| Jul 5, 2015
The biggest scam on voters since the Florida Lottery was approved by the Legislature last month, and the author of much of it was none other than state Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla.
Folks who aren't new to the state remember that the lottery was...
| Jul 4, 2015
| 9:00 PM
Two very different visions of leadership were on display in Tallahassee and Orange County this past month. It boils down to the difference between focusing on the next election and the next generation.
A special session of the Florida Legislature...
| Jun 20, 2015
| 12:07 PM
Jason Deeringer, wearing a white protective jacket, hood and veil, paid no mind to the bees that buzzed around him as he inspected their hive.
Deeringer, 27, is one of more than 3,800 registered Florida beekeepers — a number that grows by about...
| Jun 15, 2015
| 12:59 PM
The shameless hypocrisy of Florida Republicans is on full display as they defend their decision to defy the will of voters in implementing Amendment 1. State Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, would have us believe that the 75 percent of voters who supported...
| Jun 17, 2015
| 11:58 AM
Recent editorials from Florida newspapers:
Miami Herald on state political endeavors:
In March, Gov. Rick Scott admitted he could have handled "better" his needlessly duplicitous firing of FDLE chief Gerald Bailey. Indeed, if he had, neither he...
| Jun 10, 2015
| 2:43 PM
Members of the Legislature who represent Lake County voted in favor of a rash of new specialty license plates honoring military veterans.
The bill was signed into law earlier this month by Gov. Rick Scott.
The measure authorizes the state Department...
| Jun 10, 2015
| 7:19 PM
A majority of Florida lawmakers bill themselves as fiscally conservative and strict followers of the Constitution, but the ongoing standoff over the purchase of new public lands paints a far different picture.
With the economy rebounding and the state...
| Jun 9, 2015
| 4:51 PM
The Florida Legislature continues to give a chilly reception to a voter-approved initiative to buy and protect remnants of Florida's landscape.
Only a fraction of the funds from Amendment 1, a land-buying initiative approved in November, would go toward...
| Jun 7, 2015
| 4:49 PM
With time running out, the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature enters the second week of its special session divided over key spending items dealing with everything from schools to land conservation.
Lawmakers were meeting again Sunday as they race...
| Jun 3, 2015
| 4:18 PM
TALLAHASSEE – Senators issued a series of dire warnings in fervent speeches Wednesday before amending and passing a bill offering health insurance to up to 800,000 Floridians, all with the aim of getting House support.
But so far, House leaders...
| Jun 3, 2015
A special session of the Legislature is going on in Tallahassee because state representatives walked out like petulant children on April 28 instead of staying to hammer out a budget.
It is the first time in 23 years the Legislature adjourned without...