Corporate Welfare Not Appropriate Use of Florida’s Tax Dollars...

Dec 11, 2016

Florida’s new legislative leaders—Senate President Joe Negron and Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran—are gearing up for the 2017 legislative session. Their most difficult task is crafting a spending plan that addresses the state’s...

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Informed Voters Make Better Choices

Sep 11, 2016

One of the fascinating aspects of writing a weekly statewide opinion column is the feedback that I receive. For years I’ve been getting comments on the issues I’ve covered and on the political process....

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Killing the Sunshine Law Before Our Very Eyes...

Jan 31, 2016

Florida voters have the right to know what actions their elected officials are taking when crafting or implementing laws that affect them. It says so in Section 24 of the state Constitution. Government officials—local...

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Independence for Government Watchdogs on the Way...

Jun 28, 2014

With distrust of government at a fever pitch, it should be reassuring to know that every agency in Florida has an inspector general (IG) whose job is to root out fraud, waste and abuse...

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On Spotting Corruption, Who to Call?

Aug 9, 2012

During my time in the Florida Legislature, I have taken on a few issues that led to the discovery of state activities that were questionable at a minimum, and more likely unethical or illegal....

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Fox in the Henhouse

Jul 5, 2012

Last week I spent almost four hours gathering personal information to properly fill out my financial disclosure form. I’m happy to do this because I strongly believe the public has a right to know...

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Integrity Florida, a Welcome New Crusader for Ethics Reform...

Apr 12, 2012

As my last session in the Florida Senate came to a close, I hoped against hope that the Florida Legislature would finally get serious about meaningful ethics reform. For five years, I’d tried to...

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