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Proposed All Aboard Florida Regulations: Driven by Safety Concerns or Politics?

March 20, 2017 - 1:00pm

Since 2014, the team behind All Aboard Florida (AAF) and Brightline has known that expanding rail in the Space Coast and the Treasure Coast would not be an easy sell. Over the past year, All Aboard Florida officials have expressed optimism after winning court battles and obtaining permits to move forward.

Trump Protesters Leaving a Mark at GOP Events on the First Coast

March 16, 2017 - 2:00pm

Over the last few weeks, protesters against President Donald Trump have been showing up at local Republican rallies in Northeast Florida.

Will More Taxpayer-Funded Lawsuits Derail All Aboard Florida in 2017?

January 26, 2017 - 11:00am

In recent weeks, opponents of All Aboard Florida’s (AAF) Brightline project insist they have scored some major victories against the expansion of high-speed rail. Groups like Citizens Against The Train (CATT) have boasted the main reason why AAF’s expansion has slowed is because of  taxpayer-funded lawsuits against the project.

Talk Radio Ranks the Top Stories of 2016

January 10, 2017 - 8:30am

Talkers magazine, well regarded in the talk radio community, has looked at the top stories and people of the last year and, not surprisingly, the presidential race overshadowed everything else. 

In Florida, It’s All About the Numbers

November 8, 2016 - 6:00am

The elections in Florida are coming down to who has the better ground game to bring out their voters.

Some Races and Issues of Note in Tuesday's Primary

August 29, 2016 - 6:00am
Protestors outside of Brian Mast HQ in Stuart on Saturday, demanding he return donations from Big Sugar

You may have other ideas which of Tuesday's primaries stand out in Florida. But from my point of view, after spending the summer traveling the state, here is a thumbnail sketch of some of the most notable races, local through congressional, I saw leading to the Big Day Aug. 30. 

Congressional Races


CD 18, Republican

The most covered congressional race this year in the Republican primary is CD 18 on Florida's east coast. This is the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy who is running for U.S. Senate.

Mike Hill: House Leadership Killed My Anti-Terrorism Bill Out of Spite

July 13, 2016 - 6:00am
Mike Hill, Steve Crisafulli and Ritch Workman

Days after the June 12 Pulse nightclub shooting that took the lives of 49 innocent people in Orlando, the political demagoguery began.
Many on the liberal left, from the Florida chapter of the National Organization of Women to the Florida Democrat Party, were calling for more gun control laws. If Florida had stricter gun measures, the Pulse nightclub massacre shooting would not have happened, they said.

All Aboard Florida Gaining Steam, Opponents Losing It

June 20, 2016 - 1:00pm

Since the announcement of the high-speed rail train project, All Aboard Florida (AAF) has been outflanked by its opponents when it comes to public relations. But on the legal front, AAF is winning the battle.

Matt Caldwell, Carlos Lopez-Cantera Make the Grade But Too Many Turkeys in Tallahassee

March 1, 2016 - 4:30pm

Welcome to The Dean’s List — an Ed Dean-style look at who Florida’s political achievers were (and weren’t) in the last seven days. What you see here is strictly my opinion, not necessarily the editor’s or the rest of the staff at Sunshine State News.

Fight Between Enterprise Florida, AFP Intensifies

February 23, 2016 - 3:15pm
Chris Hudson and Bill Johnson

So far, compared to last year, the current Florida legislative session has been pretty calm. But that could change in the final weeks as Gov. Rick Scott’s  proposal to increase funding for Enterprise Florida hits the floor. EF has gotten into a nasty, public fight with fiscal conservative critics. 



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