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I Will Not Vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton

May 6, 2016 - 8:15pm

I congratulate Donald Trump on securing his place as the Republican party’s presumptive nominee. There is no doubt that he successfully tapped into the deep sense of anger and frustration so many Americans around the country rightfully feel today.

Holocaust Victims Remembered on Yom HaShoah

May 5, 2016 - 1:30pm

Today we remember the lives of the six million Jews and millions of others who perished under the Nazi regime during the Holocaust. We also honor those who survived, and the brave heroes who stood up against hatred and brutality, often risking their lives to save others. 

Reducing Taxes for Small Businesses

May 5, 2016 - 1:15pm

Small businesses create jobs and bolster our economy. But our tax code currently bases small business taxes on the income tax bracket of the small business owner, meaning some small businesses have a higher tax rate than big corporations, which have capped tax rates.

Martin County Commission Refused to Follow the Law, Judge Suggests

May 2, 2016 - 6:00am

Last Thursday the trial court in Florida's Martin County let the infamous, anti-property-rights Martin County Commission members know that they can’t hide public emails behind private email addresses and think they will get away with it. One of those commission members -- a former judge, of all things -- failed to turn over emails regarding public matters to a property owner who requested them. The commissioner held the emails for years without turning them over, despite a legal requirement to do so.

David Jolly Tries to Separate from the Field

April 30, 2016 - 6:00am

It was quite a week for Florida Congressman David Jolly. Until the last week in April, Jolly was one of five Republicans running to succeed Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate.

That is still the case, but in an important race overwhelmed by the saga of Donald Trump, name recognition is the key. Bonus points are available for anyone who can name the other candidates from both parties.

This race seems to hardly register a blip on the political sonar. Despite this, Jolly took full advantage of multiple opportunities to get his name in front of millions.

Afghanistan’s Security, Stability and Success Are Critical U.S. Interests

April 28, 2016 - 8:00am

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, held a hearing on “Advancing U.S. Interests: Examining the President’s FY 2017 Budget Proposal for Afghanistan and Pakistan.” In her opening statement, she said the following:

This hearing represents an important opportunity for both our subcommittees, allowing members to provide appropriate and necessary oversight over the president’s budget request for Afghanistan and Pakistan, each of which fall under our different subcommittee jurisdictions.

Congress Needs to Address Growing Zika Threat

April 27, 2016 - 1:30pm

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., took to the Senate floor to back President Barack Obama’s call for $1.9 billion in federal funds to combat the Zika virus. His remarks were as follows:

The president has asked for $1.9 billion in funding and I am generally supportive of that request. I believe we need to deal with these issues on the front end, as quickly as possible.

Baby Got Bench: Florida Democrats' 2018 Field

April 27, 2016 - 11:15am

Gwen Graham’s recent semi-surprise, twofer announcement has the Florida chattering classes (temporarily) taking their attention away from 2016 and toward a post-Rick Scott state Capitol.

The year 2018 will mark 20 straight years in which Republicans have monopolized the Governor’s Mansion. Democrats are understandably terrified about that continued dominance, particularly when they consider the judicial appointments the next governor will make.

At the moment, the Florida Supreme Court is the only true check on absolute Republican hegemony in Florida.

A Congressman Wants to Build A Reservoir in the Florida Everglades. There’s Just One Problem…

April 25, 2016 - 12:45pm

Words that should trigger the red flag: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” In the Sunshine State, it’s time to start waving in warning because U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson has arrived with a federal “solution” to Florida water storage issues specifically in regard to the restoration of the Everglades.

Sadly, his proposal is one that will not solve anything. To understand why, one must understand the challenge.

Gov. Scott and the Legislature Were Right To Defund Planned Parenthood

April 25, 2016 - 6:30am

Cara Jennings’ 15 minutes of fame came when she cussed out Gov. Rick Scott in a Gainesville Starbucks. Jennings, a self-proclaimed anarchist and frequent protester, verbally accosted the governor for signing a bill to protect unborn babies by defunding Planned Parenthood, and protect pregnant mothers by increasing requirements on abortion providers.

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