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Now Negron's Dipping into Florida Forever Money

March 8, 2017 - 6:00am

In his opening-day speech, Senate President Joe Negron dashed past the strike-all filed moments earlier in his southern Everglades reservoir bill. But lawmakers shouldn't be fooled. They might want to pump the brakes, crack the hood and take a closer look at this sneaky little amendment.

Colin Hackley Offers SSN Readers 2017 Session Opener in Photos

March 7, 2017 - 6:00pm
Colin Hackley

Tallahassee photographer Colin Hackley has been taking pictures for Sunshine State News almost since our beginning -- whenever we need him, he makes himself available to us.

Police Radio Pandemonium: Is the Harris Corp. in Over Its Head? Ask Pennsylvania

March 6, 2017 - 8:30am

Floridians should feel relieved Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature insisted on open and competitive bidding for a new Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS).

Is Joe Negron Charlie Crist All Over Again?

March 3, 2017 - 6:00am

It didn't strike me until Thursday, when I read Senate President Joe Negron's reflection on his two-day trip to Washington ... good heavens, this reservoir thing is back to the future with Charlie Crist.

It's deja vu all over again.

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.

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