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December 15, 2015 - 11:45am
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.
December 15, 2015 - 7:00am
On Sept. 14, 2012, three days after the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods in Benghazi, Libya, Hillary Clinton appeared at Andrews air force base, where she spoke with family members of those slain.
December 15, 2015 - 7:30am
Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Lindsey Graham
Out of the limelight, four of the dark horses seeking the Republican presidential nomination will be on stage on Tuesday afternoon in the undercard debate. 
December 15, 2015 - 7:00am
Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio
The stakes will be high in Las Vegas as nine Republican presidential candidates get ready to engage in Tuesday night’s main event as CNN hosts the fifth round of debates.
December 14, 2015 - 2:00pm
Recently, a minor change to the business agenda of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board’s monthly meeting streamlined protocols for public comment.
December 14, 2015 - 11:15am
During the past three decades, the American people have been kept in the dark about the true status of the Social Security program.  
December 11, 2015 - 9:15pm
Melanie Peterson
If you remember public meetings before they were televised, you can appreciate why boards desperately want to limit so-called "public" comment.
December 14, 2015 - 7:00am
Annette Taddeo
After the latest round of redistricting, Annette Taddeo looked to be a big winner as she continues her bid to take down Florida Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo. But the end of last week offered a few potential stumbling blocks for her.
December 11, 2015 - 7:00am
As the week began, I planned to write this column about some implications of Barack Obama's Sunday night Oval Office address. I noted that he devoted about one-fifth of this 13-minute speech to pleas that Americans not discriminate against Muslims.
December 10, 2015 - 9:30pm
Donald Trump
In Donald Trump's wave-making interview Wednesday with The Washington Post, the celebrity presidential candidate let it all hang out -- his attitudes toward everything from Muslims to Ben Carson to the GOP debate ratings. 
December 10, 2015 - 4:15pm
Today we commemorate International Human Rights Day. It’s an occasion to be thankful for our God-given rights but also to remember that there are millions of people around the world who are denied their most basic human rights every day. 
December 10, 2015 - 10:00am
One hundred and fifty years ago, in the midst of a bloody Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln led a courageous Congress to ratify the 13th Amendment and abolish slavery in America.
December 10, 2015 - 7:00am
Barack Obama wanted 15 minutes of airtime on Sunday night, the most heavily watched night of the week, to speak to the nation about the San Bernardino shooting. It was appropriate for the president to request it, and for the networks to grant it, but everyone knew he would say nothing new of substance. On the matter of Islamic terrorism, he never does. 
December 9, 2015 - 2:15pm
 What does alimony have to do with “The Baby Mama Syndrome”?  Next to nothing.  
December 9, 2015 - 10:00am
As a concerned citizen and North Florida voter, I attended the Capital City Republican Club Dec. 2 to hear Dr.
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