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December 31, 2016 - 6:00am
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.
December 30, 2016 - 9:00am
Looking back on 2016, a turbulent year for sure in politics, we often saw the biggest rivalries and the loudest pundits take center stage. All along, my main focus was always working hard on behalf of Florida’s 12th District. We accomplished some important legislative wins for our communities, with 16 initiatives I wrote being signed into law this year.
December 30, 2016 - 7:00am
"When the chips are down, I have Israel's back."      -- Barack Obama, AIPAC conference, March 4, 2012
December 29, 2016 - 9:30am
Why so much fright about Dwight? This morning I had an email with a column from The Florida Squeeze about the Florida Democratic Party chair's race. This article was particularly interesting because it focused on me just as much as it focused on the candidates and the race for chair. It also mainly trashed Dwight Bullard, no other candidate. 
December 29, 2016 - 7:00am
It is axiomatic that if someone is sufficiently eager to disbelieve something, there is no Everest of evidence too large to be ignored. This explains today's revival of protectionism, which is a plan to make America great again by making it 1953 again.     
December 24, 2016 - 1:00pm
Don't hate the player ... hate the game. Isn't that what Andrew Korge, dispatched primary opponent of Dwight Bullard, said when he compared African Americans and "Bernie Bros" to the Tea Party in one of his infamous Facebook rants? See said rant below.
December 24, 2016 - 6:00am
Credit: Orlando Sentinel
Visit Florida will emerge from the budget process next year a slimmer creature than it is today, I've resigned myself to that. But I hope it won't mean sacrificing Florida tourism's considerable muscle.
December 24, 2016 - 6:00am
Just what we all need to ring in the Christmas season: Un-merry millionaire Michelle Obama belly-aching about the burdens and sacrifices of public life with billionaire Oprah Winfrey.
December 23, 2016 - 7:00am
The fall of Aleppo just weeks before Barack Obama leaves office is a fitting stamp on his Middle East policy of retreat and withdrawal. The pitiable pictures from the devastated city showed the true cost of Obama's abdication. For which he seems to have few regrets, however. In his end-of-year news conference, Obama defended U.S. inaction with his familiar false choice: it was either stand aside or order a massive Iraq-style ground invasion.
December 23, 2016 - 6:00am
Kenny Hinkle Jr., Kevin Powers and Marty Baum
It offends me to see good people lied about and dragged through the mud. 
December 22, 2016 - 9:30am
As everyone knows, the fiasco that took place in Miami-Dade County on Dec. 20 has given us Stephen Bittel as Miami-Dade's committeeman. Not fairly, mind you. Not as the will of the people, mind you.
December 22, 2016 - 6:00am
When the dust settles, the biggest loser in Election 2016 could be the Clinton Foundation.
December 22, 2016 - 7:00am
"To change anything in the Navy is like punching a feather bed. You punch it with your right and you punch it with your left until you are finally exhausted, and then you find the damn bed just as it was before you started punching."
December 19, 2016 - 11:15am
Running for office statewide in Florida is a daunting task.  The state is 361 miles wide and 447 miles long and is in two time zones.  Florida has 67 counties, 282 cities, 119 towns and 19 villages.  In short, Florida is big and campaigning in the entire state is hard work.
December 19, 2016 - 7:00am
Political mildness is scarce nowadays, so it has been pleasantly surprising that post-election denunciations of the Electoral College have been tepid. This, even though the winner of the presidential election lost the popular vote by perhaps 2.8 million votes, more than five times the 537,179 votes by which Al Gore outpolled George W. Bush in 2000.

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