Corporate Welfare Not Appropriate Use of Florida’s Tax Dollars

Corporate Welfare Not Appropriate Use of Florida’s Tax Dollars Dec 11, 2016 by Paula Dockery Florida’s new legislative leaders—Senate President Joe Negron and Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran—are gearing up for the 2017 legislative session. Their most difficult task

Let the Florida Legislature Know You’re Watching

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December 29— Ride herd on Tallahassee, remind lawmakers you’ll watch every move By Paula Dockery The Florida Legislature will be holding committee meetings in January and February to hear bills that will be considered during its 60-day session starting in

Trying to Make Sense of How Voters Decide

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December 4— Trying to Make Sense of How Voters Decide by Paula Dockery This presidential election has been mentally and emotionally exhausting. I’ve had to turn off cable news to regain my sanity. The news coverage focused almost solely on

Advice to New Legislators: Put Constituents First

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Advice to New Legislators: Put Constituents First Nov 27, 2016 by Paula Dockery It’s a tremendous honor to be elected by thousands of voters and entrusted to represent them in every aspect of state government. After being elected in 1996,

Rules Designed to Restore Voter Trust

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Rules Designed to Restore Voter Trust Nov 20, 2016 by Paula Dockery Two weeks after the general election, Florida legislators gather in Tallahassee for an organizational session where the newly elected representatives and senators will be sworn in. The speaker

Trying to Make Sense of How Voters Decide

Nov. 30— Trying to Make Sense of How Voters Decide By PAULA DOCKERY This presidential election has been mentally and emotionally exhausting. I’ve had to turn off cable news to regain my sanity. The news coverage focused almost solely on

The morning after, and the mornings to come

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November 12— The morning after, and the mornings to come By Paula Dockery Syndicated columnist The presidential race decided last week highlighted the turbulence in American society. Half the country thinks America is still great; the other half sees it differently.

A Rare Win for the Little Guy?

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A Rare Win for the Little Guy? Nov 6, 2016 by Paula Dockery Could David actually beat Goliath in Florida’s political arena? Amendment 1, the deceptive utility-backed solar amendment, looked certain for passage this November. Voters who were polled overwhelmingly

A Hundred Thousand New Voters Have Judge Walker to Thank

A Hundred Thousand New Voters Have Judge Walker to Thank   Oct 30, 2016 by Paula Dockery As the deadline was approaching for Floridians to register to vote, a major hurricane was heading toward Florida. Gov. Rick Scott warned residents

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