Friday, October 05, 2018

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Times recommends: Andrew Gillum for governor
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum.
Just one of every four Florida voters cast ballots in the primary elections for governor. The other 10 million voters sat it out or were shut out because they are not Republicans or Democrats. As a result, there is no centrist on the November ballot who...
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson
Times recommends: Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate
The U.S. Capitol is seen at dawn in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) DCPS103
Times recommends: Hunter, Crist, Carlson, Shapiro for U.S. House
Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission, whichs meets only every 20 years, put seven proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot.
Times recommends: Vote yes on Amendment 4, no on all of the rest

Top Editorials

Editorial: Scott sends positive signal on Supreme Court appointments

Editorial: Scott sends positive signal on Supreme Court appointments

Gov. Rick Scott has headed down a dangerous path by announcing 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 "expectation’’ is that he ...
Updated one month ago
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...
Updated one month ago
Editorial: Focus on Hurricane Florence, not defending poor response in Puerto Rico

Editorial: Focus on Hurricane Florence, not defending poor response in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Florence began lashing down on the Carolinas Thursday and was expected to make landfall early Friday, washing over dunes, downing trees and power lines and putting some 10 million people in the path of a potentially catastrophic storm. Flor...
Updated one month ago
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,...
Updated one month ago
Editorial: Stalled U.S.-Cuba relations hurting Florida business

Editorial: Stalled U.S.-Cuba relations hurting Florida business

After an encouraging start, the breakdown in America’s reset with Cuba is a loss for both sides and for the state of democracy across the region. Havana and Washington are both to blame, but the Trump administration’s hard line with Cuba is out of sy...
Updated one month ago

Editorials

Ernest Hooper: Gaining new appreciation for local talent from performance in San Francisco

Ernest Hooper: Gaining new appreciation for local talent from performance in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — I found myself trekking through the hustle and bustle of this city's famous Nob Hill neighborhood with a group of friends last week, and little reminded me of home.Born and raised in Tallahassee, the five of us — the fel...
Published: 10/03/18
Times recommends: Jeremy Ring for chief financial officer

Times recommends: Jeremy Ring for chief financial officer

Florida’s chief financial officer pays the state’s bills, oversees vendors and contracts, and audits government agencies. It’s not a sexy job, but it’s an important one. Democrat Jeremy Ring is far more qualified than Repu...
Published: 10/01/18
Updated: 10/03/18

Times recommends: Yes on Amendment 4

Anthony Benitez of Tampa is a carpenter with an engineering degree who long ago left behind the addiction-fueled crimes that led to his felony record. He can’t vote.Clifton Sanders Jr. of Orange Park is a retired minister who once cashed a $23...
Published: 09/28/18
Updated: 10/03/18
Daniel Ruth: For pot-using commission candidate, campaign funds are going up in smoke

Daniel Ruth: For pot-using commission candidate, campaign funds are going up in smoke

Thanks to recently defrocked public servant Kim O'Connor, this may be the first (and last) time you will ever read anything about the Hillsborough Soil and Water Conservation District. And see? You are probably wondering, "I didn't know we had a...
Published: 10/03/18

A New York Times editorial: Donald Trump, self-made sham

“I built what I built myself.”This boast has long been at the core of the mythology of Donald Trump, Self-Made Billionaire. As the oft-told story goes, young Trump accepted a modest $1 million loan from his father, Fred, a moderately su...
Published: 10/03/18

Key takeaways from the New York Times’ investigation into Trump’s wealth

Donald Trump built a business empire and won the presidency proclaiming himself a self-made billionaire, and he has long insisted that his father, the legendary New York City builder Fred C. Trump, provided almost no financial help. “I built w...
Published: 10/03/18
Buckhorn: Tampa Bay needs higher-speed rail

Buckhorn: Tampa Bay needs higher-speed rail

Eight years ago, Florida missed an opportunity to connect Tampa and Orlando with a high-speed rail system. We cannot afford to make the same mistake again.Traffic congestion and reliable means of transportation are two of the top concerns of almost e...
Published: 10/02/18
Editorial cartoons for Oct. 2

Editorial cartoons for Oct. 2

These cartoons are from various Times wire services.
Published: 10/01/18
Updated: 10/02/18
Amendment 4 offers a second chance

Amendment 4 offers a second chance

The right to vote rests at the core of our democracy. Denying this right is to deny a fundamental freedom of expression – having a voice in the governance and direction of our society. All but four states in the U.S. have recognized that forme...
Published: 10/01/18
Updated: 10/02/18
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: 10/02/18
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