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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 Wednesday, December 14, 2005

A Supply And Demand Thing

    What does this tell us about Florida agriculture?
    An immigration bill headed for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives this week would cripple Florida's multibillion-dollar agriculture industry if it becomes law as now written, a group representing the state's farmers warned Congress on Tuesday.

    In a sternly worded letter faxed to lawmakers, the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association said that: "Because Florida agriculture is so heavily dependent upon aliens with fake documents to harvest our fruits and vegetables," as much as 90 percent of the work force could be eliminated, "which could spell the end of labor-intense agriculture not only in Florida but across the U.S."
    "Bill would halt illegal farmworkers".

    In the meantime, the Orlando Sentinel misses the boat: "In legal shadows".

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