Saturday, August 29, 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
Hillary Clinton voting rights speech

This Week In Polls: Clinton Ahead Of GOPers In The Key Swing States

For the general election — and the Electoral College, where the presidency is really won — Quinnipiac University has a set of polls from the three biggest swing states, testing Hillary Clinton against a variety of Republican opponents.

June 19, 2015
Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush’s Ethical Blind Spot

Did the Republican hopeful help a Miami hustler defraud his shareholders?

June 17, 2015

Jeb Bush Enters GOP Presidential Race

After six months of fundraising, foreign tours, town halls, and media interviews — conducted under the pretense of “considering a run” — Jeb Bush made it official with a rally Monday afternoon.

June 15, 2015
Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida

Florida Gov. Scott Signs Law To Require 24-Hour Wait For Abortions

“We are blessed in the state of Florida to have a governor that stands for life,” said GOP Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, who sponsored the bill.

June 11, 2015

GOP Victory On Obamacare Could Hurt Party In 2016, Report Suggests

If Republicans get their way at the Supreme Court this month and wipe out Obamacare premium subsidies for millions of Americans, the ensuing damage to their party in 2016 swing states could be significant.

June 4, 2015
Economic Growth Summit in Florida

Potential GOP Presidential Candidates Make Their Cases

The first big 2016 Republican presidential event in Florida saw seven potential candidates call for tax reform and less government.

June 2, 2015
Maine has had less than 3 percent growth since 2010. LL Bean is the flagship retailer of the state. Photo: StormFall via Flickr

Which States Have The Most Job Growth Since The Recession?

Although the nation’s unemployment rate has been around a seven-year low of about 5.4 percent, job growth among the states has been uneven, with several showing only meager gains more than five years removed from the depths of the Great Recession.

May 27, 2015
Florida East Coast Railway Train Track

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
George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman Suffers Facial Wounds After Lake Mary Shooting

George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin in 2012, was involved in a road rage altercation.

May 11, 2015
Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida

An Epidemic Of CNE Syndrome Strikes Our State Governments

A narrow segment of our population have become pathologically resistant to even the mention of “climate change” — Republican political officials and candidates.

May 6, 2015
Campaign Finance, Florida, Hillsborough County, Supreme Court, Judicial Campaigns, Chief Justice Roberts

Supreme Court Endorses Ban On Judges Seeking Campaign Cash

Campaign finance reform wins a victory as the Supreme Court decides to uphold a ban against judges seeking campaign cash.

April 29, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Genetically Modified Conspiracy Theories

Genetically modified potatoes are perfectly safe — unless you throw them at a person’s head.

April 23, 2015
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