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By: John Stemberger | Posted: October 22, 2014 3:55 AM

This pa st year has been a real learning curve on the whole topic of medical marijuana.Thanks to a good friend of mine, who is a respected physician, I learned there really are some valid and legitimate medical uses for marijuana.

 
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: October 21, 2014 3:55 AM
The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls "predatory lending."

Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than people like those at the New York Times approve of. According to such thinking -- or lack of thinking -- the answer is to have the government set an interest rate ceiling at a level that will be acceptable to third parties like the New York Times.
 
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By: Patricia Levesque | Posted: October 21, 2014 3:55 AM

There has been much said recently about an overabundance of testing in schools, and I understand that it can be difficult to decide how this impacts your child's education.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: October 21, 2014 3:55 AM

When the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative first made it to the 2014 ballot, I would've bet my last dollar that by now it would be about as popular as earthquake insurance. But, boy, would I have lost that bet.

 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: October 20, 2014 3:55 AM
Growing up in Washington in the 1930s and '40s, our home was, several times, put under quarantine. A poster would be tacked on the door indicating the presence within of a contagious disease -- measles, mumps, chickenpox, scarlet fever.

None of us believed we were victims of some sort of invidious discrimination against large Catholic families. It was a given that public health authorities were trying to contain the spread of a disease threatening the health of children.
 
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By: L. Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | Posted: October 18, 2014 3:55 AM
While the cultural commissars keep throwing praise and awards at raunchy shows on trendy Internet streaming channels, CBS has a series of highly-rated traditional police or military shows that get no attention or respect. "NCIS" keeps spinning off shows -- this year in New Orleans -- and "Blue Bloods" is a consistent Top 20 performer despite airing on Friday night. You won't see its star Tom Selleck at Emmy awards time. 
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: October 17, 2014 3:55 AM
It's looking like a tough offyear election for Democrats, with their Senate majority at serious risk and their chances of gaining House seats down toward zero.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: October 17, 2014 3:55 AM

Charlie Crist didn't have to answer a single question to win the gubernatorial debate Wednesday night. All he had to do is break the rules and take advantage.

 
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By: Barney Bishop | Posted: October 17, 2014 3:55 AM

With only a couple of weeks left in this campaign season, Amendment 2 continues a precipitous slide to what looks like a resounding defeat.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: October 16, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and deepened distrust, and prompts judicial rebukes that enlarge freedom. So let's hope the Federal Communications Commission embraces the formal petition inciting it to deny licenses to broadcasters who use the word "Redskins" when reporting on the Washington Redskins.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: October 15, 2014 10:00 AM

(This column has been updated to include the comments of Florida Press Association and Intersect Media Solutions President and CEO Dean Ridings.)

 
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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: October 15, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- So unpopular is President Obama these days that the (D) following Democratic candidates' names might stand for Denial.

And, so desperate are political pundits for any fresh news crumb that a molehill quickly becomes a mountain. One ill-chosen word -- or, worse, failure to answer a reporter's question -- and the candidate is suddenly redrawn into a caricature he doesn't recognize.

 
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By: Tom Garcia | Posted: October 15, 2014 3:55 AM

Without much fanfare, the United States has now met its own domestic natural gas needs, while also becoming the world’s No. 1 exporter of natural gas.

 
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By: Raoul Lowery Contreras | Posted: October 14, 2014 3:55 AM

Hispanic high school dropouts hit record lows in 2013 despite 18-24-year-olds' numbers increasing by 50 percent since 2001.

 
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By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: October 14, 2014 3:55 AM

Once in a while, government does something right.

 
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: October 14, 2014 3:55 AM
Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill once said, "All politics is local." That may have been true in Tip O'Neill's day, but some elections are decisively on national issues -- and the congressional elections this year are overwhelmingly national, just as the elections of 1860 were dominated by one national issue, namely slavery.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: October 13, 2014 3:55 AM

In April, Amendment 2 looked indestructible. Poll after poll gave it upward of 80 percent in voter approval.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: October 13, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Come Tuesday, the national pastime will be the subject of oral arguments in a portentous Supreme Court case. This pastime is not baseball but rent seeking -- the unseemly yet uninhibited scramble of private interests to bend government power for their benefit. If the court directs a judicial scowl at North Carolina's State Board of Dental Examiners, the court will thereby advance a basic liberty -- the right of Americans to earn a living without unreasonable government interference.

 
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By: Rep. Katie Edwards | Posted: October 13, 2014 3:55 AM

I look at everything from a business perspective. When I sponsor a bill or when I am deciding how to vote on a bill, I examine the cost-benefit analysis. What will this do for Florida and the people in my district?

 
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By: Michael Grover | Posted: October 13, 2014 3:55 AM

It is painfully clear that our society is being misled into accepting smoked marijuana as a medicine without regard for the real damage it is doing to our children’s future, as well as the strength of our society.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: October 11, 2014 3:55 AM
How much the Florida Democratic Party knows about William "Will" Rankin it isn't saying.
 
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By: L. Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | Posted: October 11, 2014 3:55 AM
That left-wing group called Rock the Vote has released its latest silly new video urging the youth of America to vote. But vote for what? As usual, they featured celebrities and young people urging a turnout for marriage equality, for global warming awareness and against deforestation.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: October 10, 2014 3:55 AM
Things are spinning out of control. Out of control, at least, by government, and by the United States government in particular. You don't have to spend much time reading the news -- or monitoring your Twitter feed -- to get that impression. Armed fighting in Ukraine. Islamic State beheadings in Iraq and Syria. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: October 10, 2014 3:55 AM

Rick Scott's campaign people aren't going to listen to me -- heck, my own kids don't even do that -- but here comes my advice anyway: Go on an all-out, total-market sweetness offensive.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: October 9, 2014 3:55 AM

NEWARK, N.J. -- Gov. Chris Christie could be forgiven if he had chips on both shoulders as big as those shoulders. This year, the first of his second term, has been overshadowed by often partisan investigations, more protracted than productive, of the involvement of several of his former aides -- he fired them -- in the closing of some access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: October 8, 2014 10:35 AM

"When you've got nothing going for yourself, you bang the other guy with a hammer. You make sure the voters have a big old headache and are so busy gawking at that other guy, they don't notice you."

New Hampshire Gov. Meldrim Thompson
, 1976, identifying his favorite campaign strategy

 
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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: October 8, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Words have a way of seeping into our vocabulary and, through overuse or distortion, soon begin to lose their meaning.

Who could have imagined that the word "beheading" would become commonplace, as though we were discussing a sport or a new product?

 
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By: Scott Johnson | Posted: October 8, 2014 3:55 AM

You’ve already heard about Charlie Crist’s New Insurance Plan. A rewrite of the historical record ignoring some facts and distorting others to obfuscate damage from the first insurance plan he pushed through in early 2007.

 
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