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Cool-Head Dean Cannon, Hero; Not-So-Cool, Bill-Happy Legislators, Zeroes

January 23, 2011 - 6:00pm

Speaker Dean Cannon, Hero

Dean Cannon had the right stage and the right message, but whether the media heard him remains to be seen.

Rep. William Snyder's Early Notice: This Is My Last Term

January 18, 2011 - 6:00pm

Rep. William Snyder, the quiet, unpretentious legislator who will walk a block out of his way to avoid the limelight, strode into it willingly Tuesday.

Martin Luther King Jr., American Hero; Arizona No-Show John Boehner, Zero

January 16, 2011 - 6:00pm

Martin Luther King Jr., Hero

I had the privilege of being part of this man's magic when I heard him speak in 1962, while I was in college in North Carolina. There -- in a segregated city where whites used one toilet and "coloreds" another, where the largest hospital admitted blacks only to windowless basement rooms -- the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., in a single afternoon, welded into one thousands of people, black and white.

Florida Has Till Fall to Pay Feds Interest on $2 Billion Loan

January 14, 2011 - 6:00pm

As if Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature don't have a high enough fiscal mountain to climb, the federal government is about to bill them for interest on the $2 billion the state borrowed to pay unemployment benefits.

Don't Change Term Limits

January 13, 2011 - 6:00pm

Want a laugh? A couple of legislators are trying to tell us if we want better government, we have to keep them in office longer.

More good policies? More of them.

After the Pomp: Sobering Reality for Gov. Rick Scott

January 8, 2011 - 6:00pm

Rick Scott was little more than a speck in the distance, but Cole Mehone, 38, stood weighted down by his backpack at the far edge of the VIP section, straining to hear every word the newly sworn-in governor had to say. The out-of-work accountant had hitchhiked from Panama City to Tallahassee, without a ticket or money to buy one -- to see his first inauguration, yes, but more important, to honor the man he believes is going to jump-start his stalled life.

Letter to Charlie Crist

January 1, 2011 - 6:00pm

Dear Charlie,

I'm going to miss you in Florida politics. Well, eventually. When you really do leave for good, I'll be the first one burying my head in a hankie. Nobody -- not even the dour Bill McCollum -- has provided me with more column fodder. In the meantime, Charlie, as Gov.-elect Rick Scott takes his oath to replace you, I offer this little bit of parting advice:

25 Years of Florida Main Street: Look How It Boosts the State's Economy

December 29, 2010 - 6:00pm

Take a good look at the Florida Main Street program. It's sneaky clever. It's all about preserving the character and vitality of decaying downtowns -- and that would be reason enough to love it -- but here's the big bonus: It pumps cash like a wildcat well into all 50 Main Street communities.

Lavish Inauguration for Rick Scott? Says Who?

December 25, 2010 - 6:00pm

Let's put the so-called "extravagant" inauguration of Florida's 45th governor in a little perspective.

Charlie Crist's Lust for Labels

December 21, 2010 - 6:00pm

How did Charlie Crist get accepted into the national "No Labels" movement? He lost a high-profile election, that's how.

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