On the opening day of the 2014 session in the Florida House of Representatives, then-Speaker of the House Will Weatherford spoke at length about an issue that few leaders in government talk about -- generational poverty. During his remarks, Speaker Weatherford noted, “There will always be poverty -- the kind that results from temporary setbacks: job loss, foreclosures, or unexpected challenges … but there’s a far greater and more dramatic problem for some of our Floridians. They’re stuck in generational poverty -- the persistent, year after year oppression and hopelessness that starts with grandparents, is passed on to parents and continues to their children.”
The issue of education, as expected, has been inserted into the presidential campaign. Not surprisingly, some candidates prefer to focus on how states should avoid accountability for the continued failure of our students, while raising the boogeyman of 'Common Core' as a term rather than the reality of higher standards and expectations developed by states.
I don’t care what they tell you.
I don’t care what they think.
They don’t know us. They don’t influence us.
With the recent Florida Supreme Court decision on congressional redistricting requiring lawmakers to return to Tallahassee, it seemed inevitable that the Senate would likewise want a “do over” on its map-drawing exercise for Senate lines.
Reporters and political consultants have written extensively about the potential of some senators having to fight with other senators for a new Senate district, especially among Republicans.
U.S. Congressman Patrick Murphy should be congratulated for urging the Coast Guard to continue its search for Palm Beach County teenagers Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen. Though the search has officially been called off, urging authorities to go the extra mile to save children is the right thing to do.
Today at Florida International University, Hillary Clinton called for the lifting of the U.S. embargo on Cuba; though in doing so she solidified her position alongside President Obama as sympathetic to the Castro regime.
Since President Obama began his diplomatic relations with the Cuban government, the struggles of the Cuban people have only worsened. The Cuban government has been caught smuggling weapons into North Korea and sheltering international terrorists, all the while abusing the rights of its citizens through a system of brutal oppression and exploitation.
Many years ago, policymakers were concerned with managing a scarcity of energy resources following the energy crisis of the Carter administration.
In a remarkable turnaround, America now has a surplus of energy resources, most notably the shale gas, which has energized the industry.
We are in the middle of an American energy boom. Our future is bright if we can rein in overly-burdensome government regulations.
As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, my colleagues and I are working to quickly transform the scarcity mindset into a surplus approach.
The Florida Keys. Even if you live in this magical paradise, when you hear those words it is hard not to think about margaritas, shocking sunsets and Jimmy Buffett crooning on a bar stool. As the Tourist Development Council would say, “close to perfect, far from normal.” It seems to describe us pretty well.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush returned to Tallahassee this morning, site of his greatest accomplishments during eight years in office.
Proclaiming “voters want to know what we believe in, but also what we’ve accomplished,” he went through a litany of his policies that made Florida a better place to live, work and play.
He cut governmental bureaucracy by more than 10 percent, he tackled the systemic problems of child welfare by creating the cutting-edge Community Based Care system, and he vetoed more than 2,500 budget items, thus earning him the nickname “Veto Corleone.”