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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.
August 22, 2015 - 7:00am
"This was not a subject that was on anybody's mind until I brought it up at my announcement."  -- Donald Trump, on immigration, Republican debate, Aug. 6
August 20, 2015 - 8:00pm
Florida is doing the right thing. In case you doubt the wisdom of Attorney General Pam Bondi's decision to join a multi-state bipartisan lawsuit against the EPA attempt to seize regulatory control over large categories of state waters, you might want to take a look at the graphic reproduced just below.
August 21, 2015 - 7:00am
Let's assume, for fun, that Donald Trump's supporters are thinking with their brains, not their viscera. If so, they will want to know that the issue he has lassoed for self-aggrandizement has been utterly demagogued. Trump is playing them for chumps.
August 20, 2015 - 12:45pm
Jeb Bush and George W. Bush
With businessman Donald Trump leading national polls and now ahead of the GOP primary pack in key states including Florida, former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., is relying on the last Republican to sit in the White House for help: his brother former President George W. Bush. 
August 20, 2015 - 7:00am
WASHINGTON -- We could wearily shrug, say "Oh, well," and economize waste and annoyance by just building the proposed $142 million Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. But long after its perpetrators are gone, it would squat there, representing Washington at its worst and proving that we have forgotten how to nurture our national memory with intelligent memorials.
August 19, 2015 - 10:45am
David Jolly and Rich Nugent
U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., needed some conservative help as he runs for the U.S. Senate in 2016 -- and on Wednesday, he got just that. Jolly’s left flank isn’t exactly secure in a Republican primary. Soon after upsetting former state CFO Alex Sink in a special election last year, Jolly announced that he supported same-sex marriage. This quickly drew fire from the right, including from conservatives who backed Jolly over Sink. More recently, Jolly has teamed with U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., to extend the federal drilling ban in the eastern part of the Gulf even as conservatives push for more energy exploration. 
August 19, 2015 - 7:00am
"Trump's immigration proposals are as dangerous as they are stunning," railed amnesty activist Frank Sharry.
August 17, 2015 - 9:00pm
Hypocrisy yet again is the subplot to a Democratic Party drama, this time involving the story I wrote about late Sunday, the firing/layoff/pink-slip dismissal of an African-American, Broward Democratic Executive Committee Operations Director Michael Howson.
August 18, 2015 - 7:00am
In 1935 George Dangerfield published "The Strange Death of Liberal England, 1910-1914," a vivid account of how Britain's center-left Liberal Party, dominant for a century, collapsed amid conflicts it could not resolve. 
August 17, 2015 - 12:30pm
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.
August 17, 2015 - 12:00am
Michael Howson, former operations director of the Democratic Executive Committee of Broward County, has told party insiders he is days away from filing a race discrimination lawsuit against the DEC for firing him because he is black. News of Howson's situation late last week widened the rift between Broward's black community and the party. And now Howson's response -- his decision to fight back -- is spreading quickly through the county.
August 17, 2015 - 7:00am
In the Cleveland debate, Donald Trump refused to commit to support whomever the Republican Party nominates in 2016. 
August 15, 2015 - 7:00am
August is traditionally a vacation month, and East Coast elites, following European tradition, are thick on the ground in the Hamptons, Martha's Vineyard (the Obamas' choice) and Nantucket. 
August 14, 2015 - 8:30pm
Mrs. Wade, my seventh-grade English teacher, had that special gift. Nearly six decades have slipped away since I sat in her classroom in Simsbury, Conn., and by now there isn't much that stands out about that year in school.
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