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Cat Fund and Other Pre-Irma Insurance Decisions Saved Florida from Economic Disaster

March 22, 2018 - 6:00am

September's strike of Hurricane Irma was one of the strongest storms Florida has ever seen. Every region of the state was affected in some way by the storm, which thus far has caused nearly $8 billion in insured property losses.

While $8 billion is no small number, had the storm stayed on its original forecast track just 50 to 100 miles east of its eventual path -- had it directly hit Miami-Dade County and traveled up the entire peninsula, losses easily could have been topped $100 billion.

Landmark Legislation Balances Interests of Private Landowners and Public to Use Beachfront Property

March 21, 2018 - 9:30am

Without a doubt, one of the most controversial and highly misunderstood bills passed by the 2018 Florida Legislature involved public access to Florida’s beaches contained in House Bill 631. 

A Call for the CRC to Drop Proposal 91 to Ban Oil Drilling

March 19, 2018 - 6:00am

I have a recommendation for the Constitutional Revision Commission: Drop consideration of proposal 91 to establish a constitutional ban on oil and natural gas exploration in state waters. The justification for proposal 91 is quickly nullified with the lightest application of scrutiny.

Fight to Protect Property Rights Far from Over

March 16, 2018 - 3:15pm

In the final weeks of the 2018 legislative session, immense tragedy struck a quiet community right here in our state. Our elected officials rightfully focused their remaining time and energy on ensuring school safety and addressing mental health issues in the wake of the Parkland school shooting.

State Department Needs to Reaffirm U.S. Commitment to Democracy, Human Rights in Egypt

March 9, 2018 - 6:00am

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., led a group of U.S. Senators this week in a letter urging U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to reaffirm America’s commitment to democratic principles and human rights in Egypt ahead of their presidential election later this month. 

Parkland Massacre: Blame Political Correctness, Not Guns

March 7, 2018 - 11:00am

Controlling the public narrative is the most important tool of propaganda. And after the horrendous Florida school massacre, the public narrative in the mainstream media and "correct" political circles has been to portray guns as the villain, and to call for more restrictive gun-control laws. It is all so predictable. 

Don’t Accept Bad Repeal of PIP

February 28, 2018 - 12:15pm
Florida’s Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law, commonly known as “PIP,” is under attack in the Florida Legislature. The outcome -- if trial lawyers succeed -- will be increased insurance rates in 60 of 67 counties in Florida. They are trying to repeal PIP in favor of a lawsuit-based system and mandatory “bodily injury” insurance, which reduces consumer choices.

Florida Legislature Should Seek Real Solutions to the Parkland Shooting

February 20, 2018 - 6:30pm

The Parkland school shooting last week and the 17 deaths that resulted from it are nightmares no child or parent should ever have to experience. People are correct when they say “this must stop” and we need to find a way to make our children safe.

Action for Valentine’s Day Victims Starts with Us

February 19, 2018 - 2:30pm
Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

When everything was on the line in the 1940s, it was the United States of America that joined the fight and made the difference in defeating Nazi Germany. It was American initiative that led to the atomic bomb and ended the war in the Pacific, saving hundreds of thousands of American lives which likely would have been lost in an invasion of Japan.

First Steps of Action to Keep Our Students Safe

February 19, 2018 - 12:00pm

We all know the cycle: shock, followed by anger, after which we all say never again.

Then it happens again.  

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