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Judge Gievers' Decision on Smokable Pot Is Going up in Smoke

June 7, 2018 - 11:00am

Let’s put 2nd Judicial Circuit Judge Karen Gievers' recent decision in a proper perspective, in that she ruled smokable medical marijuana in a “private place” is allowed by the plain language of Amendment 2, which is now -- unfortunately for you and us -- ensconced in our state Constitution.

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.

Why Closing the Gun Show Loophole Won’t Stop Criminals or Gang Members

April 9, 2018 - 10:00pm

The Leon County Commission is scheduled to conduct a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss a proposed gun show loophole ordinance pushed by Commissioner Mary Ann Lindley.

I’ve known Mary Ann for years and when she last suggested this bad idea, I called her, and she later withdrew the proposal.

Why is this idea wrong-headed and counter-productive?

Because it feeds into the unwarranted belief that it will do something about gun violence.

A Call for the CRC to Drop Proposal 91 to Ban Oil Drilling

March 19, 2018 - 6:00am

I have a recommendation for the Constitutional Revision Commission: Drop consideration of proposal 91 to establish a constitutional ban on oil and natural gas exploration in state waters. The justification for proposal 91 is quickly nullified with the lightest application of scrutiny.

Shame on Senate Criminal Justice Committee's Bracy for Snuffing Out Debate

February 5, 2018 - 1:30pm

The Florida Legislature is a remarkable institutional setting for the great philosophical debates that occupy the time of our elected officials -- except when it isn’t.

Tallahassee Can Wait No Longer to Fire City Manager Rick Fernandez

December 15, 2017 - 6:00am
Rick Fernandez

When it formed in Tallahassee two and a half years ago, Citizens for Responsible Spending's sole goal was to urge Tallahassee city commissioners to cut expenses before raising property taxes and to shed sunshine on a city budget process that was anything but transparent.

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Reform: The Drug Trafficker’s Relief Act

December 6, 2017 - 6:00am

We’ve all heard of fake news.  Well, what about news that’s deceiving?

Florida Should Apply STATEWIDE the Key Lessons Hurricane Hermine Taught Us

September 18, 2017 - 6:00am

Labor Day a year ago, Hurricane Hermine ravaged Tallahassee as it swept through the Big Bend part of Florida.

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