Vote for candidates who care about your issues

Vote for candidates who care about your issues Oct 13, 2016 by Paula Dockery The election is just weeks away. Ballots are going in the mail for voters who requested them and early voting is starting. Florida voters have a lot

Diversity and Balance Needed on Constitutional Panel

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Diversity and Balance Needed on Constitutional Panel Oct 9, 2016 by Paula Dockery The Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC) is required to meet every 20 years to review Florida’s Constitution and to recommend changes. Before it can meet, the 37 members

Second time’s the charm for medical marijuana in Florida?

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Second time’s the charm for medical marijuana in Florida? By Paula Dockery There are several constitutional amendments on the November ballot. One of them, Amendment 2 — Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions — is a retread from the

Don’t Be Fooled by Utility-Backed Solar Amendment

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Don’t Be Fooled by Utility-Backed Solar Amendment By Paula Dockery Polls consistently show the overwhelming majority of Floridians have a positive view of solar energy, yet the Sunshine State lags behind many states in solar power. One obstacle has been

Informed Voters Make Better Choices

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Informed Voters Make Better Choices Sep 11, 2016 by Paula Dockery One of the fascinating aspects of writing a weekly statewide opinion column is the feedback that I receive. For years I’ve been getting comments on the issues I’ve covered

What Are Voters Angry About?

What Are Voters Angry About? Sep 18, 2016 by Paula Dockery During this long and bizarre campaign season we have been repeatedly told that voters are really angry, that they have no trust in government and want to throw the

Feds End Use of Private Prisons, Florida Should Follow

Feds End Use of Private Prisons, Florida Should Follow Sep 4, 2016 by Paula Dockery The U.S. Department of Justice announced it was ending its use of private prisons. The DOJ’s Office of Inspector General released a critical report that

Clean Water Shouldn’t Be So Complicated

Clean Water Shouldn’t Be So Complicated Aug 7, 2016 by Paula Dockery We all want clean water. It’s vital to our survival. Clean water is necessary to ensure public health. Water leaving our lakes, running through our rivers and entering

Gov. Scott’s Hits and Misses on Handling Zika

Gov. Scott’s Hits and Misses on Handling Zika Aug 21, 2016 by Paula Dockery Florida is ground zero for fighting Zika in the United States, with 470 cases—more than any other state. To his credit, Gov. Rick Scott is taking

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