Who needs trees? We want toll roads!

BY: - April 26, 2019

Trees! What have the bastards ever done for you? Trees just sit there sucking up that CO2 we manufacture for them with our Escalades and our F-150s, and how do they repay us? By dropping pollen on us all spring and falling over on purpose during football season, knocking out the TV right when you […]


This is ridiculous. It’s been 6 months since Category 5 Hurricane Michael hit. These counties need more help than they’re getting

BY: - April 22, 2019

Before cynicism and disdain swallowed modern politics whole, it would have been certain political suicide for any elected leader to blow off helping people after a natural disaster. But these are not normal times, and people who survived Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle say that’s what’s happening to them. Michael hit North Florida a […]


Meet Florida’s Mean Gang

BY: - April 16, 2019

Along the Panhandle’s Emerald coast, property owners are putting up hostile fences to keep the public off the sugar-sand beaches that everyone has used for generations. At the statehouse in Tallahassee, peevish Republican lawmakers are trying to pass legislation that forbids local governments from doing local things like banning plastic straws to cut beach litter […]


Forced Consent is Cause for Concern

BY: - April 15, 2019

As bills restricting young people’s access to abortion are once again being considered by the Florida Legislature, my thoughts turn to my own children. My kids are well versed in sexual health topics. We’ve had age-appropriate discussions about healthy relationships and sex since they were in elementary school. I hope if Caroline or Jeremiah need […]

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Let us educators pack some decent heat!

BY: - April 10, 2019

Hell, yeah, teachers should be armed. It would totally cut down on the whining about next week’s trigonometry test. And that kid Dwight? Next time he mouths off, I’m going to pull the Glock 9mm out of my paperclip drawer and say, “Hey, Dwight: Why don’t you shut up and solve that quadratic equation? Make […]


Get the governor a state plane, already.

BY: - April 5, 2019

For Heaven’s sake, let’s buy the man an airplane.  Our new governor has taken to begging for rides with billionaires these days. And he’s already risked life and limb riding around in a 16-year old plane owned by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  After a couple of emergency landings, Gov. Ron DeSantis needs to […]


God Hates a Berkeley

BY: - April 2, 2019

Florida, beware! Our colleges teeter on the brink of becoming like a certain institution in a certain deranged state on the Leftist Coast where they openly embrace Hispanic vowels, plastic bag bans and Pete Buttigieg. Worse, they allow, nay, encourage! students to commit activism, a direct result of thinking. Not the sort of thing we […]


How much is climate change costing us? A bill in the Legislature would start an official accounting

BY: - March 29, 2019

When building a bridge to the future, it’s important to know where we’re going and how much it’s going to cost. Nowhere is this principle more important than in the current discussion underway in Florida about how to plan for climate change, which is why we are pleased that Governor Ron DeSantis has committed to forming […]


Voters spoke: Don’t let Florida politicians stop Amendment 4’s intent

BY: and - March 27, 2019

When Amendment 4 passed with nearly 65 percent of the vote in Florida, it was a victory of people over politics. For decades, politicians promised to fix Florida’s broken felon disenfranchisement system. But partisan bickering left millions of Florida families struggling to navigate this broken system. The people responded to these challenges by putting Amendment […]


The Florida book banners are back

BY: - March 20, 2019

Ignorance marches on in Florida, meeting with little or no resistance from your state legislature. They’re thinking of banning books again. A bill birthed in the febrile minds of an outfit called the Florida Citizens Alliance, HB855/SB1454 would allow parents to insist school districts protect innocent tykes from the knowledge that anthropogenic climate change is […]


The public’s right to know is threatened in the Florida Legislature

BY: - March 13, 2019

Sometimes I wonder if the Florida Legislature lives to please the National Rifle Association. One potential gift for the NRA and its gun toting supporters in this year’s legislative session includes a little bill that would make photographs, video or audio recordings that depict the scene of a mass killing exempt from the public records law. […]

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Meet the “Sunrise Agenda,” a progressive path for Florida

BY: - March 11, 2019

For more than two decades, Florida’s legislative and executive branches have been run by political leadership that worships at the altar of big money campaign contributions. They have pushed an agenda gutting local control of policy-making, gifting tax breaks to out-of-state corporations, rolling back investments in our neighborhood public schools, and eviscerating protections for consumers, working families and the environment. […]