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The Big Bright Futures Lie

March 23, 2010 - 7:00pm

Former Senate President Ken Pruitthad barelyleft the building before his Republican colleagues went to work trashing his legacy.

By the end of this session, the Bright Futures Scholarship program, one of the mostpopular legislative initiatives of the last several decades in Florida, will liegasping for breath on the Senate floor.

What a sad and senseless story.

Did Crist Dangle Commission Seat to Coax Dauray's Sugar Vote?

March 11, 2010 - 6:00pm

Charlie Crist isn't helping a cynical America trust its politicians.

Certainly, he's not helping me.

Ilearnednine years ago, when he was education commissioner, when he stood in front of a roomful of teachers and promised them they would be making "six-figure salaries" by the end of the decade, that the man will say or do anything to win the moment.

It's All About the Money

March 9, 2010 - 6:00pm

Think twice before you bet against the governor's Seminole gambling compact.

Now, I'm not predicting the Florida Legislature is going to OK the deal. We've got too many miles to go, too much major legislation still in committee. It's just that I'm catching some of the nervous, where's-the-money-gonna-come-from buzz.

FEA's Race to Mediocrity

March 6, 2010 - 6:00pm

While most state lawmakers cheer Florida education's "race to the top," the state teachers union is engaged in a "race to mediocrity."

Why do I say that?

Because -- except for the colossally expensive class-size amendment -- the Florida Education Association hasn't been on board for a single significant reform since the mid-1990s, when education in the Sunshine State ranked in the nation's bottom quartile.

Florida's Definitive Hurricane

March 1, 2010 - 6:00pm

Hurricanes have written a large, violent and costly chapter in Florida history.

The big storms have created barrier islands and wiped them out. Overnight. They've ruined crops, dashed dreams, turned boardwalks into tinder.

Florida Lawmakers with Juice

Get on the Bus

February 20, 2010 - 6:00pm

Today I feel like a kid again wide-eyed, heart thumping, ready to get the show on the road.

Its as if the whole family is climbing aboard a bus and starting a journey thats been in our head for as long as we can remember.

Sunshine State News was born of a need to complete the news of the day.

LIP: Chalk One Up for the Scott Team

May 21, 2015 - 6:00pm
I Beg to Differ

Still think Rick Scott doesn't know what he's doing?

Somewhere south of Winterfell, in Florida's ever-engrossing Game of Groans -- Scotties vs. Feds -- the Feds blinked first.

The Scott team won a big one this week.

Does anybody really believe that without the Scotties' lawsuit bluster, without the governor's health-care-commission showmanship and his trip to Washington and his ideological kinship with the House speaker, the Feds would be proposing $1 billion for LIP next year?


Hillary Emails: Slowww State Department Reviewers Create Gridlock

May 17, 2015 - 6:00pm

Team Hillary picked up a big, BIG playerwhen the State Department signed on to run interference for the former secretary of state-turned-presidential candidate.

The department, among the federal government's largest, might as well be an arm of the Clinton campaign. It has her back on those 55,000 pages of email she turned over last year.

FDP's Who-Dat Dinner: Best B-List, Republicrat Speakers Ever

May 11, 2015 - 6:00pm

Tulsi, who?

Look her up, Democrats -- Tulsi Gabbard. If you're going to pay $250 a plate to hear her speak, you ought to know a little bit about what she stands for.

But before I tell you, I have to ask: Aren't you guys a little offended?


I mean, your party poobahs combed the ends of the earth for the best two people they could find to jerk money out of your wallets and fire you up for the 2016 campaign kickoff and look what they came up with.

A pair of B-List speakers who have trouble packing a room in their own states.




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