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Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith

May 24, 2018 - 6:00am

UPDATED at 11.21 a.m. to include a Florida Department of Health response. Florida does so much right, it's hard to believe it could fall down on something as important to its identity as senior-citizen health care. But, according to a new report, the Sunshine State, the nation's leading retirement magnet, ranks 31 among the 50 states in the health of its over-65 population.

May 22, 2018 - 6:00am
Calder grandstand demolished in 2017

You have to hand it to Calder Casino. The scruffed-up racetrack once called Calder comes under the gun Tuesday at a Department of Administration (DOA) hearing. Yet it found a way to divert that negative attention and rake in more money at the same time.

May 15, 2018 - 8:30am

Anybody who served in or around the Florida Legislature while Rep. Gayle Harrell represented Stuart and Port St. Lucie knows Gayle’s husband, James.

May 9, 2018 - 6:00am
Belinda and Arthur Keiser

Carpetbagger candidates leave me cold. You know the ones I mean. The politicians who move to a jurisdiction they've never lived in before for the express purpose of running for office.

May 3, 2018 - 6:00am

A young Florida woman who literally fears for her life needs a champion. I'm hoping it will be Attorney General Pam Bondi.

May 2, 2018 - 6:00am
George Soros

Watch out for George Soros. He's buying politicians in Florida again.

April 26, 2018 - 5:00pm

The Center for Constitutional Values doesn't make the big headlines in Martin County. Those belong to blue-green algae and public records violations. But, trust me, this nonprofit, whose simple mission is to promote the community's understanding of the United States Constitution, is something very special.

April 25, 2018 - 6:00am

Not many stories bring me to my knees. But what happened to one 59-year-old woman appearing for a Broward County bond hearing in first-appearance court April 15 shot straight through my heart.

April 20, 2018 - 5:00pm
Sheriff Scott Israel with Gov. Rick Scott

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is a lot like Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who scurried out of his marmot hole in February -- and was so fearful of his own shadow, he scampered back below f

April 17, 2018 - 6:00am
Coral Gables Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli and Gov. Rick Scott

The lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott and other state officials over state gun laws is a phony. The 12 mayors who signed onto Weston v. Scott know it; now they're doing what they can to look out for themselves, constituents be damned.

April 16, 2018 - 6:00am
Jason Fitzsimons

Conspiracy theories have always turned me off, and I'm not posing one now -- but doesn't anyone else want to know what happened to Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Fitzsimons?

April 14, 2018 - 6:00am

It's good to see a Florida waterfront county where so many citizens -- if not the majority of their county commissioners -- are prepared to do whatever it takes to rid local waters of sewage effluent. 

April 11, 2018 - 9:00pm

Kenneth Preston is another side of the Parkland shooting story. The hushed-up school-safety side.  

April 10, 2018 - 8:45am

Within minutes of Rick Scott's announcement Monday that he will challenge Sen. Bill Nelson, Democrats were swarming like ants on a jelly sandwich. As expected.

April 8, 2018 - 9:00pm

While other survivors blame lax gun laws for the shooting that claimed 17 lives in a Parkland hig

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