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Twenty years on, plan to restore FL’s Everglades runs into climate questions

BY: - December 17, 2020

I’ve been humming the opening lines of a certain Beatles song lately. Why? Because it was 20 years ago today — no, wait, actually it was on Dec. 11, 2000 — that plans to restore the Everglades got their official OK with a bizarre little ceremony at the White House. This happened during the three-week-long […]

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Never forget the FL leaders who didn’t stand up for democracy following Trump’s reelection loss

BY: - December 15, 2020

Remember their names. Remember that they wanted to strip away the votes cast by millions of Americans and allow a man who did not win a presidential election to remain in office for four more years. Voters can decide whether there was a corrupt motive or they were just afraid of a blustering New Yorker […]

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FL’s political forecast: Stormy with a chance of idiocy

BY: - December 14, 2020

Along with a jump in coronavirus infections, Florida is suffering a predictible spike in its already sky-high rate of self-defeating idiocy. Witness the newest immigrants to the Sunshine State, the Trump Crime Family: Individual 1, sulking, nursing his narcissistic wounds, says he plans to flounce down to Mar-a-Lago on Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day and hold […]

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Development would’ve wiped out this FL habitat, but Destiny took a hand

BY: - December 10, 2020

Don’t you just love a good Florida story? I sure do. Not just the short ones, like the one about the Gainesville driver in a road range incident who accidentally ran over himself. I love the longer ones, too, the ones that take a few twists and turns and wind up with a surprise at […]

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An inadvertent glimpse of what Gov. DeSantis is really like when a secret tape is running

BY: - December 7, 2020

Our governor for the most part has been in hiding for the past month, probably licking the wounds caused by President Donald Trump’s spectacular Election Day loss. Most of his recent communication with Floridians has been done with videos he occasionally makes and distributes instead of the live press conferences most governors have used in […]

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Fishy business with FL Legislature’s push for wells north of Lake O

BY: - December 3, 2020

My dad has always enjoyed fishing. When I was a kid, he loved taking me with him and showing me how to bait the hook, cast the line, and not freak out when my rod suddenly bent double. One important thing I learned from him was that a placid surface can be deceptive. A lot […]

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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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Who are the true radical extremists in the Georgia U.S. Senate race?

BY: - November 27, 2020

The Republican argument against Georgia U.S. Senate Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock is that they are “radical extremists.” And if true, that would be a problem. Our system of government is built upon compromise and moderation, and putting radical extremists in charge of such a government would be self-destructive. Georgia voters understand that […]

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Floridians, be thankful for the pains in the butt

BY: - November 25, 2020

Jackie Lane knows a lot of people think she’s a pain in the butt. They wish she would just shut up and sit down. Stop causing so many problems for the paper mill near Pensacola. Stop putting people’s jobs at risk. “The community is not particularly fond of environmental activists,” she told me this week. […]

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How ‘DeathSantis’ could become ‘Governor Green’

BY: - November 19, 2020

Dear Gov. DeSantis, First, let me offer my condolences on your loss. I’m sure it hurts. You hitch your wagon to the TV star in the White House, he helps you become governor, and you’re looking forward to four more years of easy politicking with his help — and then BOOM, the star collapses. Millions […]

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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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The often-unsung heroes of education deserve a living wage now

BY: - November 18, 2020

When I taught at Turie T. Small Elementary in Daytona Beach, I would give new teachers a few pieces of advice. They should join their union, they should seek out great learning opportunities, and they needed to make friends with the real people who ran the school: the custodial and secretarial staff. Those employees, along […]