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... 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.

Letter from 60 Water Policy Experts: Stay the Everglades Restoration Course

January 31, 2017 - 6:00pm
Henry Dean

Gov. Rick Scott will have a front-row seat in what has become -- overnight, apparently -- the battle of the Everglades experts.

Judge Blocks Trump Deportation Order; Big Shows of Support for Detainees

January 29, 2017 - 7:45am
Protesters at Tampa International Airport

A federal judge in New York handed Donald Trump his first loss as president, granting an ACLU request to stay deportations of people detained on entry to the United States as a result of Trump's executive order.

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