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No More Railroad Boondoggles!

April 4, 2019 - 9:00am
Susan Mehiel

Back in 2011, California's Republican Congressman Devin Nunes said about the now defunct California high speed rail project, "It is clear that high-speed rail is not about jobs. It is about corruption, public deception and bureaucratic experimentation.” 

And it took nine years to kill the monster.

Allowing APRNs to Practice Independently Better Serves Patients in Florida

April 3, 2019 - 3:30pm
Debra Diaz

I have been a certified registered nurse anesthetist, a type of advanced practice registered Nurse (APRN), for more than 20 years and am a retired Commander in the US Navy Nurse Corps, where I provided anesthesia care to service members and their families, U.S. Department of Defense employees, and members of Congress. While on active duty, I administered anesthesia care to service members who were injured during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Horn of Africa.  I have been the sole anesthesia provider on three aircraft carriers.

Homegrown Energy Production Funds Land and Water Conservation Fund

April 3, 2019 - 7:00am
Lauren Whritenour

President Trump recently signed into law the largest public lands bill to have been considered by Congress within the last 10 years. This bill will designate a total of 1.3 million acres of land to be preserved as wilderness. The bill also includes provision for the growth of several national parks and the creation of five new national monuments. In addition, this bill will permanently reauthorize the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has been expired since last fall.

Why Congress, Not the President, Should Lead on Environmental Protection

April 1, 2019 - 9:00am
Jonathan Wood

In February, Congress approved a massive, bipartisan federal lands bill, designating five new national monuments, 1.3 million acres of wilderness, 620 rivers as wild and scenic, and permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

When It Comes to Climate Change, We All Have a Role to Play

March 28, 2019 - 9:30am

When it comes to running a business or getting things done in politics, it’s a tried and true lesson that working well with others is the best path to success. The ability to see other points of view, discover compromise, and pursue mutual benefit is a cornerstone principle of making the world and the economy better. That is certainly true when it comes to one of the biggest challenges our world faces: climate change. 

How the 'Save the Internet Act' Makes the American Dream an American Nightmare for Small Businesses

March 27, 2019 - 7:15am

Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs. Although they are well known today, they all started on the same level playing field. They were all small business owners striving to succeed. During the creation of their respective companies, the Internet was wide-open, enabling their creativity and innovations, and allowing them to embody and exemplify the “American Dream.” Be innovative, work hard, get others to believe in you, and you can achieve great success. Fast forward to today and the Save the Internet Act being pushed by Democrats is threatening that same American Dream.

Florida’s Worsening AOB Crisis

March 23, 2019 - 9:00am
Steve Pociask
Over the last several years, Florida’s property insurance consumers have experienced some of the largest rate hikes of any group in the country, and it’s not because of extreme hurricanes or floods. Indeed, from 2006 to 2016 Mother Nature gave the Sunshine State a remarkable reprieve from weather-related catastrophes.
 
So what’s driving up premiums, and how do we fix it?
 

The Facts Are In: Florida Must Remain Committed to Quality Care

March 22, 2019 - 9:00am
Patti Spears
They say numbers can tell a story. Inspired to find out what exactly they show, Florida Health Care Association decided to take stock of our state’s level of quality care at long-term care centers. The result? Consistent improvement for Florida’s vulnerable aging population, thanks to dedicated caregivers and smart funding decisions by our state’s lawmakers. 
 

Supreme Court Needs to Stay at Nine justices; Dems’ Court-Packing Plan Is All Wrong

March 20, 2019 - 4:00pm
America’s institutions are far from perfect. But over the past two centuries, they have provided a framework for our nation to become the most dynamic, most vibrant, and most exceptional nation in all of human history.
 
At this moment though, our institutions are suffering a crisis of confidence as families fragment and communities crumble. And most Americans view every branch of government with disdain.
 

Amendment 4 Needs Clarity, in Spite of What You Hear from the Media and Proponents

March 20, 2019 - 9:00am
My first legislative session was in 1979 and I was the incoming president of the then-Florida Association of Private Investigators.

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