Talk about a misnomer. The inappropriately named "Campus Free Expression Act," approved Tuesday by a 7-4 vote of the Florida Senate Education Committee, would offer students about as much freedom as a prison yard.
Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox, who led the state Democratic Party and made runs for Florida governor, attorney general and agriculture commissioner, is under investigation by the FBI for mail fraud and bribery, according to a search warrant affidavit apparently left unsealed by the federal court.
Florida Forever finally found its land champion in Senate Appropriations Chairman Rob Bradley.
As it did last year, the Wall Street Journal this week lashed out at Florida senators -- particularly Insurance and Banking Chair Anitere Flores, R-Miami -- who oppose reform-minded Republicans "trying to shut down a trial-bar scheme that's bleeding property insurers and sending Sunshine State premiums skyrocketing."
UPDATED MONDAY EVENING TO INCLUDE SEN. BENACQUISTO'S COMMENTS. A prominent Tampa businessman said Sunday he is still waiting to hear if the chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee is going to investigate the extramarital affair of Sens. Anitere Flores and Oscar Braynon.
Maybe now -- four deaths later -- state and federal officials can stop looking at opposition to All Aboard Florida/Brightline's high-speed rail service as the product of a few sour Treasure Coast residents trying to hold back progress.
Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, released his chamber's new comprehensive policy on workplace harassment to members Thursday, emphasizing in an accompanying memo his commitment "to ensuring all of us have a safe workplace to do the people’s business."
Barely out of the testing phase, another of Brightline's Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach high-speed passenger trains claimed a victim Wednesday. It brings the death toll for the fledgling rail service to four.
No matter how well it performs, VISIT FLORIDA apparently has to beat its chest publicly for every crumb before a skeptical Legislature. It shouldn't have to, frankly.
Either Bill Nelson has been standing too close to Charlie Crist, or his memory is beginning to go south. Or, more probably, he just doesn't think you'll notice. The point is, when it comes to offshore drilling, Florida's senior senator has developed a conspicuous case of the flip-flops.