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Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith

October 20, 2018 - 6:00am
Tom Steyer

Andrew Gillum might have started out a money underdog in the race for the Florida governor's mansion, but the Tallahassee mayor has become the darling of progressive out-of-state billionaires and with less than three weeks in the campaign, has money to burn.

October 18, 2018 - 6:00am

Six months ago no National Football League team would be caught dead involving itself in a state election.  But now look: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins have sunk $500,000 apiece into a committee to defeat Amendment 3, the 2018 ballot measure that would give voters the power to reject any expansion of casino gambling.

October 17, 2018 - 6:00am

James Madison Institute's just-released analysis of the two main governor candidates' economic platforms could wither a cactus. 

October 16, 2018 - 6:00am

If Monday's Supreme Court decision doesn't light a fire under Florida's conservative base, I have no idea what will.

October 15, 2018 - 6:00am

More Americans would go to the polls if somebody would just entertain them when they get there. Sad, but apparently true. There's research to prove it. Throw a parade, a picnic, a barbecue, a block party in enough cities and Florida polling places could lure 4 percent of the otherwise lazy and disengaged.

October 9, 2018 - 6:00am
Hurricane Hermine/credit: Tallahassee Democrat

You wait. Michael will go down as the most political hurricane in Florida history.

October 6, 2018 - 6:00am

News on most days comes straight out of President Trump's smartphone. Everything else is scraps.

October 4, 2018 - 6:00am

Twice during Tuesday night's debate Sen. Bill Nelson bemoaned the state of Florida teachers' salaries -- "they're $10,000 less than the national average for teachers," he said. 

September 30, 2018 - 9:00am
Maria Elvira Salazar

You know Republican Maria Elvira Salazar is a pretty good candidate when the Florida Democratic Party resorts to treating voters in Congressional District 27 like idiots in order to discredit her.

September 28, 2018 - 6:00am
Andrew Gillum

Democrats are giddy over Andrew Gillum's September lead, I get that. But the rest of us are hoping they might take a break from blowing raspberries at Gillum's Republican opponent long enough to answer some of the questions we have about this hard-left gubernatorial candidate.

September 27, 2018 - 6:00am
U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings

Maybe his South Florida constituency long ago grew numb to U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings' serial unscrupulousness. Certainly nobody kicked up much of a fuss when it was discovered Wednesday the Democratic congressman, serving in the shadow of his own checkered past, promoted a convicted money launderer in his Palm Beach County office to full-time "staff assistant."

September 26, 2018 - 6:00am

To hear the Democrats tell it, you'd think Rick Scott drove Florida education off a cliff. Have you see their latest ad, "It's School Time"?

September 22, 2018 - 6:00am
Rick Scott

The Democrats knew they had to do something. The news in Florida was way too good.

September 19, 2018 - 6:00am
Field hands pick strawberries in Plant City

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 14, 2018 - 6:00am
Mike Huckabee, Kathleen Passidomo and Cecilia Jones

It's not quite as painful as Cersei's walk of shame through the streets of King's Landing, but, by God, Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples and Rep. Katie Edwards-Walpole, D-Plantation are walking down those cold, stone steps -- figuratively speaking -- every day of the week.

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