| Sep 13, 2010
| 5:39 PM
Steal California Jobs.
That's my economic plan, and it sure beats what Alex Sink and Rick Scott are proposing.
We have beaches, sun, clean air and 150,000 empty condos at $35,000 apiece.
All we need are workers who can read and cipher. That's in my...
| Dec 16, 2010
With Republicans vowing to dismantle the health law and courts wrestling with its constitutionality, some health policy experts are pondering a possible "Plan B" in case the individual mandate -- the requirement that everyone get health insurance starting...
| Dec 20, 2010
To ring in 2011, let's raise a toast in unison to proclaim the most frequently made New Year's resolution. Then promptly break it. Yes, it's the season for the annual American vow to lose weight.
But first, let's argue about just how much leverage the...
| Nov 6, 2010
| 10:46 PM
Kevin Brown knew he was hooked on crack cocaine. That was obvious each time he set off on another smoking binge. But Brown says he never imagined that he also suffered from a mental illness until he walked into Baltimore Behavioral Health Inc.
A day or...
| Oct 25, 2010
| 5:41 PM
"Franklin Delano Roosevelt"
By Alan Brinkley
Oxford University Press, $12.95, 129 pages
FDR At a time of crisis in the American economy, one critic of federal programs charges the administration with stumbling "into philosophies which lead to the...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 5:14 PM
Three Chicago firms, including one that secured a major state tax break with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s support, are giving back $34 million in taxpayer funds, administration officials said Monday.
CME Group, the financial exchanges giant that will...
| Nov 5, 2010
TAVARES — City voters decided this week that an expansion of Wooton Park and a new 3,200-seat amphitheater was not worth a tax increase.
On Tuesday, 53 percent of voters turned down a ballot measure to add an extra tax for homeowners to pay for the...
| Nov 5, 2010
One good thing about mid-term elections is that they give voters a chance to learn about new candidates without the distraction of the wild presidential race.
One excellent potential elected official emerged from this season, and she is worth watching in...
| Nov 3, 2010
| 4:32 PM
I wonder if, in their heart of hearts, Republicans in the Legislature were crossing their fingers for Alex Sink.
She was the wishy-washy, predictable Democrat they knew, as opposed to Rick Scott, the scary bald man who remains a mystery.
| Oct 4, 2010
| 3:17 PM
Local governments throughout Central Florida are bracing for a third consecutive year of tighter budgets as the tax revenue they depend on is reduced by falling property values.
In response, they're eliminating staff jobs, curtailing benefits and cutting...
| Jan 13, 2011
| 6:51 AM
While most Illinois taxpayers were asleep early Wednesday, their wallets and bank accounts were being lightened by Illinois lawmakers desperate for more revenue to ease a crushing state financial crisis.
The morning-after reality was this: The state...