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Gus Barreiro, Hero for Dozier, Powerful Voice for Juvenile Justice, Has Died

August 18, 2019 - 11:15am
Gus Barreiro meets with Dozier 'White House Boys', May 2010

If it hadn't been for the tenacity and the passion and the giant heart of one Republican legislator from Miami, it's very possible the horrors that persisted for decades at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna may never have been exposed.

Good for Israel, Say Rabbis, for Refusing Entry to Omar and Tlaib

August 16, 2019 - 6:00am
Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR Florida) on Thursday posted on Facebook sharp criticism of Israel and President Trump's support for the Jewish state's denying entry to U.S. Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.

Questions Swirl around Jeffrey Epstein's Prison-Cell Suicide

August 10, 2019 - 9:00pm
Jeffrey Epstein: photo from the New York State Sex Offender Registry

Wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein held in a New York federal prison on sex trafficking charges, was found unresponsive in his cell early Saturday morning and later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Death was by hanging; foul play was not suspected.

You Mean We're Finally Acknowledging Northern Everglades Water 'Quality'?

August 9, 2019 - 8:30am

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board voted Thursday "to dramatically expand water quality monitoring within the Northern Everglades watersheds and Lake Okeechobee."

This actually was treated as one of the day's Big Stories.

Pardon me for laughing out loud.

Some 97 percent of the water coming into Lake Okeechobee from the north -- particularly from the Kissimmee area -- has already shown the lake's contaminated water originates on the highly developed northwest side of the Everglades' headwaters.

Florida's New Climate Change Czar: Better than a Scientist

July 31, 2019 - 8:15am
Julia Nesheiwat

Florida is about to get a climate change czar -- a key staffer charged with "adapting the most vulnerable state in the nation to climate change." 

Apparently, say The Miami Herald and other newspapers that collaborated on the story, Gov. Ron DeSantis is set to announce the appointment of new Chief Resilience Officer Julia Nesheiwat. Maybe as early as today.

About that Panel of Algae Scientists: How Did Brian Lapointe Get Left Behind?

July 22, 2019 - 9:45am
Brian Lapointe during a Florida Senate presentation.

Brian Lapointe is almost everywhere. 

Note, I said almost

Immigration, the Democrats' 2020 Waterloo

July 13, 2019 - 9:30am

As a Republican, I should just sit back smugly and watch. If the Democrats want to keep moving hard left on immigration, I should just keep my mouth shut and let them get on with it.

But if you know me at all, you know I don't keep my mouth shut. So here it is:

Immigration -- that one issue on its own -- will give the White House to Donald Trump  in 2020.

Hypocritical Debbie Mucarsel-Powell on Migrant Kids: All Talk, No Action

July 9, 2019 - 7:30am

It's hard to fathom Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. The Democratic congresswoman from South Florida spent the last month bleating about "prison-like conditions" in the overcrowded Homestead Temporary Shelter for Juveniles.

Yet, when she gets a chance to have a positive impact on the facility, what does she do? She votes AGAINST the Senate bill that would grant $4.6 billion in emergency aid to address the humanitarian crisis at the southern border.

Bill de Blasio: Honest-to-Goodness Communist Ties

July 4, 2019 - 8:00am
Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio is one scary guy. Particularly to Cuban-Americans. The liberal South Florida media may have tried to excuse away his cozy Che Guevara quote in Miami last week, but the New York City mayor and Democratic presidential hopeful has Sandinista ties that don't quit. 

Harris Aside, Biden Still Wins One-Third of Democratic Voters

July 1, 2019 - 7:00am
I Beg to Differ

Joe Biden undoubtedly has to pedal harder. But to hear a gleeful mainstream media tell it on Sunday morning news programs, after the release of the first post-debate poll results Sen. Kamala Harris plunged the former vice president down the hopper.

That's absurd. Look realistically at what happened in Miami last Thursday.

According to Morning Consult polling, Biden lost 5 points to Harris of California, the night's debate winner. That's a big number for a candidate few voters knew much about.

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