Welcome to The Dean’s List — an Ed Dean-style look at which Florida’s political leaders and issues made the grade and who didn’t. What you see here is strictly my opinion, not necessarily the editor’s or the rest of the staff at Sunshine State News.
February 8, 2016 - 1:00pm
February 8, 2016 - 7:00am
WASHINGTON -- The reigning idiocy of the current political season is the incessant tossing around of "establishment," an epithet now descending into meaninglessness. Its most recent abuse is by Donald Trump supporters rationalizing his Iowa defeat with the following consolation: If you tally up Trump and Ted Cruz (and throw in Ben Carson), a whopping 60 percent of the vote is anti-establishment!
February 6, 2016 - 10:30pm
While much of America was getting ready for Super Bowl Sunday, the Republican presidential hopefuls made their last appeals to New Hampshire in a debate on ABC Saturday night. It might be snowing hard in the Granite State, but the debate was often heated as candidates maneuvered to attract voters and explain their positions.
February 5, 2016 - 1:30pm
Most recently, many health insurance providers have drastically restricted Medicaid Managed Care networks throughout Florida. Those restrictions are forcing patients to leave their trusted pharmacist and go to a pharmacy their health plan chooses for them. Such unnecessary restrictions limit consumer choice, restrict healthy business competition and prevent access to community pharmacies.
Hoping for the Silver in New Hampshire, Marco Rubio Can Expect to Feel the Heat in Saturday's Debate
February 6, 2016 - 7:00am
The stakes are high as Marco Rubio takes the debate stage on Saturday night in New Hampshire even if he does not look well poised to win Tuesday’s primary.
February 4, 2016 - 12:45pm
U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., part of the congressional leadership as senior deputy majority whip, took to the House floor on Thursday to support legislation reining in the U.S. Department of Justice’s “Operation Choke Point.”
February 4, 2016 - 9:30am
CD 26 candidate Annette Taddeo has one bizarre campaign going on.
February 3, 2016 - 10:15pm
Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart and members of the Senate budget committee who approved spending $7.5 million for Caulkins Water Farm on Wednesday did the right thing.
It is Time to Free Professionals and Technology to Provide Better and More Affordable Health-Care for Floridians
February 3, 2016 - 10:30am
Florida TaxWatch has been a leader in making sure residents of the Sunshine State have access to affordable health care options, saving millions of dollars and countless lives.
February 3, 2016 - 7:00am
Senator Ted Cruz's upset victory against Donald Trump has robbed "The Donald" of his stock answer to any criticism from rivals-- that he is winning and his critics are losers.
February 2, 2016 - 2:00pm
There was a lot to be learned in Iowa last night. The top Republican finishers showed a clear distinction between the old guard versus new blood. The old way of doing business doesn’t cut it, and the American people agree.
February 2, 2016 - 1:00pm
A bedrock principle of our Constitution is that those charged with a crime are guaranteed a trial by jury. This prudent provision restrains government power and guards against dangerous abuses of it.
February 2, 2016 - 10:30am
After the events of recent days, Democrats can be pardoned if their groans about Debbie Wasserman Schultz leading the DNC in a presidential election year grow louder.
February 2, 2016 - 8:30am
Only in the most dire emergencies is the South Florida Water Management District allowed to back-pump stormwater into Lake Okeechobee.
February 2, 2016 - 7:00am
Whoever wins the nominations, the most successful campaigns of 2016 provide us with a clear picture of where the center of gravity is today in both parties and, hence, where America is going.