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Publix, I Cast My Vote Against Guns with My Pen and My Purse

May 25, 2018 - 7:15pm

In the mid-fifties, my father-in-law, Harry Rich, a floor-covering retailer, made a pact with George Jenkins, the founder and CEO of Publix. The men decided to join forces to oppose a nascent trend in the retail industry: remaining open for business on Sunday. Their reason was simple; they believed their employees deserved to spend more time with their families, and they were happy to forgo profits for principle.

Mueller Probe Flawed, but Must Continue

May 22, 2018 - 6:00am

This week marked the one-year anniversary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. It’s already lasted too long, during which time malicious leaks and speculation have dominated the news cycle and distracted citizens from the real issues facing our country.

DOC Makes Unwise Cuts to Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

May 18, 2018 - 12:45pm
Mark Fontaine

The Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) is dismantling successful substance abuse and re-entry treatment programs to fix a $28 million shortfall. The short-sighted action will adversely affect communities, offenders, and businesses: an action that is totally unacceptable.

A Big Ol' 'Pants on Fire' for Tampa Bay Times' Craig Pittman

Mike Pompeo Should Focus on Latin America

April 30, 2018 - 1:30pm
On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott sent the following letter to U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to congratulate him on his confirmation. Scott also urged Pompeo to focus on Latin America and act to stop the spread of totalitarianism and repression stemming from Cuba. Scott’s letter is below:

Under New Law, the Public Can Access Florida's Beaches, Same as Always

April 23, 2018 - 6:00am

In Florida’s legislative session, a bipartisan supermajority passed a bill, House Bill 631, that provides uniformity in how we preserve the public’s recreational use of the beaches, even when a portion of that beach is on private property. In politics, nothing truly controversial gets lopsided support from both parties. 

Libyan Crisis Threatens U.S. Interests, Administration Must Play Larger Role

April 19, 2018 - 9:30am
On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairwoman of the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, held a hearing on “Libya Fractured: The Struggle for Unity.” Her opening statement is below. 

CRC Proposal 96, Marsy's Law, Will Improve Justice System

April 13, 2018 - 6:00am

The criminal justice system in Florida has seen many changes since I first started coming to Tallahassee nearly 40 years ago. The focus is almost always on the criminal; giving the right punishment for the crime while protecting their constitutional rights. But there is another party that is always affected when a crime is committed -- the victim. Unfortunately, Florida’s track record of protecting their constitutional rights is not as great.

Judge’s Decision: Med Pot Amendment Could Be Stricken from the Constitution

April 12, 2018 - 10:30am

Second Circuit Judge Karen Gievers ruled Wednesday that Joe Redner, a pony-tailed strip club owner from Tampa, is entitled to grow his own pot.

How Can We Solve the Problem of Future School Shootings?

April 10, 2018 - 9:00pm

The Parkland school shooting was a terrible, heinous act by a person who, in my opinion, deserves the death penalty.

Coming as it did during the closing weeks of the 2018 legislative session, the Legislature was forced to address the issue in a fashion that is little more than window dressing.

Sadly, it won’t stop this from happening again because the solution didn’t focus enough attention on the crux of the problem.

This isn’t a gun issue despite what students, parents and others want to make it.

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