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Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith

March 17, 2018 - 11:00am
Indian River Lagoon at Brevard County

Floridians owe a debt to Randy Fine. During the last six months, the South Brevard County Republican quietly made himself an environmental hero, a champion for the Indian River Lagoon.

March 15, 2018 - 6:00am
Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson, the senator whose name fewer than 50 percent of Floridians know but who's been in or hanging around elected office since Richard Nixon was president, tells us he can still be fresh and new.

March 10, 2018 - 6:00am

What will Citrus County school authorities do about white supremacist teacher Dayanna Volitich? I hope, the right thing.

March 8, 2018 - 8:00am

The group's name sounds innocuous enough -- Organize Florida. Could mean anything, right? 

March 6, 2018 - 6:00am
Katie Edwards-Walpole

Rep. Katie Edwards-Walpole -- widely admired around the state, a lawmaker Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz told me Monday "is among the top five most effective legislators in either party I've ever worked with" -- has announced she won't run for reelection in November.

March 3, 2018 - 6:00am

When our first Sunshine State News team arrived wide-eyed in Tallahassee in 2010, all hell was about to break loose and we didn't know it.

February 27, 2018 - 6:00am

The Florida Democratic Party strikes me as a spotless leopard right now. Aren't these the folks who in 2016 called themselves the Party of Intellectuals and joined Hillary in crowing about their superiority to "deplorable" Republicans?

February 24, 2018 - 6:00am
Bill Nelson

It's one thing to politicize a tragedy that's left dozens of your constituents grieving. Unsavory as it is, it happens every election year on both sides of the aisle. 

February 22, 2018 - 6:00am
Kionne McGhee, Blaise Ingoglia and Matt Caldwell

It really was -- as Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, called it -- "a disingenuous political stunt ... the very definition of dirty politics." 

February 21, 2018 - 6:00am

You can count on it. Every time there's a mass shooting in this country, the Left comes out of the woodwork to hurl obscenities and point its finger at ... who else? The National Rifle Association.

February 19, 2018 - 6:00am

The shooting deaths of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland last Wednesday has inspired in its aftermath far more than a political outcry for a conversation on gun control.

February 13, 2018 - 6:30pm

However the Legislature decides to reshape Florida's gaming landscape between now and the end of March, one thing is certain.

February 10, 2018 - 6:00am

Folks who play fantasy sports have been able use their credit cards to do it. Not so, for horseplayers who want to bet on the ponies online.

February 8, 2018 - 4:15pm

During his early days in office, Gov. Rick Scott convinced the Legislature that Florida would reduce prison costs by $1 million if it privatized services and competitively bid healthcare contracts. 

February 7, 2018 - 6:00am

Talk about a misnomer. The inappropriately named "Campus Free Expression Act," approved Tuesday by a 7-4 vote of the Florida Senate Education Committee, would offer students about as much freedom as a prison yard.


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