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Farewell Speeches: Gotta Be a Better Way to Kiss Goodbye

February 29, 2012 - 6:00pm

OK, the door to power and prominence is about to close on Florida's term-limited legislators. It's a blow to the ego, I get it. But what's with the nauseating, never-ending farewell speeches?

Thank You, Readers

February 29, 2012 - 6:00pm


LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE EDITOR

March 1, 2012

Pull out the streamers and raise the pita Its an exciting day in the world of Sunshine State News: March 1, 2012, marks our second anniversary delivering Floridas political news and insight to all of our dedicated readers. Thanks to so many of you who have written, phoned and emailed to give us your feedback and tell us you like what were doing!

Physician-Dispensing Workers' Comp Bill Gets a Kiss of Life

February 28, 2012 - 6:00pm

A bill that originally sought to limit how much doctors can charge for dispensing repackaged drugs to workers' compensation patients died after one Senate subcommittee vote, but it got a kiss of life when, moments later, one senator changed his vote and another returned to his seat.

"Never seen that before," said Delmus Ralther, a law enforcement officer waiting to speak on another bill. "They were rushing every other bill through, but they take time to revisit one after the vote? Wow."

Bad, Bad Bills: Getting Consumer Protection Struck From the Statutes

February 24, 2012 - 6:00pm

Rolling under the radar like a Stealth bomber, through committee after insurance committee, are HB 4087 and SB 1152 -- among the worst proposed legislation of the 2012 legislative session.

Senators Overhaul Workers' Comp Drug Repackaging Bill

February 22, 2012 - 6:00pm

Rather than just limit the amount doctors can charge their workers' comp patients for dispensing repackaged drugs in their offices, the Senate Health Regulation Committee's tennis match of amendments ended Wednesday in a bill that basically would do the following:

Only If You're a Republican Are Your Fundraising Tactics Deplorable

February 21, 2012 - 6:00pm

Bill Nelson scares America with a fundraising letter invoking "Karl Rove's dark-money group" and not a howl from a media watchdog. Not even one.

Drug Repackaging Bill Not Ready for Prime Time for Good Reason

February 19, 2012 - 6:00pm

Repeat bad information often enough and it sticks. Luckily, though, some senators are getting wise to a bogus pitch coming from a coalition of business groups and the insurance industry.

Santorum and Contraception Kerfuffle Has Me Begging for Debate No. 20

February 17, 2012 - 6:00pm

At least with debates, you've got issues. No debates, round-the-clock, TV-time silliness.

Obviously, Jack Latvala Never Had His Identity Stolen

February 14, 2012 - 6:00pm

Seems odd to me why a Florida senator would want to continue a system that exposes thousands of Floridians to identity theft. But Jack Latvala is sticking to Florida's turkey of a law like a cheap suit in the rain.

Food-Ban Bills Take a Bite out of Reason

February 12, 2012 - 6:00pm

Does the Florida Legislature really want to set itself up as the state food police?

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