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Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 2018 - 12:00pm

I had the privilege of being part of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s magic when I heard him speak in 1962, while I was in college in North Carolina. There -- in a segregated city where whites used one toilet and "coloreds" another, where the largest hospital admitted blacks only to windowless basement rooms -- the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in a single afternoon, welded into one thousands of people, black and white.

Flores and Braynon Affair: More Dysfunction Exposed during Negron's Senate Presidency

January 9, 2018 - 12:30pm
Rep. Shevron Jones, Sens. Anitere Flores and Oscar Braynon in Boston

Rumors of the affair between Republican Sen. Anitere Flores and Democratic Sen. Oscar Braynon have been drifting around Tallahassee for more than a year. But not until Tuesday, when an anonymous texter sent media outlets surveillance "evidence" of to-ing and fro-ing between apartments at The Tennyson, where they both lived last April, did the rumors become a public reality.

Snow, Ice and Parkas: This Can't Be Florida!

January 3, 2018 - 8:00am
Credit: Michael J. Smith

With temperatures in the 20s and 30s, and wind chill as much as 20 degrees lower than that, North Florida was reeling in sustained shots of arctic air Wednesday morning, including as much as a quarter inch of ice and a couple inches of snow in the Panhandle.

To Integrate the Tallahassee Men's Club, More Women in Positions of Power

January 2, 2018 - 6:00am

If you think about it, the scandalous events that played out in Tallahassee in 2017 should have come as no surprise. Women in America are still fighting battles they thought they won in 1920 when the 19th Amendment was ratified.

Everglades Deja Vu Alert: Let's Not Repeat 'Reservoir 2008'

December 23, 2017 - 6:30pm
Joe Negron, Ernie Marks, J.P. Sasser and Kimberly Mitchell

Does anybody believe Senate President Joe Negron decided all on his own -- before he'd studied the completed plans -- to challenge the science behind the South Florida Water Management District models for the reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee? 

Latvala Resigns ... but Is Quid Pro Quo for Donations Next?

December 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
Jack Latvala

The question is no longer whether Sen. Jack Latvala will resign or fight. We're way past that now. Latvala, 66, resigned Wednesday from the Senate effective Jan. 5, four days before the start of the 2018 legislative session -- no surprise to anyone except maybe his lawyer, Steve Andrews.

Get over Yourselves, FDP: How Right Leslie Wimes Was

December 16, 2017 - 6:00am

It's time Florida Democrats stopped blowing off outspoken, pot-stirring Leslie Wimes as a "Republican plant" and started recognizing her as the savant they've been waiting for.

Appeals Court Tosses Philip Levine's Miami Beach Minimum Wage Ordinance

December 14, 2017 - 8:00am

A South Florida appeals court delivered a second blow Wednesday to one of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine's signature projects, when a 3rd District Court of Appeal panel ruled state law prevents raising the city's minimum wage.

FWC Charges 3 in 'Disturbing' Shark-Dragging Incident

December 13, 2017 - 6:00am
Clips from the July shark video

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office announced charges against three individuals connected to the video of a shark being dragged behind a boat at high speed. 

On Fred Piccolo's Moonlighting and When Rules Aren't Really Rules

December 12, 2017 - 12:15pm

Gary Fineout's story last week on legislative employees moonlighting and the stories that followed it were disturbing to a codger like me.

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