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Neil Combee: I'm Running for Dennis Ross's CD 15 Seat

April 17, 2018 - 12:00pm
Neil Combee

Neil Combee, who resigned from the Florida House last November when President Donald Trump's administration tapped him to direct the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency in Polk County, announced Tuesday he will run for the CD 15 seat U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross is vacating.

Mayors, It's Illegal to Spend Tax Dollars on Legal Costs for Weston v. Scott

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.

An Outspoken Broward Deputy Dies and It All Goes Quiet; Why?

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?

Sewage Hits the Fan in Brevard

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. 

The $100 Million Parkland Boondoggle Broward Schools Doesn't Want You to Hear

April 11, 2018 - 9:00pm

Kenneth Preston is another side of the Parkland shooting story. The hushed-up school-safety side.  

This 19-year-old home-schooled Broward County student isn't about guns, isn't interested in feeding into the election-year politics of any party's agenda, hasn't gathered admiring Hollywood friends to bankroll a national revolt.

Scott-Nelson: Fasten Your Seatbelt for Bloody, Costly and Close

April 10, 2018 - 8:45am

Within minutes of Rick Scott's announcement Monday that he will challenge Sen. Bill Nelson, Democrats were swarming like ants on a jelly sandwich. As expected.

Dems have been anticipating the Florida governor's move for months, preparing thunderous criticism to mark the moment, noting everything from Scott having been previously forced out as chief executive of Columbia/HCA amid a federal fraud investigation to his "long history" of siding with the gun lobby.

Jeri Bustamante, Aide to Gov. Scott, Dies in an Islamorada Boat Accident

April 9, 2018 - 2:30pm

Jereima "Jeri" Bustamante, 33, press secretary to Gov. Rick Scott since 2014, died Sunday evening after the boat she was riding in crashed into a stand of mangroves in a narrow channel off Islamorada.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Officer Bobby Dube told the Miami Herald she suffered blunt force trauma and died soon after the accident in a Tavernier hospital.

Listen to Parkland Hero: Onus of Cruz Rampage Belongs on Sheriff, School System

April 8, 2018 - 9:00pm

While other survivors blame lax gun laws for the shooting that claimed 17 lives in a Parkland high school, 15-year-old Anthony Borges finds fault elsewhere and wants his point of view on the record.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, badly wounded while saving the lives of classmates, has blamed the Valentine's Day mass shooting on the sheriff and the school district. He says confessed gunman Nikolas Cruz should have been kicked out long before the deadly rampage.

Notoriety for Investigative Reporting Team, Brought to You by George Sheldon & Friends

April 6, 2018 - 10:00pm

On June 16 in Orlando, when the Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Awards are presented to some of the world's finest journalists, five of the winners will owe part of their 2017 professional celebrity to once-prominent, perhaps now infamous Florida Democrat and child welfare executive, George Sheldon.

Does HB 1149 Gift Waste Management with a Leachate Well?

April 6, 2018 - 2:00pm

As far as anyone but Waste Management (WM) can tell -- and they're not saying -- the nation's largest garbage hauler has the same plans it had a year ago.

It's still looking to sink an uncapped well nearly a mile into the ground, penetrating freshwater aquifers to dispose of sometimes-toxic liquid landfill waste, called leachate. In Jackson County, heart of the Panhandle.

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