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National politics, career arcs explain why Georgia’s Kemp polls ahead of Abrams

BY: - September 27, 2022

I follow polls. I study polls. I look to polls for insight into how people outside my immediate circle might be thinking about things. But no, I do not trust polls. If you trust something you put faith in it. Trust implies a readiness to make decisions based on what those polls tell you, and […]

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Martha’s Vineyard migrant stunt demonstrates Gov. DeSantis’ inner jerk

BY: - September 26, 2022

What kind of weapons-grade jerk celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by using taxpayer money to lure four dozen frightened, exhausted Latino asylum seekers onto a couple of chartered planes, promising jobs, work permits, and free housing, flies them to Martha’s Vineyard, then brags about it? Why, Florida’s own Ron DeSantis, of course, burnishing his brand. And, […]

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As DeSantis tries to rob immigrants of their humanity, he manages to lose his own

BY: - September 22, 2022

“America this is quite serious. America this is the impression I get from looking in the television set.    America is this correct?” — “America” By Allen Ginsberg It’s fitting that the Statue of Liberty has her back turned to Martha’s Vineyard. Or maybe it’s just as fitting that the metal where her eyes should be […]

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New road through this Florida state forest is an idea going the wrong way

BY: - September 22, 2022

Whenever I sing the praises of Florida, I always mention its award-winning state park system. Like the state itself, the parks system has features that are both impressive (from the soaring dunes of Topsail Hill to the depths of the Devil’s Millhopper) and quirky (mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs, Lu the Hippo at Homosassa etc.) […]

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Why are some people mosquito magnets and others unbothered?

BY: - September 18, 2022

It’s rare to attend an outdoor party in warm weather without hearing people complain about mosquitoes. They swat away, sit in campfire smoke, cover up with blankets, and eventually just give up and go indoors. On the other end of the spectrum, there are plenty of people who don’t seem bothered by mosquitoes in the […]

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U.S. Sen. Rick Scott’s epic fail at GOP campaign job: squandered millions, crap candidates

BY: - September 12, 2022

Nobody likes Florida Sen. Rick Scott. Dogs don’t like him. Children don’t like him. Even Mitch McConnell struggles to be civil to the man. True, Scott’s company defrauded Medicare, though, it must be said, Republicans usually have no objection to robbing old people. He has the charisma of a week-old ham sandwich and the appeal […]

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Fulton County District Attorney builds 2020 election conspiracy story from bottom to top

BY: - September 9, 2022

I don’t think Georgia is prepared for what’s coming its way. I don’t know how it could be, not with the most important and controversial trial in American history looming in its not-too-distant future. Now, maybe that trial will never happen. After months of investigative work into an alleged criminal conspiracy to interfere with and […]

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Turning Florida’s rural lands into urban sprawl is a tragedy worthy of Shakespeare

BY: - September 8, 2022

Florida is home to a lot of imperiled species that are badly in need of protection. That includes the panther, of course, and the Key deer, the manatee, the gopher tortoise, and a whole lot more. To this very long list I’d add one more: our remaining rural residents. These are the folks who live […]

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Labor Day message: United, we can improve Florida for all

BY: , , and - September 5, 2022

One of the many ways that the COVID pandemic is continuing to play out is by workers realizing the power they have when they join together to demand fair pay, benefits, and working conditions. Recent polling shows that more than two-thirds of all Americans approve of labor unions; this marks the highest approval rating since […]

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What in Jesus’ name? Saving the savior from Christian nationalism

BY: - September 3, 2022

In one of my favorite scenes from “The Simpsons,” Homer answers the door to find Rev. Timothy Lovejoy, the busybody, sanctimonious preacher at his door, accompanied by a mob. “This isn’t about Jesus, is it?” Homer asks. “All things are about Jesus, Homer,” Lovejoy replies. “Awww,” a frustrated Homer grunts. I keep on coming back […]

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Biden’s Philly speech was a challenge to all of us. We have to step up

BY: - September 2, 2022

Returning to the state where he launched his candidacy — and the one that handed him the White House in 2020 — President Joe Biden on Thursday called on Americans to join him in a fight to preserve democracy and to beat back the forces of extremism. The 30-minute address was equal parts tribute to the nation’s […]

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One way DeSantis can attack Charlie Crist on his stellar Florida environmental record

BY: - September 1, 2022

To: Robert Watkins, Tampa Dear Mr. Watkins, Hi! I see that you’re the chairman of “Friends of Ron DeSantis” political action committee. I figured that means you’re the person who can advise the governor about how his reelection campaign is in peril. I have a warning, but I also have a suggestion for him on […]