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Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Now comes Dr. Greg Forbes, tornado expert for the The Weather Channel, pronouncing Florida the “top tornado state” in America.
Ocala Star-Banner

Health Care

The hullabaloo over the updated cost estimates for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 misses a key point.
Naples Daily News

Higher Education

Good news for academic standards in Southwest Florida.
Naples Daily News
Student Government Council at the Biscayne Bay Campus has proven to students that their system is inefficient.
FAMU has been the target of negative media in the past months. It would be nice to have another achievement, such as a higher graduation rate.


Every election cycle, the members of the slow-growth community ratchet up their criticism of pro-growth commissioners and target them for defeat.
Treasure Coast Palm
On Tuesday, when North Palm Beach residents decide who fills a vacant seat on the village council, they should select Susan Tiedemann Bickel.
Palm Beach Post

Florida Legislature

Gov. Rick Scott should veto HB 5301 and demand lawmakers start over — with a view to actually fixing the problem.
Treasure Coast Palm
Republicans like merit pay for public employees.
Tallahassee Democrat
One of many bills passed in the last few days was HB 7135 which restructured curriculum requirements for the Florida higher-education system.
Tallahassee Democrat

Citizen Rights

The stand your ground law is too broadly worded. If we are going to cede the power of deadly force to ordinary citizens they must be held accountable.
Sebring News Sun
Geraldo Rivera fell victim to this urge to simplistically rationalize horrible events when he was discussing the Trayvon Martin shooting.
Independent Florida Alligator
One thing we can all agree on is the story of the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin feels very filthy.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The zealous pursuit of Martin by Zimmerman, whatever outcome is judged by the legal system, is not what's expected, asked or even wanted.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The law is poorly understood, unevenly applied throughout the state and, worst of all, has become a license to kill under a variety of circumstances.
Miami Herald
Twenty-six days. That's how long it took for state officials to do the right thing and seek an independent investigation into Martin's...
Orlando Sentinel
When law passed in 2005, our headline read: "Florida's new trigger-happy gun law is senseless and damages state's image."
Florida Today

Public Safety

The vote over disbanding the Inglis Police Department was a contentious, divisive issue. And it was resolved in truly democratic fashion.
Citrus County Chronicle
It is no surprise the rule-phobic ACLU would oppose the Tampa Police Department's innovative "Prostitution Exclusion Zone" strategy to...
Tampa Tribune


We would like the court to wait for the law to take full effect in 2014 to determine its impact. Perhaps by then there would be no need for a lawsuit.
Palm Beach Post
The Times-Union believes that the U.S. Supreme Court needs to get with the modern times and allow broadcasts of its proceedings.
Florida Times-Union


The pain and heartache was evident as Florida's players exited the court in Phoenix Saturday in a state of disbelief.
Florida Times-Union


Deltona held a job fair recently and it attracted 1,200 people.
Daytona Beach News-Journal

Governor Scott

GIG: To federal prosecutors for using incorrect terminology in a bribery case against M.M. Parrish Construction Co. GARLAND: To Gov. Scott.
Lakeland Ledger


I would suggest we go ahead with the naming of the Cuban sandwich.
Tampa Tribune
The completion of a new theater for the Manatee Players is vital to Bradenton, but it is also important to the region and its arts scene.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 — Pierre Tristam

For three days this week, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether it’s constitutional for the nation’s new health care law to require people to buy insurance or pay a fine. It’s the most anticipated and most important Supreme Court case since Bush v. Gore in 2000.

And you won’t get to see it, ever. Or hear it live. For as the Supreme Court justices interpret the law of the land for at...

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 — Rick Outzen

Having a nice place to live is part of the American Dream. Work hard, apply yourself and you’ll make a good life for yourself and your family.

But a far different storyline is playing out in Florida these days. For when it comes to paying the rent, too many Floridians find their paychecks coming up short. In fact, the Great Recession has put rent “out of reach” for a wide swath of workers here, according...

Quotable Quotes

"It's very disturbing, and not only because of the cost for Florida taxpayers."
president of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, about a Palm Beach Post analysis that found Medicaid paid for more than 49 million doses of pills containing oxycodone over two years, when the program enrolls only 1.36 million.
"Now all of a sudden, we have two institutions in the area competing for the same student."
on Sarasota’s State College of Florida having launched four-year baccalaureate degrees offered by nearby USF Sarasota-Manatee.
"They are welcome to come here and look at it. We have not done anything but conduct a fair and complete investigation."
before temporarily stepping down, after it was announced others would review how his office investigated the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

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