the killing of singer Christina Grimmie by an unhinged stalker with a handgun. Then the vicious slaughter at the Pulse nightclub by a homophobic wannabe jihadist with an AR-15. And, finally, the snatching of a toddler by an alligator roaming a Disney lake. All three stories are datelined Orlando, Fla., a stunningly freakish coincidence.

June 21, 2016
Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses an economic summit in Orlando, Florida, in this June 2, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

Gov. Rick Scott: Florida’s Ambassador For Cheap Labor And Mediocrity

Last week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott went to California to steal some jobs. Scott urged California businesses to pack up and move to Florida because the minimum wage in Florida is only $8.05 an hour. That was actually the thrust of his selling point: Why are you paying your workers $10 an hour? Floridians will work dirt cheap!

May 10, 2016
Allan Hoyle, of North Carolina, stands with bible in hand in support of Kim Davis at the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Kentucky, September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Tilley

Outside North Carolina Bathrooms? Gender Monitors

Some supporters now say there was never any intent to actually police the genders of restroom users, that it would be too costly and impractical. Yet, without enforcement, the only point of such a law would be to gratuitously demean an alternative lifestyle. And who would ever do a thing like that?

May 3, 2016
Euro, Hong Kong dollar, U.S. dollar, Japanese yen, pound and Chinese 100 yuan banknotes are seen in this picture illustration, in Beijing, China, January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Got Hot Money To Hide? We Can Help!

The hastily-rejected first draft of a new TV commercial for the Mossack Fonseca law firm, exposed in the ongoing “Panama Papers” scandal.

April 12, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at a campaign event at Lakeside Plastics in Oshkosh, Wisconsin March 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

Suddenly, Ted Cruz Seems Like A Gentleman

Pinch yourself, hard. The unthinkable, the unimaginable, the impossible is happening. People are actually feeling empathy for Ted Cruz. What does this say about our beloved America? Into what kind of weird cosmic rat-hole have we let ourselves be dragged?

March 29, 2016
A tour guide raises a Cuban national flag to regroup foreign visitors she is taking through Old Havana

Cuba: First Obama, then Mick Jagger

An American president is being welcomed, and his words are expected to be broadcast directly to the Cuban people. Such a thing was inconceivable not so long ago. No less historic is the Cuban regime allowing huge throngs to gather and rock out.

March 22, 2016
Susan Wantz of Boca Raton, Florida, sits as she argues with Patricia Lobracco, a supporter of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump before Trump's scheduled campaign rally at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Florida, March 13, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

America, Don’t Count On Florida To Stop Donald Trump

Every four years since Bush-Gore, Floridians silently offer a collective prayer that goes something like this: “Please, God, don’t let us be the ones to decide who wins the presidency.”

March 15, 2016
Florida Gov. Scott addresses an economic summit in Orlando

Florida Gov. Scott Clueless In Lake Crisis

As a devastating deluge of polluted water darkens two coasts of Florida and threatens their tourist economies, Gov. Rick Scott is once again a flaky phantom.

March 8, 2016
A woman smiles after getting an autograph by U.S. Republican presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump on her hat after he spoke at a campaign rally South Point Resort and Casino in Las Vegas

At Trump’s Resort, Guest Workers Favored

“Getting help in Palm Beach during the high season is almost impossible,” the Big Orange Trumpster grumped to MSNBC last fall. Cue the violins.

March 1, 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
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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