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April 25, 2018 - 7:00am
As senators consider the nomination of the next secretary of veterans affairs, they should first reflect on the story of an Army veteran named Jason White.
April 25, 2018 - 6:00am
Not many stories bring me to my knees. But what happened to one 59-year-old woman appearing for a Broward County bond hearing in first-appearance court April 15 shot straight through my heart.
April 24, 2018 - 5:00pm
David Hogg
Parkland shooting spokesperson David Hogg is not slowing down his media push. The ever-present Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student has become emboldened by the mainstream press lending its full support to his anti-gun activism. 
April 22, 2018 - 7:00am
For the first time in the history of the republic, it appears increasingly likely that a majority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote against the president's nominee for secretary of state. If this happens, it would be a black mark not on Mike Pompeo's record, but on the reputation of this once-storied committee.
April 23, 2018 - 6:00am
In Florida’s legislative session, a bipartisan supermajority passed a bill, House Bill 631, that provides uniformity in how we preserve the public’s recreational use of the beaches, even when a portion of that beach is on private property. In politics, nothing truly controversial gets lopsided support from both parties. 
April 20, 2018 - 5:00pm
Sheriff Scott Israel with Gov. Rick Scott
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is a lot like Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who scurried out of his marmot hole in February -- and was so fearful of his own shadow, he scampered back below f
April 20, 2018 - 10:30am
In a recent Miami Herald article, Bill Nelson said he doesn’t need to do anything to motivate African American voters.
April 19, 2018 - 2:00pm
All it took was John Morgan, the father of Florida’s marijuana movement, to call Gwen Graham out on her position on legalizing marijuana for her to start doing political gymnastics again!
April 19, 2018 - 9:30am
On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairwoman of the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, held a hearing on “Libya Fractured: The Struggle for Unity.” Her opening statement is below. 
April 17, 2018 - 6:00am
Coral Gables Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli and Gov. Rick Scott
The lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott and other state officials over state gun laws is a phony. The 12 mayors who signed onto Weston v. Scott know it; now they're doing what they can to look out for themselves, constituents be damned.
April 16, 2018 - 6:00am
Jason Fitzsimons
Conspiracy theories have always turned me off, and I'm not posing one now -- but doesn't anyone else want to know what happened to Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Fitzsimons?
April 16, 2018 - 7:00am
President Trump's decision last year to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base was intended to send the Assad regime a message that its use of chemical weapons would no longer be tolerated. But the strikes also had a broader purpose: showing other regimes that the Obama era of U.S. weakness was over, and that America's adversaries would have to adjust their calculations about our willingness to act in response to their provocations.
April 14, 2018 - 6:00am
It's good to see a Florida waterfront county where so many citizens -- if not the majority of their county commissioners -- are prepared to do whatever it takes to rid local waters of sewage effluent. 
April 13, 2018 - 6:00am
The criminal justice system in Florida has seen many changes since I first started coming to Tallahassee nearly 40 years ago. The focus is almost always on the criminal; giving the right punishment for the crime while protecting their constitutional rights. But there is another party that is always affected when a crime is committed -- the victim. Unfortunately, Florida’s track record of protecting their constitutional rights is not as great.
April 12, 2018 - 10:30am
Second Circuit Judge Karen Gievers ruled Wednesday that Joe Redner, a pony-tailed strip club owner from Tampa, is entitled to grow his own pot.
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