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DeSantis angrily defends his COVID policies during an impassioned diatribe

BY: - August 3, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis lashed out Tuesday at critics of his COVID policy — especially questions about infections among school-age children. DeSantis last week issued an executive order allowing families to decide whether children should wear masks at school, essentially ignoring local school board decisions. However, most if not all districts across Florida are mask optional […]

The politics of Surfside: Disaster exposes Gov. DeSantis to risk, but also to opportunity

BY: - July 16, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis has won bipartisan praise for his response to the Surfside condominium disaster (for the most part). He is credited for spending time on the scene comforting family members of the dead and missing and coordinating the state’s response. But with multiple investigations into the collapse of the Champlain Towers South structure, including […]

Democrat Nikki Fried makes it official, files paperwork to run for FL governor in 2022 race

BY: - June 1, 2021

Democrat Nikki Fried filed papers on Tuesday as a candidate for governor following months of positioning herself via Twitter and fundraising appeals targeting the Republican incumbent, Ron DeSantis. Fried, Florida’s commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, has yet to make a formal announcement, but Florida Division of Elections records reflect that she has formally entered […]

Gov. DeSantis remains coy about any run for president

BY: - May 11, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has been building his national profile ahead of a possible presidential campaign through appearances on national conservative media platforms, demurred Tuesday when asked about his ambitions. “Everything I’m doing is for the 2022 cycle,” when he’ll be up for reelection, the governor said when asked about his plans during a bill […]

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Big Sugar burns fields, bends DeSantis and FL Legislature to do its bidding

BY: - May 6, 2021

When my kids were younger and in Boy Scouts, I enjoyed going camping with them around the state. We’d splash in the springs, paddle the rivers, tromp through the swamps. The day’s adventures would always end with a campfire – and a problem. Campfires are essential to making s’mores, but oh, that smoke! Somehow the […]

Looks like the 2022 FL governor’s race is underway: Democrat Charlie Crist throws hat in the ring

BY: - May 4, 2021

Former Gov. Charlie Crist is the first Democrat to formally announce for his party’s nomination to take on Gov. Ron DeSantis next year. Crist made the announcement on Tuesday via his Twitter feed ahead of an appearance in St. Petersburg. “Florida should be a place where hard work is rewarded, justice is equal, and opportunity […]

A cruel move against transgender student athletes or a way to ‘protect’ women’s sports? DeSantis to decide

BY: - April 29, 2021

The Florida Legislature has approved a bill that, on paper, says will protect female athletics and promote fairness and competition in school sports games. The bill dubs itself as “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” applying to student athletes in public secondary and post-secondary schools. But for transgender students athletes, the wording means they could be […]

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Feds said manatees weren’t endangered — now they’re dying in droves

BY: - March 18, 2021

Two months ago, everybody got pretty excited when a Citrus County boat captain snapped photos showing some prankster had scraped out five letters in the algae growing on a manatee’s back. The letters spelled out the name of a certain former president now residing in Palm Beach. Amid the widespread outrage, people suggested various punishments […]

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Rick Scott now acknowledges climate change, but still won’t do anything about it

BY: - January 28, 2021

The first time I met Rick Scott was a few months after he became governor of Florida. Back then, it sometimes seemed his vocabulary consisted entirely of one word: Jobs! He said “jobs” in answer to everything. How’s the weather today? “Jobs!” Do you think the Buccaneers will win Sunday? “Jobs!” What’s 2+2? “Jobs!” I […]

By popular demand, climate change was added late to presidential debate agenda, confirming candidate divide

BY: - October 1, 2020

President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday night he wants “immaculate” air and water but conceded he has rolled back automobile fuel economy standards, withdrawn from the 2015 global climate accord, and cut Obama-era plans to limit carbon emissions from power plants that cause climate change. After years of calling climate change a hoax, Trump also conceded […]

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FL’s homely gopher tortoises: ‘It’s kind of questionable how long they can persist,’ biologist says

BY: - July 30, 2020

Gopher tortoises are homely creatures. They have a face that only another gopher could love. I saw one once that gave me the most baleful glare, like an old man about to launch into a rant about kids these days. Then he peed all over the equipment that a photographer had set up to capture […]

Florida Dems fume as Bernie Sanders gains steam

BY: - February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — South Florida Rep. Donna Shalala was quick to lash out against Bernie Sanders on Twitter. It was Sunday night, and Sanders — fresh off a decisive win in the Nevada Democratic caucus — said it’s “unfair” to contend that everything was bad about the late Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro. “When Fidel Castro came […]