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Cartoon by Andy Marlette

BY: - November 15, 2018

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Chasing the Saudi government’s connection to a Sarasota gated community and the 9/11 attacks: Bob Graham doggedly chases the truth

BY: - November 15, 2018

For many years, former Florida U.S. Sen. Bob Graham has been a lonely voice urging people to do something about Saudi Arabia. Now that a group of Saudi security agents are accused in Turkey of killing a Washington Post journalist, Graham is hoping it will get a strong reaction from officials in the United States.  So […]

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Rick Scott’s glaring conflict of interest

BY: - November 12, 2018

With alt-right conspiracy theorists flocking to the Broward County elections office in what they ominously call a “Patriot Surveillance Project” protest, Gov. Rick Scott summoned the media to the Governor’s Mansion last Thursday for an unhinged partisan campaign speech. He warned about “unethical liberals” “stealing this election” and announced he was calling the Florida Department […]

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On Election Day, remember three who sacrificed their lives

BY: - November 6, 2018

Jimmie Lee Jackson was 26 years old when he died. He was unarmed and trying to protect his mother from being beaten. That’s when an Alabama State trooper shot him in the stomach, fatally wounding him. Jackson was a former soldier, a deacon in his church, the father of a young daughter, and he died […]

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The age of the political brats

BY: - November 2, 2018

I’m almost old enough to remember when Republicans acted like grown folks. Republicans were the party of fiscal responsibility, the party of moral probity, the party of Dads. They used to be into stuff like civil rights, science, and, OK, golf–golf is encoded in white men at the cellular level. Still, Republicans prided themselves on […]

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Governor candidates find common ground: Expanding career tech programs. But will families buy into it?

BY: - November 2, 2018

Amid the strife, turmoil, and ideological differences throughout Florida’s gubernatorial campaign, Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum found some common ground. They agree on an important piece in their education platforms: Expanding career and technical education (CTE) – courses that prepare kids for the workforce and may not require a traditional college degree. It’s […]

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A Black man who could become Florida’s next governor

BY: - October 26, 2018

In the 399 years that Black people have been in this country, only a handful of African Americans have been elected governor of a state. 2018 could be a watershed. On Nov. 6, three African Americans are vying to be elected governors of their respective states: Stacey Abrams, who would be the first-ever female governor […]

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Island in the Storm: A letter from St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge on the eve of Hurricane Michael

BY: - October 22, 2018

Editor’s note: This article was originally published by SIERRA magazine. It is noon on Wednesday, October 10. The eye-wall of Hurricane Michael has neared the Florida coast, with an estimated wind speed of 150 miles per hour, a Class 4 hurricane. At our home in Tallahassee, my husband, Jeff, has filled the freezer with extra […]

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A plea for civility

BY: - October 18, 2018

As I watched one Facebook friend question the intelligence and morals of another in the raging debate over the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, I despaired of the level our national political scene has reached during the presidency of Donald J. Trump. It was especially awful to see the president openly […]

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The politics of disaster, Florida-style

BY: - October 9, 2018

Hurricane Michael hasn’t hit land and it’s already political. Not only is the general election around the corner, but one full-time Tallahassee resident (Democrat Mayor Andrew Gillum) and one part-time Tallahassee resident (Republican Gov. Rick Scott), are in the final throes of bitter campaigns as the storm barrels toward Florida’s Panhandle. Gillum, now the Democratic […]

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A unique environmental plan for Florida: Gillum promises to actually crack down on polluters

BY: - October 8, 2018

Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum released his environmental policy last week, and it differs markedly from his Republican opponent Ron DeSantis in many respects, including one very unique one: Gillum pledges to go after the polluters who are causing Florida’s disastrous water contamination. It’s unusual to hear any Florida politician say we need to […]

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Florida’s racist legacy and today’s throwback politics

BY: - October 2, 2018

Florida pretends it’s not part of the South. Florida pretends it’s some Neverland of palms and pastels, beaches and theme parks full of talking animals and plastic princesses, a place where the past exists merely as a roadside attraction. You know that’s crap. It’s 2018 and the state only recently decided to exchange the statue […]