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April 10, 2017 - 8:30am
Central Florida is in a dry period. Southwest Florida communities affected by the Caloosahatchee River need water from Lake Okeechobee right now.
April 10, 2017 - 8:30am
"The addem-ups gotta equal the takem-aways."
April 10, 2017 - 7:00am
One hundred years ago, two events three days apart set the 20th century's trajectory. On April 9, 1917, in Zurich, Vladimir Lenin boarded a train. Germany expedited its passage en route to Saint Petersburg -- known as Leningrad from 1924 to 1991 -- expecting him to exacerbate Russia's convulsions, causing Russia's withdrawal from World War I, allowing Germany to shift forces to the Western Front.
April 8, 2017 - 8:30am
This column is a vehicle for a number of items in a bits-and-pieces, strictly opinion, sometimes irreverent format. Look for "Just Sayin'" to run once a week in this spot.
April 8, 2017 - 7:00am
For euphemism, dissimulation and outright hypocrisy, there is nothing quite as entertaining as the periodic Senate dust-ups over Supreme Court appointments and the filibuster. The arguments for and against the filibuster are so well-known to both parties as to be practically memorized. Both nonetheless argue their case with great shows of passion and conviction. Then shamelessly switch sides -- and scripts -- depending on the ideology of the nominee.
April 8, 2017 - 6:00am
Bright-eyed Anitere Flores -- with that arresting smile, the bounce in her step and so much time, it seemed, to hear out all comers -- entered the Republican Senate in 2010 with as much promise as I'd ever seen in a freshman.
April 7, 2017 - 12:30pm
As young people transition to adulthood, earning their driver’s license provides a certain level of independence and economic mobility -- a vehicle, if you will, to go places in life.Whether heading to school or work, the doctor’s office or the grocery store, having the ability to drive is a necessity most Floridians take for granted. 
April 6, 2017 - 5:15pm
The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FSHCC) is the only statewide economic development organization dedicated to serving the needs of the Hispanic business community. We have 38 chapters in Florida and work with more than 80,000 minority-owned businesses, many of whom are in the grocery and convenience store industry.
April 6, 2017 - 1:15pm
The business rent tax is the only state-sanctioned sales tax on commercial leases in the entire country and Florida is the not-so-proud holder of that title. Not even tax-happy havens like California and New York impose this state tax on its businesses. Due to this burdensome tax, Florida businesses shell out more than $1.7 billion dollars every year to the state. As a result, our state economy dramatically suffers in the form of suppressed job growth and economic activity.
April 6, 2017 - 12:30pm
Bret Berlin is being paid for having paved the way for Stephen Bittel to become the Florida Democratic Party chair in the form of a 2nd vice chair position, as well as a position on the FDP Rules Committee.
April 6, 2017 - 7:30am
Thursday marks the 100th anniversary of World War I, one of the most pivotal events in American and world history. 
April 6, 2017 - 6:00am
Is it me, or has Senate Bill 10 just entered the Twilight Zone?
April 5, 2017 - 7:00am
If there is one operative rule in this city's left-right paradigm, it is to shift the focus of any conversation that seems at risk of revealing something approximating truth -- a game at which the current administration and its media surrogates happen to excel.
April 3, 2017 - 6:15pm
A bill permitting big brewers to give away branded glassware to bars and restaurants is sailing through the Legislature.  Currently, retailers must buy such glassware at cost.  The proposed legislation, HB 853 (Rep. Tom Goodson, R-Rockledge) and SB 1040 (Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami) could shut Florida’s craft brewers out of your favorite pub.
April 3, 2017 - 1:15pm
Over the weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Florida Democratic Party's DCCA retreat in St. Petersburg.
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