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January 18, 2015 - 6:00pm
With the election of state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, party operatives and consultants are still reeling from his surprise victory over the candidate favored by Gov. Rick Scott and Senate President Andy Gardiner, Leslie Jennings Dougher.
January 17, 2015 - 6:00pm
WASHINGTON -- After his third loss, in 1908, as the Democratic presidential nominee, William Jennings Bryan enjoyed telling the story of the drunk who three times tried to enter a private club. After being tossed out into the street a third time, the drunk said: "They can't fool me. Those fellows don't want me in there!"
January 17, 2015 - 6:00pm
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015, Florida is still making national news over racism. Thank you for that, Police Chief J. Scott Dennis.
January 16, 2015 - 6:00pm
WASHINGTON -- On Sunday, at the great Paris rally, the whole world was Charlie. By Tuesday, the veneer of solidarity was exposed as tissue thin. It began dissolving as soon as the real, remaining Charlie Hebdo put out its post-massacre issue featuring a Muhammad cover that, as The New York Times put it, "reignited the debate pitting free speech against religious sensitivities."
January 16, 2015 - 6:00pm
Kevin McCarty, appointed insurance commissioner in 2003, apparently tops the prospective "dead man walking" list -- particularly after the governor's office would not deny the rumor he's up next for the chop.
January 15, 2015 - 6:00pm
"I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it."That maxim of Voltaire was among those most invoked by the marching millions in Sunday's mammoth "Je Suis Charlie" rally in Paris.
January 13, 2015 - 6:00pm
WASHINGTON -- Not since the multiplication of the loaves and fishes near the Sea of Galilee has there been creativity as miraculous as that of the Keystone XL Pipeline. It has not yet been built but already is perhaps the most constructive infrastructure project since the Interstate Highway System. It has accomplished an astonishing trifecta:
January 12, 2015 - 6:00pm
Rep. Bob Cortes' patriotism is inspirational, I can see that and applaud him for it. But ...
January 13, 2015 - 6:00pm
WASHINGTON -- If we can be serious for a moment: The president made an error in judgment by not sending someone with a higher profile than our ambassador to join world leaders Sunday at a solidarity rally in Paris.
January 12, 2015 - 6:00pm
There are likely to be many surprises in a race for the Republican presidential nomination that has something like 20 plausible potential candidates. The first of those surprises came in the last hours before New Year's when Jeb Bush announced he was setting up an exploratory committee to consider running for president.
January 12, 2015 - 6:00pm
We are now beginning a new year and, for many Floridians, that signifies a fresh start. We have recovered and recharged from the busy holiday season and, hopefully, we are more optimistic and finding ourselves open to new possibilities, strategies and aspirations.
January 11, 2015 - 6:00pm
Ask anyone under 40 to identify Paul McCartney or "I Want to Hold Your Hand," and the odds are you'll get a blank look in return. Ask someone under 30 to describe the Soviet menace and you may well get the same response. The first one is harmless ignorance, and some might argue the second one is as well. After all, it's over and we won, right?
January 9, 2015 - 6:00pm
If the rivers fill with algae, Floridians rise up in righteous wrath and picket the governor.
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