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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.
December 8, 2015 - 9:45pm
Criminal justice issues have dominated our headlines for many months.  Not just about terrorism, but also about suspects who have mental health issues. 
December 8, 2015 - 3:45pm
While virtually every Floridian has some interaction with state government,‭ ‬it is easy for the average citizen to feel distanced from the political process of Tallahassee.‭ ‬And it can be easy fo
December 8, 2015 - 10:45am
On Monday, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., took to the Senate floor and spoke on Islamic State terrorism, including the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. His speech was as follows:
December 8, 2015 - 1:15pm
Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio
You'll probably hear a lot about Monday's Monmouth University survey. It puts Ted Cruz ahead of the GOP field in the Hawkeye State for the first time. But pay no attention. Outside of Iowa, it's virtually meaningless.
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