Author: Daniel Tilson

Daniel TilsonMarch 19, 2015

Funny thing about the “will of the people” in Florida. Even when expressed via an overwhelming majority “Yes” vote on a constitutional amendment, the Legislature can and does subvert it. That’s what’s happening with the environmental protections and preservations Floridians thought were a done deal after more than 75 percent of voters joined forces to […]

Daniel TilsonMarch 17, 2015

Happy Sunshine Week, Florida, let’s hear it for open government! OK, stop laughing, this is important. The more transparent our state budget formation and lawmaking are, the more likely middle-class Floridians can avoid getting sucker-punched by elected public “servants” sneakily serving only our state’s richest folks and biggest businesses. Unfortunately, that works vice-versa too. Welcome […]

Daniel TilsonMarch 15, 2015

If only marijuana decriminalization were the goal when Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli recently released a “joint agenda.” But no, turns out they were promoting their “5-point Work Plan 2015” for the in-progress legislative session. The new Republican legislative leaders know issues such as health care expansion and environmental protection are […]

Daniel TilsonMarch 3, 2015

Once again, Rick Scott owes George Orwell a debt of gratitude. Without the classic novel “1984” and its primer on political doublespeak, the governor’s State of the State speech this week would have been way more…let’s say transparent, since that’s a word repeatedly and ridiculously run through Scott’s Orwellian propaganda grinder recently. My dictionary defines […]


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