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Carlos Muñiz Named Florida's 89th Florida Supreme Court Justice

January 22, 2019 - 10:45am

Conservative Carlos Muñiz is Gov. Ron DeSantis' third and final choice to replace the three justices who have mandatorily retired on the Florida Supreme Court.

DeSantis, with Lt. Gov Jeanette Nuñez and the Muñiz family at his side, made the announcement during a Tuesday morning press conference on the doorstep of the Governor's Mansion.

In his remarks, DeSantis said, “The court is going to apply the law as written. You may not agree with every decision, but (the justices) are not going to go off on a major tangent. I think that is very good for us. I think that the separation of powers will be strengthened with the newly constituted court.”

“The role of a judge is to preserve the Constitution, not to add to it or subtract from it,” Muniz said. “I believe strongly in judicial independence, but judges have to earn that independence through their fidelity to the Constitution.”

Susan Bucher, Palm Beach Elections Super, Gets DeSantis' Heave-Ho

January 19, 2019 - 6:00am
Susan Bucher

A week ago, a bitter Janet Hazelit, a one-time employee in the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office, appeared on a local TV station in South Florida calling the removal of former Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes "a race thing. ..."

Stuart's New Water Woes: Are They the Canary in the Coal Mine for Florida?

January 18, 2019 - 6:00am

In an ironic twist, in the same city where Gov. Ron DeSantis rolled out his no-holds-barred environmental statement last week,  another multimillion-dollar water-contamination crisis has reared its ugly head.

Tom Warner, Florida's First Solicitor General: 'They Don't Make 'Em Like Tom Anymore'

January 16, 2019 - 6:00am
Tom Warner and the Florida Capitol

Tom Warner, Florida's first solicitor general and one of the state's most beloved public servants during the 1990s, died at home Friday surrounded by family after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.

Robert Luck Is DeSantis' Second Supreme Court Pick

January 14, 2019 - 10:00am

Robert J. Luck, highly respected rule-of-law conservative on the 3rd District Court of Appeal and the only Jewish applicant for the job, is Gov. Ron DeSantis' second pick for the Florida Supreme Court.

Gov. DeSantis, Think Beyond Those Ill-Advised SFWMD Board Resignations

January 12, 2019 - 10:00am

Gov. Ron DeSantis proclaimed in his inaugural address that making water quality a priority in Florida isn't just the smart thing to do, it’s the right thing to do. I absolutely agree with him. I believe the governor has the best of intentions.

Ingoglia Leaves on a High Note: RPOF Delivered Election Results that Made a Difference

January 10, 2019 - 6:00am
Blaise Ingoglia

Blaise Ingoglia, Republican Party of Florida chair -- successful against all odds -- will be a tough act to follow. But somebody's got to do it. The Spring Hill representative is a firm believer in term limits for party chairs, and when the party meets this weekend in Orlando to elect a chairman, he won't be running for a third two-year term.

Judge Barbara Lagoa Is DeSantis' First Supreme Court Pick

January 9, 2019 - 10:00am

Judge Barbara Lagoa, a rock-solid, rule-of-law conservative from Miami and the first Cuban-American woman to serve on the Third District Court of Appeal, is Gov. Ron DeSantis' first of three Supreme Court selections.

SFWMD Governing Board Member Melanie Peterson Was Nobody's Toady

January 9, 2019 - 6:00am
Melanie Peterson

Not everybody shares U.S. Rep. Brian Mast's glee over Melanie Peterson's resignation and departure from the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board. Certainly I don't.

Jeanette Nuñez: Big Moment for Always-Civically-Engaged Cubans in Florida

January 7, 2019 - 2:00pm
Jeanette Nuñez in a press gaggle after the breakfast

Certainly for the past four decades Cuban-Americans from Florida have flexed impressive political muscle. But today is different. Today we've reached a time and a place where no state in the country, at any point in history, has had more Cuban-American leaders in top political positions at home and in Washington than Florida has right now.

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