Monthly Archives: March 2013

Republican Legislators Seek Power Grab with FHSAA Bills

While other issues such as “Parent Trigger,” various abortion bills and of course Medicaid reform are garnering all the headlines the most dangerous legislation of the 2013 session may in fact be unrelated to any of those issues. Rep. Metz’s (R-Yalaha) HB 1279 & Senator Stargell’s (R-Lakeland) SB 1164 would substantially change the way the […]

JPMorgan and Rogue Trader Nick Leeson

Somewhere Nick Leeson is having a good laugh.  In 1995, Leeson destroyed Barings Bank by exceeding the firm’s trading limits and hiding his losses.  Leeson’s trades cost the firm $1.4 billion and forced the 232 year old Barings into bankruptcy. JPMorgan apparently employed the same dark arts in the losing trades of London Whale, Bruno […]

Zest of the Day: Refusal to Expand Medicaid Could Cost Florida Businesses

From the Tampa Bay Times.

Is Bernanke Biting the Hand that Feeds Him?

Someone bearing a striking resemblance to Ben Bernanke recently stated that “too big to fail” (TBTF) banks were a cause of the Great Recession and needed to be fixed.  He remarked, “I agree with Elizabeth Warren 100 percent that it’s a real problem.  ‘Too big to fail’ is not solved and gone.” Could this have […]

Zest of the Day: Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio Bloomberg Double

I try and read Bloomberg Businessweek on time each week, but I have fallen behind recently. I get the magazine delivered to my Kindle in a timely fashion but am often weeks behind in actually reading the magazine. This morning while kindling (as my office mates call it  when I whip out my Kindle and […]

Zest of the Day: Manatee Deaths Spike

Very worrying and sad news from the Sun Sentinel. The Legislature and local governments need to take this issue more seriously.

Port Funding Controversy: Governor Scott is Right to a Point

Rick Scott made an issue Thursday on Port funding asking the Federal Government to reimburse Florida taxpayers $75 million for the Port of Miami dredging project. Governor Scott is correct on this issue as he was regarding his January request for upwards of $36 million in state funding for Jacksonville port improvements. Building Florida’s port […]

Marginal Seat Freshman Democrats Showing Pragmatism

The two biggest upsets in legislative races election night were the victories of Mike Clelland and Carl Zimmerman over well-established incumbent Republicans. No legislative race victory in the past decade has meant more for the attempts to rebuild the Florida Democratic Party than did the defeat of Chris Dorworth by Mike Clelland. Dorworth, the Speaker […]

Zest of the Day: Women Make Better Corporate Leaders Than Men

I tend to believe they make better elected officials so the results of this survey don’t shock me (A  sweeping generalization I  understand and I do believe we have plenty of good male elected officials but a higher percentage of females who are elected are in my opinion are more compassionate, competent and responsive to […]

Kurly’s Kommentary: Terrorist hunger strike, Gandhi style, should lead to closing Guantanamo Bay

By Steven Kurlander When President Obama was first took office, a rumor was circulated that he had replaced a bust of Winston Churchill in the Oval Office favored by President Bush with one of Abraham Lincoln and sent the Prime Minister packing back to the British Embassy. Obama’s alleged actions were seen both as […]