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Statement by Florida Senator Maria Sachs

July 12, 2016 - 6:00am

(State Senator Maria Sachs today released the following statement. It is accompanied by copies of a notarized affidavit dated Jan. 21, 2016, and a related document regarding the employment separation of a former member of her Senate staff. See the attachment below.)

Early in 2016, I first learned that a member of my staff in the Florida Senate, Matthew Damsky, had engaged in a protracted pattern of abusing his position and our trust to fraudulently obtain compensation and purchases of products and services. 

Letter to Our U.S. Senators: The Endangered Species Act Defies Common Sense

July 8, 2016 - 5:45pm

(Editor's Note: The following letter addressed to U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio was written by a frustrated and emboldened executive director of the South Florida Water Management District determined to defy a "myopic" federal edict to flow more water into Lake Okeechobee on behalf of a rigid Endangered Species Act. The letter below went out Friday.)

Condemning the War On Police and Calling for National Conference

July 8, 2016 - 4:00pm

Yesterday’s attack on the police in Dallas resulted in the deaths of five officers and the wounding of seven more policemen. We all express our sympathy for the families of the deceased and wounded officers.  These families are experiencing the ultimate nightmare when their husbands and fathers did not return home.

The statement made by the dead shooter makes it clear that this is a hate crime, plain and simple.  These murders are the predictable outcome of the “war on the police" and the racial polarization that has been fostered in this country.

Ahead Of Warsaw Summit, NATO Alliance Remains Important

July 8, 2016 - 2:00pm

As leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) gather in Warsaw today, the NATO alliance is more essential than ever to U.S. and transatlantic security.

Elie Wiesel's Work Remains Relevant

July 5, 2016 - 12:00pm

For many parents, the realities of the Holocaust are so gruesome that we often wrestle with how early in our children's lives they should be exposed to the horrors that transpired across Europe's concentration camps and ghettos in the 1930s and 1940s.

Why Black Communities in Florida's CD 23 Should Look At Tim Canova

July 3, 2016 - 2:45pm

As the late, great poet and author Maya Angelou said, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them; the first time.”

Blue-Green Algae: Solution Will Only Come With More Honesty, Less Hype

June 30, 2016 - 1:45pm

Hopefully, those most interested in the preponderance of algae blooms on the Treasure Coast take the time to actually read the results of the algae monitoring put out by the Department of Environmental Protection. The DEP provides a nice map and the sites that the samples were taken from are numbered on the map.

The Fight against AAF Is Far from Over

June 29, 2016 - 6:00am

I recently read a column in Sunshine State News by Ed Dean, a statewide syndicated radio talk show host, in which he stated, “...since the announcement of the high-speed rail train project, All Aboard Florida (AAF) has been outflanked by its opponents when it comes to public relations (June 20, "AAF Gaining Steam, Opponents Losing It"). But on the legal front, AAF is winning the battle.”

Where's Pam Bondi? Attorney General Could Do Real Good by Defending Florida's Sunshine Laws

June 28, 2016 - 6:00am

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is not the worst offender in Florida’s never-ending War on Open Government.

Before You Fall in Love With the No-Fly-No-Buy Gun Law, Read It. Please

June 25, 2016 - 6:00am

Has anyone even read the bill that had Democrats staging a sit-in on the floor of Congress?

"No district court of the United States or court of appeals of the United States shall have jurisdiction to consider the lawfulness or constitutionality of this section ..."

It gets worse.

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