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Charlie Crist on Ending the Cuba Embargo: Not Flip-Flopping, But Facing Reality

| May 19, 2014

Crist wants to lift the 53-year-old U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. He hasn’t flipped soft on the Cuban government, which he calls “oppressive,” “totalitarian,” and “wrong.” He just says that the embargo hasn’t worked and that it’s insanity to keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result, argues Stephen L. Goldstein.

Former Gov. Reubin Askew, Towering Force Behind Modern Florida, Is Dead at 85

| March 13, 2014

Reubin Askew, who died on March 13, led efforts to institute a corporate income tax, while reducing consumer taxes. He also spearheaded approval of what became known as the “Sunshine Amendment,” which opened government records and required public officials to disclose information about their financial affairs.

Angel’s Diner in Palatka: Radiant Relay

| March 4, 2014

Angel’s Diner in Palatka is reported to be the oldest diner in Florida, across the street from the stately Larimer Arts Center and a toast’s throw from the St. Johns River. It’s also proving to be the ideal relay on the way to a nuking.

Proposed Monument Honoring Union Soldiers at Florida’s Olustee Battlefield Sparks Outrage

| December 3, 2013

The bid to add a Union monument to the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park near Lake City, site of the Civil War’s largest battle in Florida, turned a public hearing into a three-hour bout of recriminations that re-enacted some of the Civil War’s deepest passions.

Florida’s U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, Immoderate Only in Longevity, Is Dead at 82

| October 18, 2013

U.S. Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young of Pinellas County, the longest serving Republican in Congress, was a political icon in the Tampa Bay area and a moderate who had only announced earlier this month that he wouldn’t seek a 23rd term in Congress next year.

Forget Common Core: Here’s a Citizenship Test to Determine Who Can Survive In Florida

| October 16, 2013

Florida citizenship will be granted to all who live through the experience, don’t kill anyone else while doing it and swear to never, ever try to ride a manatee under any circumstances, writes Jim McLellan.

Bill Filed to Give Henry Flagler His Own Bronze Statue near State Capitol in Tallahassee

| October 3, 2013

State Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, wants a bronze sculpture of Henry Morrison Flagler, who was integral in the development of Miami and Palm Beach–and gave Flagler County its name–to go up in the courtyard between the state Capitol and the Historic Capitol in Tallahassee.

When Southern Heritage Is a Lost Cause

| September 29, 2013

As surely as their chosen symbols profess a sentimental attachment to an era of racist brutality, Confederate nostalgists insist that what they really pine for is the Old South of country roads, shady front porches and long, lazy afternoons at the fishing hole. Steve Robinson doesn’t buy it.

Should Jacksonville’s Nathan Bedford Forrest High Be Named for KKK’s Grand Wizard?

| September 24, 2013

Never apologize for what? Secession? Slavery? How about white supremacy and the KKK? The fight to rename Jacksonville’s Nathan Bedford Forrest High School raises the question, argues Julie Delegal.

Jesse Jackson Calls Capitol Sit-In “The Selma of Our Time.” Scott Calls It an “Insult” to Floridians.

| July 31, 2013

Calling Florida “an apartheid state,” Jackson spoke ahead of an overnight visit with the Dream Defenders that has staged a sit-in at Scott’s office to demand a special legislative session to consider changes to the state’s self-defense laws, initiatives to end racial profiling and an end to zero-tolerance discipline policies in schools.

Downton Abbey Makes Room for Bunnell as City Celebrates Centennial in Lavish Style

| July 8, 2013

Bunnell city commissioners dressed in period costumes, the commission reenacted the very first meeting of the Bunnell Town Council in 2013, and a time capsule was buried, not to be opened until 2063, as Bunnell marked its one hundredth anniversary under a sun borrowed from the days of Genesis.

Florida’s Political Scientist:
Five Questions for Susan McManus

| July 2, 2013

Susan MacManus is probably Florida’s most-quoted political scientist. A distinguished professor at the University of South Florida’s Department of Government and International Affairs, she’s also a featured columnist on the Sayfie Review website and a political analyst for Tampa’s WFLA Channel 8.

Bill McBride, Centrist Democrat Who Challenged Jeb Bush in 2002, Is Dead at 67

| December 24, 2012

Bill McBride, a powerful lawyer who unsuccessfully tried to unseat then-Gov. Jeb Bush in 2002 and later watched his wife, Alex Sink, also run for governor, has died. He was 67.

Doyle Conner, Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Over Four Decades, Dies at 83

| December 17, 2012

Doyle Conner, who was elected to the Legislature while still a college student, became the youngest House speaker in Florida history and then spent three decades as state agriculture commissioner, died Sunday, December 16 at a nursing home in Monticello, near Tallahassee.

Back to Blood: Cuban Support for Democratic Ticket in Florida Was at a Historic High

| November 15, 2012

Cuban-Americans voted for the Democratic candidate in historically high numbers in last week’s presidential election, a continuation of a years-long trend that could be eroding the GOP’s standing among a core portion of the party’s base in Florida.

Charlie Crist Bear-Hugs Obama Closer As He Excoriates GOP’s Rightward Slouch

| August 26, 2012

Ex-Florida Gov. Charlie Crist on Sunday urged voters to support President Barack Obama in the crucial swing state where the Democratic incumbent and Republican candidate Mitt Romney remain in a razor thin race.

Alzheimer’s Disease Research:
Florida’s Inexcusable Indifference to Funding

| January 26, 2012

Florida, the state with the largest per-capita population over age 65, invests zero dollars in Alzheimer’s research, though one in 40 Floridian has the disease–and half do over age 85. Nancy Smith argues the indifference is short-sighted on many levels.

Expedia v. Florida: Claims of Harassment And Privilege in Online Booking Tax Brawl

| November 10, 2011

Rep. Rick Kriseman, the St. Petersburg Republican, distributed Expedia documents that showed the company knew as early as 2003 that it should pay Florida’s bed taxes. The company wants him to explain his role in court. The Legislature is claiming that lawmakers cannot be forced to testify about issues in the legislative process.

Claude Kirk, Florida’s First 20th Century Republican Governor, Is Dead at 85

| September 28, 2011

Gov. Claude Kirk–flamboyant, outspoken, quirky–gave rise to Florida’s Republican ascendance and ushered in an era of environmental stewardship and conservation as governor between 1966 and 1970.

Stetson Kennedy, Nemesis of KKK And Jim Crow, Is Dead at 94

| August 28, 2011

Stetson Kennedy, the civil rights activist, journalist, folklorist, author and lecturer, died in St. Augustine Saturday, Aug. 27, with his wife Sandra Parks at his side. He was lucid to the end.

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