To Tweet or Not to Tweet

May 24, 2012

Thu, 2012-05-24 17:42 — Paula Dockery I admit it, I’m a social media junkie. It started innocently enough with a personal Facebook page and a couple hundred connections. I posted the usual: favorite foods,...

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MacNamara, More Political Consultant Than Public Servant...

May 18, 2012

When newly elected governor and political outsider Rick Scott realized his inner circle’s inability to navigate the murky waters of Florida government, he turned to the ultimate Tallahassee political insider, Steve MacNamara. The governor’s...

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Live With Courage, Stand Up For What You Believe...

May 10, 2012

Editor’s note: This is an edited version of the commencement speech given by Sen. Paula Dockery before the first graduating class of USF Polytechnic in Lakeland, a campus state lawmakers this year turned into...

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Packing Up the Memories

May 3, 2012

When the legislative session ended in early March, senators were asked to pack their Tallahassee offices and ship personal effects back to their district offices. This happens every two years as senators are moved...

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An Alternate STEM Universe

Apr 26, 2012

Frequently I’m asked what a state senator does when not in Tallahassee for session or committee weeks. In addition to numerous speaking engagements, media inquiries, visits to schools, prisons and social service providers, we...

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A Lesson in Leadership

Apr 19, 2012

My favorite book is A Land Remembered. In addition to being a wonderful story, it is steeped in Florida history. Many of us who make Florida our home come from outside her boundaries so...

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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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Lottery Balls and Last-Minute Deals, How The Senate Redistricts...

Mar 29, 2012

Nearly midnight on the last day of the legislative session, Florida senators were told we would begin an extraordinary session the following week for a second attempt at drawing new political districts. Earlier that...

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