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Thanks for visiting. On a daily basis we scan Florida's major daily newspapers for significant Florida political news and punditry. We also review the editorial pages and political columnists/pundits for Florida political commentary. The papers we review include: the Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Naples News, Sarasota Herald Tribune, St Pete Times, Tampa Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Tallahassee Democrat, and, occasionally, the Florida Times Union; we also review the political news blogs associated with these newspapers.

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The Blog for Sunday, February 27, 2005

Silly Voters and Their Crazy Ideas

    "Florida's most-influential business groups," don't like the process by which the Florida Constitution is amended. Who can blame them: Florida business has invested a lot of money in the GOP and thus own the Florida Legislature; "Florida's most-influential business groups" do not appreciate this investment undercut by silly voters and their crazy ideas, like increasing the minimum wage. Isn't it obvious that folks shut out in Tallahassee
    have little choice but to take issues to the ballot because lawmakers ignore the public's wishes. Lesley Blackner, who leads an organization called Florida Hometown Democracy that is trying to get a growth-management amendment on the 2006 ballot, said lawmakers are trying to "kill the messenger."

    "The Legislature is not responsive to the average citizen, to the concerns of the average citizen," said Blackner, whose proposal would make local comprehensive-plan changes subject to referendums.

    Voters have passed far-reaching amendments for more than a decade. But the issue has become particularly controversial during the past five years and was ratcheted up even more in 2004 when voters approved eight amendments -- ranging from allowing slot machines in South Florida to creating the $6.15-an-hour minimum wage.
    "Lawmakers aim to slow amendments".

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