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Diane Roberts

Diane Roberts

Diane Roberts is an 8th-generation Floridian, born and bred in Tallahassee, which probably explains her unhealthy fascination with Florida politics. Educated at Florida State University and Oxford University in England, she has been writing for newspapers since 1983, when she began producing columns on the legislature for the Florida Flambeau. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Times of London, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Oxford American, and Flamingo. She has been a member of the Editorial Board of the St. Petersburg Times–back when that was the Tampa Bay Times’s name–and a long-time columnist for the paper in both its iterations. She was a commentator on NPR for 22 years and continues to contribute radio essays and opinion pieces to the BBC. Roberts is also the author of four books, most recently Dream State, an historical memoir of her Florida family, and Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America. She lives in Tallahassee, except for the times she runs off to Great Britain, desperate for a different government to satirize.

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For 70 million real Americans, Donald Trump is the new ‘Lost Cause’

By: - November 30, 2020

Can I get a Rebel Yell? No matter what the libtards say, Marse Donald is president of these United States, and he ain’t going nowhere. Until Jan. 20th, that is, but only because he wants to — not because the Fake News, the Deep State, and the Coastal Elites say he has to. We all […]

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Sorry, but our governor is acting as crazy as a Raid-sprayed roach

By: - November 18, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis is clearly suffering some kind of breakdown, poor fellow. How else can you explain his bizarre behavior? If it’s not an emotional collapse then the only other possibility is that he is a sociopath who doesn’t give a good goddamn about the people of Florida. And that couldn’t possibly be the case, […]

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Donald Trump got beat; we have saved our democracy

By: - November 9, 2020

Donald Trump is a loser. He lost. Got beat. Everyone knows it except him, his venomous offspring, and his circle of true-believing flatterers, toadies, and suck-ups whining about “voter fraud” and trotting off to Fox to air their grievances. Leading the cry-baby brigade, former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi claims there were “fake ballots that […]

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At best, Florida has a vexed relationship with democracy

By: - October 30, 2020

People write whole entire books on what’s wrong with this state — I know, I’m one of them. But none of us has ever definitively nailed down what strange brain-warping event, what soul-degenerating disease, turned Juan Ponce de Leon’s Land of Flowers and William Bartram’s “glorious apartment in the boundless palace of the sovereign creator” […]

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Dissed by the ‘Kay-Dee Ladies,’ Amy Coney Barrett nevertheless seems headed for the U.S. Supreme Court

By: - October 23, 2020

Move over, Miss Ann; back off, Becky; Karen take a hike: Barring a convenient asteroid strike on South Bend, Amy Coney Barrett is about to become a member of the nation’s highest court. And if you’re partial to little features of American life such as the separation of church and state, reproductive freedom, clean air […]

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When it comes to COVID-19, Republicans don’t need no stinkin’ science. They invent their own

By: - October 12, 2020

POTUS tested positive for COVID-19, but pretended he could beat it into submission with a show of maskless machismo and spluttering non sequiturs. FLOTUS tested positive too, and is taking time off from her private war on Christmas to quarantine in the East Wing while a leaked FEMA memo says nearly three dozen Trump staffers, […]

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The GOP has suffered from a pathological fear of Black folks enjoying the full rights of citizens

By: - September 28, 2020

Let’s talk about Democracy. It’s as endangered as the Florida Panther. Gov. Ron DeSantis could have granted a full pardon to the former felon who’s devoted his life to helping other former felons regain the franchise, but he wouldn’t, instead saying he’d “take it under advisement.” Desmond Meade, a former drug user who was dishonorably […]

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Donald Trump’s and Ron DeSantis’ alternative reality: If you call yourself a ‘great environmentalist’ you are one

By: - September 15, 2020

You will be thrilled, if perhaps surprised, to hear that Donald Trump is a “great environmentalist.” He said so himself — in Jupiter (the town in Florida, not the planet), where he declared he was “number one since Teddy Roosevelt,” bragged about his eco-friendliness, and signed an order extending the ban on oil drilling off […]

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Donald Trump’s RNC was an orgy of nepotism and white panic

By: - August 31, 2020

A Whiter Shade of Pale: On Day One of the Republican National Convention, Charlie Kirk called Donald Trump “the bodyguard of Western Civilization.” Kirk, a pasty youth not to be confused with that smirking MAGA hat brat from Kentucky (the kid railed against the media on the second night) or the equally pasty blonde owner […]

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Kamala Harris confounds the white enforcers of America’s racial lines

By: - August 21, 2020

That Sen. Caramel Harris or however you mispronounce her name? She’s not black. Yeah, she went to Howard University, a historically black institution, alma mater of Black History Month founder Carter G. Woodson, opera diva Jessye Norman, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Black Power activist Stokely Carmichael, Peggy Quince, the first African American woman on […]

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Amid COVID-19, student athletes are revolting against the football plantation culture

By: - August 10, 2020

Sometimes a man — or, say, a 19 or 20 year-old kid — must be willing to sacrifice, to risk death for the greater good, the larger cause. Sacrifice is what America’s all about — as long as it’s sacrifice of other (usually younger, browner, poorer) people, who, in this case, must offer themselves up […]

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Oh, for a return to the days when the Grand Old Party was actually grand

By: - July 27, 2020

Younger readers may find it impossible to believe, but many Republicans used to be perfectly reasonable people. Some of them were even what you might now call “progressive,” deep believers in racial equality, women’s rights, and environmental stewardship. Without Nathaniel Reed of Jupiter Island, every inch of South Florida would have been paved during the […]