Round-up of Sunday editorials from Florida’s leading newspapers

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Tampa Bay Times: HCA’s prescription for profits

“The nation’s largest for-profit hospital chain is in trouble with regulators again. Florida hospitals in the HCA chain, including one in Pasco County, are under federal investigation in connection with concerns that cardiologists conducted unnecessary surgical tests and procedures. HCA allegedly boosted its billings by working with cardiologists who put profits before patient health and safety. After discovering the problem, hospital executives seemed more concerned with the bottom line than with patients, raising questions about HCA’s ethics and its for-profit model.”

Bradenton Herald: Bradenton Herald endorsements: A recap for Tuesday’s Primary Election Day

“Tuesday is Primary Election Day in Florida with key Manatee County contests for sheriff, elections supervisor, school board and county commission. The City of Bradenton also has a referendum on the ballot. Here is a reprise of the Herald Editorial Board’s recommendations. Our full editorials, published in advance of early voting, can be found at www.bradenton.com/opinion.”

The Daytona Beach News-Journal: New Smyrna Beach should give Delta Queen fair look

“The saga of New Smyrna Beach and the Delta Queen has been slow to unfold but maybe it’s approaching a critical chapter. Businessman Wayne Heller is ready to buy and relocate the historic riverboat along the North Causeway — a move that could reinvigorate the city’s retail district. But the journey has yet to begin.”

The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville.com: A roundup of the newspaper’s endorsements

“Voters are faced with three rare situations this year in the first primary. Circuit Judge Brian Davis was appointed to the bench, then never had an opponent till this year. He was appointed to a federal judgeship in February, but his confirmation is being held up in the Senate. Thus, Davis has drawn three opponents and a write-in candidate. There is no guarantee that he will be confirmed before the Nov. 6 election. Davis is exemplary and has earned re-election.”

The Lakeland Ledger: Who’s the Lieutenant Governor?

“Gov. Rick Scott said last week he is happy with Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who has generated some recent controversy… Meanwhile, despite the recent negative publicity for the lieutenant governor, she remains largely an unknown figure to most Floridians. A poll from Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm based in North Carolina, showed 73 percent of the voters polled had no opinion of Carroll, while 14 percent viewed her favorably and 13 percent unfavorably.” 

The Miami Herald: Our choices 

“MIAMI-DADE, Congress, District 24, Universal primary: FREDERICA S. WILSON; District 26, Democratic primary, GLORIA ROMERO ROSES; State attorney, Democratic primary, KATHERINE FERNANDEZ RUNDLE…”

The Orlando Sentinel: Like Reagan, John Mica knows the art of the deal

“The party of Reagan is making an important choice in Central Florida this week. Its faithful will pick between two incumbent members of Congress who ended up in the same congressional district — John Mica and Sandy Adams. Adams’ strategy in District 7 has been to cast the race as a contest for the soul of the Republican Party. Hers is a no-compromise, take-no-prisoners, give-no-quarter view of politics. She’s an unqualified success at digging in her heels. In other words, the opposite of Ronald Reagan, who knew how to make a deal.”

Tampa Tribune, TBO.com: ‘Romney Hood’ is Obama-loney baloney

“Mitt Romney’s incomplete plan to reform the tax code is being built around the idea that low taxes are good for the economy. Most people believe they are. The Obama campaign is trying to nickname the presumptive Republican nominee “Romney Hood,” a reference to Robin Hood’s evil twin who takes from the poor and gives to the rich. The Democratic strategy is to make voters think Romney would use the tax code to beat down the middle class and boost the wealthy. Romney is right that these and other partisan accusations are Obama-loney, which rhymes with baloney.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.