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The day Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was elected to Congress

 From the Miami Herald archives: This is the report published Aug. 30, 1989, after Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Miami-Dade County became the first Cuban-American in Congress. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, in the crowning political achievement of Miami’s exile community, passed a triple milestone Tuesday by becoming the first Cuban American, first Republican and first woman in Congress from […] Continue reading →

Baseball and the Bush family: From Babe Ruth and Poppy to Jeter ‘n’ Jeb

bush-jeb-baseball-orlando.jpg Jeb Bush autographs a baseball during a 2015 campaign appearance in Central Florida. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) If former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and an investor group that includes future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter are successful in buying the Miami Marlins, it will continue a long baseball tradition in the Bush family. And it won’t be the […] Continue reading →

How many tweets has President Trump sent in his first 100 days?

20170205-met-trump-phone-004-1.jpg Since taking office on Jan. 20, President Donald Trump has made national and international news with tweets sent from his @realDonaldTrump account. And as of Friday evening, Trump had tweeted from that account 511 times since becoming president, according to a search of TrumpTwitterArchive.com. President Donald Trump works his phone after finishing a round of golf at Trump International Golf […] Continue reading →

Today: Trump to be first president since Reagan to address NRA

030317-trump-pbia.jpg ATLANTA — President Donald Trump today will be the first sitting U.S. president since Ronald Reagan to address the National Rifle Association — cementing his pro-gun credentials after long ago advocating a ban on “assault weapons” and longer waiting periods to purchase firearms. Florida Gov. Rick Scott and former U.S. Rep. Allen West, who represented a portion […] Continue reading →

Florida Conservatives Fight Joe Negron’s Water Plan

Senator Rob Bradley Florida conservatives continue to fight against Sen. Joe Negron’s water plan.  This morning we received an email from Everett Wilkinson, one of the conservative activists leading the fight against Negron’s water plan with an altered Gov. Crist with Obama that replaced with Sen. Bradley.  Are conservatives now comparing supporters of Negron’s water plan to Crist? Hi,I […] Continue reading →

Democrats press Brian Mast on ‘congressional carve out’ for health care

brian-mast-ed-board.jpg Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, is among GOP House members targeted by new Democratic digital ads. An emerging Republican plan to overhaul Obamacare would take away some coverage guarantees of the Affordable Care Act but apparently preserve those protections for members of Congress. That has the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launching ads on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter that target freshman […] Continue reading →

The 4th R

kathleentullie-sunshinestatenews_0.jpg By:  Kathleen Tullie Date:  April 26, 2017 – 4:15pm A lot of time and attention in schools is focused on the well-known “Three Rs”:  reading, writing and arithmetic.  These are considered the foundations of a basic-skills oriented education program and are seen as the areas of core-competency children must master in order to progress in […] Continue reading →

Correction on Nancy Smith's Cary Pigman Column

cary_pigman_mug.jpg The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department did no special favors for Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park, during his March 24 DUI arrest, Sheriff’s Information Officer Bryan Beaty said Tuesday. Beaty said my Tuesday opinion column, “Where Is Cary Pigman’s Disciplinary Action?” was off the mark on three counts: Pigman’s booking photo wasn’t removed early, as […] Continue reading →

Centrist Macron, far-right Le Pen in battle to lead France

 Far-right leader and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election Marine Le Pen exits a polling booth before voting for the first-round of the presidential election in Henin-Beaumont, northern France, Sunday, April 23, 2017. French voters are casting ballots for their next president in an unusually close first-round election Sunday, after a campaign dominated by […] Continue reading →