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The Tallahassee Corruption Scandal Expands ... Did Andrew Gillum Avoid It?

May 14, 2019 - 8:15am
Scott Maddox, Paige Carter-Smith and John T. Burnette

The sky is beginning to fall for a number of City of Tallahassee power players, at least the ones not named Andrew Gillum.

So, you might ask yourself, was the deal Gillum struck April 24 with the lightweight Florida Ethics Commission to pay a $5,000 fine in exchange for the commission dropping four of five corruption charges against him maybe the smartest move he'll make all year? 

Florida Deputies Will Begin to Serve ICE Illegal Immigration Warrants

May 8, 2019 - 9:00am

The decision was made early this week that in Pinellas County deputies will receive formal training from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in how to properly detain illegal immigrants charged with crimes.

Why Did the GOP Legislature Have Such a Hard Time Passing the GOP Sanctuary Cities Bill?

May 3, 2019 - 8:30am

It has resembled a defensive football game, with both sides punting for field position until finally -- finally -- there's some progress to the “Sanctuary Contest.”

The Legislature, the Media and Teachers Carrying Guns

April 29, 2019 - 4:45pm

Leaders in the Florida Senate voted 22-17 last week to expand gun legislation, saying "yes" to a bill that would permit teachers in Florida schools to carry guns on campus. The bill has wide support in the House, too -- and in the Governor's Office, where Ron DeSantis is anxious to sign it.

What a turnaround from a year ago.

In 2018, swept up in post-Parkland emotion, guns and pro-gun bills were nearly as toxic as a cup of Jim Jones' Kool-Aid.

What a Mess for the Miramar Mayor Who Would Be President

April 22, 2019 - 7:30am
Wayne Messam

With Florida considered one of the lynchpin states to any candidate's presidential bid, it stands to reason a native politician would become a fixture in the looming campaign season. Wouldn't you think? Most would expect that to mean a major politician with either name recognition, or an established history in the state would rise to the fore to leverage at least some influence.

Not Wayne Messam.

Gritty South Florida Sun-Sentinel Earned Every Inch of Its Pulitzer

April 17, 2019 - 9:00am
Pure emotion: The newsroom, as the announcement is made

Journalists and writers are a curious lot, with relationships between publications and outlets ranging from collegial to confrontational. Personalities and competition frequently bring out contention, but sometimes a story is just so important, and a community just so affected, that all you can do is stand and applaud those who accomplish. 

Last year the South Florida Sun-Sentinel did more than good work -- it was needed work, and the newspaper has earned journalism’s top and most coveted honor as a result: The Pulitzer Prize.

A Clear Dichotomy over Israel

April 10, 2019 - 9:00am
Scene at the Plantation synagogue Tuesday

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday during a press conference at Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El in Plantation that he will make a formal outreach trip to Israel, making it his first international trip as governor, precisely as he promised six months ago.

Media Silent on Congressional Attack on FOX News

April 9, 2019 - 7:00am
Elijah Cummings

The U.S. House Oversight Committee (HOC), led by Rep. Elijah Cummings, has been moving in overdrive since the Democrats rose to power. They have already called President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen in to testify in a bid to find more charges to level at the White house; they are fighting against a perjury inquiry against Cohen so he can hang around until they need him again for another fishing expedition; and there's been a grandstanding subpoena for someone who already agreed to show for a hearing.

But, wait. There's a NEXT brash move:

Ex-Sheriff Israel Continues to Fight for Reinstatement, but DeSantis Is Ready for Him

April 6, 2019 - 8:00am
Scott Israel

In keeping with his pattern of defiance and reliance on recriminations, deposed Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel pledges to appeal a recent judge’s decision.

Following his suspension in early January by newly sworn-in Gov. Ron DeSantis, the sheriff had pledged to fight the decision. Holding his own press conference the same day, Israel declared the governor's decision had no merit, declaring it a political hit job.

GOP Strategist and Massive Anti-Trumper Rick Wilson ... Teaching Florida Democrats How to Win?

April 3, 2019 - 7:00am
Rick Wilson

The ascendancy of Donald Trump in the GOP primary in 2016 caused a rift in the Republican Party. That fracture became a canyon with his ensuing election win, and a vocal Never-Trump faction growing increasingly louder over the past couple of years. GOP strategist Rick Wilson of Florida has been a member of that separatist contingent, if not its leader. 

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