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The end for SaintPetersBlog

Ever since I acquired the rights to the perfect domain for my efforts — FloridaPolitics.com — I knew that one day, this website would have to be put out to pasture.

Well, after more than 51,000 posts, this is the final one.

Going forward, I am devoting my full energies to the Florida Politics brand, whether it be the website, email programs like “Sunburn” and “Last Call,” or our gorgeous, award-winning INFLUENCE Magazine. Keep Reading

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No Country for Old Men

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After deciding that Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, with its searing prose and harrowing vision, was the best book I have ever read, I started to go through the back catalogue of McCarthy’s work, beginning with No Country for Old Men. The title comes from the poem “Sailing to Byzantium” by William Butler Yeats. The plot follows the interweaving paths of the three central characters (Moss, Chigurh, and Bell) set in motion by events related to a drug deal gone bad…

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Doesn’t Bobby Bowden remind you of, um, Donald Rumsfeld?

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BBobby Bowden and Donald Rumsfeld…on the surface, they appear to have little in common, other than both are icons in their mid-seventies. And that’s where the similarities end, right? Bobby is down-to-Earth and Rummy is a Princeton snob. Bobby plays games for a living, while Rummy’s every day was filled with life-or-death decisions. See, they are very different people. Except that, more and more, Bobby Bowden is starting to sound just like Donald Rumsfeld. Their accents may be different, but…

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Give Carl Zimmermann credit

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Sure, Carl Zimmermann lost his race to neo-populist Peter Nehr by less than 1,500 votes, but Carl did so with determination and style — and in a district as egregiously gerrymandered as any in Florida. I served as a consultant to Carl’s campaign at the very beginning of his effort. Even then I could tell that Carl was a serious candidate who could have won had he run in a more competitive district. Unfortunately, the state and local Democratic party…

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UCF’s SAE chapter closed for hazing

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One of University of Central Florida’s oldest fraternities has been disbanded by its national headquarters following allegations of hazing involving heavy drinking and pledges wearing women’s underwear. The Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter will be closed immediately, said Brandon Weghorst, a spokesman for the Evanston, Ill.-based fraternity. “Our board does not feel it’s worth the effort to rehabilitate the group,” Weghorst said Wednesday. He said as many as two-thirds of the chapter’s approximately 90 members may have been involved.

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The first thing to do: Improve the lobbyist disclosure law

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If there is one aspect of Florida’s campaign finance laws that does not benefit big business and its lapdogs in the Legislature, it is laws requiring the Division of Elections to provide an Internet-based disclosure system that details “who gives what.” By visiting the Division’s site and scrolling down to the Candidates and Committees section, any Floridian with computer access can see who gave what to which candidate, and how much. You can pull up all the candidates for a…

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Dave Matthews: No Political Chicken

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Here’s an idea for those Bush-bashing Dixie Chicks, whose summer ticket sales have taken a licking in markets upset with their ranting. Stop whining about your country fans and do what you did in 2004: Give in to your political outrage by following the model of groups like the Dave Matthews Band. Because Dave Matthews isn’t just talking the talk: During his summer concert swing, he is teaming up with other political rockers for the Midterms Matter Tour–a reference to…

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‘Like A Hurricane’ rude to Saints, Bucs fan says

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Bucs fan Bob Corry, 51, seethed in the stands Sunday as the Tampa Bay Buccaneer cheerleaders danced. It was not the dancing but the choice of music — the Scorpions’ 1984 anthem Rock You Like A Hurricane — that angered him. The Bucs opponent was the New Orleans Saints, a team still homeless from Hurricane Katrina. Bucs spokewsman Jeff Kamis said the song has been in the cheerleaders’ routine all season and did not intend to offend.

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