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

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A round-up of Sunday editorials from Florida’s leading newspapers.

Tampa Bay TimesSelf inflicted sequester pain 

“It seems to be a foregone conclusion that across-the-board federal spending cuts will go into effect Friday that are harmful to the recovering economy and were never intended to become law. President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are pointing fingers at each other, but there is plenty of blame to go around. This self-inflicted damage to families, national security and the economy could be avoided if the president and Congress put the nation above political gamesmanship.“ 

Bradenton Herald Learning hard lessons from the Mantee County school district budget disaster 

“A quick review of Navigant’s explanation of its forensic audit of the Manatee County school district’s financial disaster leads to this conclusion: One terrible decision after another led to the $3.4 million budget deficit.” 

The Daytona Beach News-JournalBold plan measures up to iconic tracks history 

“Speedway President Joie Chitwood plans to transform the 54-year-old racetrack into a sports mega-facility designed for the modern racing fan and tourist. If the $250-million-plus vision of the DIS brass materializes, the fans will have a much-improved experience and Daytona Beach will get a massive new “front door” on International Speedway Boulevard.” 

The Lakeland LedgerParental Role in ‘F’ Schools: Polks Finger On Trigger 

“Polk County will play a prominent role in the state Senate’s Parent Trigger bill for the second straight legislative session. The 60-day session begins March 5. The bill was filed Feb. 13 by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland.”

The Miami HeraldMedicaid expansion the right call


“There is governance, and there is politicking. One is grounded in practicality; the other floats — and sinks — on ideology. Commendably, Gov. Rick Scott has learned the difference after two years in office. The governor’s decision to back the expansion of Medicaid by 1 million Floridians who would qualify (after having been elected to office on an anti-Obamacare platform) is a practical call that protects the state’s taxpayers.”

Orlando Sentinel Legislators must make public’s safety a priority

“In some ways, this year’s legislative public safety agenda reads more like a dystopian novel. Spy drones. Mind-altering drugs. Texting-crazed motorists. A closer read suggests state lawmakers are poised to head off evolving surveillance concerns and try and tame a deadly chameleon — synthetic drugs. Meanwhile, some proposals — such as text-ban bills — like zombies, keep coming back seeking lawmakers with the brains to endorse the safety-minded measures.”

Tampa TribuneSlouching toward sequestration

“In a State of the Union address otherwise lacking in fiscal leadership, President Obama was right on target with one point: “The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next.” The interminable showdowns over debt limits and fiscal cliffs have taken a toll on public confidence and imperiled an ailing economy. Yet here we are again. The parties are universes apart with less than a week to go before $1.2 trillion in automatic “sequestration” cuts will be launched over the next decade.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.