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A desperate declaration of war on word salad

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Quite frankly, moving forward, our partners, community partners, and stakeholders must step up to the plate to reach out, speak out, and double down on a robust, impactful, pushback against Word Salad. So, clearly, our paid professional purveyors of political communication are obviously resonating with an obsessive-compulsive doubling down on words and phrases that frankly take up space but add no weight to The Conversation. Going forward, we must bring a sense of urgency to the table and, quite frankly,…

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South Florida is still ‘skin tight’

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Call him Ismael, and don’t be surprised if he turns up in Carl Hiaasen‘s next ripped-from-the headlines novel. Ismael Labrador is a very real purveyor of strip mall surgery and beneficiary of Florida’s laughably lax enforcement of laws aimed at protecting the public against charlatans peddling plastic surgery on the cheap. As owners of South Florida plastic surgery “clinics,” Labrador and his ex-wife Aimee De la Rosa cater to people with little money and less self-esteem. The Miami Herald’s Daniel Chang…

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Experts say Jeb Bush “laying up” for Iowa caucuses

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush had been written off as “fading” or being too quiet with Donald Trump by some commentators and would-be experts in the pre-dawn of the 2016 presidential elections. Others took every minor refute he made toward Trump as a “weak retort.” A Florida Republican strategist and a political scientist along I-4 disagree; both adding that Bush is carefully set for the next five months leading up to the Iowa caucuses. Even Carl Hiaasen made note in…

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Carl Hiaasen: Now you don’t trust BP, but it’s too late

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From Carl Hiaasen: Every time a BP executive appears on television, I think of the garage scene from the movie Animal House. An expensive car belonging to Flounder’s brother has just been trashed on a drunken road trip, and the smooth-talking Otter comforts the distraught Delta pledge with these cheery words: “You f—– up! You trusted us! Hey, make the best of it.” If only the BP guys were half as honest. Incredibly, almost eight weeks after the Deepwater Horizon oil…

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Carl Hiaasen: Now you don’t trust BP, but it’s too late

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From Carl Hiaasen: Every time a BP executive appears on television, I think of the garage scene from the movie Animal House. An expensive car belonging to Flounder’s brother has just been trashed on a drunken road trip, and the smooth-talking Otter comforts the distraught Delta pledge with these cheery words: “You f—– up! You trusted us! Hey, make the best of it.” If only the BP guys were half as honest. Incredibly, almost eight weeks after the Deepwater Horizon oil…

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Greetings from Tampa, where hopes soar — or die

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This old port city in the nation’s most populous swing state won the Republican convention with its finest offerings — beaches, big venues, and a well-earned reputation for successfully handling major events like the Super Bowl. But the Grand Old Party’s choice is also based on political pragmatism. The road to the White House in 2012 will once again pass through the Sunshine State, most Democrats and Republicans agree, and Floridians in particular seem likely to appreciate the attention. But Republicans…

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Charlie Crist links Marco Rubio with Ray Sansom in brutal ad attack

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The Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate today released a new television ad, “Two Politicians,” continuing a significant buy in Florida. You can view the new ad at: www.charliecrist.com or HERE. “TWO POLITICIANS” SCRIPT CRIST: I’m Charlie Crist, and I approve this message. ANNOUNCER: Two career politicians. Both known for “preposterous deal-making.” Ray Sansom and Marco Rubio. Rubio was Speaker, “Sansom was Rubio’s handpicked budget chief.” The ultimate insiders. Both steered millions of taxpayer money into two colleges — then, received…

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