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Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith

September 22, 2018 - 6:00am
Rick Scott

The Democrats knew they had to do something. The news in Florida was way too good.

September 19, 2018 - 6:00am
Field hands pick strawberries in Plant City

In the battle over immigration policy, it's easy to overlook how much Florida agriculture needs an uncomplicated guest farmworker program. We're talking about am industry in this state that contributes $8 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product. Yet, it's suffering critical labor shortages as Congress makes up its mind how much it can help.  

September 14, 2018 - 6:00am
Mike Huckabee, Kathleen Passidomo and Cecilia Jones

It's not quite as painful as Cersei's walk of shame through the streets of King's Landing, but, by God, Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples and Rep. Katie Edwards-Walpole, D-Plantation are walking down those cold, stone steps -- figuratively speaking -- every day of the week.

September 8, 2018 - 6:00am

Nowhere in Florida is the new law dealing with beach access the firestorm it has become in Walton County. The reason is complicated.

August 29, 2018 - 4:30pm
 

Many had predicted 2018 would be "the Year of the Woman" in Florida.  Instead, it turned into the "Year of Party Extremes" -- a year when moderates fell, when both party bases flexed their muscles, when pollsters demonstrated a surprising fallibility in a political climate dominated by technology and social media. 

August 24, 2018 - 6:00am
Becky Troutman

Politics always turns dirtier a week ahead of voting day, but somebody involved in the Republican primary for commissioner of agriculture crossed the line this year -- flooding phones with text blasts of candidate Baxter Troutman in an orange jumpsuit with a link to a 6-year-old Lakeland Ledger story, "Baxter Troutman Accused of Hitting His Wife with a Bedspread."

August 22, 2018 - 6:00am
Bill Nelson

It's time for Sen. Bill Nelson to stop the act. He's been caught. His claims of Russian hackers "fixing" Florida's elections system are unsubstantiated.

August 17, 2018 - 6:00am
Mike Miller, George Soros and Scott Sturgill

Beware of swallowing every drop of political bellywash you're fed in these ruthless pre-election days.

August 14, 2018 - 6:00am
Sanibel Island beach a week ago

Finally, the scientists.

August 13, 2018 - 6:00am
Marco Rubio

This month, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. has focused on pushing his proposal to expand parental leave.

August 6, 2018 - 6:00am
Trump ralliers greet CNN's Jim Acosta in Tampa

Free speech. It works both ways.

August 2, 2018 - 4:30pm
Rick Scott and Donald Trump

As Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam struggles to draw attention to his support of President Donald Trump’s programs, Gov.

August 2, 2018 - 10:45am
Maggy Hurchalla

Maggy Hurchalla made me write this story. Her day in court sucked me in like a Venus flytrap.

July 31, 2018 - 6:00am

What should have been a major event for Florida's west coast Republicans and the 41 candidates who addressed the big Republican Party of Sarasota rally Saturday erupted like a volcano Sunday.

July 28, 2018 - 6:00am
Adam Putnam

It feels as if conservative Adam Putnam is the hottest ticket in the liberal Florida press.

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