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“In my business, yes, the only people who hold grudges are the ones who I’ve had to drop or fail”

As the semester winds down and commencement approaches, students get desperate. Fortunately South Florida boasts the most egregious example: Could a college student become so outraged over a bad grade that they would order a “hit” on their professor? That’s … Continue reading

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Why Florida Rocks – Chapter 331

This sounds like a great idea: Under a bill backed by the National Rifle Association and other gun groups, riots could be the newest safe haven for those carrying firearms without a permit. HB 209, which is expected to be … Continue reading

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Florida exceeding DC’s initial Affordable Care Act enrollment predictions

I post a lot of disparaging news about Florida. Here’s some good news: More than 440,000 Florida residents had been enrolled through the federal marketplace through the end of February, putting Florida on pace to exceed the federal government’s initial … Continue reading

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“There’s got to be a more humane way of handling this”

In the mid 2000s a few local stories reported the legal no man’s land into which convicted sex offenders had been thrown. Laws governing how far these offenders must be from schools made it impossible for them to live with … Continue reading

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Reubin Askew – RIP

We’re not taught enough about our home state’s histories. With the death of Reubin Askew, we learn about a devotion to open government, a fair society, and civil rights that would not find a home in any party. He appointed … Continue reading

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Dan Gaetz: “Here I am, a conservative Republican but I have to try to be humble about my dogma”

So much for epistemic closure: TALLAHASSEE — One conservative Republican who has suffered from brain cancer talked about the deceit of the federal government in hiding the health benefits of marijuana for his cancer. Another legislator reluctantly met with a … Continue reading

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“Some low-income immigrants who live here legally to qualify for subsidies”

A development: Florida lawmakers backing expansion of the state’s Medicaid program plan to mount a new argument this legislative session: That voting against extending the program would deprive low-income U.S. citizens of access to insurance that is available to some … Continue reading

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Miami-Dade: leadership ‘is committed to taking necessary steps to reduce voting wait times in as many precincts as possible’

More Miami-Dade County antics. It’s in the hand of the commission, god help us: Long lines at the polls — in some cases, up to seven hours long — gave the county another black eye in its infamous elections history. … Continue reading

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“Will Judge Sarah Zabel do to our voting rights what Bull Connor did to our civil rights?”

I’m sure this tactic will work. With Florida’s gay-marriage ban threatened in Miami court, social conservatives launched a counteroffensive Friday, accusing same-sex union proponents of opposing civil rights. The new argument from the Christian Family Coalition and other groups adopts … Continue reading

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54 percent of Floridians now back same-sex marriage

I couldn’t be as excited as friends when John McCain lost in 2008. Floridians in impressive numbers voted for a constitutional amendment keeping marriage between men and women at the same time that Florida went to a Democrat for the … Continue reading

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Florida pot laws: “If they refuse, it is because of a willful disregard for the weakest of their constituents.”

Gripping: Florida’s pro-marijuana push has been gaining ground as stories emerge of what it can do for the sick. Some Republican state legislators back the legalization of a medicinal strain of marijuana, known as Charlotte’s Web, that is believed to … Continue reading

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Rick Scott: “The governor firmly believes that we need to disincentivize people not to go to work”

A $63 million website designed to ease the burden of applying for unemployment benefits in Florida is a farrago. By merging three depleted departments into one Department of Economic Oppportunity in the name of efficiency, Governor Rick Scott performed a … Continue reading

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