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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:
March 29, 2017 - 5:45pm
Aramis Ayala, who probably 90 percent of Florida had never heard of before March, may wind up as one of the 2017 legislative session's most prominent figures. Indirectly, anyway.
March 29, 2017 - 2:45pm
From ring to ring, you have entertained. From generation to generation, you have brought families together. You have invited us in to witness and be a part of the Greatest Show on Earth.
March 29, 2017 - 1:00pm
Regardless of the profession, if an individual cannot or will not perform their duties, then they must vacate that position.  Such is the case with State Attorney Aramis Ayala who refuses to pursue any death penalty cases while in office.  In particular, Ayala refused to seek the death penalty for Markeith Loyd who is accused of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon and murdering of Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton.  
March 29, 2017 - 10:30am
ABC Fine Wine & Liquors, Florida’s largest alcohol retail chain, struck a deal last year with a mobile app service to start offering one-hour alcohol delivery with the click of a smartphone. 
March 28, 2017 - 6:00pm
This legislative session, a group of lawmakers with a shared free-market philosophy are working to eliminate an important health care planning process called the Certificate of Need (CON) program. They believe by deregulating health care, costs would be reduced and quality would be improved. We disagree.
March 28, 2017 - 2:00pm
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine has lost the first round of his clash with Gov. Rick Scott and his fight to raise the city's minimum wage to $13.31 per hour. Circuit Judge Peter R. Lopez issued a ruling Tuesday declaring Miami Beach's Living Wage Ordinance invalid.
March 28, 2017 - 8:30am
Ahead of the U.S. Senate’s procedural vote to consider the Montenegro Treaty, Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., spoke on the Senate floor on Monday  and urged his colleagues to support the accession of Montenegro to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Last week, Rubio met with Montenegrin Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanovic and reiterated his support for the country to join NATO, which will help counter Russian aggression in Eastern Europe. Rubio’s remarks are below:

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