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SSN's Five Top Stories of 2018

December 29, 2018 - 6:00am
Barack Obama and Andrew Gillum

The biggest story of the year in Florida in 2018 wasn't necessarily one of the stories we choose to present to you here. The biggest story was the personal one, the one that shook you to your foundation wherever you were, whatever you were doing, however it left you and your family. But we believe that years from now, when historians reflect on this dramatic year, these five events or conditions will go a long way toward defining our state and its people and how they responded together.

'Fake News' and the Stuart Newspaper's 'Late-Night Lease' Outrage

December 24, 2018 - 6:00am
Brian Mast, Melanie Peterson and Mark Perry

The Stuart News (TCPalm/Treasure Coast Newspapers) doesn't regularly cover South Florida Water Management District Governing Board meetings, but heaven forbid its editors would let a little thing like ignorance of Board policy stand in the way of furthering a slanted agenda. 

Bondi Co-Leader of Bipartisan AGs Coalition Supporting Criminal Justice Reform

December 20, 2018 - 12:00pm
Pam Bondi

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is co-leading a bipartisan group of 38 state attorneys general around the nation who are supporting criminal justice reform in the federal prison system. 

Richard Corcoran: School Choice Has a Formidable Champion in Florida's New Education Commissioner

December 18, 2018 - 6:00am
Richard Corcoran

If new education commissioner Richard Corcoran wasn't knee-deep in enemies before Monday, he sure is fire-ant bait now.

Want to Know What's Going on with the EAA Reservoir? Read the Lake Okeechobee News

December 13, 2018 - 6:00am
Geotechnical surveying work begins on the EAA Reservoir

Nobody, no body, has a better handle on the good, the bad and ugly of Everglades politics and the South Florida Water Management District than the local Okeechobee newspaper, the Lake Okeechobee News. It's been that way ever since I can remember. The News is what community journalism is all about, and then some.

Profile of a Sinking Blue State, or Why Florida Dodged a Bullet in Election 2018

December 12, 2018 - 6:00am
Illinois State Capitol and Florida State Capitol

On a day when an editorial in the venerable Chicago Tribune newspaper is making national news for pleading with Illinois lawmakers to clean up the state's fiscal mess, it's a good time for Florida to count its blessings.

LWV: The Governor Can't Dictate Who Our Next Education Commissioner Will Be

December 7, 2018 - 3:30pm
Patricia Brigham, Richard Corcoran and Marva Johnson

The League of Women Voters of Florida (LWV) is apparently unhappy with school choice-loving former House Speaker Richard Corcoran, Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis' choice for education commissioner. 

Election's Over: Apparently It's OK to Pick on Churches Again

December 7, 2018 - 6:00am
Tom Perez

Trust the chairman of the party that camped out like rock-show groupies in African-American churches to now accuse churches and their preachers of having too much influence on voters.

Florida Couldn't Save PGA of America, Loses It to Texas

December 6, 2018 - 12:30pm

Palm Beach County tried hard to keep it, but in the end Frisco, Texas made PGA of America an offer it couldn't refuse.

Uncovering the Broward School System Coverup: Great Job, Sun Sentinel Team

December 4, 2018 - 6:00am

If you follow me regularly, you know how critical I can be of politically charged bias in Florida's mainstream media.

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