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Martin Dyckman: Elian Gonzalez, a painful chapter in Cuban-American history

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Some things in life ought to be above politics, none more so than a parent’s relationship to a child. How this truth was sorely tested in Florida not so long ago is the subject of a new documentary that we should all want to see. CNN reportedly will air it sometime after it begins to appear in theaters later this month. As described in the Miami Herald Sunday, it relates the “painful chapter in Cuban-American history” that began early on…

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Martin Dyckman: Florida needs answers on death penalty discretion

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The courtroom at the Florida Supreme Court seats 164, which may not be enough for all the attorneys, organizations and individuals who have intervened in the unprecedented case of Aramis Ayala v. Rick Scott. Six groups have weighed in as friends of the court on behalf of Ayala, the state attorney for Orange and Seminole counties who is fighting to regain the 23 murder cases that the governor assigned to another prosecutor after she said she would not seek the…

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2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidates to speak in St. Petersburg Saturday

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Four potential or actual Democratic candidates running for governor next year will speak in St. Petersburg on Saturday night. Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, Central Florida businessman Chris King, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and former Tallahassee Congresswoman Gwen Graham will speak at the Democratic County Chairs Association (DCCA) weekend-long retreat kicking off at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park. Gillum and King are officially in the race. Levine is testing the waters, while Graham continues to inch closer to an announcement. The…

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Family, friends, colleagues gather for Janet Reno memorial

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Former Attorney General Janet Reno, the first woman to hold the top Justice Department job who died last month, never took the easy way out when making the tougher decision was the right thing to do, ex-President Bill Clinton said at a memorial service Sunday. Clinton, who appointed Reno in 1993, told several hundred friends, family and colleagues that she didn’t believe in political expediency or cutting corners. “I don’t believe Janet Reno ever cut a corner in her life.…

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Martin Dyckman: Remembering the broad, deep integrity of Janet Reno

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On the next to last morning of our nation’s most dreadful campaign, my wife questioned whether it’s possible to be a politician without losing one’s soul. As I started to name those I knew who had kept theirs, word came that my old friend Janet Reno had died. I rested my case. Her integrity ran broad and deep. Reporters liked to write about the little things, such as carrying change to feed Washington parking meters while she was attorney general…

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In remembrance: Janet Reno

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Newspapers were rolling in dough in the late 20th century. Reporters had expense accounts and plenty of public officials were happy to let them pick up the check. Not Janet Reno. She paid her own way, spoke for herself, and did not require those around her to bow, scrape, or screen calls to her home phone, which was in the book and accessible to the folks who paid her salary. The former Dade County state attorney and United States attorney…

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Florida primaries eyed: Representation of few, or the many?

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It took just 14,496 votes to win his closed Democratic primary for one of Florida’s 27 congressional seats. Now Darren Soto is virtually assured of going to Capitol Hill, unlikely to face a strong Republican challenge this November in his safely Democratic district. The state senator snared the votes of just 2 percent of the Orlando area district’s 750,000 residents, beating three other candidates in last month’s closed-party, winner-takes-all primary. Only registered Democrats could cast ballots in Soto’s race and…

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