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December 3, 2016 - 6:00am
This column is a vehicle for a number of items in a bits-and-pieces, strictly opinion, sometimes irreverent format. Look for "Just Sayin'" to run once a week in this spot.
December 2, 2016 - 7:45am
Judge Karen Gievers
For the last five days I've been asking myself the same question, and I can't stand it anymore. It's time I asked it out loud. Why didn't Judge Karen Gievers of Florida's 2nd Judicial Circuit recuse herself? 
December 2, 2016 - 7:00am
Twenty-five years ago -- December 1991 -- communism died, the Cold War ended and the Soviet Union disappeared. It was the largest breakup of an empire in modern history and not a shot was fired.
December 1, 2016 - 8:30am
Rick Kriseman, right, with Charlie Crist before the general election
Give  it up for St. Petersburg. In case you haven't heard, the Sunshine City is going to be the first in Florida to use 100 percent renewable energy.
November 30, 2016 - 12:30pm
The Network of Entrepreneurs & Business Advocates (NEBA), a 25-year-old business association based in Tallahassee that advocates for a strong and vibrant private enterprise system, heard from a panel of business advocates representing Associated Industries of Florida (AIF), Florida TaxWatch (FTW) and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
November 30, 2016 - 7:00am
Sometimes history doesn't have to wait to judge -- and when it comes to dictators, even dead ones, we shouldn't either. 
November 28, 2016 - 7:00am
With the end of Fidel Castro's nasty life Friday night, we can hope, if not reasonably expect, to have seen the last of charismatic totalitarians worshiped by political pilgrims from open societies. Experience suggests there will always be tyranny tourists in flight from what they consider the boring banality of bourgeois society and eager for the excitement of sojourns in "progressive" despotisms that they are free to admire and then leave.
November 26, 2016 - 6:00am
This column is a vehicle for a number of items in a bits-and-pieces, strictly opinion, sometimes irreverent format. Look for "Just Sayin'" to run once a week in this spot.
November 25, 2016 - 7:00am
One of the more salutary outcomes of the recent election is that Democrats are finally beginning to question the wisdom of basing their fortunes on identity politics. Having counted on the allegiance of African-Americans, Hispanics, gays, unmarried women and the young -- and winning the popular vote all but once since 1992 -- they were seduced into believing that they could ride this "coalition of the ascendant" into permanent command of the presidency.
November 25, 2016 - 6:00am
Donald Trump in Florida
The cost of protecting a president has always been prohibitive. It's only the election of Donald J. Trump that called attention to it.
November 23, 2016 - 9:30am
Joe Negron and Richard Corcoran
House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron are both attorneys, both conservatives, both former appropriations chairs -- but if you're looking for clues to leadership style, any other similarities are a lot harder to find. 
November 22, 2016 - 8:30pm
Members, I am deeply moved and humbled by your faith, confidence and trust.   I will work every day to bring honor to this House and to those I represent.  
November 23, 2016 - 6:00am
Two years ago, I held a series of roundtable meetings in Lutz, Florida with physicians, advocates, patients, and families from our area to hear about the challenges of finding cures for the thousands of deadly and chronic diseases impacting millions of Americans. Diseases like cancer, ALS, Alzheimer’s, and the 7,000 rare conditions. These discussions were eye-opening to me. I got a true sense of how difficult it is to get new medicines to market, and how painful it can be for families desperate for treatment.
November 21, 2016 - 9:00am
John Morgan
John Morgan is one of the smartest businessmen in America, not just in Florida. I said it in 2014, it's just as true now: Underestimate him at your peril.
November 21, 2016 - 7:00am
Of all the losers in this season of discontent, the mainstream media top the list. I don't say this lightly and sincerely fear that loss of faith in journalism ultimately will cause more harm to the nation than any outside enemy could hope to.
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