| Aug 29, 2013
| 3:23 PM
My dad used to say, "Ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law."
Dad never lived in Florida.
Here, authorities say Orange County commissioners broke the law many times over — but got off with a slap on the wrist — all because they...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 6:44 AM
Chase Smith, a high-profile aide to top Orlando politicians in both parties, died Wednesday at the age of 41.
His recent cancer diagnosis and sudden death stunned those who knew or worked with him, prompting a burst of fond remembrances of Smith and his...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 5:55 AM
Central Florida's top two mayors have remained silent so far on a proposal to require Orange County taxpayers get a share of any Orlando Major League Soccer expansion franchise if the public subsidizes a new $85 million stadium for the team.
| Aug 21, 2013
| 5:27 AM
Seminole County is better than Orange County.
What do you think of that Teresa Jacobs?
Seminole County schools are top-notch, the property values are some of the highest in the region and the taxes are low. And with so much untouched land, it really...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 12:45 PM
Somebody call the medics! I think we just found a pulse on the Orange County commission.
It belongs to Pete Clarke, who recently proposed that, if taxpayers are going to underwrite the expansion plans of a new MLS team, the public should be cut in on...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 9:36 AM
With one last hurdle left to clear, it appears that there should be nothing but clear sailing ahead as the iconic Citrus Bowl goes through a massive transformation.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and county Mayor Teresa Jacobs both approved a proposed...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 3:56 PM
I have a friend who is one of the best parents I know.
He and his wife are loving and generous. They have opened their home to those in need, adopting several children.
Watching them is both inspiring and humbling.
Yet it has also kept me up at...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 8:32 AM
Update below in itlaics
Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph has eliminated the post held by his top lieutenant Kelly Goodwin.
The move comes amid scrutiny over the necessity of having an elected tax collector and a push to make it an...
| Aug 25, 2013
| 3:57 PM
Hoping to prevent tragedies such as those at Sandy Hook and Columbine, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs is tapping "the best and brightest" community leaders to form a study commission on the mental-health needs of children and young adults.
| Aug 15, 2013
| 3:03 PM
Depeche Mode. The New York Yankees. And chickens. Not every political column will give you such variety. But this is Florida, where we do strange the way Georgia does peanuts. So welcome to the latest edition of the Friday Files.
•A long way from...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 1:36 PM
Amid the elation, celebration and fluffy, feel-good civic pride of Orlando being on the verge of building a stadium and landing a Major League Soccer franchise, let's take a timeout and address the massively apathetic elephant in the room.