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Senate Democrats, DC Dysfunction Stand In Way Of Reforming VA, Holding Bureaucrats Accountable

October 21, 2015 - 9:00am

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to make the case for major reforms to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Rubio showcased his “VA Accountability Act” which would give the VA secretary more power to fire underperforming and incompetent employees. The bill has been blocked by Senate Democrats. U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., the chairman of the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee, is backing a similar bill in the House. 

Florida Must Create Just and Effective Mental Health Services

October 20, 2015 - 11:00am

It is no secret that Florida’s mental health system is chronically and significantly underfunded. Throughout the past decade, Florida has maintained one of the lowest per-capita mental health expenditures in the nation. 

Slavery Is Over, But How Long Will Some Black People Continue to Be For Sale?

October 19, 2015 - 12:30pm

The question you see in the headline is the one I keep asking myself every election cycle, when I see what Patrick Murphy and others like him, do. When I say others like him, I mean those who know nothing about the black community, don’t care to know anything about the black community, and feel the way to secure the votes of the black community is by buying them.

The Death Spiral of Volkswagen?

October 15, 2015 - 12:15pm

The brazen criminal acts of Volkswagen call for a swift and decisive response: criminal prosecution of those responsible by the United States Department of Justice. As a former regulator and one who has toiled in the private sector in both industrial and service businesses, I am shocked by the deliberate fraud of installing a “defeat device” to deceive consumers and governments alike about the emissions and performance of Volkswagen automobiles.

Returning to Regular Order: GOP Priority

October 15, 2015 - 9:30am

During the past few weeks and recent days,‭ ‬the House Republican Conference has experienced a ripple of change in our congressional leadership,‭ ‬causing us to refocus the future of our party.‭ ‬In assessing a resolution to this situation,‭ ‬the answer is not merely to rearrange‭ ‬the faces of our leadership and expect that our problems will be solved.‭ ‬In fact,‭ ‬the answer is quite the contrary.‭ ‬Because there is a clamor across our nation for strong,‭ ‬conservative leadership,‭ ‬we need a fresh start,‭ ‬not just fresh faces.‭ 

Marijuana Tourism: Its Major Challenge and Promising Future

October 8, 2015 - 10:30am

The marijuana tourism industry is a burgeoning one with great potential because of its recent legalization. As the negative stigmas associated with marijuana use fade away, just about every tourist visiting Colorado and the other legalized states now curiously enters recreational marijuana storefronts to see what might catch his or her fancy. People who haven’t used marijuana in years or sometimes never before are now putting their inhibitions aside to try cannabis. Because of the overwhelming array of edibles, tinctures, topicals, and even transdermal patches available. people don’t even have to smoke to partake in the festivities. However, with marijuana moving into more industrialized facilities for massive-scale production, it is important that consumers seek out organically grown, pesticide-free marijuana that is cultivated with the end user in mind.

Presidential Candidates Must Show Commitment to Ending Ethanol Mandate

October 6, 2015 - 4:45pm
Mike Murtha

Florida’s politicians and the Republican Party of Florida should welcome vigorous policy discussion among the presidential candidates. Florida should be a leader in flourishing substantive discussion during election cycles.

Outgoing Libertarian Party of Florida Chairman Takes Aim at 'American Fascist' Running for Senate

October 1, 2015 - 4:00pm

By now, some of you have probably heard that I have resigned as Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida. I feel I owe many of you the courtesy of an explanation for my decision.

Legislators 'Pretending' to Live on Minimum Wage? Ineffective, Lazy, Offensive

September 30, 2015 - 10:00am

At least 18 Florida lawmakers started living on minimum wage this week to draw attention to the need to increase the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour.

It's all part of something called the "minimum wage challenge," a campaign by the Service Employees International.

These 18 lawmakers, all Democrats, will live on $17 a day for five days.

Or will they?

Border Security, Obamacare Alternative and Tax Reform Make Up 'Compact With Congress'

September 28, 2015 - 5:45pm

U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., part of the congressional leadership as senior deputy majority whip, announced Friday he will run to become majority whip now that current U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., is looking to become House majority leader.

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