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Thanks for visiting. On a semi-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.

For each story, column, article or editorial we deem significant, we post at least the headline and link to the piece; the linked headline always appears in quotes. We quote the headline for two reasons: first, to allow researchers looking for the cited piece to find it (if the link has expired) by searching for the original title/headline via a commercial research service. Second, quotation of the original headline permits readers to appreciate the spin from the original piece, as opposed to our spin.

Not that we don't provide spin; we do, and plenty of it. Our perspective appears in post headlines, the subtitles within the post (in bold), and the excerpts from the linked stories we select to quote; we also occasionally provide other links and commentary about certain stories. While our bias should be immediately apparent to any reader, we nevertheless attempt to link to every article, column or editorial about Florida politics in every major online Florida newspaper.


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The Blog for Thursday, December 22, 2005

A Fanjul family Christmas ...

    at the taxpayers' expense of course:
    Florida Crystals, one of the state's two largest sugar cane growers, has thrived over four decades with the public's help. Drainage systems help to make farming possible. A loan program keeps prices stable. Yet the company still pays only lip service to its public partners.

    Its refusal to get off South Florida Water Management District land to make way for a crucial reservoir probably will cost the public agency $8 million. The Fanjul family-owned company could have followed its competitors and left willingly. Instead, it exploited a technicality to force the district to pay. Giving in to Florida Crystals' threats is the correct decision, but it should not have come to this.
    "The $8 million holdup".

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