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Political Monkey Business: Liberal Labarga Replaces Lawson with Perry on Supreme Court

January 5, 2017 - 6:00am
James E.C. Perry, Jorge Labarga and Alan Lawson

We thought "retired" Justice James E.C. Perry had served his last day on the Florida Supreme Court last Friday, Dec. 30. We thought it was Justice Alan Lawson's turn. Apparently not.

Really, Charlie? Another Run for Governor?

January 3, 2017 - 2:00pm
Charlie Crist

So Charlie Crist waits hours, not even days after being sworn in as a member of Congress on Tuesday, to show up for his first fundraising effort -- and the Tampa Bay Times tells us Charlie will make his way back to Florida for a couple of fundraising soirees, Jan. 16 and 17 in his honor in Sarasota and Miami Beach.

Leslie Wimes, Rising Star; Wildlife Paradise No More

December 31, 2016 - 6:00am

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.

2016 Election and Some of the Floridians We'll Remember It By

December 30, 2016 - 6:00am
David Jolly, Marco Rubio and Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Floridians with any kind of interest in politics aren't likely to forget crazy 2016. 

Dwight Bullard WILL Run for FDP Chair ... from Gadsden County

December 28, 2016 - 6:00am
Dwight Bullard, far right, with the Gadsden DEC Tuesday night

Former state Sen. Dwight Bullard, in and out of the running for Florida Democratic Party chair since the election ended, is very much in the race again. Bullard was sworn in as state committeeman Tuesday evening in Gadsden County, more than 300 miles from his Miami-Dade family home. He is replacing Gadsden's Sam Palmer, who wanted to step aside to make way for the social studies teacher at Coral Reef Senior High School in South Florida.

When You Cut Visit Florida ... and You Will ... Be Kind

December 24, 2016 - 6:00am
Credit: Orlando Sentinel

Visit Florida will emerge from the budget process next year a slimmer creature than it is today, I've resigned myself to that. But I hope it won't mean sacrificing Florida tourism's considerable muscle.

Bullsugar.org's Anti-Kevin Powers Campaign of Lies

December 23, 2016 - 6:00am
Kenny Hinkle Jr., Kevin Powers and Marty Baum

It offends me to see good people lied about and dragged through the mud. 

A Shrinking Clinton Foundation: Much of the World Will Mourn It

December 22, 2016 - 6:00am

When the dust settles, the biggest loser in Election 2016 could be the Clinton Foundation.

Florida's Courts 4th on Tort Reformers' 'Judicial Hellholes' List

December 20, 2016 - 8:30am

The controversial Florida Supreme Court and civil courts in South Florida find themselves dubiously honored in fourth position on the American Tort Reform Foundation's 2016-2017 list of "Judicial Hellholes" -- putting them among the nation's most unfair courts in the handling of civil litigation.

Floridians Mostly Feeling Optimistic Heading into the Age of Trump

December 20, 2016 - 6:00am
Florida Chamber of Commerce Building

For the first time since the Great Recession began in 2007, more than 50 percent of Floridians are more optimistic than pessimistic about the state's direction, according to a Florida Chamber poll just completed.

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