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Septic Tanks a Red Herring? Wait for the Real Science Guy, Senators

January 12, 2017 - 6:00am

As Rob Bradley's Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources moves forward, its members might want to "weight" some of the scientists, engineers and other "experts" they're relying on to educate them.

Christian Ziegler Says He IS Running a Positive Campaign

January 11, 2017 - 8:00am
Blaise Ingoglia and Christian Ziegler

Republican challenger for state party chair Christian Ziegler denies he is running a "scorched earth" campaign, as some committee men and women around the state complain.

"Why would I do that?" Ziegler asked me Tuesday night. "I know we all have to come together and be friends and work for victory when this is over."

Exactly. 

Certainly that is the hope. 

SFWMD Exposes Everglades Foundation's 'South Reservoir' Bunkum

January 10, 2017 - 5:45pm
Tom Van Lent, Joe Negron and Michael Maloney

Who was it who said, "When liars figure, figures lie"? I have no idea, but he sure as heck could have been talking about those wily coyotes at the Everglades Foundation/Coalition/Trust.

Bullard Wins Party Chair Endorsement of the Democratic Black Caucus

January 8, 2017 - 3:30pm

Former state Sen. Dwight Bullard, progressive candidate for chair of the Democratic Party of Florida, has won the endorsement of the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida, an organization representing 1.6 million black Democrats in the Sunshine State.

Henry Crespo Sr., president of DBCF, told Bullard he "will be casting his weighted vote" for him, according to a memo Bullard received Sunday. See the memo in the attachment below.

Obama, Most Anti-Israel President of All-Time; Bill Nelson Goes Stealth for Obamacare

January 7, 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.

 

Barack Obama's Anti-Israel Legacy

Many of my colleagues tell me their biggest beef with the Obama administration is the doomed Affordable Care Act.

It's not mine.

For me, the most egregious failure of this administration has been President Obama's determination at every turn to pull the rug out from under the state of Israel.

Bondi's White House Call Close; Who Will be Florida's Next AG?

January 5, 2017 - 5:30pm

The Hill, one of the most reputable newspapers in Washington, reports this afternoon Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is a hair's breadth away from going to work for Donald Trump's White House. 

Political Monkey Business: Liberal Labarga Replaces Lawson with Perry on Supreme Court

January 5, 2017 - 6:00am
James E.C. Perry, Jorge Labarga and Alan Lawson

We thought "retired" Justice James E.C. Perry had served his last day on the Florida Supreme Court last Friday, Dec. 30. We thought it was Justice Alan Lawson's turn. Apparently not.

Really, Charlie? Another Run for Governor?

January 3, 2017 - 2:00pm
Charlie Crist

So Charlie Crist waits hours, not even days after being sworn in as a member of Congress on Tuesday, to show up for his first fundraising effort -- and the Tampa Bay Times tells us Charlie will make his way back to Florida for a couple of fundraising soirees, Jan. 16 and 17 in his honor in Sarasota and Miami Beach.

Leslie Wimes, Rising Star; Wildlife Paradise No More

December 31, 2016 - 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.

2016 Election and Some of the Floridians We'll Remember It By

December 30, 2016 - 6:00am
David Jolly, Marco Rubio and Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Floridians with any kind of interest in politics aren't likely to forget crazy 2016. 

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