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Florida Voices: Floridians 'Have Much For Which We Can Be Thankful'

November 20, 2012 - 6:00pm

Decades before the Pilgrims gathered around a table in Massachusetts in 1621, Florida had seen at least two separate Thanksgiving celebrations and, as in the more familiar tale from New England, they involved native Americans and religious liberty.

The first one took place in 1564 on the southern bank of the St. Johns River in modern-day Jacksonville.

Rick Scott tells D.C. to Break from 'Constant Campaign' to Talk Solutions

Florida Voices: Veterans Day

When Downtown Tampa Rocked: Photo Scrapbook of the 2012 RNC

August 31, 2012 - 6:00pm

At the request of Sunshine State News, award-winning professional photographer Steven Martine spent a few days this past week at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, in and particularly around the Tampa Bay Times Forum and Innisbrook Resort.

Here's a scrapbook-sampling of photos of downtown Tampa he left for our readers.

Incidentally, Martine, a former newspaper photographer, is a resident of Stuart.

Click on the photos to enlarge them and to get more details.

Florida Voices: Sally Ride

Florida Voices: Obamacare Ruling

June 27, 2012 - 6:00pm

A roundup ofelected officials' and business and civic leaders' comments from across Florida on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday on the Affordable Care Act.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami

Whats important to remember is that what the court rules on is whether something is constitutional or not, not whether its a good idea.

Mike Fasano, John Legg Hoping to Swap Seats in Florida Senate, House

April 2, 2012 - 6:00pm

Termed-limited state Sen. Mike Fasano will run for a House seat vacated by another termed-out lawmaker, who in turn is running for Fasano's seat in the Senate.

Fasano, R-New Port Richey, filed for the newly created House District 36 seat. The district, encompassing large portions of West Pasco County, is currently represented by outgoing Rep. John Legg.

Legg, R-New Port Richey, previously announced for the new Senate District 18, which incorporates much of Fasano's current District 11.

Florida Voices: Holiday Wishes

A Wrap on Presidency 5

Sunshine State News Welcomes Joe Saunders, Jim Turner

September 8, 2011 - 6:00pm

Sunshine State News welcomes aboard two new Tallahassee-based staff members, News Editor Joe Saunders and reporter Jim Turner.

Pennsylvania native Saunders, 45, attended Drexel University, worked 10 years for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers as a reporter, wire editor, A1 centerpiece editor and metro editor. He also worked as a night metro editor at The Bradenton Herald and as a copy editor at the Charleston Gazette in Charleston, W.Va.

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