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Homestead Mayor Announces for Agriculture Commissioner

June 9, 2018 - 6:15pm

Jeff Porter, who has served as mayor of Homestead since 2013, has announced his candidacy for Florida agriculture commissioner.

Brian Mast's 'Don't Release Dirty Lake Okeechobee Water' Likely a Tough Sell

June 9, 2018 - 6:00am
St. Lucie Lock and Dam in Martin County

Glades residents are bristling over a letter Congressman Brian Mast sent Thursday to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) asking the Corps to halt current Lake Okeechobee discharges "until the water quality is deemed safe" or a strained Herbert Hoover Dike presents an imminent threat to life.

Police Cars to Puerto Rico 'Probe' Seems Petty Considering the Island's Larger Story

June 8, 2018 - 9:00am
Hector Pesquera, Puerto Rico's Public Safety secretary

The criticism of Florida's donation of 25 used Dodge Charger police cars to Puerto Rico, as presented in a Thursday Times/Herald story, is all political snark. Which is a great shame.

Reservoir Plan Gets Good Marks, but Is the Corps Ducking Out on Everglades Restoration Cost-Share?

June 6, 2018 - 6:00am
Florida Everglades

Are bureaucrats at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers looking for "opportunities to walk away from 18 years of congressional commitment to restore America’s Everglades?"

Jimmy Fallon Adds Light Relief to a Solemn Douglas High School Graduation

June 4, 2018 - 11:30am
Jimmy Fallon gives the MSDHS commencement address

Jimmy Fallon, surprise commencement speaker at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School's graduation ceremony Sunday, thanked the 784 members of the class of 2018 for their bravery and urged them to "persevere in the face of difficulty."

America Is NOT Tops in Mass Shootings; Help Stop the Lie

June 1, 2018 - 6:00am

There it was again Thursday morning on National Public Radio -- the same old line we've heard repeated by CNN, CNBC, CBS, NBC, the BBC -- especially since Feb. 14: America has more deaths from mass shootings than anywhere else in the world.

Only, it doesn't.

Shame on Bill Nelson for Using NASA to Glorify His Accomplishments

May 30, 2018 - 6:00am
Frame from Nelson's new digital ad

Who convinced Sen. Bill Nelson he can ride his NASA experience to re-election? You want to vote for this three-term Democrat, do what you've got to do -- but, please, don't vote for him because you think he's some kind of hero for NASA and the Space Coast.

Florida Has Work to Do in Senior-Citizen Health Care, Report Says

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.

Congressman Meadows on AAF Federal Funding: 'We Cannot Support ... Blank-Check Authority'

May 22, 2018 - 3:30pm

The chairman of a congressional committee important to the funding of All Aboard Florida's proposed Miami-Orlando passenger rail service has asked U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to suspend the allocation of AAF Private Activity Bonds (PABs) until his subcommittee gets answers to its questions.

Should Calder, Expanding in Miami Gardens, Still Have a Casino License?

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.



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