Friday, November 27, 2015
lighthouse Rhode Island New England

Some States Battle Obama On Climate Change; Others Try To Address It

Some states are doing way more than the Obama administration to combat climate change.

November 11, 2015

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The term “torture chamber” is outdated, but torture still occurs in Florida’s state prisons and mental hospitals.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

Rep. Julio Gonzalez Doubles Down On ‘Religious Freedom Bill’

This bill’s very existence suggests the lengths to which the forces of recalcitrance and resistance are willing to go to carve out some kind of official exemption for their bigotry.

October 28, 2015
Photo: "Night of the Living Dead" -- 1968, via Wikimedia

Gunfire At Florida Zombicon Event Leaves One Dead, Five Hurt

Gunfire erupted at a Florida festival that attracts thousands of people dressed in zombie costumes, killing one person, injuring five others and sending crowds of frightened people rushing for cover, local media and authorities said on Sunday.

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
prison cell

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
Welcome to Florida

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

The Groveland Four, Justice Denied For 66 Years… And Counting

In an era of epidemic police misbehavior, some earnestly wonder why African Americans often don’t trust law enforcement. Here is an instructive reminder.

September 28, 2015

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
Google sets to launch drones and balloons that will stream Internet across the world.

States Rush To Regulate Drones Ahead Of Federal Guidelines

In the absence of federal regulations, states are eager to pass their own policies on drones.

September 15, 2015
Tiny debris can be massive piece to solving fatal hit-and-run crash cases

Tiny Debris Can Be Massive Piece To Solving Fatal Hit-And-Run Crash Cases

What may seem like debris strewn across the highway is investigative gold to traffic-homicide detectives trying to find the car and its driver.

September 9, 2015

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

Florida Legislature Leaves Town Without Drawing New Congressional Districts

Florida lawmakers adjourned their special session without drawing new congressional districts, which likely will leave the task to the courts.

August 22, 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
voting polls polling place

Voter Suppression Hides In The Gray Areas

Voting is not so simple for many poor people as I seemed to imply. But I do worry that portraying inconveniences as high barriers can discourage people from even trying.

August 13, 2015

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

Pockets Of Support Emerge For Bernie Sanders, Even In Clinton’s South Florida Turf

Fans of the U.S. senator from Vermont come largely from the liberal wing of the Democratic Party and independent/no party affiliation voters who say they’re tired of the kind of presidential candidates usually served up by the two big political parties.

August 2, 2015
Cuban national flag is seen raised over their new embassy in Washington

Bill To Boost Trade With Cuba Faces Long Odds, Despite Win

Legislation designed to boost agricultural trade with Cuba passed out of a Senate committee last week.

July 28, 2015
A weekend in Florida

St. Augustine Is Feeling A Lot Younger Than 450

For the oldest town in America, St. Augustine has sure come a long way in recent years.

July 23, 2015
worm hand gross eat

Goo-Spewing Worm Latest Threat To South Florida

At mealtime, the worm goes full-on Alien.

July 14, 2015

Florida County Puts The Confederate Flag Back Up

The specific flag there is the final official national flag of the Confederacy, adopted in 1865, sometimes also known as the “Blood-Stained Banner.”

July 7, 2015
american flag

Why The Fourth Of July Feels (Refreshingly) Different This Year

On this Fourth of July, in Lincoln’s own spirit of charity toward all and malice toward none, we ought to embrace those Republicans who have reaffirmed their loyalty to the one flag that represents all of us.

July 4, 2015
Salinas Valley California, green space fracking sky

Just How Green Are State Governments?

States have employed a host of energy-saving programs, green-purchase requirements, building efficiency standards and financial incentive arrangements to meet those goals. So how are they doing in meeting targets they have set for themselves?

July 1, 2015
Former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Jeb Bush Releases 33 Years Of Tax Returns

Jeb Bush made $7.4 million during 2013 and paid about 40 percent in taxes.

June 30, 2015

New Smyrna Beach: More Than Sandy Shores

A historic beach finds new life as an easy-going weekend destination with a diverse culinary scene and a vibrant art community.

June 23, 2015
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