Not all important public policy reforms come from Washington. Really lasting reforms can percolate from the bottom up, brewed by citizens with a grievance pushing state and local governments to act.
October 6, 2015 - 7:00am
October 5, 2015 - 10:00pm
The $70 billion fantasy sports market apparently isn't the least bit discouraged by Florida's resistance to gaming expansion. Why should it be? Its entrepreneurs are sure they can convince Florida legislators that playing fantasy games of any kind isn't gambling at all. It doesn't represent a game of chance, they say. It's first about skill.
October 5, 2015 - 2:30pm
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.
October 5, 2015 - 7:00am
Twinkling stars are pretty but, for astronomers, problematic. Twinkles are caused by the interference of Earth's atmosphere with light radiating throughout the breathtakingly beautiful and unimaginably violent universe. In 1990, however, the Hubble telescope went into orbit 370 miles above Earth, beyond the atmospheric filter, peering perhaps 12 billion years into the past, almost to the Big Bang of 13.7 billion years ago.
October 4, 2015 - 10:30pm
Patrick Murphy's mom and dad -- best kind of parents a candidate can have when the political chips are down -- are buying love by the thousands for their Senate seat-seeking son.
October 3, 2015 - 7:00am
Sherlock Holmes famously solved the mystery of the Silver Blaze by noting th
October 2, 2015 - 12:45pm
In 1861, as leaders from the South met in Montgomery to create the Confederate States of America, almost every political observer expected someone from Georgia to wind up as the president of the new nation. Three of the leading candidates -- Howell Cobb, Alexander Stephens and Robert Toombs -- all hailed from Georgia. But Jefferson Davis from Mississippi wound up as the first and only Confederate president as the Georgia candidates all slit each other’s throats.
October 2, 2015 - 7:00am
If it had the wit, the Obama administration would be not angered, but appropriately humiliated. President Obama has, once again, been totally outmaneuvered by Vladimir Putin. Two days earlier at the United Nations, Obama had welcomed the return, in force, of the Russian military to the Middle East -- for the first time in decades -- in order to help fight the Islamic State.
October 1, 2015 - 4:00pm
By now, some of you have probably heard that I have resigned as Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida. I feel I owe many of you the courtesy of an explanation for my decision.
October 1, 2015 - 8:00am
What are you going to do with Florida sugar farmers? First they insist on keeping the land they own. How selfish is that? Then they go and meet annual Everglades pollution reduction requirements when everybody knows they're poisoning the planet.
October 1, 2015 - 7:00am
Washington Post political reporter Chris Cillizza is one of those self-impressed Watergate babies who thinks everything the media report brings great value to society. His latest article was titled "Trust in the media is at an all-time low. That's a terrible thing for all of us."
September 30, 2015 - 10:00am
At least 18 Florida lawmakers started living on minimum wage this week to draw attention to the need to increase the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour.
September 30, 2015 - 7:00am
The Republican Party's "Freedom Caucus," which has several less-charitable nicknames on Capitol Hill, is the dog that caught the car. Now what?
September 28, 2015 - 10:30pm
Hillary Clinton and her campaign will fly into South Florida Friday to jump-start the local troops -- a job she knows how to do well. But you have to wonder how many of those troops will be black, and how many will know how to deliver critical black votes in 13 months?
September 29, 2015 - 7:00am
In November 1964 a crowd of 5,000 attended the opening of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, then the longest suspension bridge in the world. Presiding were New York Mayor Robert Wagner, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and transportation and parks czar Robert Moses. Also in the crowd was a teenager named Donald Trump.