Amid the chaos of a national election season, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s going on at home here in Florida. This year, all 40 of Florida’s state Senate seats and all 120 seats in the state House of Representatives are up for re-election -- though, granted, a few seats were uncontested.
FBI Director James Comey has caused consternation by his public actions. There is much discussion trying to understand what is really going on. One explanation, I believe, is that Director Comey is at war with the Justice Department.
There are two starkly different paths for America in 2016. One with a robust economy with a vision from a successful businessman and one from a decades-old political insider who will continue the flat-lined economy which President Obama implemented.
These days, in order to keep costs down the vast majority of insurance plans use the model that limits the hospitals or physicians from whom patients can get medical services. The “covered services” are determined by the insurer. The plans involve contracts between the insurer and the patient, and the insurer and the “health care providers.” The parties agree upon and know in advance who must pay for medical care—with the amount to be determined by the insurer.
It’s fashionable these days to hear that medical pot -- Amendment 2 -- is going to win at the ballot box and become a part of our Constitution. Not so fast.
Despite the Florida Democratic Party providing President Barack Obama with a list of Democratic legislative candidates that included Lisa Montelione running for House District 63, the Hillsborough County Democratic Black Caucus said not so fast.
Conservatives have decried the mainstream press as having tilted the playing field in favor of Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Specifically, they claim that the media has ignored, belittled, or attacked those simply asking the question, “Are Secretary Clinton’s health problems a concern?”
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness and celebrate the patients, family and friends who have battled this deadly disease.
Back in 2013, immigration reform was being discussed in Congress, much like it has been during this presidential election. At that time, Hillary Clinton stated, based on leaked emails, that being opposed to immigration is “fundamentally un-American” and that "American" is not a national identity but rather is "an intellectual invention." That same year, Paul Ryan was also talking about America not being a country or a national identity but rather an "intellectual idea." Both of these statements were made in the context of promoting open border immigration.
In normal times, presidential candidates in most countries make campaign promises to protect their citizens and ensure security and national sovereignty for their homelands.