It’s Time to Get Serious About Mental Health...

Dec 20, 2012

It seems to take a tragedy for lawmakers, the news media and the public to show an interest in addressing the growing national crisis in untreated mental illness. The recent calamity at Sandy Hook...

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How to Fix Florida’s Elections Mess...

Dec 14, 2012

To fix a problem, you first need to understand it. After the November election, Florida was the last state to tally votes and certify results. Embarrassed, the governor, secretary of state and legislative leaders...

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Ruling Shows How Legislative Shortcut Misused...

Dec 6, 2012

For the Florida Legislature to function fairly, efficiently, and transparently, there are rules and procedures in place for lawmakers to follow when conducting the people’s business. The Legislature is expected to make policy decisions...

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Will Legislative Ethics Reform Be Meaningful Reform?...

Nov 29, 2012

The election is over, new legislators convened in Tallahassee and the incoming leadership of the Florida House and Senate are making ethics reform a top priority. Hooray, yippee, Hallelujah! Since leaving the Florida Senate...

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Republicans can look to Florida for some post-election lessons...

Nov 14, 2012

Since the election, there has been much soul searching and punditry concerning the state of the Republican Party. What is astounding is that most of what is being discussed should have been obvious to...

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Florida GOP Needs to Stop Infighting, Widen Base...

Nov 8, 2012

After the most expensive presidential election in history produced unsatisfactory results, it’s time for the Grand Old Party to take a long, hard look at where we are and how we got here. President...

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Thank You, for 16 Years of Memories

Nov 1, 2012

After 16 years in the Florida Legislature, six in the House and 10 in the Senate, my time in elected office is coming to an end on Election Day. Due to term limits, which...

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Conservatives Taking Aim at Three Supreme Court Justices...

Oct 26, 2012

As the election nears, voters are taking a look at this year’s lengthy ballot. Amid the clutter is a terribly troubling power play by elements of the Florida Republican Party. Some conservatives are urging...

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