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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.