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Field hands pick strawberries in Plant City

Labor-Challenged Farmers Need a Champion in Washington

In the battle over immigration policy, it's easy to overlook how much Florida agriculture needs an uncomplicated guest farmworker program. We're talking about am industry in this state that contributes $8 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product. Yet, it's suffering critical labor shortages as Congress makes up its mind how much it can help.  

September 19, 2018 - 6:00am

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It should come as no surprise that voters and taxpayers are not funding promotion of the grossly misnamed All for Transportation (AFT), 30-year, 14 percent rail tax hike.
Ron DeSantis
Look, I understand the Florida Democratic Party faces a difficult challenge in the gubernatorial race. 
As the Florida Supreme Court considered and ultimately removed Amendment 8, the education constitutional amendment, from the November ballot, there was a debate occurring among Florida conservatives over both the wording and the merits of the proposal.
If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck -- then, guess what? It’s Ron DeSantis tied to another racist statement, event, or person.
The Far-Left Democratic Party -- you know, the party that removed any mention of God from its platform and booed and jeered when a pro-forma mention of the Creator was added -- has found a new cloak for its anti-religious liberty policies: newly re-energized Leftist Christians.
It was Day Three of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings when Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J,, launched his 2020 presidential bid as a Thracian gladiator.
Jeanette Nuñez and Chris King
With Jeanette Nuñez and Chris King, the gubernatorial hopefuls Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum chose solid, if not bold, imaginative picks for their running mates last week.  But they face monumental missionary work after bitter, divisive primaries.
Nowhere in Florida is the new law dealing with beach access the firestorm it has become in Walton County. The reason is complicated.
There was a moment during the enjoyably bad Dwayne Johnson film “Rampage” that stood out for me. In an early scene space canisters with a serum crash to Earth and one lands in the Everglades, becoming devoured by an alligator that eventually grows gargantuan and tears apart Chicago. I joked with friends how proud I was to see a local performer in a major motion picture.
Andrew Gillum
Now that Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is the Democratic Party nominee for governor, the press and voters need to take a much closer look into his service as our ceremonial mayor.
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