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Roger Stone's Bizarre Poisoning and the Russian Hacking Connection

January 19, 2017 - 9:30am
Roger Stone in Miami: nothing if not outrageous

Nothing screams "Buy my book!" louder than an assassination attempt on the author using a radioactive substance "suspected in the death of former PLO leader Yassar Arafat."

FLL Shooter Santiago Converted to Islam before He Joined the Army

January 17, 2017 - 1:00pm
Esteban Santiago, aka Aashiq Hammad

The gunman suspected of killing five people at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Jan. 6 was ordered held without bail during a hearing in Fort Lauderdale this morning. U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana Snow set a Jan. 30 arraignment hearing. 

Santiago could get the death penalty if convicted of federal airport violence and firearms charges that resulted in death. He still hasn't entered a plea.

Public Support Might Have Tempered Bondi's Opposition to Marijuana

January 17, 2017 - 6:00am

If Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for drug czar, marijuana advocates might not be as disappointed as they imagine.

Pass the Popcorn: Son of 'SFWMD vs. Everglades Foundation 2' Now Playing

January 15, 2017 - 10:30am

As the week wound down, the Everglades Foundation (EF) and South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) already had produced more sequels in their epic battle over Everglades reservoirs than we ever got from "Clash of the Titans."

Everglades Foundation Replies, Diva-Style; Oh, Charlie!

January 14, 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.

Everglades Foundation Shares a Tantrum

The Everglades Foundation desperately needs to star in its own movie every time the cameras roll. This isn't an insult, it's just an observation. Like a diva, this environmental overseer is used to being treated with kid gloves whenever it makes an appearance. It's used to being cheered. Adored. 

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."


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.




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