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Florida’s prisons are in crisis. That phrase, or a variant thereof, has been stated so much that it’s almost an axiom. The Florida Senate is poised to look at reforms designed to solve this … more
“Forrest Gump” was a book by Winston Groom that tells the improbable, often seemingly-unbelievable, story of a slow, but kind-hearted, man who becomes immersed in some of the country’s … more
As Orlando attorney John Morgan leads his latest fight to increase the state’s minimum wage incrementally to $15 an hour, debates are raging between those who see it as a necessary move to provide … more
ORANGE PARK – Following last year’s greyhound racing ban, the Democratic House leader wants to pay back industry workers who will lose their jobs by the end of next year. Voters approved a … more
Furman Bisher started his “I’m thankful” column for the Atlanta newspaper in 1955, and it remained one of the most-anticipated, most-read articles every Thanksgiving until he died … more
SANTA’S WORKSHOP – Another year, another November, and that means some of the worst days of the year are upon us. Since I can remember, I’ve grew up with a distinct disdain for Thanksgiving. … more
State lawmakers got another message to expect a lean year for bringing home budget bacon. Gov. Ron DeSantis, a former congressman, used a Washington, D.C. last week in saying “earmarks” would … more
CLAY COUNTY – As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let's remember that the holiday's name is a compound word – Thanks and Giving. Each of us has much to be thankful for – our lives, families, … more
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Wisdom is the strong foundation everything else rests on. It does not need to know the particulars but always judges correctly. So, what did the … more
Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) filed a bill last Monday that would officially legalize sports betting for anyone 21 or older. The bill, SB 968, includes guidelines for regulating sports … more
CLAY COUNTY – Some random thoughts while clearing my cluttered desk and mind …As Thanksgiving approaches, I am thankful for so many things. First, I didn’t spend any money on … more
ORANGE PARK – When council member Ron Raymond died on Oct. 30, he left behind a legacy in the Orange Park community. He also left behind a seat on the town hall dais that must be filled soon. A … more
Clay County Republican Jennifer Bradley is a first-time candidate, but in October she showed she will be a major-league player in the state Senate. Bradley’s husband Rob is Chair of the Senate … more
Ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ game last Sunday in London, owner Shad Khan was pessimistic that the market could keep up with the rest of the NFL in local revenue. Khan described a … more
ORLANDO – From infrastructure and workforce education, to tourism and criminal justice, the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Future in Florida event promises a comprehensive look at all the … more
I didn’t play college sports. I had to work to pay for school. For years, “scattered and covered” wasn’t how I liked my hash browns. It was part of my job description. College athletes who … more
State Sen. Jeff Brandes for years has wanted a justice system more interested in outcomes than vengeance. “Our prisons are horrible places,” the St. Petersburg Republican said. “There is no … more
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Judges at last Saturday’s First Coast Ham Jam not only were required to be certified members of the Florida BBQ Association, but they had to pass a course in what makes good … more
OAKLEAF – Darin Roark smartly weaved a path through a maze of dangling wires, ladders, wet concrete and plaster Tuesday. His suit and tie easily distinguished Baptist Health’s Vice President, … more
TALLAHASSEE – After the loss of roughly $350 million a year in payments from the Seminole Tribe of Florida, House and Senate leaders are rethinking the state’s approach to gambling, one of the … more
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