Only in the Potemkin village of speciousness that is the Rick Scott administration would an apparatchik overseeing the Rube Goldberg machine of state bureaucracies ask the Florida Legislature for more money to fail on an even grander scale.
Take a look at this list of countries: Belgium, Canada, Spain, Argentina, Portugal, Brazil, France, Uruguay, Luxembourg and Ireland. Name two things that they have in common.
Throughout my public career — as a City Council member, state representative and secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice — I worked to help children follow a path to success in life and, in particular, to restore hope for young black men. That explains the Florida Council on the Social Status …
The U.S. Senate passed fast-track trade authority last week to give President Barack Obama the tools to negotiate a free trade deal with 11 Pacific-area nations. If successful, the agreement would encompass countries that preside over 40 percent of the world's economy — from Peru to Singapore, Mexico to Japan.
The stories of missing people strike an emotional chord with me. They represent the tragedy of broken dreams.
This week the Enterprise Florida board of directors will meet in Tampa to discuss a host of economic development issues, including how to diversify our state's economy. The Tampa Bay area, like much of the state, has made good progress rebounding from a long and deep recession that hit the region hard.
I have no idea where I will be at 3 p.m. Monday, when a national moment of remembrance takes place, but Memorial Day will be very much on my mind.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who's running for the Republican presidential nomination, issued a stark warning recently.
This country was founded on the notion of liberty. It was the spark that started a revolution, the fire that forged our Constitution and the energy that has fueled our ascent to the great nation we are today. It is a word that is as synonymous with the United States as "red, white and blue." So it is striking to us that …
There are moments when I come this close to quitting Twitter. The amount of hatred squeezed into 140 characters or less by lunatics usually cloaked in anonymity is enough to make you question your support for the First Amendment and your faith in the decency of other people. To the uninitiated, the torrent of bigotry …
Earlier this month, I visited the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France as part of a national security mission to Europe and the Middle East. The memorial honors the American soldiers who gave their lives in the European theater during World War II.
My years as a kayak guide coincided exactly with the Great Recession. By 2009, tourists were canceling their trips in droves. I received their cancellation emails in a quiet shop on the water in San Diego, behind a desk stuffed with waivers for the two-hour trips I rarely led, topped with a display rack of sunglasses …
"A terrible year has ended." Amidst the ruins of the abbey at Monte Cassino, a Benedictine monk scribbled those words, Dec. 31, 1944. Few Italians or Americans would have disagreed. But if 1944 was a year of despair, 1945 was a year of hope.
It is safe to assume that when it comes to financial acumen, no one will confuse U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio with Warren Buffett.
“Human beings are ashamed to have been born instead of made," wrote the philosopher Günther Anders in 1956. Our shame has only deepened as our machines have grown more adept.
Helen Gordon Davis died Monday, leaving an indelible legacy as a fighter for women and minorities.
But who will continue the fight?
There was the time when, 19 and naïve, I was guilt-tripped into entirely unwanted physical intimacies with a much older married man. And the time, three or four years later, when I went to visit an on-and-off long-distance boyfriend and quickly realized that it was over for me — but he assumed we were still …
America must move beyond the transportation gridlock and address its crumbling infrastructure. Yet Congress is poised to kick the can down the road again, while you sit in traffic, flights are delayed, transit systems await repairs and America stays stuck in neutral.
How will the Florida Legislature divvy up $80 billion?
What a difference a decade makes. Within the past 10 years, Pasco-Hernando State College has added two beautiful new campuses, transitioned to a state college, added a slate of high-demand workforce programs and established two successful baccalaureate degrees.