Around the Block looks back: Florida’s 2012 voter registration law

Commentary Voter suppression then, voter suppression now; will we ever learn? In a recent Around the Block, I suggested that every once in a while I’d take a look back at archived columns that might still have some relevance today. As I said, “I’ve been writing Around the Block on and off since 2012. A lot hasContinue reading “Around the Block looks back: Florida’s 2012 voter registration law”

I live in Florida. Ron DeSantis is my governor. Woe is me!

Commentary His latest demonstration of authoritarianism: blackmailing the Special Olympics. In closing my story yesterday, Just when you think the GOP can’t any get worse, it gets worse, I posed several questions. One of those questions was this: “How do you feel about our great country when your fellow citizens continue to elect people likeContinue reading “I live in Florida. Ron DeSantis is my governor. Woe is me!”

Another Viewpoint – Florida’s new surgeon general is not just reckless; he’s dangerous

Commentary Please be aware, while this story focuses is about Florida, it’s really more than that. It’s about the sorry state of affairs in this country. I’ve noticed that when I write about Florida-specific issues, I tend to get fewer views. As an example, my recent piece, “Rubio’s pandering knows no bounds,” (https://around-the-block.com/2021/09/15/rubios-pandering-knows-no-bounds/) received about one-halfContinue reading “Another Viewpoint – Florida’s new surgeon general is not just reckless; he’s dangerous”

Rubio’s pandering knows no bounds

Commentary Given his history, Marco Rubio’s cynical opportunism in calling for General Milley’s removal is not surprising Initial responses to difficult situations are often the best measure of a man. In his response to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Milley’s alleged “undermining of former President Trump,” Senator Rubio showed he’s not aContinue reading “Rubio’s pandering knows no bounds”

DeSantis, Scott and ‘Liddle’ Marco – the Florida grifts that keep on giving.

Commentary Small consolation: At least we don’t have Tommy Tuberville and Marjorie Taylor Greene! As incredible as it may sound, there were three stories and one Op-Ed in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel yesterday reporting on the undemocratic, lawless, deceitful and frankly, egregious activities of Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis. Let me start by listing the headlines:Continue reading “DeSantis, Scott and ‘Liddle’ Marco – the Florida grifts that keep on giving.”

Ivanka and Marco sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g

Commentary Sometimes it’s the little things that can make your day I have never felt a greater sense of relief than the one I felt this morning. I mean it was palpable, resulting in the deepest relief sigh I’ve ever breathed. What was it that caused this solace, this comfort, this calmness? Ivanka Trump won’tContinue reading “Ivanka and Marco sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g”

Commissioners call New York Times ‘fake news,’ deny library funding for digital subscriptions

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In Florida News You Can Use, not to be confused with News with a Twist, The Washington Post reported today that “librarians of Citrus County, Fla., had what seemed like a modest wish: A digital subscription to the New York Times.