Facebook Stimulates Political Punditry

Mar 7, 2013

Love it or hate it, social media provides an outlet for political opinions — some incendiary, some provocative and some sensible, sound and rational. The beauty of soliciting comments on Facebook is that the...

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In Search of Civility in Our Political Life...

Feb 28, 2013

— Ci-vil-ity (noun): politeness, courtesy. — Civ-i-lize (verb): to raise from a primitive state to an advanced and ordered state of cultural development. — Civil War (noun): a war between opposing groups of citizens...

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Who Is Allen Cox and What Can We Learn From Him?...

Feb 21, 2013

On Feb. 11, with the utterance of three words, “Guilty, Your Honor,” Jim Greer prematurely ended an ugly and convoluted chapter in the Republican Party of Florida’s history. The disgraced former party chair also...

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The Case for Two Legislative Sessions in Florida...

Feb 14, 2013

One idea floating around the current legislative session is to turn Florida’s part-time Legislature into a full-time job. To be fair, in reality, most of those serving in the Florida House and Senate are...

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Hey, Big Spender! How the Budget Process Works...

Feb 7, 2013

Much has been written since Gov. Rick Scott released his budget – that’s right, the $74.2 billion budget. You got it, the budget that includes more than $4 billion in spending above the prior...

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Voters Overrule Assault on Florida Courts...

Jan 31, 2013

The last few years have been tough on Florida’s court system. While the judicial branch is to be separate but equal to the other two branches of government, its budget is at the whim...

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Campaign Finance Should be Local and Transparent...

Jan 21, 2013

Florida’s legislature has started its committee meetings in advance of the 2013 legislative session. The big news out of Tallahassee so far has been the Senate’s desire for ethics reform. I am cautiously optimistic...

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Losing ‘Protection’ in Environmental Agency...

Dec 27, 2012

Some of the state’s strongest protectors of our natural resources were recently expelled from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Fifty-eight of the most knowledgeable and long-serving employees were let go in order...

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