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Trump Needs to Drain the “Healthcare” Swamp

March 8, 2017 - 6:00am

In his Feb 28 address to the Joint Session of Congress, President Trump called the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”) an “imploding disaster.”

Thank you, President Trump, for Acting on Flawed WOTUS Rule

March 6, 2017 - 6:00am

The President issued an executive order last week calling for the Environmental Protection Agency to review and revise the indefensible U.S. Army Corps if Engineers and EPA rule redefining “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) subject to federal control under the Clean Water Act. I can think of a no more qualified candidate for regulatory rollback than this infamous rule.

My Father, George Barley, Would Have Opposed the Everglades Reservoir Plan

March 4, 2017 - 9:00pm

My father, George Barley, never ceased to amaze me with his passion for nature and wildlife. It was evident from my first memories when we lived on the pristine shores of Playalinda Beach in the late 1950s, which is now the Cape Canaveral National Seashore where the rocket launch pads sit.  

Five Things I Learned in Washington about Lake Okeechobee Discharges

March 2, 2017 - 4:00pm

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, I had the opportunity to meet in Washington with Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Bill Nelson, members of Congress, senior budget staff, and high-level representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss the best way to reduce and ultimately eliminate the devastating discharges from Lake Okeechobee.  After completing these meetings and reviewing related documents, here are five things I know:

Congress Should Work with Trump Administration on National Debt

March 1, 2017 - 1:00pm

Responding to President Donald Trump touching on the national debt in his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night, on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., took to the House floor to weigh in on the issue. His speech is below:

By Working Together, Northwest Florida Has a Chance for a Brighter Future

February 27, 2017 - 3:45pm

One region, one voice. One united goal.

When millions of gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico in the country’s worst environmental disaster, Northwest Florida was devastated. It was an overwhelming punch to the gut for the people and economy of our region.

Safe Fracking: Good for America

February 27, 2017 - 6:00am

Many veterans of war, including myself, have concerns with foreign products being purchased from countries at war, namely those in the Middle East. We have come a long way in recent years to obtain our own oil and natural gas within the U.S., however we can’t lift our feet off of the pedal.

The DNC Is Destined to Fail, as Usual

February 26, 2017 - 10:00am

Let's face it, the establishment wing of the Democratic Party cares about two things: its position and its power, and there was no way in hell it was going to let anyone come between it and what it has torn down the party all these years to get.

FDP, Something in the Milk Ain't Clean ...Says Karen Thurman, Rod Smith, Rick Boylan, Nancy Jacobson

February 22, 2017 - 11:30am

I was wondering why, on Feb. 15, the FDP sent out a press release detailing the accomplishments of Stephen Bittel's first 30 days as chair of the party.

The Oath of Hypocrisy—and the Politicians’ “Disease”

February 21, 2017 - 6:00am

As I physician, I proudly recited and adhere to the Oath of Hippocrates, which commands physicians to “use treatment to help the sick according to [their] ability and judgment … and [to] abstain from all intentional wrong-doing and harm.” Physicians don’t all think alike—medically or politically—but when a patient’s health is at stake, we find a way to work together for the patient’s best interest.

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