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October 17, 2017 - 12:30pm
Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) currently has before it a proposal called Marsy’s Law for Florida, which seeks to provide victims of crime and their families with constitutional protections equal to those afforded to the accused and convicted. As a former judge, I support this measure.
October 17, 2017 - 8:15am
With Richard Spencer coming to Gainesville later this week to speak at the University of Florida, U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., who represents Alachua County in Congress, weighed in on Monday.
October 17, 2017 - 8:00am
On Monday, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., took to the Senate floor and offered his observations from his trip to Puerto Rico which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria. Nelson’s remarks were as follows:
October 16, 2017 - 7:00am
With eyes wide open, Mike Pence eagerly auditioned for the role as Donald Trump's poodle. Now comfortably leashed, he deserves the degradations that he seems too sycophantic to recognize as such. He did Trump's adolescent bidding with last Sunday's pre-planned virtue pageant of scripted indignation -- his flight from the predictable sight of players kneeling during the national anthem at a football game. No unblinkered observer can still cling to the hope that Pence has the inclination, never mind the capacity, to restrain, never mind educate, the man who elevated him to his current glory. Pence is a reminder that no one can have sustained transactions with Trump without becoming too soiled for subsequent scrubbing.
October 12, 2017 - 9:30am
On Wednesday, the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee held a hearing on U.S. policy in Lebanon. U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the chairwoman of the subcommittee, opened the hearing with the following statement:
October 11, 2017 - 6:00am
I always thought journalists were trained to avoid reaching a broad conclusion from just one specific example, no matter how shocking it may be.
October 10, 2017 - 5:00pm
We live in a country that can feel very divided. Sports, and especially the NFL, brings people together and lets them set aside those divisions, at least for a few hours. The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.
October 10, 2017 - 9:00am
Over the weekend, Florida’s two U.S. senators--Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio--led nearly all members of the Florida congressional delegation in urging the leaders of the Senate and House appropriations committees to provide additional resources for hurricane recovery efforts in Florida.
October 10, 2017 - 7:00am
When President Trump said a few days ago that now isn't the time for a debate about gun control, presumably he meant that we should respect a decent interval of time for mourning after the Las Vegas shooting before launching into a political discussion that historically has led nowhere.
October 9, 2017 - 12:45am
AshBritt President Randy Perkins
When it comes to government investigations, this isn't the first time at the dance for AshBritt Environmental, one of the nation's largest disaster cleanup companies and certainly the largest in Florida under contract to clean up after Irma. AshBritt has seen its share of negative headlines since the company's first storm cleanup in 1992.
October 9, 2017 - 2:00am
Amazon, which has made this city the epicenter of a retailing revolution, is not the Northwest's only commercial disrupter. In the nearby city of Everett, Liberty Ziska and some other bikini baristas, giving new meaning to coffee as a stimulant, have provoked the City Council to pass, unanimously, ordinances requiring baristas to be less nearly naked when they work. The baristas, in turn, have hired a lawyer and made an argument that is germane to current disputes about freedom of speech. Their argument, they might be surprised to learn, is Aristotelian. Sort of.
October 3, 2017 - 6:30pm
Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico have recently experienced complete devastation in some areas of the state due to severe hurricane damage and flooding. We are unfortunately all too familiar with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Each state continues to rightfully focus on safety, rebuilding and economic recovery efforts in order to get back on their feet.
October 4, 2017 - 6:00am
The opioid crisis in America is real, it is lethal and it may be killing the nice family that lives next door to you.
October 3, 2017 - 6:00am
Call me too ignorant, too cynical or too old, but online voter registration, which went into effect in Florida Oct. 1, feels like Big Trouble.
October 2, 2017 - 6:00am
Defeated presidential and gubernatorial candidates can often throw their running mates under the bus. But it’s strange to see a Florida politician who has built a reputation for tossing principles and allies overboard stand with his former understudy. 
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