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July 17, 2022

OPINION | DeSantis shares blame for Aguilar fiasco

Former Florida Times-Union journalist Matt Dixon, now of POLITICO Florida, had a “scoop” the other day that illustrated tragedies throughout the political process that ultimately settle on the chest of Northeast Florida’s body politic like a ton of bricks, an impact that can be blamed largely on one man in Tallahassee: Ron DeSantis. Republican Erick Aguilar, a candidate for the

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June 28, 2022

OPINION | Remembering David, Jacksonville’s trailblazing gay magazine

From 1970 to 1974, Jacksonville was the headquarters of the first magazine to serve Florida’s gay community. In honor of the last week of Pride Month, here’s a look at the history and impact of David magazine. Jacksonville’s LGBTQ history dates back thousands of years. The native Mocama Timucua people had gender roles for two-spirits — individuals who belong to

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May 2, 2022

OPINION | The miseducation of Florida’s future

The summer after my freshman year at Florida State University, I worked as an intern at Pearson. As in the textbook publication company; Pearson. I don’t remember much about the actual work I did that summer, but I do have a few distinct memories from that job. In one meeting there was discussion about a batch of books being sent

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April 25, 2022

OPINION | Say goodbye, or stay put?

There is a big difference between perception and reality. For example, the perception the United States has of itself and that it projects to the world is one of a strong, united democracy that protects freedoms, preserves the rights of the “least of us,” defends the humanity of the “worst of us,” and is a fair government run by the

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January 5, 2022

OPINION | 2022 will be a Republican rout in Florida

In 2002, Jeb Bush was a runaway political freight train. His first four years in the Governor’s Mansion resulted in a string of policy victories that earned him the complete devotion of Florida Republicans and the scorn of most on the left. In 2002, Bush beat Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill McBride by 13 points in his re-election campaign. As far

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November 28, 2021

OPINION | Primary battles to watch in 2022

We will have a few live August contests in this region next summer. While top-of-the-ticket stuff leaves some intrigue for the November general election, the down-ballot stuff is often of greatest interest in these primaries. For those who need it, here’s a cheat sheet breaking down the partisan dynamics in play and the potential outcomes.  The biggest-stakes competitive primary is

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