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Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith

January 18, 2019 - 6:00am

In an ironic twist, in the same city where Gov. Ron DeSantis rolled out his no-holds-barred environmental statement last week,  another multimillion-dollar water-contamination crisis has reared its ugly head.

January 12, 2019 - 10:00am

Gov. Ron DeSantis proclaimed in his inaugural address that making water quality a priority in Florida isn't just the smart thing to do, it’s the right thing to do. I absolutely agree with him. I believe the governor has the best of intentions.

January 10, 2019 - 6:00am
Blaise Ingoglia

Blaise Ingoglia, Republican Party of Florida chair -- successful against all odds -- will be a tough act to follow. But somebody's got to do it. The Spring Hill representative is a firm believer in term limits for party chairs, and when the party meets this weekend in Orlando to elect a chairman, he won't be running for a third two-year term.

January 9, 2019 - 6:00am
Melanie Peterson

Not everybody shares U.S. Rep. Brian Mast's glee over Melanie Peterson's resignation and departure from the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board. Certainly I don't.

January 7, 2019 - 2:00pm
Jeanette Nuñez in a press gaggle after the breakfast

Certainly for the past four decades Cuban-Americans from Florida have flexed impressive political muscle. But today is different. Today we've reached a time and a place where no state in the country, at any point in history, has had more Cuban-American leaders in top political positions at home and in Washington than Florida has right now.

January 4, 2019 - 6:00am
Robert Runcie and Scott Israel

Ten months after 17 people were shot to death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Scott Israel and Robert Runcie are still looking for redemption. Certainly neither one of them -- the Broward County sheriff nor the superintendent of schools -- found it in the MSDHS Public Safety Commission initial report released Wednesday.

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.

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