Thursday, May 24, 2018
News Roundup

Republican campaign to oust 3 justices undermines Florida's balance of power

The state Republican Party now endorses a plan to undermine the checks and balances that sit at the foundation of our state government and are based on the design crafted by our nation's founding fathers.

And that's the perspective of a number of Republicans.

The state GOP is opposing the retention of three state Supreme Court justices seen as fair by the legal community, but too liberal in the eyes of the party. Ignore the hollow arguments made to justify the opposition. It's simply Gov. Rick Scott and Republican legislative leaders frustrated about not getting their way —ALL THE TIME.

But they're not supposed to. We have three branches to balance power. The idea is to operate within the constraints, not eliminate them. …

It would be thrilling to see Bill Edwards revive the former BayWalk and Jeff Vinik bring new life to the Shops at Channelside, but I'm beginning to wonder if such concepts can succeed outside a theme park setting. …

Seen on a T-shirt: Dogs come when you call them. Cats have answering machines. …

On Sunday, Murv Seymour and Joe Bamford gave fans at the Palladium a preview of their documentary about the Hammond Organ. I'm intrigued. …

Kudos to Flammer Ford, which has put up a 2013 Ford Focus to help the Tarpon Springs High Band raise money to appear in the 2013 Macy's Parade. A $25 donation gets your name in the Nov. 1 drawing. …

The Latin rhythms of Big Night Out have been added to the food and fashion of Thursday's Swanky Soiree at One Progress Plaza in St. Petersburg. Proceeds benefit Brookwood Florida, which helps girls find their way.

That's all I'm saying.

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