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Why Middle East Peace Starts in Saudi Arabia

May 27, 2017 - 7:00am

The quixotic American pursuit of Middle East peace is a perennial. It invariably fails, yet every administration feels compelled to give it a try. The Trump administration is no different.

TaxWatch: Fewer Turkeys, Less Transparency

May 26, 2017 - 6:15pm

 Reforms to the way the Legislature puts its budget together lowered the number of "turkeys" wedged into the spending plan, but there are still some items Gov. Rick Scott should consider vetoing, a Tallahassee-based think tank said Friday.

Florida TaxWatch included $177.8 million worth of spending in its annual "Turkey Watch" report --- aimed at identifying projects that were added to the $82.4 billion spending plan under processes the business-backed organization objects to on the grounds of transparency or accountability.

Veto Pen Alert: Make Lawmakers Revamp the Spending Plan for 28 State Colleges

May 27, 2017 - 6:00am
Seminole State College

The Florida State College System (FCS) had Gov. Rick Scott's back in 2012 when he challenged all 24 institutions to offer a four-year, $10,000-degree program.

George Sheldon's Tale of Two Cities, Chicago and Miami

May 26, 2017 - 8:15am
George Sheldon

George Sheldon must have a lot of friends in Florida. Certainly somebody should ask the folks at Our Kids Miami-Dade/Monroe -- the ones who offered Sheldon their top job at $210,000 a year without much of a search for anybody else -- why they didn't aim a little higher? 

Putnam Faces Criticisms for 'Bandwagoning' Over Call for Medical Marijuana Special Session

May 26, 2017 - 6:00am
Adam Putnam and Matt Gaetz

Commissioner of Agriculture and Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam says the time is now for Florida to hold a special session on medical marijuana. Earlier this week Putnam added his name to the growing list of lawmakers and politicians who say the issue is too important for lawmakers to let go -- but not everyone is convinced Putnam's motives are pure.


Department of Health Lays Out Framework to Regulate Medical Marijuana

May 25, 2017 - 8:15pm

The Florida Department of Health is moving full speed ahead with a new regulatory system for medical marijuana after state lawmakers failed to finish the task during this year’s legislative session. 

Backroom Briefing: From Russia with Turnout Figures

South Florida Congressional Reps Want U.S. to Continue Backing Jordan Against ISIS

May 25, 2017 - 4:15pm
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ted Deutch

The two South Florida congressional representatives who lead the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee continued their effort to help Jordan battle terrorism this week. 


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