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Senators Get a Look at New Sexual Harassment Policy

January 19, 2018 - 6:00am
Joe Negron and Jack Latvala

Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, released his chamber's new comprehensive policy on workplace harassment to members Thursday, emphasizing in an accompanying memo his commitment "to ensuring all of us have a safe workplace to do the people’s business."

Fledgling AAF/Brightline Claims a Fourth Life

January 18, 2018 - 6:00am

Barely out of the testing phase, another of Brightline's Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach high-speed passenger trains claimed a victim Wednesday. It brings the death toll for the fledgling rail service to four.

VISIT FLORIDA Still Working Its Magic

January 18, 2018 - 6:00am

No matter how well it performs, VISIT FLORIDA apparently has to beat its chest publicly for every crumb before a skeptical Legislature. It shouldn't have to, frankly. 

Bill Nelson: I Always Opposed Offshore Drilling ... Uh, Except When I Didn't

January 17, 2018 - 6:00am
Bill Nelson

Either Bill Nelson has been standing too close to Charlie Crist, or his memory is beginning to go south. Or, more probably, he just doesn't think you'll notice. The point is, when it comes to offshore drilling, Florida's senior senator has developed a conspicuous case of the flip-flops.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 2018 - 12:00pm

I had the privilege of being part of Martin Luther King, Jr.'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.

Flores and Braynon Affair: More Dysfunction Exposed during Negron's Senate Presidency

January 9, 2018 - 12:30pm
Rep. Shevron Jones, Sens. Anitere Flores and Oscar Braynon in Boston

Rumors of the affair between Republican Sen. Anitere Flores and Democratic Sen. Oscar Braynon have been drifting around Tallahassee for more than a year. But not until Tuesday, when an anonymous texter sent media outlets surveillance "evidence" of to-ing and fro-ing between apartments at The Tennyson, where they both lived last April, did the rumors become a public reality.

Snow, Ice and Parkas: This Can't Be Florida!

January 3, 2018 - 8:00am
Credit: Michael J. Smith

With temperatures in the 20s and 30s, and wind chill as much as 20 degrees lower than that, North Florida was reeling in sustained shots of arctic air Wednesday morning, including as much as a quarter inch of ice and a couple inches of snow in the Panhandle.

To Integrate the Tallahassee Men's Club, More Women in Positions of Power

January 2, 2018 - 6:00am

If you think about it, the scandalous events that played out in Tallahassee in 2017 should have come as no surprise. Women in America are still fighting battles they thought they won in 1920 when the 19th Amendment was ratified.

Everglades Deja Vu Alert: Let's Not Repeat 'Reservoir 2008'

December 23, 2017 - 6:30pm
Joe Negron, Ernie Marks, J.P. Sasser and Kimberly Mitchell

Does anybody believe Senate President Joe Negron decided all on his own -- before he'd studied the completed plans -- to challenge the science behind the South Florida Water Management District models for the reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee? 

Latvala Resigns ... but Is Quid Pro Quo for Donations Next?

December 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
Jack Latvala

The question is no longer whether Sen. Jack Latvala will resign or fight. We're way past that now. Latvala, 66, resigned Wednesday from the Senate effective Jan. 5, four days before the start of the 2018 legislative session -- no surprise to anyone except maybe his lawyer, Steve Andrews.

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