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Payback Time: Remembering Irma, Adam Putnam's Ag Department Helps Florida Give Back

September 28, 2018 - 6:00am
Unloading food in North Carolina

Some of Hurricane Florence's hardest-hit victims are getting a close-up look at Florida's heart after the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services delivered thousands of servings of food to storm orphaned people in North Carolina.

Ethics, Shmethics: Congressman Alcee Hastings Gives Convicted Money Launderer a Promotion to Full-Time

September 27, 2018 - 6:00am
U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings

Maybe his South Florida constituency long ago grew numb to U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings' serial unscrupulousness. Certainly nobody kicked up much of a fuss when it was discovered Wednesday the Democratic congressman, serving in the shadow of his own checkered past, promoted a convicted money launderer in his Palm Beach County office to full-time "staff assistant."

Florida Education Has Prospered Under Rick Scott

September 26, 2018 - 6:00am

To hear the Democrats tell it, you'd think Rick Scott drove Florida education off a cliff. Have you see their latest ad, "It's School Time"?

April Freeman, Democratic CD 17 Candidate, Dies Suddenly

September 25, 2018 - 6:00am
April and David Freeman

April Freeman, a Democratic candidate for the Congressional District 17 seat, died Sunday night of an apparent heart attack at home, her husband David announced. She was 54.

Media Brainwash: The Strategy to Take Out Rick Scott

September 22, 2018 - 6:00am
Rick Scott

The Democrats knew they had to do something. The news in Florida was way too good.

Labor-Challenged Farmers Need a Champion in Washington

September 19, 2018 - 6:00am
Field hands pick strawberries in Plant City

In the battle over immigration policy, it's easy to overlook how much Florida agriculture needs an uncomplicated guest farmworker program. We're talking about am industry in this state that contributes $8 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product. Yet, it's suffering critical labor shortages as Congress makes up its mind how much it can help.  

Walton County Commission Forks over $1,000 so a Lame-Duck Commissioner Can Publicly Humiliate Sen. Passidomo

September 14, 2018 - 6:00am
Mike Huckabee, Kathleen Passidomo and Cecilia Jones

It's not quite as painful as Cersei's walk of shame through the streets of King's Landing, but, by God, Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples and Rep. Katie Edwards-Walpole, D-Plantation are walking down those cold, stone steps -- figuratively speaking -- every day of the week.

Walton County Customary-Use Leaders Playing a Dangerous Game

September 8, 2018 - 6:00am

Nowhere in Florida is the new law dealing with beach access the firestorm it has become in Walton County. The reason is complicated. But many folks along the panhandle's Emerald Coast claim it's not helping that a pair of local crusaders have a lot of citizens convinced House Bill 631 is the worst thing to befall Florida since Mercury went retrograde.

Andrew Gillum Overcomes 4 Governor Candidates to Shock Florida's Democratic Establishment

August 28, 2018 - 11:45pm
Andrew Gillum

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum didn't just shock Florida, he shocked the nation Tuesday, scoring a major victory for the party's progressive wing, putting himself in a position to become the state's first black governor.

Gillum's fortunes against wealthier, better funded opponents began to turn after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and a coalition of progressive groups threw their support and money behind him. Among them were liberal megadonors Tom Steyer and George Soros who donated $650,000 to his affiliated political action committee.

DeSantis Soars to Victory in GOP Gubernatorial Primary

August 28, 2018 - 9:45pm
Ron DeSantis at his election party

In a victory as much for President Donald Trump as for the congressman himself, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis -- Trump's hand-picked man -- trounced state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, winning the GOP gubernatorial primary for governor by nearly a 20-point margin by the time the race was called.

TV networks called the race just before 9 p.m. ET, with 90 percent of Florida's 5,968 precincts reporting, when the contest stood at 56.4 percent to Putnam's 36.7 percent.

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