PerspectivesRob Bradley Jacksonville Today Contributor
Rob Bradley wrote his column for Jacksonville Today from 2021 to 2022. He is an attorney and chairman of the governing board of the St. Johns River Water Management District. Rob represented North Florida in the Florida Senate from 2012-2020, serving as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations from 2017-2020, where he crafted three state budgets, each in excess of $90 billion. Rob has been married to Sen. Jennifer Bradley, R-Fleming Island, for 26 years. They have three children, Connor, Stephanie and Caroline.
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August 31, 2022

Opinion: Government can work. Here’s proof

Spend a lot of time browsing social media or watching Fox, CNN or MSNBC, and it would be easy to be cynical about the ability of government to succeed. There is a lot of negativity in our public discourse.  It’s time we take a look at what is working. Here in North Florida, there are examples of government doing its

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August 17, 2022

Opinion: DeSantis’ influence key in local GOP elections

As the 2022 primary draws to a close, several storylines have emerged at the local, state and federal levels: The three-way Republican primary for state House District 16 is wild. Jacksonville Beach City Councilman Chet Stokes brought a wheelbarrow full of cash to the race and seeks to overwhelm his opponents with TV, radio and social media advertising.  Former state

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August 3, 2022

Opinion: For candidates, public scrutiny is part of the process

The primary season in Florida politics is always brutal. Because primaries involve battles between members of the same political party, or a nonpartisan race, there usually aren’t many policy differences among the choices. Therefore, candidates seek to differentiate themselves in other ways, often pointing to the alleged personal failings of their opponent. It can get ugly. Add in the fact

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July 20, 2022

Opinion: Think you can’t fight City Hall? Remember the Red Shirts

There is a lot of frustration with government these days. Inflation and the lingering effects of the pandemic have many folks in a sour mood and feeling powerless. “You can’t fight City Hall” is a mantra I occasionally hear. It’s the idea that one person or a small group can’t make a difference. Well, don’t tell that to the “Save

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July 6, 2022

Opinion: ‘Fair Districts’ vote wasn’t the last word

After losing the governor’s mansion in 1998 and losing both chambers of the state Legislature a few years prior, Florida Democrats were frustrated. They saw 2012 as an opportunity to reset the playing field. That was the year the state Senate and House would participate in the once-in-a-decade process of redrawing the congressional and legislative maps. The Democrats, understandably, didn’t

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June 22, 2022

Opinion: Which candidate will be in sync with voters?

You never really know when voters are done and ready to move on until, well, they move on. Take the political journey of Donald John Trump. There has never been anyone like him. When he rode down the escalator at Trump Tower to declare his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president, no one in the political class took him

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June 8, 2022

Opinion: DeSantis’ vetoes gut Legislature’s priorities

Two months ago in this column, I predicted that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ veto list for this year’s state budget would be a “Red Wedding” — a reference to the Game of Thrones scene where several key characters in the same family were killed.  Apparently, I underestimated the extent of the pending damage. DeSantis wrecked the work of the Legislature, vetoing

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May 25, 2022

Opinion: To stabilize property insurance, focus on resilience

There is a reason why very few people lived in Florida until the middle of the 20th Century. It’s often intolerably hot, thunderstorms come out of nowhere and cause flooding, and periodically a hurricane will wipe out large swaths of whatever is in the mighty storm’s path. It’s risky to live in Florida. Therefore, it is no surprise that insurance

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May 18, 2022

Opinion: Jags’ turnaround hinges on defense

Of all the statistics showing how bad the Jaguars franchise has been in the 21st Century, perhaps one data point illustrates it the best. The Jaguars have won their division one time since 1999. Once.  And in the NFL, it pays to win your division if you want to win it all. Since 2011, only one team, Tom Brady’s 2020

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May 4, 2022

Opinion: Roe leak changes politics as we know it

“It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives…This is what the Constitution and the rule of law demand.” With those words written by Justice Samuel Alito in a leaked draft of a majority opinion, the political world our country and state has known for 50 years changed forever. Roe v.

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