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As it defends a slew of cases over medical marijuana, the state of Florida has spent close to $2 million on outside lawyers. Nearly all of that went to one firm. Records reviewed last week … more
Despite a Tallahassee judge declaring significant parts of the state’s medical marijuana law unconstitutional, the law’s chief architect on Aug. 7 said he was confident the law would be … more
Reader tells everyone to votePlease be advised that the Primary Vote can be and, in many cases, is imperative as many elected positions are determined at this time. In other words, if any one or … more
It’s not often that we take to this page to defend how a story becomes a story, but recent events require some clarification regarding last week’s story involving a candidate for Clay County … more
I didn’t always want to be a journalist. I went through phases growing up, as every kid does, where what I wanted to be when I grew up changed constantly. I went from wanting to be The Crocodile … more
Voting in Florida is a right, not a privilege. And since life today doesn’t run at the same pace as it did back when Ozzie met Harriett (look it up, kids), the government should make it as easy … more
It was a day of solidarity and unity and it sent a huge message to those in elected office in 2016. Hundreds of Clay County teachers crammed into the Teacher Training Center at Fleming Island High … more
Property tax limits thwart funding in public services that boost opportunity while exacerbating racial and economic inequities. Those are the findings of a new report by the Washington, D.C.-based, … more
“Homelessness” should not be in the 21st Century lexicon of the wealthiest nation on Earth. On my drive into Jacksonville this morning, I was grateful for many things: a beautiful day, a … more
JACKSONVILLE – It’s a measure of how dubious President Donald Trump’s performance was at the Helsinki summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin that even Republicans who proudly campaigned with … more
I wonder if GOP gubernatorial candidates Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis are feeling a little queasy. It was a quite the global spectacle Monday, watching President Donald Trump all but genuflect to … more
SOE: please reconsider voter purgeI hope you have had time to reconsider your planned action as reported in Clay Today and Passagemaker on 7/7/2018 to disenfranchise thousands of St Brendan’s … more
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Well, really of every two and four years. Yes, that amazing tenet of democracy is once again upon us when we, as free citizens, are given the … more
This cycle, our firm has worked with dozens of Republican campaigns from Cabinet positions to Congress. One advantage of our workload has been an opportunity to see the results of dozens of polls and … more
Where do cruisers get to vote, then?My husband and I retired from the State of Maryland in 2004; we became full-time cruisers (Florida to The Bahamas) and since 2011 we are full-time RV-ers, … more
It’s unfortunate that I write these words, but crime is a fact of life. And, in our modern world, it seems that mass shootings are happening so often in our country now that it’s too easy … more
There is a term in the Florida Administrative Procedure Act for when a state agency goes rogue and refuses to follow a legislative statute: “an invalid exercise of delegated legislative … more
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the James Madison Institute were among the groups discussing this year’s iteration of the Caruthers Institute … more
It happened again. Over the past two weeks, I’ve gotten a hard lesson on how important crime information is to our readers. This time, it started with the June 14 edition of Clay Today. That … more
An appellate court has shot down a trial judge’s order to make immediate her ruling that medical marijuana can be smoked in Florida. The 1st District Court of Appeal, in a one-page order dated … more
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