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JMI Study: Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Not Working in Florida

February 19, 2019 - 10:30am

With Florida facing an opioid crisis, one of the leading think tanks in Florida is calling for reforming mandatory minimum sentences. 

The James Madison Institute (JMI), a group based out of Tallahassee that supports free market solutions, unveiled a study on Tuesday which finds that mandatory minimum sentences are not working in the Sunshine State.

State Challenges Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ruling

February 19, 2019 - 8:45am

As lawmakers weigh changes to the state’s medical-marijuana laws, the Florida Department of Health has appealed a circuit judge’s ruling that struck down a limit on the number of dispensaries that marijuana businesses can operate.

Attorneys for the Department of Health filed a notice late Friday that said they were challenging a Feb. 1 ruling by Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers. As is common, the notice of taking the case to the 1st District Court of Appeal did not detail the department’s arguments.

D.C. House Democrats Push Sham of a Gun Background-Check Bill

February 19, 2019 - 8:45am
Greg Steube

Wasting no time after taking the helm of the U.S. House, the Democrats are pushing out a new gun control bill that ostensibly is meant to help make things safer when  citizens want to acquire guns. But it's all nonsense, because at the same time, they're blocking the very measures that would help keep safeguards are in place.

It's a wild contradiction arriving by way of the party that invokes “gun safety” as its primary concern.

Dems Aim Knives at Each Other in ‘Nonpartisan’ Tampa Races

February 19, 2019 - 8:45am

Candidates for Tampa mayor have been so excruciatingly bland during the runup to the March 5 primary that the campaign has been dubbed “The Big Yawn” by locals.

Not to worry.  The fervor expected to be epitomized by the seven mayoral hopefuls has shifted to their supporters. The sniping, which touched on what constitutes “progressive” gender preference, and defamation, all emanates from the Democratic playpen.

A Coup

Mason-Dixon Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Vacation Rentals in Florida

February 18, 2019 - 9:00am

The Florida Vacation Rental Management Association (FLVRMA) released a Mason-Dixon poll Friday showing that Floridians overwhelmingly support short-term vacation rentals. Almost 90 percent of registered Florida voters believe Floridians should have the right to rent out a secondary home as a vacation rental. 

What's Going on the Week of Feb. 17

February 18, 2019 - 9:00am

Florida lawmakers have one more week in the Capitol to get ready for the main event.

House and Senate members will bounce from committee meeting to committee meeting during the coming week, hearing presentations and voting on bills. Then they will go home, say hello to the family, return phone calls and prepare to return for the March 5 start of the 2019 session.

Legislative sessions follow a sort of rhythm. All kinds of ideas and bills get tossed around. Then a series of committee meetings are held to begin narrowing the issues in advance of the start of the session.

Democrats Have A Mounting Jewish Problem, and Florida Lawmakers Are Choosing Sides

February 16, 2019 - 7:00am

In one of the lesser recognized  moves Gov. Ron DeSantis made in an already hectic term was his announcement that the lodging business AirBNB was no longer an approved travel expense for state employees. DeSantis declared that any employees using AirBNB locations on business stays would not be reimbursed.

DeSantis Pursues New School Voucher Program

February 16, 2019 - 7:00am

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he wants to create a new “equal opportunity” voucher program to eliminate a waiting list of about 14,000 low-income students seeking to use state-backed scholarships to attend private schools.

The governor is asking lawmakers to create a “supplement” to the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, the state’s largest voucher-type program, which serves nearly 100,000 students but has about 14,000 others stuck on a waiting list.

Betting the White House on President Donald J. Trump

February 16, 2019 - 7:00am

Does anyone recognize the Democrat Party anymore?

It is not the party of John F. Kennedy any longer.  In fact, it has become a platform for extremist voices to amplify their message of far-left ideology that was once considered taboo even to the most liberal activist within their party.

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