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Rosier and Rosier for the Semblers; Cary Pigman's Blurry, Blurry Night

March 24, 2017 - 8:00pm

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.

 

The Semblers Were in Tallahassee to Collect

You had to know Mel and Betty Sembler weren't in Tallahassee this week to check out the remodeled Capitol. Actually, what they're in town doing is collecting on their campaign favors.

Cashing in on their investment.

Lawmakers, When Mel and Betty Sembler Talk ... Run Fast, Run Far

March 23, 2017 - 8:00am
Mel and Betty Sembler, couple shown right

Apparently there are still people in Florida -- including leaders in the Florida Legislature, of all places -- who are perfectly happy to give Mel and Betty Sembler's drug policy the time of day.

Aramis Ayala Pushing Back into Markeith Loyd Murder Case

March 20, 2017 - 5:45pm

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala said Monday she is pushing back against Gov. Rick Scott's decision last week to remove her from the case of accused cop killer Markeith Loyd.

Katie Edwards Is Engaged; Winners, Losers and Medical Marijuana

March 17, 2017 - 8:15am

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.

The U.S. Sugar Twist-a-roo: Environmentalists Are Their Own Worst Enemies

March 16, 2017 - 6:00am

No wonder sugar people are so loathe to speak up in their own defense. This week the twisted tongues of environmentalists showed us why.

Florida Must Keep Its Certificate of Need Program

March 15, 2017 - 6:00am

Certainly in most areas of American society, I stand tall for free-market principles. I always have. But when the conversation turns to eliminating what remains of the Certificate of Need Program (CON), I strongly oppose deregulation.

Indiantown and Hobe Sound: What Happens When a County Commission Fails

March 13, 2017 - 6:00am
Indiantown Marina

Despite a new, business-friendlier commission majority elected last fall in Martin County, the dictatorial regime of the last commission woke up a pair of unincorporated Martin communities.

Everglades Trust Makes It All about Them; Rick Scott's 'Thank You'

March 11, 2017 - 8:00am

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.

House Members, Please Don't Jeopardize Florida's Strong Economy

March 9, 2017 - 9:30pm

It's incredibly sad to watch House members who heartily supported Enterprise Florida during other sessions now talk nonchalantly about  flushing Florida's economic success down the toilet as if it happened by magic. As if Rick Scott didn't spend the last six years kicking the door open, hauling the state economy up by its bootstraps, turning Florida into the envy of every governor in America.

Senate Committee Broadens SB 10, Passes 'Coast-to-Coast' Water Bill

March 9, 2017 - 6:00am

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources, chaired by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, on Wednesday passed Senate Bill 10, legislation to reduce harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee and further other critical water resource protection.

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