Bill Prescott
Karen Berrios, right, watches Jon Hazelbaker install a commemorative plaque on the Spiegel Grove. Image via AP via Florida Keys News Bureau.

Bill PrescottNovember 24, 2015

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The sensationalized attacks by ISIS terrorist in Paris and the allegations that one or more had entered Europe as  “Syrian refugees”  suddenly awoke shaken (and clueless) Americans to an enormous, ongoing humanitarian disaster that’s changing the world as we know it. The Parisian attacks got Americans nervous again about Islamic terrorism. ISIS effectively took the […]

Bill PrescottOctober 26, 2015

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Term limits have spelled disaster for the Florida Legislature – erasing experience, dumbing down the process, and leaving lobbyists even more firmly in control. It was the achievement of people who preferred to weaken government rather than improve it. Florida being Florida, it figures that some people now propose to do the same to the […]

Bill PrescottSeptember 24, 2015

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Public education consumes almost 30 percent of Florida’s budget. So what are taxpayers getting for that investment, which this is year about $22.9 billion, compared to other states? Florida TaxWatch, a government watchdog think tank that evaluates government spending, has created its own guide to help answer that question: How Florida Compares – Education. The […]

Bill PrescottAugust 26, 2015
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Writer, international scholar, FSU English professor, opinion columnist and environmentalist Diane Roberts entertained a crowd of North Florida Democrats Tuesday evening with her incisive wit and pointed observations about the state of Florida and its leaders. Referring to herself as “that professor conservatives warn you about,” Roberts let fly a quiverful of bon mots as […]

Bill PrescottAugust 10, 2015

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From the people determined to bring you Unplanned Parenthood, another fiesta of misogyny. On July 29, Rick Scott loudly announced investigations of Florida clinics that perform cancer screenings, HIV services, Pap tests, contraceptive care, stop-smoking programs, STD treatment, gynecological exams, and yes, abortions. The state Agency for Healthcare Administration cited four clinics: one for improper […]

Bill PrescottJuly 15, 2015

7min190
Recently, a political operative in South Florida forwarded me a new grassroots outreach email called “The Curl” being sent by Florida Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The preface reads: “Friend — introducing The Curl, your close-up look at Debbie’s work for South Florida.” “Looks like she stole your name Kurly, LOL” my friend wrote. […]

Bill PrescottJuly 14, 2015
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The Florida Supreme Court has ruled the state’s congressional maps don’t meet requirements of a voter-approved constitutional amendment prohibiting political lines drawn to favor incumbents or political parties. The court ordered the Legislature to redraw the maps These are 10 big questions looming over Florida politics: 1. Will the Legislature appeal? USFSP political science emeritus […]


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