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Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith

December 29, 2018 - 6:00am
Barack Obama and Andrew Gillum

The biggest story of the year in Florida in 2018 wasn't necessarily one of the stories we choose to present to you here. The biggest story was the personal one, the one that shook you to your foundation wherever you were, whatever you were doing, however it left you and your family. But we believe that years from now, when historians reflect on this dramatic year, these five events or conditions will go a long way toward defining our state and its people and how they responded together.

December 24, 2018 - 6:00am
Brian Mast, Melanie Peterson and Mark Perry

The Stuart News (TCPalm/Treasure Coast Newspapers) doesn't regularly cover South Florida Water Management District Governing Board meetings, but heaven forbid its editors would let a little thing like ignorance of Board policy stand in the way of furthering a slanted agenda. 

December 18, 2018 - 6:00am
Richard Corcoran

If new education commissioner Richard Corcoran wasn't knee-deep in enemies before Monday, he sure is fire-ant bait now.

December 13, 2018 - 6:00am
Geotechnical surveying work begins on the EAA Reservoir

Nobody, no body, has a better handle on the good, the bad and ugly of Everglades politics and the South Florida Water Management District than the local Okeechobee newspaper, the Lake Okeechobee News. It's been that way ever since I can remember. The News is what community journalism is all about, and then some.

December 12, 2018 - 6:00am
Illinois State Capitol and Florida State Capitol

On a day when an editorial in the venerable Chicago Tribune newspaper is making national news for pleading with Illinois lawmakers to clean up the state's fiscal mess, it's a good time for Florida to count its blessings.

December 7, 2018 - 6:00am
Tom Perez

Trust the chairman of the party that camped out like rock-show groupies in African-American churches to now accuse churches and their preachers of having too much influence on voters.

December 4, 2018 - 6:00am

If you follow me regularly, you know how critical I can be of politically charged bias in Florida's mainstream media.

December 1, 2018 - 6:00am
Brenda Snipes

Don't feel too sorry for Brenda Snipes. The already unlamented Broward County supervisor of elections, replaced Friday by Gov. Rick Scott, is leaving if not in a blaze of glory, certainly in possession of a fatter pension package than most career public servants will ever see.

November 30, 2018 - 6:00am
Will Weatherford and Allan Bense kicking off "Rebuild 850"

Among all the charities appealing to your spirit of giving this holiday season, you might want to consider putting the Panhandle homeless and still-hurting victims of Hurricane Michael at the top of the list.

November 17, 2018 - 6:00am
On Oct. 14 a bulldozer crew cleared 560 acres on the reservoir site

You have to hand it to Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg.  The man knows how to work a con. He could play Harold Hill in “The Music Man” without anyone ever seeing the band uniforms. 

November 15, 2018 - 6:00am

Conspiracy theories are bad, but conspiracies are worse. 

November 10, 2018 - 6:00am
Gov. Charlie Crist stands as official witness as Shannon Estenoz, SFWMD vice chair, signs the U.S. Sugar deal's "Statement of Principles."

 

The fun and sometimes frustration of following the Everglades Foundation's shenanigans is this: It's all such a freaking hypocrisy factory.

After 25 years watching the Foundation with a notebook in my hand, I can smell one of their hypocrisies rising across the 'glades like a bloodhound sniffing out Pup-peroni in a garbage bin. It's a gift.

November 9, 2018 - 6:00am
Brenda Snipes, Rick Scott and Susan Bucher

Tim Canova must be laughing his backside off at the debacle unfolding over at Brenda Snipes' Crazytown.

November 3, 2018 - 6:00am
Playing politics with CU. Daniel Uhlfelder gave Andrew Gillum his CU sticker.

Walton County -- historically a quiet, dependable, conservative-leaning Panhandle hamlet -- keeps poking up in statewide news because of a contentious issue called “customary use” of the beaches. It’s dragged on for two years with no end in sight, because many folks expect appeals of whatever path is chosen.

November 1, 2018 - 6:00am

There's a time and a place for everything, or so I've heard. But I'm pretty sure a candlelight vigil for murdered hate-crime victims isn't the time or the place for Bob Buckhorn.

How the intemperate mayor of Tampa got an invitation to be the featured speaker at Congregation Rodeph Sholom's vigil in memory of the 11 worshippers shot to death inside a Pittsburgh synagogue, I couldn't imagine ... until I watched the Monday night event live-streamed on Facebook.

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