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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.

Replace Broward's Israel and Runcie Now

January 4, 2019 - 6:00am
Robert Runcie and Scott Israel

Ten months after 17 people were shot to death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Scott Israel and Robert Runcie are still looking for redemption. Certainly neither one of them -- the Broward County sheriff nor the superintendent of schools -- found it in the MSDHS Public Safety Commission initial report released Wednesday.

SSN's Five Top Stories of 2018

December 29, 2018 - 6:00am
Barack Obama and Andrew Gillum

The biggest story of the year in Florida in 2018 wasn't necessarily one of the stories we choose to present to you here. The biggest story was the personal one, the one that shook you to your foundation wherever you were, whatever you were doing, however it left you and your family. But we believe that years from now, when historians reflect on this dramatic year, these five events or conditions will go a long way toward defining our state and its people and how they responded together.

'Fake News' and the Stuart Newspaper's 'Late-Night Lease' Outrage

December 24, 2018 - 6:00am
Brian Mast, Melanie Peterson and Mark Perry

The Stuart News (TCPalm/Treasure Coast Newspapers) doesn't regularly cover South Florida Water Management District Governing Board meetings, but heaven forbid its editors would let a little thing like ignorance of Board policy stand in the way of furthering a slanted agenda. 

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