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Keys National Marine Sanctuary Getting Three New Top Administrators

May 24, 2017 - 6:00am

The National Ocean Service is narrowing the field of new leadership at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) nearly a year after an investigation of "waste, fraud and a hostile work environment" at the Sanctuary concluded that -- yes -- changes have to be made there.

All Aboard the Gambling Gravy Train

May 20, 2017 - 8:30am

It wasn't their intention, but Florida Supreme Court justices' Gretna decision sure started the engine on the Legislature's 2018 gravy train. 

When the high court affirmed Thursday that the Legislature, not the voters, have the authority to decide whether pari-mutuels can add lucrative games ... 

Tom Delacenserie -- Successful, Under Fire -- Resigns as Lottery Secretary

May 19, 2017 - 6:00pm
Tom Delacenserie

Just four days after The Florida Lottery posted record monthly sales for a single month, Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie has resigned his position, to be effective June 2, 2017.

Medical Marijuana Patients Left in the Lurch after Crackdown on Smokeable Product

May 18, 2017 - 6:00am

The Florida Department of Health can move quickly when it wants to. 

Governor, Go Ahead: Veto This Bad Education Bill in Good Conscience

May 17, 2017 - 1:45pm

UPDATED: Rick Scott will veto House Bill 7069. I feel it. He might even veto the Florida Education Finance Program, or FEFP, which is the majority of funding for K-12 public schools. The only thing he's waiting for is assurance leaders in the Legislature don't have the votes to override him.

'Can You Hear Me Now?' Annette Taddeo Re-announces her Florida Senate Run

May 16, 2017 - 6:00pm
Annette Taddeo

Apparently Annette Taddeo didn't announce her candidacy on May 9 in the Senate District 40 special election after all. Never mind that virtually every media outlet in Tallahassee and Miami carried it at the time. She announced it Tuesday. That's today. Apparently.

Defense of Crony Contracts by Sheldon's Flack Untimely and Unsavory

May 15, 2017 - 5:45pm
George Sheldon

Ordinarily, I wouldn't give the time of day to an editor-turned-flack who whines on Facebook  about the press mistreating his boss and mistreating a Florida technology company to which George Sheldon gave $811 million in consulting contracts. But I'll make an exception for Neil Skene. 

Scott at SB 10 Signing: I Am Committed to Dike Rehabilitation

May 13, 2017 - 6:00am

Not everybody readily understood why Gov. Rick Scott chose Clewiston, a farming community in the heart of the EAA, as the stage for Friday's ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 10.

RPOF Rolling Out Home-Schooled Candidates; Visit Florida and Fulham: Woulda, Coulda

May 11, 2017 - 10:00am


This column is a vehicle for a number of items in a bits-and-pieces, strictly opinion, sometimes irreverent format. Look for "Just Sayin'" to run once a week in this spot.

 

RPOF's Eager-Beaver Home Boys Ready to Run in 2018

Maybe the inspiration came from RPOF past Vice Chair Joe Gruters, who won the District 73 House seat in 2016. But all of a sudden raring-to-go candidates for 2018 are popping up like tarts in a bakery -- all from Republican committees around the state.

Consider these, so far:

Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey

May 9, 2017 - 6:30pm
James Comey

President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, the White House announced Tuesday afternoon.

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