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  • Lawmakers, remember your oath

    Lawmakers, remember your oath
    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.
  • Lawmakers continue to resist Florida land-buying mandate

    Lawmakers continue to resist Florida land-buying mandate
    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...

    Beer, movies, guns: The issues you aren't reading about this year

    Beer, movies, guns: The issues you aren't reading about this year
    Medicaid, Medicaid, Medicaid. Right now, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a politician who's talking about health care. Well, I have two points to make about that: First, you shouldn't be swinging around dead cats. Especially not in this...

    Environmental land money diverted by Legislature

    Environmental land money diverted by Legislature
    The directive from Florida voters was clear: By a 75 percent majority, they approved a proposal in November to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to buy and protect unspoiled land. So what does the state Legislature plan to do with the money? Wages...

    Protect land, respect will of voters on Amendment 1

    The biggest winner in last year's elections in Florida wasn't a politician — it was a proposal. Amendment 1 called for dedicating a third of revenues from a state tax on real-estate transactions to land and water conservation every year for the...