| Mar 9, 2014
The Legislature is in session, which should make for some good political theater. Here are some thoughts on a few of the issues.
Pension reform. Legislators should stiffen their spines, buck the public-employee unions, and eliminate Florida's defined-...
| Mar 17, 2011
| 9:02 PM
Now that the fury has quieted over those touchy-feely pat-downs and body scans, it's time to turn up the volume on how to truly reform airport security.
The U.S. Travel Association, the tourism industry's key Washington lobbying group, did just that this...
| Apr 1, 2012
Whenever you hear about a psychic being arrested, the natural question is: Why didn't she see that coming? Conservatives who raise dire alarms about what will happen in Barack Obama's second term face a similar problem. They need him to lose so their...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 2:30 PM
You have to give Liberals some props. Their tenacity in promoting the "progressive" point of view on issue after issue, over decades, is admirable if not neurotic.
Take gun control for example, the lib position is that guns are only needed by police;...
| Apr 9, 2012
| 7:38 PM
It was just eight months ago when our cowboy-boot-wearing governor was urging Florida to be more like Texas in every way.
We heard a lot of that from Rick Scott, who loves to show off his custom Houston-made boots emblazoned with "45th Governor."...
| Oct 2, 2011
The Harris family's life began to unravel around dawn on the last day of August.
R.J. Harris, who is 77, was in bed when a noise jolted him awake.
Bam. What was that?
Bam. It sounded like an explosion.
Bam. The front door swung open and officers in...
| Feb 11, 2012
No one, it seems, is lukewarm about Michelle Rhee; she's a pass-fail figure, inspiring or polarizing.
In the name of reforming public schools, the onetime Teach for America teacher, depending on your viewpoint, either trailblazed or bulldozed her way...
| Feb 24, 2012
Two recent bulletins place progressive outrage about voting rights in interesting perspective.
Item No. 1: The latest "Pew Center on the States Report" found 24 million invalid voter registrations and nearly 2 million dead people still on U.S. voter...
| Jun 27, 2011
If you're mad it's Monday, remember: Tuesday is just a Monday that has had an extra day to practice.
(I'll give you a moment to think about that.)
OK. As much as I'd like to be a philosopher, I remain a newspapery question-answerer. So, on to the...
| Sep 22, 2011
What if lawmakers passed a bill that allowed two dozen hand-picked political insiders to fan out across the state and walk up to you and demand your cash?
Not ask but demand.
Got a problem?
There is no passion in the demand, no anger, no urgency....
| Jan 2, 2013
| 5:16 PM
Thirteen is lucky. Or unlucky, depending on which hype you believe.
I see 2013 shaping up to be a year just like any other with lots of highs, lows and plenty of wacky in between.
My top predictions ....
George Zimmerman will lose his "Stand Your...