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August 27, 2015 - 10:30pm
Blaise Ingoglia
I've looked. I'm sorry, I just don't see Blaise Ingoglia the way Politico does. Ever since Aug. 19, when reporter Marc Caputo came out with his story, "GOP chair takes lead in House coup," I've been looking for the coup. Caputo gets most things right, so I looked extra hard. He's got an anonymous source, a "top Florida Republcan" who's telling him the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida is leading a coup to take out future speaker Eric Eisnaugle. This must be a rock-solid source, I'm thinking, or else Caputo would never let him/her go unattributed.
August 26, 2015 - 9:00pm
The fascination of the news media with Donald Trump is ironic, to say the least. For people who have long lamented the domination of Big Money in politics, these reporters are presenting Mr.
August 26, 2015 - 3:30pm
On the opening day of the 2014 session in the Florida House of Representatives, then-Speaker of the House Will Weatherford spoke at length about an issue that few leaders in government talk about -- generational poverty. During his remarks, Speaker Weatherford noted, “There will always be poverty -- the kind that results from temporary setbacks: job loss, foreclosures, or unexpected challenges … but there’s a far greater and more dramatic problem for some of our Floridians. They’re stuck in generational poverty -- the persistent, year after year oppression and hopelessness that starts with grandparents, is passed on to parents and continues to their children.”
August 26, 2015 - 1:30pm
Welcome to The Dean's List -- an Ed Dean-style look at who Florida's political achievers were (and weren't) in the last seven days. What you see here is strictly my opinion, not necessarily the editor's or the rest of the staff at Sunshine State News.
August 26, 2015 - 7:00am
WASHINGTON -- Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency. After Donald Trump finishes plastering a snarling face on conservatism, any Republican nominee will face a dauntingly steep climb to reach even the paltry numbers that doomed Mitt Romney. 
August 25, 2015 - 8:15pm
The issue of education, as expected, has been inserted into the presidential campaign. Not surprisingly, some candidates prefer to focus on how states should avoid accountability for the continued failure of our students, while raising the boogeyman of 'Common Core' as a term rather than the reality of higher standards and expectations developed by states. 
August 25, 2015 - 7:15pm
I don’t care what they tell you. I don’t care what they think. They don’t know us. They don’t influence us.
August 25, 2015 - 9:00pm
Clearly gunning for a Pulitzer Prize, which apparently it thinks is a great honor, the Tampa Bay Times has discovered the obvious fact that students in government schools aren't learning.
August 25, 2015 - 3:00pm
Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio is in an odd position in the Republican presidential pack. Polls show Rubio is well-regarded in key states but he’s behind Donald Trump and other candidates. 
August 25, 2015 - 10:30am
  There’s a surprise coming to Florida property owners at the end of August, one wrapped in the federal government’s signature red tape.
August 25, 2015 - 7:00am
Since China devalued its currency 3 percent, global markets have gone into a tailspin. Why should this be? 
August 24, 2015 - 7:15pm
Bowing to politics instead of science, Florida regulators are violating state law with unjustified restrictions on two Indian Rocks Beach basins.
August 24, 2015 - 1:45pm
Even as the Wall Street Journal reports that he is drawing closer to entering the 2016 presidential race, Joe Biden will soon find he will be running against history’s headwinds. 
August 24, 2015 - 7:00am
Donald Trump's six-page platform on immigration may not be, as Ann Coulter wrote, "the greatest political document since the Magna Carta." But given the issue's role in elevating the candidate to leading Republican polls, it merits serious attention. 
August 23, 2015 - 11:15pm
Before any more state capital folks take a misty-eyed stroll down memory lane, let's get one thing straight. Term limits happened in Florida for a reason.
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