The Tea Party Stands by Its Man

Jun 7, 2014

Rick Scott rode into the Florida Governor’s Mansion in a campaign funded with $70 million of his own money and the help of the anti-establishment Tea Party. He wooed them. He professed to share...

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Sale of Sensitive Florida Lands Proves Harebrained...

Mar 1, 2014

Call me a cynic, but the plan to sell state-owned conservation lands in order to buy “better” conservation lands was, at best, an intellectually dishonest way to brag about funding environmental programs without actually...

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The State Budget: A Powerful Tool in a Reelection Campaign...

Feb 8, 2014

When we talk about the power of incumbency in a political campaign, most of us think about the candidate’s ability to raise obscene amounts of campaign cash and his or her capacity to help...

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Strategic Spending and Investment Should Dominate Legislative Efforts...

Jan 18, 2014

In a typical Florida legislative session, some 2,000 bills are usually floating somewhere in the process. The 120 state House members and 40 state senators introduce a thousand or so member bills. Add to...

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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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