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COUNTERPOINT: Parental Consent Bill Fraught with Danger for Pregnant Girls

October 25, 2019 - 6:00am

Another year, another opportunity for Florida to conjure up an abortion bill to shame a woman or scare the daylights out of a girl.

Rep. Erin Grall, R-Vero Beach, claims her House Bill 265 will keep pregnant girls under 18 safer because they will have to get their parents' written permission before they can have an abortion. I'm sure she means well. But I don't know how she figures she's promoting safety. Does she have proof? Can she show us the numbers?

Special Session Set to Decide if Suspended Broward Sheriff Should Be Reinstated

October 21, 2019 - 7:00am
Scott Israel, middle

Florida senators have a tough task ahead. Today they convene in special session to decide the fate of suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

Expect a high emotion quotient. More than two dozens Broward citizens, including parents of murdered children, vowed to travel to Tallahassee to have their say at the proceedings.

Billionaire Leftist George Soros Bought America's Media. Why Hasn't Anybody Noticed?

October 17, 2019 - 8:00am
George Soros

Clenched-teeth presidential debaters unloaded Tuesday night on Big Pharma, Big Tech, Big-Almost-Everything -- any industry that pours Big Bucks into influencing American politics. Yet, they skimmed right over the scariest and most sinister big sell-out of all: Big Media.

Where during the CNN/New York Times Democratic debate was the crumbling Fourth Estate, whose downhill slide in the 21st Century has sent it on a desperate treasure hunt for sugar daddies to prop it up?

Why didn't the name George Soros pop up?

Who's Getting Punished for Sex Crimes at Florida Day Spas? Here's a Hint: It's NOT the Men

October 7, 2019 - 8:30am
Robert Kraft, foreground, in July, his lifestyle unchanged

If raids on the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter and other Florida massage parlors were meant to crack down on human trafficking and protect women, they have done exactly the opposite.

The "johns" arrested basically "got off;" the women "prostitutes" -- sold to the public as victims of human trafficking -- were hammered legally, their lives turned upside down.

Ron DeSantis Stands Tall for President Trump

September 27, 2019 - 6:00am
Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump

Sometimes it isn't about the money. Gov. Ron DeSantis' announcement Thursday that he is raising money to back President Donald Trump against an impeachment coup is more about the Florida governor's vote of confidence in the president than it is about any amount of cash he can raise. Trust me on that.

Top Legal Observers Praise Lagoa and Luck, Trump's 11th Circuit Nominees

September 13, 2019 - 3:00pm
Hillarie Bass, John M. Stewart and Dori Foster-Morales

Florida Supreme Court Justices Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck are still receiving an outpouring of support Friday, one day after President Donald Trump selected them to serve on the powerful federal 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Here’s what they are saying:

John M. Stewart, president of The Florida Bar

Trump Chooses Florida Justices Lagoa and Luck for 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

September 12, 2019 - 7:30pm
Justices Robert Luck and Barbara Lagoa

President Donald J. Trump announced Thursday afternoon his intention to nominate two of Florida's newest Supreme Court justices, Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck, to serve as circuit judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. In so doing, the president likely will reshape the ideological bent of the 11th Circuit.

The president issued the announcement without comment, in a public-pool release from the Office of the Press Secretary.

If We Don't Take the Bahamas by the Hand, China Will

September 10, 2019 - 7:00am

Gov. Ron DeSantis was right Monday when he said Bahamas hurricane response and recovery are not Florida's responsibility, they're the federal government's. 

But the federal government had better come through with more than food and temporary shelter. These long-neglected neighbors of ours need leadership. And if they don't get it from us, China is more than willing to step in and take it over. 

The fact is, helping Bahamians put their country back together again is very much a national security issue for the United States.

Assault Weapons Registry ... Any Gun Registry ... Don't Do It

September 5, 2019 - 8:00am

The cockamamie suggestion of an assault weapons registry is back in the public conversation. That's a good thing. Thank you, state economists -- you've given me a chance to beat my drum for the Second Amendment.

Meeting Tuesday in Tallahassee, a panel of Florida economists weighed the burden of a proposed constitutional amendment that aims to ban assault weapons -- but grandfather in the guns already circulating, as long as their owners register them with the state.

The Bahamas Cries for Help: Humanitarian Crisis on an Unimaginable Scale

September 4, 2019 - 8:00am
Flattened Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas, Sept. 3, 2019

As dawn breaks Wednesday, the world is seeing what a tourist-dependent island nation looks like when a powerful hurricane smashes it to bits: mile upon mile of flooded neighborhoods, shredded homes and businesses, overturned boats and vehicles, and trees stripped of vegetation. 

Like Mexico Beach during Hurricane Michael, only Dorian had lashed the islands at major-hurricane strength for an unprecedented 36 hours.

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