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Despite inroads for women, Congress and the FL Legislature remain male bastions — and it’s an embarrassment

BY: - November 16, 2020

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California made history around the globe earlier this month, when she became the first vice president-elect of the United States. In a victory speech, Harris spoke passionately about a country of possibilities for little girls. “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the […]

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Devotion to Trump could hurt DeSantis’ hopes for a 2nd term; he’ll likely face tough women challengers

BY: - November 13, 2020

If you are wondering how Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will deal with President Donald Trump’s apparent reelection defeat, and how it could impact the governor’s own ambitions, we have a few suggestions. “He’s in a bit of a box,’’ notes Republican political consultant Rick Wilson.  “He really wants to run for president himself. I don’t […]

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Ignoring Legislature, Central Florida voters say clean water is a right

BY: - November 12, 2020

Not a lot of people noticed it, but something pretty interesting happened in Florida during last week’s election. No, I don’t mean the fact that the state most vulnerable to climate change somehow decided to cast more votes for the presidential candidate who has claimed climate change is a hoax (a claim lacking any evidence […]

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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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Greyhound shutdown shows how FL politics has gone to the dogs

BY: - November 5, 2020

Several times over the past month or so I have gone out to Derby Lane to hang out at the dog track and talk to people about The End. Derby Lane is a St. Petersburg institution. Founded in 1925, it is the oldest continuously operated greyhound racetrack in the nation, now employing about 400 people. […]

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Count every vote: Patience is a Democratic virtue

BY: - November 3, 2020

In an unprecedented year, it’s only natural that we have an unprecedented election. It’s the first in most of our lifetimes to occur during a global pandemic, and one in which an unprecedented number of ballots, in Florida and nationwide, will be cast after being mailed to voters. While we’re accustomed to watching results on […]

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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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Trump’s sneering at solar is stupid in the Sunshine State

BY: - October 29, 2020

A 74-year-old man stopped by Florida’s massive retirement mecca known as The Villages last week. That wouldn’t be big news except it was President Donald J. Trump, who fit right in among all those golf-cart riding senior citizens (as would his challenger, Joe Biden, 77). Trump felt the need to campaign at The Villages because […]

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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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EPA keeps public in dark about building roads from phosphate’s radioactive waste – so we can better see the eerie glow?

BY: - October 22, 2020

Florida’s highways have frequently been built on a foundation of chicanery and political foolishness. We’ve got toll roads that were built using fudged financial figures (Looking at you, Polk Parkway and Suncoast Parkway). We’ve got a Bridge to Nowhere that was built purely to benefit the then-speaker of the House but then went bankrupt (Hi […]

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ACLU of FL: Three proposed amendments on Nov. 3 ballot ‘endanger Floridians’ civil liberties’

BY: - October 19, 2020

Whether voting by mail or in person in the coming election, Floridians will see six proposed amendments to the state Constitution that they will get to vote on, up or down. The ACLU of Florida believes three of those measures — 1, 3, and 4 — endanger Floridians’ civil liberties and strongly urges voters to […]

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Veep’s glib and evasive answer on climate change and hurricanes bugs Florida man

BY: - October 15, 2020

Last week, the big news out of the vice-presidential debate was the bug news. A fly landed on Vice President Mike Pence’s head and stayed there for more than two minutes. Fly jokes flew all over the internet. Someone created a Twitter account for the infamous insect, and it soon had more than 200,000 followers. […]