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Everglades Foundation Economist Has a (Disqualifying) Credibility Gap

March 1, 2017 - 6:00am
Eric Eikenberg, Amy Baker and Mike Maloney

We either need the cool head of state economist Amy Baker on the economic impact of a massive reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, or we take the James Madison Institute's study of economic impact as gospel. There is no third choice.

For me, the Everglades Foundation's economic impact study is disqualified -- or should be.

When County Commissioners Break the Law, Shouldn't the Local Newspaper Be Paying Attention?

February 28, 2017 - 6:00am

Why did it take a newspaper 100 miles away in Miami to tell Martin County citizens three of their commissioners have been breaking the law for the last four years?

I'll tell you why, and it gives me no pleasure to say this: It's because the newspaper of record in Martin County, The Stuart News -- where I worked for 28 years -- wasn't covering the bizarre story of collusion, deception and outright lies in Lake Point's lawsuit against Martin County.

That's wasn't. As in Was Not. First instinct: Protect the ones you love, I guess.

Martin County Commissioners' 'Criminal' Behavior; Republican Recklessness

February 25, 2017 - 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.

Denials Are Over for Martin County Commission's Public Records Sinners 

Shocker? Trump Supporter Matt Gaetz Says President Should Produce His Tax Returns

February 24, 2017 - 3:00pm
Matt Gaetz at Grover T's BBQ in Milton earlier Thursday

First-term GOP Congressman Matt Gaetz, a steadfast Trump supporter, shocked even CNN at a "town hall" event near Pensacola Thursday night when he called for President Donald J. Trump to release his tax returns.

'Sticker Shock': Negron Plan Would Slap Florida with a $695 Million Annual Loss

February 23, 2017 - 10:00pm

Florida would take a devastating economic hit if Senate President Joe Negron's SB 10 becomes law, reveals an eye-opening study released Thursday by the James Madison Institute.

House Subcommittee Hears Congressman Blow (Silent) Raspberries at Negron's Reservoir Plan

February 23, 2017 - 6:00am
Matt Caldwell and Francis Rooney

If Senate President Joe Negron thought Wednesday was the day a House version of SB 10 would lift off the launch pad, he must have been beyond grief at day's end.

House Appropriations Dooms Enterprise Florida, Guts Visit Florida, as Expected

February 22, 2017 - 6:00am
Rep. Paul Renner presents his bill Tuesday

The House Appropriations Committee voted 18-12 Tuesday to advance a measure that 1) eliminates Florida's 21-year-old economic development agency and 2) emasculates its tourism marketing arm. 

West Palm Crime Story: Media Really Must Stop Giving Trump an Excuse to Hammer Them

February 20, 2017 - 6:00am

Donald Trump likes to niggle Chicago as the poster child for violent crime, but over the weekend NBC had some fun with federal crime statistics, pointing out that West Palm Beach's crime was equal to the Windy City's in 2015.

Anti-Gunners' Hollow Victory; Negron a Flip-Flopper?; Picture a Reservoir Here

February 18, 2017 - 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.

Hollow Victory for the Anti-Gunners

One More Plea to Spare Visit Florida

February 17, 2017 - 6:00am

Speaker Richard Corcoran and the Florida House are going to do what they've got to do, I know that. And, Lord knows, I like a lot of what they do. But kill Visit Florida? Please reconsider, ladies and gentlemen.




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