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May 4, 2017 - 3:00am
George Sheldon
UPDATED: Like a kid at summer camp, George Sheldon wants to come home.
May 3, 2017 - 8:30am
The Florida House yesterday overwhelmingly passed HB 1397, Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues’ bill on implementing medical marijuana.
May 2, 2017 - 5:15pm
Strong building codes matter. Florida learned this the hard way from Hurricane Andrew, and has since made its building code the strongest in the nation. But building code changes injected by special interest groups and rapidly churned-out code books threaten our state’s ability to keep its code the gold standard for safety and customization.
May 2, 2017 - 12:15pm
For five generations, my family has called Florida home and there is no place in these United States where I would rather live, work and raise a family. In addition to enjoying our great state’s rich natural history and unmatched landscapes, I have had the honor of getting to know many of you personally. From Pensacola to Key West, and all stops in between, I have had the unique privilege of meeting your families, hearing your stories and answering your calls. You have graciously welcomed me into your homes, invited me to share meals and memories. Your words and life stories have been edifying to me and helped shape my time in public life. As I approach the end of our shared journey, the impact, influence and inspiration you have provided cannot be overstated.
May 2, 2017 - 8:15am
The stool Gov. Lawton Chiles held up during his 1991 inaugural address
Poking the bear is always a bad idea, especially when he's bigger than you. Especially when his name is Rick Scott. And, dare I say it, especially when he's right.
May 1, 2017 - 7:00am
Donald Trump couldn't be more relieved than this columnist for the end of the blasted first 100 days.
April 30, 2017 - 10:00am
Dear Senator Baxley, About your statement that a Florida Slavery Memorial would "celebrate defeat" -- your opportunity to kill a tribute the entire Florida House voted for: There are those who are giving you the benefit of the doubt.  I'm not one of them.
April 28, 2017 - 8:00am
The following video is Rep. Katie Edwards' impassioned plea to Rep.
April 28, 2017 - 8:00am
Medical marijuana seems to be the topic du jour as the Legislature is getting ready for its final week of session.
April 27, 2017 - 9:00am
"Kristy Fuss today" "Kristy Fuss, age 12, Christmas 1989"
In this month of legislative apology for atrocities done to child victims, there's a forgotten group of survivors out there. And they're asking, "What about us? Where is our apology?"
April 26, 2017 - 4:15pm
A lot of time and attention in schools is focused on the well-known “Three Rs”:  reading, writing and arithmetic.  These are considered the foundations of a basic-skills oriented education program and are seen as the areas of core-competency children must master in order to progress in their education and—ultimately—succeed in life.  However, there is a 4th “R” that is essential to the foundation of a child’s education and development.  An “R” that we often forget or take for granted:  Recess.
April 26, 2017 - 6:00am
Nothing could be more confusing than fees charged by hospitals and doctors. There are many reasons why hospitals would like to keep it that way.
April 25, 2017 - 6:00am
Cary Pigman
In a House of Representatives that makes a priority of members behaving ethically, how is it Rep. Cary Pigman gets to come back from a DUI arrest where his dishonor and dishonesty were on full dash-cam display -- and carry on as if nothing happened?
April 24, 2017 - 11:45am
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom Hashoah, we honor the memory of the six million Jews and other political, religious, and social minorities who were murdered in the worst genocide in human history. We take this moment to not only pledge to never let their memory fade, but solemnly rededicate ourselves to never allowing something so evil and heinous to occur again.
April 24, 2017 - 7:00am
Foreign leaders and local interlocutors, aka pundits, might as well take a vacation for the next few minutes until Donald Trump's next foreign policy "strategy" surfaces from deep within his amygdala.

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