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April 7, 2017 - 12:30pm
As young people transition to adulthood, earning their driver’s license provides a certain level of independence and economic mobility -- a vehicle, if you will, to go places in life.Whether heading to school or work, the doctor’s office or the grocery store, having the ability to drive is a necessity most Floridians take for granted. 
April 6, 2017 - 5:15pm
The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FSHCC) is the only statewide economic development organization dedicated to serving the needs of the Hispanic business community. We have 38 chapters in Florida and work with more than 80,000 minority-owned businesses, many of whom are in the grocery and convenience store industry.
April 6, 2017 - 1:15pm
The business rent tax is the only state-sanctioned sales tax on commercial leases in the entire country and Florida is the not-so-proud holder of that title. Not even tax-happy havens like California and New York impose this state tax on its businesses. Due to this burdensome tax, Florida businesses shell out more than $1.7 billion dollars every year to the state. As a result, our state economy dramatically suffers in the form of suppressed job growth and economic activity.
April 6, 2017 - 12:30pm
Bret Berlin is being paid for having paved the way for Stephen Bittel to become the Florida Democratic Party chair in the form of a 2nd vice chair position, as well as a position on the FDP Rules Committee.
April 6, 2017 - 7:30am
Thursday marks the 100th anniversary of World War I, one of the most pivotal events in American and world history. 
April 6, 2017 - 6:00am
Is it me, or has Senate Bill 10 just entered the Twilight Zone?
April 5, 2017 - 7:00am
If there is one operative rule in this city's left-right paradigm, it is to shift the focus of any conversation that seems at risk of revealing something approximating truth -- a game at which the current administration and its media surrogates happen to excel.
April 3, 2017 - 6:15pm
A bill permitting big brewers to give away branded glassware to bars and restaurants is sailing through the Legislature.  Currently, retailers must buy such glassware at cost.  The proposed legislation, HB 853 (Rep. Tom Goodson, R-Rockledge) and SB 1040 (Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami) could shut Florida’s craft brewers out of your favorite pub.
April 3, 2017 - 1:15pm
Over the weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Florida Democratic Party's DCCA retreat in St. Petersburg.
April 3, 2017 - 1:00pm
Since I was first elected to Congress, I have fought to hold government agencies and Washington bureaucrats more accountable to Floridians and all Americans. Unfortunately, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) continues to operate in a manner unaccountable to Congress, the president and American taxpayers.
April 3, 2017 - 7:00am
People who experienced the phenomenon of Charles D. "Pug" Ravenel can't have helped wondering what might have been -- if only he had won.
April 1, 2017 - 2:30pm
This column is a vehicle for a number of items in a bits-and-pieces, strictly opinion, sometimes irreverent format. Look for "Just Sayin'" to run once a week in this spot.
March 31, 2017 - 6:00pm
A recent poll from Mason-Dixon research showed that Florida residents overwhelmingly support vacation rentals. An astonishing 93 percent of respondents believe Florida visitors should be allowed to stay in accommodations other than hotels.
March 30, 2017 - 6:30pm
"The most disrespected person in America is the black woman."The most unprotected person in America is the black woman.
March 30, 2017 - 10:30am
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the  chairwoman of the House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, ,held a hearing on “Testing the Limits: Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program, Sanctions, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on Wednesday. Her opening remarks were as follows:
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