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In 1968 the voters of Florida adopted a new state Constitution. The new Constitution provided for three ways to change the document in the future – by an initiative process, by a joint … more
Researchers just discovered a simple way to fight obesity, heart disease, and mental illness – by giving people puppies. That may sound barking mad. But new medical research shows that dogs, … more
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that it’s legal for Congress or individual states to allow gambling on college and pro sports if they want to. Yikes. It might be a good idea to cover your … more
Large electric customers and local governments complained about communications meltdowns and urged large-scale “undergrounding” of Florida’s electric infrastructure during recent Public Service … more
Facebook recently informed 87 million users that Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, harvested their confidential information using it to create targeted ads that may have influenced … more
To the Florida Department of Elections, I am known by the acronym “NPA” – no party affiliation. That means I have not registered as a Democrat or Republican. This was a deliberate choice … more
Look out, Clay County, here comes another PR stunt but this time, it’s not about prayer at the flag pole or Darwin. What it is, however, is plain and simple histrionics. At minimum, it’s a … more
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5 years ago, 2013After deliberating six hours, a four-man, two-woman jury convicted a Jacksonville man of two counts of second-degree murder. Cornelius Walston, 30, of Jacksonville, had been on trial … more
Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy seems to be under the mistaken impression that because he was his party’s standard-bearer in the 2016 U.S. Senate race, that he is the party’s leader. So, when … more
Oh, how I long for the Good Ole’ Days. I yearn for the days when people actually did what they said and did not try to cover up their misdeeds through modern-day “messaging,” scapegoating … more
The Trump Administration unveiled an agenda for “energy dominance” shortly after taking office, promising to curb the global influence of countries like Russia and China with American energy … more
Being able to have a casual conversation with the cashier at Walmart may not sound like something to aspire to, but for our neighbors who have yet to master the English language, speaking to the … more
Florida voters will be asked in November to decide the fate of the work product of the third Constitutional Revision Commission since the 1968 Constitution that created the CRC process. Currently, … more
Recently, we have seen the significant impact of the opioid epidemic all over the United States. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott issued a statewide public health emergency last year. This crisis is … more
Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet have a chance to right a wrong of their own making. They can – and should – comply with a court order to create a reasonable process to restore voting … more
When my sister entered my parents’ house that Sunday afternoon, I knew something was different. Her walk was slowed, she had her hair covered in a scarf and kept her sunglasses on when she sat … more
When someone complains the government did something they don’t like, I sometimes engage in a fun little exercise known as “name your lawmaker.” Sure, everyone knows Donald Trump, and Stormy … more
You have read about the new tariffs on imported aluminum and steel, and on products from China. Now it seems our own business – newspaper printing and publishing – will take some casualties … more
Immigrants are the backbone of this country. This includes the unwilling immigrants once known as “slaves.” Anyone not Native American is an immigrant. Whether documented or undocumented, the … more
Like the United States Constitution, the Florida Constitution is a fundamental document that should stand the test of time. In Florida, the Constitution Revision Commission convenes every 20 years, … more
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