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Thursday, Jan 29, 2015

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Cleaning up the prison mess

Kudos to Florida state Sen. Greg Evers for not only talking about cleaning up the prison mess but also showing through his actions that he means business.
Published: 01/29/15

False hope in Syria

U.S. officials are celebrating a modest victory in the war against the Islamic State in Syria — the apparently successful defense of the Kurdish town of Kobane, on the border with Turkey. Under siege since early October, Kobane has little stra...
Published: 01/29/15

Sean Shaw: End the Cabinet monopoly

Apparently, not even the Florida Constitution can save Kevin McCarty.
Published: 01/29/15

To stop the terrorists, take away their hope

The centerpiece of a national security strategy is to isolate and exploit an enemy’s vulnerable “center of gravity.” Carl von Clausewitz, the 19th-century Prussian military philosopher and father of modern military theory, define...
Published: 01/28/15

Investigating deadly police encounters thoroughly

How confident can we be that police departments do a fair and adequate job of investigating deadly encounters between their officers and the public? How confident can we be that district attorneys and grand juries act impartially when deciding whethe...
Published: 01/28/15
Chris Ingram: Real issues for the Legislature to tackle

Chris Ingram: Real issues for the Legislature to tackle

The Florida Legislature began its annual herding of the cats with committee meetings in early January. Those meetings continue through mid-February, followed by the beginning of the session March 3.
Published: 01/28/15

George Will: Vermont’s Sanders has mountains to climb

WASHINGTON — The young man who answered the phone in the Senate office of Vermont’s Bernie Sanders told the caller, a would-be campaign contributor, that it is illegal for funds to be accepted on federal property. He advised the person ...
Published: 01/27/15

Carl Hiaasen: State lawmakers cooking up recipe for a bloodbath

The very first bill being rammed through the Florida House of Representatives this year would allow guns to be carried on college campuses.
Published: 01/27/15

Judicial elections undermine confidence in justice system

Almost all candidates for public office have one thing in common: They have to be very good at asking people for money. Except if they happen to be running for judge in Florida, where judicial candidates are prohibited from personally soliciting cont...
Published: 01/25/15
MaryEllen Elia: A typically atypical day the day after

MaryEllen Elia: A typically atypical day the day after

The morning after the School Board voted 4-3 to make me the former superintendent of this great school district, I woke up knowing I was facing a difficult day. The day turned out better than I expected, but now I know what I will miss the most about...
Published: 01/25/15