Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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Editorial: Investigate first, then hold Kavanaugh confirmation vote
, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh waits to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers has been given until Friday to decide whether to appear before the committee.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
There should be a timely investigation of the allegation of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh before senators hear from him and his accuser, let alone vote on whether they should confirm his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. The process...
Associated Press
Waves from Hurricane Florence pound the Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle, N.C., on Thursday.
Editorial: Focus on Hurricane Florence, not defending poor response in Puerto Rico
Associated Press
Gov. Rick Scott says he has started the process to fill three upcoming vacancies on the Florida Supreme Court as he heads out the door. But to his credit, the governor indicated his \u201Cexpectation\u2019\u2019 is that he and the incoming governor will agree on the appointments and that he won\u2019t appoint anyone until his successor has interviewed them.
Editorial: Scott sends positive signal on Supreme Court appointments
New York Times
One cause of tension between the countries stems from American diplomats at the U.S. embassy in Havana complaining of hearing loss, concussion-like symptoms and other ailments. Though the cause of that episode remains unexplained, experts are examining whether microwave strikes were weaponized to harm dozens of U.S. diplomats and their family members.
Editorial: Stalled U.S.-Cuba relations hurting Florida business

Top Editorials

How to beat Florida’s drug addiction

How to beat Florida’s drug addiction

Drug overdoses killed 72,000 Americans last year, more than died in Vietnam (58,220) or from guns (38,658 in 2016) or car crashes (40,100 in 2017). And the crisis is far worse in Florida than the nation, as fatal overdoses spiked 47 percent from 2015...
Published: 08/17/18
Updated: 09/14/18
Column: Vote yes on Amendment 4, no on other amendments

Column: Vote yes on Amendment 4, no on other amendments

While the candidates for governor, U.S. senator and other public offices are clamoring for support, Florida voters must devote full attention to twelve — 12! — proposed amendments to our state constitution that are also on the ballot.The U.S. Constit...
Published: 09/06/18
Updated: 09/14/18
Editorial: Banks should not shut down campaign accounts for marijuana ties

Editorial: Banks should not shut down campaign accounts for marijuana ties

Two banks have taken the retaliatory step of closing down the campaign account of a statewide candidate because she received contributions from the medical marijuana industry. Nikki Fried, the Democratic nominee for agriculture commissioner, has been...
Published: 09/10/18
Updated: 09/14/18
Ruth: Florida Supreme Court insisted on clarity in removing Amendment 8

Ruth: Florida Supreme Court insisted on clarity in removing Amendment 8

To paraphrase the immortal words of Ronald Reagan, there they go again — activist judges getting all huffy and interfering in a perfectly lovely conspiracy to scam the public.We recently observed the hard work of the Constitution Revision Commission,...
Published: 09/10/18
Updated: 09/13/18
Editorial: Florida Supreme Court wisely kills misleading charter school amendment

Editorial: Florida Supreme Court wisely kills misleading charter school amendment

Voters should know what they’re voting on, which is why the Florida Supreme Court was entirely correct to strike the deviously worded Amendment 8 from the Nov. 6 ballot. The amendment would have significantly expanded charter schools in Florida by le...
Published: 09/10/18
Updated: 09/11/18

Editorials

Editorial: DeSantis, Scott send mixed messages on oil drilling

Editorial: DeSantis, Scott send mixed messages on oil drilling

Every candidate for federal and state office in Florida should be unequivocal in opposing oil drilling off the coast and crystal clear in supporting a permanent extension to the federal ban on drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. But the Republica...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Hey kids, you really stink at this voting business

Hey kids, you really stink at this voting business

The public service announcement begins with an insult.This works on several levels for the audience of teenagers.It grabs their attention and makes them laugh. It also happens to be wickedly accurate, and it pretty much explains why Pasco Supervisor ...
Published: 09/25/18
Editorial cartoons for Sept. 25

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 25

Published: 09/24/18
Column: College students are turning out to vote in Florida. Thank civics education, but now push for civic engagement

Column: College students are turning out to vote in Florida. Thank civics education, but now push for civic engagement

On primary election day at the University of Florida, it was well before the polls opened at 7 a.m. when we saw the first student voter, a young woman with a brown ponytail, lined up outside Alachua County’s Precinct 31 at the J. Wayne Reitz S...
Published: 09/21/18
Updated: 09/24/18

Here are some selected readings from the left and from the right

We live in a partisan age, and our news habits can reinforce our own perspectives. Consider this an effort to broaden our collective outlook with essays beyond the range of our typical selections.FROM THE LEFTFrom “The Fate and Future of Chris...
Published: 09/21/18
Updated: 09/24/18
PolitiFact Florida: $1 billion Florida tax hike? Andrew Gillum proposes increasing state corporate tax

PolitiFact Florida: $1 billion Florida tax hike? Andrew Gillum proposes increasing state corporate tax

A TV attack ad portrays Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum as so "far out" that he is on another planet."Gillum wants to increase Florida taxes by a billion dollars. Disaster for the economy," says an ad by the Republican Governors Association showing Gi...
Published: 09/24/18
Too late for many, Florida’s prescription database is finally mandatory

Too late for many, Florida’s prescription database is finally mandatory

This is a story of success. Or maybe it’s a cautionary tale.The difference, I suppose, is whether you are haunted by the lives ruined and lost, or you are focused on the path going forward. Either way, you need to understand the history and the playe...
Published: 09/22/18
Editorial cartoons for Sept. 22, 23 &24

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 22, 23 &24

These cartoons are from various Times wire services.
Published: 09/21/18
Watch: A southern white rhinoceros calf just a week after being born at ZooTampa

Watch: A southern white rhinoceros calf just a week after being born at ZooTampa

TAMPA — A southern white rhinoceros gave birth to a calf at ZooTampa on Sept. 12, marking the sixth successful birth of the species in the zoo's history. In a news release, ZooTampa said southern white rhinoceroses are a nearly threatened spec...
Published: 09/21/18
Editorial: Florida needs uniform standards for voting by mail

Editorial: Florida needs uniform standards for voting by mail

Vote by mail has been a stunning success in Florida, increasing turnout and making it easy and convenient to cast a ballot with time to research and reflect. But a new study shows that mail ballots cast by African-American, Hispanic or younger voters...
Published: 09/21/18
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