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Safe Offshore Energy Development Shouldn't Be a Victim of Theatrics

September 5, 2018 - 5:15pm

Chances are, you’ve noticed it’s election season. It seems everywhere we look another politician is inserting his or her opinion on the latest hot topic, whether it’s education, public safety and, of course, the environment. Offshore development continues to be a “hot potato” issue -- it seems no one wants to touch it, at least not publicly.

Voters, Armed with Facts, Should Decide on Amendment 8

September 5, 2018 - 11:00am

Multiple Florida papers have editorialized that Amendment 8, the education amendment, should be removed from the ballot, taking the position that voters are not smart enough to understand what they are voting on.

Jeff Vinik Tax Just Doesn’t Add Up

September 5, 2018 - 6:00am

The 1 percent Jeff Vinik-inspired sales tax increase propaganda machine is up and running. The misinformation campaign has started. 

New York State Can’t Be Allowed to Stifle NRA’s Political Speech

August 26, 2018 - 11:30am

It’s no secret that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is no fan of the National Rifle Association. A mailer his campaign sent to New York voters this week proclaims, in bold letters: “If the NRA goes bankrupt, I will remember them in my thoughts and prayers.”

When You Say 'All for Transportation' in Hillsborough, 'All' Means 5 out of 1.4 Million

August 24, 2018 - 9:00am

Five downtown Tampa special interests contributed $150,000 each to fund the “All for Transportation” (AFT) transit tax-hike petition effort, literally buying their way onto the November ballot in Hillsborough County.

The $750,000 was used to fast-track a proposed massive and unnecessary 30-year transit tax hike that would raise the sales tax to 8 percent -- highest in the state -- if the referendum passes.

The tax will reel in $15-$18 billion. Most of the funds will be earmarked for inside the City of Tampa with about 30 percent of the county’s population.

Main Casualty in the Alvarez-Valdes Florida House Contest: Janet Cruz

August 22, 2018 - 10:30am
Janet Cruz

Susan Valdes, the early favorite in the Democratic primary race for Florida House District 62, has run a gaffe-riddled campaign but she won’t be branded the biggest loser if opponent Michael Alvarez pulls an upset next Tuesday.

That honor will belong to outgoing state Rep. Janet Cruz, who represents at present the Tampa district. The term-limited Cruz is challenging incumbent Republican state Sen. Dana Young in District 18.

Florida Democrats Did an Awesome Election Favor for Republicans

August 20, 2018 - 6:00am

The anti-Second Amendment, Democratic politicians who demanded the Legislature vote on calling a special session to repeal Florida's Stand Your Ground self-defense law either unwittingly or intentionally provided a great service to Republican incumbent legislators.   

Republican incumbents who previously had NRA ratings of A or A+ and voted in favor of Senate Bill 7026, the so-called "school safety" bill that contained gun control provisions, had their ratings dropped to a "C." 

The EPA Should Get on with Clean Water Act Reform

August 17, 2018 - 1:15pm

For many years, the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) has served as advocate for ordinary Americans facing byzantine regulation of their land by the EPA’s water bureaucrats.

Special Interests vs. The People: Hillsborough Tax War Has Officially Begun

August 16, 2018 - 6:00am
Fat cat Jeff Vinik

Jeff Vinik, the former Boston-based hedge fund manager who reinvented himself in Tampa, and his cronies have bought their way onto the November ballot by spending more than a half million dollars.

Anti-Gun Protests Focus on NRA when More Evidence Shows Local Problems

August 7, 2018 - 12:30am
Saturday's National March on the NRA in Fairfax, Va.

In the months following the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the citizens of Broward County have been subjected to ever-growing evidence community leaders have been culpable -- or at a minimum, neglectful in their duties. Now we learn of more problems, even as the focus of activists continues to be elsewhere.

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