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FIU Law School Dean, Alexander Acosta, Trump's Secretary of Labor Pick

February 16, 2017 - 2:30pm
Alexander Costa

Alexander Acosta, dean of Florida International University College of Law and chairman of U.S. Century Bank, is President Donald Trump's new nominee for Secretary of Labor, Fox News and CNBC are now reporting.

Renewables on Life Support: No Break for Biomass

February 16, 2017 - 11:15am

CORRECTED TO FIX COST OF SOLAR: Unfair pricing and the absence of a free market for all of Florida's renewable electricity generation have biomass technologies in a steep decline. 

It doesn't seem right. Biomass energy production is being bullied in Florida, or so it seems. Why?

... Meanwhile, Burmese Pythons Discover the Florida Keys

February 14, 2017 - 4:30pm

While the Florida Legislature talks about blowing billions of dollars on land in the Everglades, the reptilian elephant in the room continues to prosper, undeterred in those same Everglades.

Sad Prospect: The 'Royalty' of Jeff Atwater Gone from Tallahassee

February 13, 2017 - 6:00am
Jeff Atwater

Plenty of elected officials have served longer and noisier than Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, but few have done so at every level of government with as much integrity and character. 

Florida Audubon's Two Heads; Bullsugar Bob Markey II, Exception or Norm?

February 11, 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.

A Win-Win: Speed Dike Restoration to Cut Damaging Discharges

February 10, 2017 - 6:00am

Sen. Jack Latvala said he was still waiting to hear alternatives to the 60,000-acre Everglades land buy -- after he'd just listened to a pretty darn good one from Sen. David Simmons, R-Longwood.

Miami Beach Taxpayers, Demand Philip Levine Pay for His Own Lawsuit

February 8, 2017 - 6:00am

As Rocket Raccoon from "Guardians of the Galaxy" described himself, "Ain't no thing like me, except me."

There ain't no thing like Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, either. Or so he's out to prove. Democrat Levine --  multimillionaire businessman, mayor since 2013 -- is a man who would be governor of Florida.

But ask yourself this: Is Levine really imbued with public spirit and a drive to grab the helm of state ... or did he realize he'd better find another job PDQ, before the voters of Miami Beach dump him like a head of week-old lettuce?

Bill Fixes Costly Elderly Prisoners Problem; UCF's 'Leftist Fight Club'

February 4, 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.

Boy, Does President Trump Ever Want Scott Pruitt at EPA

February 3, 2017 - 6:00am
Scott Pruitt

The Trump sledgehammer is coming down about as hard as it can on the Environmental Protection Agency -- no muscle spared.

Richard Corcoran: Looking for a More Ethical, More Fiscally Prudent Gov't

February 1, 2017 - 6:00am
Richard Corcoran

House Speaker Richard Corcoran is watching Tallahassee like a hawk -- suspicious of everything unless it's transparent, he admits. And even then, he'll put it under a microscope.

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