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Better Laws, Cultural Shift Needed To Stop Texting And Driving

By at September 26, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

It has been one year since texting and driving finally became illegal in the State of Florida. Lagging dangerously behind most other states, it took Florida until the 2013 legislative session to finally pass restrictions on texting while driving. However, the ban was set up as a secondary offense, meaning that drivers cannot be pulled over for texting and driving alone. A more...

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Firing Paul Schofield Would Be A Grave Mistake For Wellington

By at September 19, 2014 | 12:02 am | 2 Comments

A particularly nasty rumor surfaced this week. The word on the street is that members of the Wellington Village Council plan to present a motion calling for the dismissal of longtime Village Manager Paul Schofield. That would be the same Paul Schofield who helped Wellington weather the economic storm of recent years, slashing the budget without gutting village services. more...

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Fix The Write-In Loophole That Disenfranchises Many Voters

By at September 12, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

In 1998, Floridians upended state government. Through a series of constitutional amendments, voters slimmed down the state cabinet, putting much more power in the hands of the governor. While that was the more high-profile change, at the same time, Floridians passed a measure designed to upend the two-party monopoly’s control over ballot access. Amendment 11 passed more...

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10 Years Later: Remembering 2004’s Storm-Filled September

By at September 5, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

This week marks 10 years since Hurricane Frances hit South Florida and changed the way we look at storms. Before 2004, severe hurricanes were a once-in-a-long-while phenomenon. While someplace in the Atlantic basin got bruised every year, it was rare that the same place got hit twice in one season. All that changed in storm-weary 2004. In August 2004, Hurricane Charley more...

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On Labor Day, Take A Moment To Salute The American Worker

By at August 29, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

This Monday, Sept. 1, marks Labor Day, a holiday originally designed to honor the American worker, but one that has lost too much of its significance in recent decades. Now known more for barbecues and end-of-summer celebrations, the holiday is a far cry from its origins. When Labor Day was first observed in the late 19th century, the political aspects of it were not more...

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Endorsement: Re-Elect Marcia Andrews To School Board

By at August 22, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

The primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 26 features a non-partisan race to see who will represent the area on the Palm Beach County School Board over the next four years. PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, DISTRICT 6 — This race pits one-term incumbent School Board Member Marcia Andrews against former Palm Beach County School District Chief Operating Officer Joe Moore. more...

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Endorsement: Dems Should Nominate Foster For County Commission

By at August 22, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

PALM BEACH COUNTY COMMISSION, DISTRICT 6, DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY — This race pits former Wellington Mayor Kathy Foster against Melissa McKinlay, who works as a legislative aide in the Palm Beach County Legislative Affairs Office. The winner will advance to what is predicted to be a competitive general election against Republican Andrew Schaller and independent candidate more...

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Elect Goodman, Re-Elect Lewis To 15th Judicial Circuit Bench

By at August 15, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

The primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 26 features two countywide, nonpartisan races for seats on the 15th Judicial Circuit bench in Palm Beach County. GROUP 30 SEAT — Vacant judicial seats are a rare commodity, and the race for the Group 30 seat on the 15th Judicial Circuit bench features three high-quality attorneys: Maxine Cheesman, Jaimie Goodman and Peggy more...

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Wellington Factions Must Stop Trying To Re-Litigate The Past

By at August 8, 2014 | 12:02 am | 1 Comments

Yet again this week, the Village of Wellington stepped back to re-litigate the past. It has been two and half years since the disputed 2012 election divided the community, but the fallout from that campaign remains. Thankfully, Wellington’s Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board passed on the opportunity to reopen the wound this week when it refused to accept an more...

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Be Vigilant: Don’t Let Heatstroke Claim Another Child’s Life

By at August 1, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

With temperatures reaching their annual peak, so are tragic stories of children dying when left in hot cars, including a tragic case out of Kansas just last week and a headline-grabbing case in Georgia earlier this summer. While those cases reflect a dismal summertime trend across the nation, hot car deaths are a problem in Florida all year round. According to Safe more...

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