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Tough to Find Fault With Vote-Yes-for-SB 6 Ad

It says what it means, this ad: more money for teachers whose students learned by year's end. That's performance pay. And isn't effective teaching what we all want in Florida classrooms?

SB 6 has bugs, no question, but its premise is right on. Have a look ...

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Union Prattle

The Florida Education Association, the state teachers union, complains the Florida House "is holding the final public hearing" of a controversial education bill in the middle of spring break ... "when they hope (teachers) are not watching or listening."

Wah, wah, wah.

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40 Houdinis

Senate President Jeff Atwater was as good as his word Wednesday, leading the Republican-dominated Senate to produce the balanced state budget he promised on Jan. 20. Said Majority Leader Alex Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, "We made tough decisions, addressed real problems ... without taking another dime in taxes from Floridians."

Senate leaders in more than 30 other states must be scratching their heads today, wondering how Atwater & Co. pulled off so much, so quickly.

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How Did I Do? Let Me Ask Me

After the "Fox News Sunday" debate -- within 20 minutes of each other -- both GOP senatorial candidates Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio released press statements declaring victory.

Rubio's: Under the headline Verdict is in! ... Marco Wins -- Charlie avoided debating Marco for almost a year and now we know why! because Charlie Crist had no vision, record or conservative principles to promote, he did what politicians do distort and attack.

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Union-busting, Schmunion-busting

The St. Pete Times doesn't practice political activism? Hmmm.

On one of its blogs today, a reporter runs a headline, "Crist backs union-busting education bill."

"Union-busting" -- odd term to portray SB 6 as it makes its way to Gov. Crist for a signature. Union-busting is a term with a long and controversial history. All negative. It implies that the bill has a goal of twisting arms, cracking skulls -- figuratively speaking, anyway -- and forcing unions to disband.

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The Scalping of Charlie's Pact, Act I

Call it the beginning of a firestorm. A bill that could render Gov. Charlie Crists August 2009 compact with the Seminole Indian tribe null and void because it never was voted on or ratified by the Legislature moves to a Senate committee workshop early Wednesday morning. Sen. Dennis L. Jones, D.C., R-Seminole, chairman of the Regulated Industries Committee heads up the workshop on SB 622 at 8:30 in Senate Room 110.

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The Jeff Atwater Music Hall

Now, I'm second to none in my admiraton of Florida's talented young people. But here are our senators on the first day of the 2010 session, with only 60 days to make some $3.2 billion in cuts to the budget -- and get that budget passed -- while deciding on oil drilling, casino gambling, and taxes, to say nothing of figuring out how they're going to get 1 million Floridians back to work ... and what are they doing? How are they starting? With 20 minutes of show tunes. Little Jennie Moen, age 14, from Bradenton, and Maria Wirries, 12, from Myakka City even brought their instruments.

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