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August 31, 2015 - 8:15am
Look for lawmakers to revisit Florida's new drone law. Maybe later rather than sooner. But certainly tweaks are on the horizon for a law governing a budding industry that few understand and even fewer trust. The bill the Legislature passed last session and Gov. Rick Scott signed May 14 -- the Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act -- lays out a gold-plated welcome mat for personal injury law firms looking to establish a new cottage industry.
August 31, 2015 - 7:00am
On Sept. 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years.
August 30, 2015 - 7:15pm
Those of us who make it a point to stay up-to-date on foreign affairs took great interest in last month’s Iran deal aimed at stopping the volatile country from developing nuclear weapons.
August 29, 2015 - 7:00am
The double standard our media impose on child sexual abuse is garishly obvious. On Aug. 14, The Washington Post set the stage for the coming American visit of Pope Francis with another splashy front-page story on a man still berating the Catholic Church after being abused by a priest from 1969 to 1976.
August 29, 2015 - 12:15am
There was never a count of how many hundreds of people descended on Tallahassee the day before Hurricane Katrina hit. Frightened people, lost people, certainly very vulnerable people. I know something about them. I know they will never forget the extraordinary kindness and heart they were shown by residents of Florida's capital 10 years ago today. I know I won't.
August 27, 2015 - 10:30pm
"One can't believe impossible things," Alice objected. 
August 27, 2015 - 10:30pm
Blaise Ingoglia
I've looked. I'm sorry, I just don't see Blaise Ingoglia the way Politico does. Ever since Aug. 19, when reporter Marc Caputo came out with his story, "GOP chair takes lead in House coup," I've been looking for the coup. Caputo gets most things right, so I looked extra hard. He's got an anonymous source, a "top Florida Republcan" who's telling him the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida is leading a coup to take out future speaker Eric Eisnaugle. This must be a rock-solid source, I'm thinking, or else Caputo would never let him/her go unattributed.
August 26, 2015 - 9:00pm
The fascination of the news media with Donald Trump is ironic, to say the least. For people who have long lamented the domination of Big Money in politics, these reporters are presenting Mr.
August 26, 2015 - 3:30pm
On the opening day of the 2014 session in the Florida House of Representatives, then-Speaker of the House Will Weatherford spoke at length about an issue that few leaders in government talk about -- generational poverty. During his remarks, Speaker Weatherford noted, “There will always be poverty -- the kind that results from temporary setbacks: job loss, foreclosures, or unexpected challenges … but there’s a far greater and more dramatic problem for some of our Floridians. They’re stuck in generational poverty -- the persistent, year after year oppression and hopelessness that starts with grandparents, is passed on to parents and continues to their children.”
August 26, 2015 - 1:30pm
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. What you see here is strictly my opinion, not necessarily the editor's or the rest of the staff at Sunshine State News.
August 26, 2015 - 7:00am
WASHINGTON -- Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency. After Donald Trump finishes plastering a snarling face on conservatism, any Republican nominee will face a dauntingly steep climb to reach even the paltry numbers that doomed Mitt Romney. 
August 25, 2015 - 8:15pm
The issue of education, as expected, has been inserted into the presidential campaign. Not surprisingly, some candidates prefer to focus on how states should avoid accountability for the continued failure of our students, while raising the boogeyman of 'Common Core' as a term rather than the reality of higher standards and expectations developed by states. 
August 25, 2015 - 7:15pm
I don’t care what they tell you. I don’t care what they think. They don’t know us. They don’t influence us.
August 25, 2015 - 9:00pm
Clearly gunning for a Pulitzer Prize, which apparently it thinks is a great honor, the Tampa Bay Times has discovered the obvious fact that students in government schools aren't learning.
August 25, 2015 - 3:00pm
Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio is in an odd position in the Republican presidential pack. Polls show Rubio is well-regarded in key states but he’s behind Donald Trump and other candidates. 
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