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The Governor's Office and Public Records: Something Is Very Wrong

June 5, 2011 - 6:00pm

Most Floridians are unaware of the drama that plays out daily on their behalf between the press and the governor's office.

I'm talking now about public records. About the simple act of retrieving information the citizens of Florida already paid for -- but can't have in a reasonable time period or at reasonable cost.

Citizens in the Sunshine State have come to believe -- and rightly so -- that most things their government does are as much their business as they are any elected official's.

Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature: Tough Choices or Wrong Choices?

$8,800 Worth of Welcome Signs: What's the Ruckus?

May 22, 2011 - 6:00pm

Why are we still hearing about the governor's "extravagant" nameplate on Florida welcome signs? Enough already. As issues go, an $8,800 expense taken from a $69.7 billion budget is about as scandalous as a saucy seaside postcard.

The governor spending tax dollars to spread his name around? It's an easy way to fire up readers. A cheap wind-up toy for a press corps at war with the governor's office.

LeBron: The John Lennon of the Miami Heatles

May 19, 2011 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: He's worth that $14.5 million now, Florida. Just look at LeBron James when Miami needs him most. Does anybody think he isn't the star of the hottest rock band on the NBA's 2011 stage?

LeBron, called the Sunshine State's 6-foot-8, 250-pound "best import of 2010," staggered during the regular season, but at just the right time, during three of Miami's last four playoff wins, he's made a dramatic turnaround and taken charge.

Front Line Strategies' Brett Doster: Good Vibes Abound

Left-Coast-Lovable Jack Latvala Anything But Republican

May 15, 2011 - 6:00pm

Charlie Crist is gone but his no labels movement is alive and well and flourishing at the Capitol like a clump of mushrooms in a ditch after the storm. We can thank Jack Latvala for that.

Thanks, J.D., for Conscience Lesson on E-Verify

May 4, 2011 - 6:00pm

You think Florida needs E-Verify? Really?

Listen to J.D. Alexander. Pull that 20-minute video clip from the Tuesday afternoon Senate session on immigration and just listen to him.

The Lake Wales senator pours his heart out on the reality the cold, light-of-day reality of using the costly, flawed, business-strangling E-Verify system. This is the system invented to check the legal-residency of new hires.

Alexander is an expert, thats why you listen to him. Personally, I think hes only expert on E-Verify up here. The rest of us just have opinions.

Tempus Fugit, Governor: Stay Home, Fight for Your Priorities

Swimming With Sharks: Flacks and Facts in Tallahassee

April 24, 2011 - 6:00pm

In Tallahassee, you cant throw out a line without hooking a flack. The water is black with 'em.

The state lists them in all kinds of ways as press secretaries, public information specialists, communications directors/coordinators/assistants, you name it. Titles boggle the mind. But the truth is, flacks feeding at the public trough actually outnumber legislators. They did before the new governor was sworn in, they do now.

Cliff Stearns, Rick Scott Turn Up Heat on EPA

April 22, 2011 - 6:00pm

Florida continues to pile grief on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the standards it set for the Sunshine State to comply with the federal Clean Water Act.

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Ocala, wrote a stinging, three-page, all-business letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, challenging her to prove -- paper trail included -- that the federal numeric nutrient rulemaking is necessary to keep Floridas lakes and flowing waters clean.

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