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Canadiens Rene Bourque beats Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Anders Lindback for a 2nd period goal Friday night at the Forum.
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Opinion

Vouching for vouchers?

I’ll admit it. During my time in the Florida Legislature I was generally supportive of school vouchers. I bought into the argument that vouchers were similar in effect to the GI bill and the Florida Resident Access Grants, better known as FRAG.

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New year, new faces

Posted Jan 4, 2011 by Laura Fiorilli

Updated Jan 4, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Incoming Gov. Rick Scott takes the top spot on Slate’s list of “Ten Conservatives Who Will Define 2011.” The premise of the list is that the political figures who dominated the news this year (Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell) aren’t the ones actually taking oaths of office in the coming week. Check the list to familiarize yourself with some of the new faces in American politics.




‘Best of Both’ - the original, and the parody

Posted Sep 13, 2010 by Laura Fiorilli

Updated Sep 13, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Let’s all take a minute this election season to thank YouTube. Because of this online forum, we no longer have to wait for ‘Saturday Night Live’ to see parodies of political ads.

No-party Senate candidate Charlie Crist is making ads that emphasize the blurring of party lines - a seemingly strange strategy in this polarized election, but one that seems to be working well for him. You can watch a batch of them at Crist’s YouTube channel.

If you want to follow the crowd, though, wander over to the main YouTube and watch this parody of Crist’s ‘Best of Both’ ad. At last check, it had nearly 4,000 more viewers than the original!




The candidates - in their own words

Posted Aug 12, 2010 by Laura Fiorilli

Updated Aug 12, 2010 at 09:14 AM

TBO’s Voter Guide went live this week. If you haven’t already, check it out!

Voter Guide is one of my favorite things to work on at TBO. It’s also a huge undertaking. We contact candidates in all 10 counties in WFLA’s viewing area, track down their e-mail addresses, and then needle them to fill out a questionnaire on their background and opinions.

We first used the Voter Guide software in 2008. An enhancement to this year’s edition is GIS - that is, geographic information systems - basically, a better way of creating maps of the various voting districts. The system should be able to identify which district you live in, down to the sub-county level, based on your address.

But there have been some glitches. The maps we received for Manatee County weren’t compatible somehow, so voters there will have to choose districts manually. And sometimes, people testing the system find other conflicts. If you find one, or have any other problems using the guide, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). I’ll do what I can to help.




The Gore breakup: Sad, odd, or neither?

Posted Jun 3, 2010 by Laura Fiorilli

Updated Jun 3, 2010 at 01:58 PM

I’ve never been particularly attached to either Al or Tipper Gore, but the breakup of their 40-year marriage actually shook me a bit. Their family life always seemed stable and affectionate - the opposite of the sparring Clintons’. And when the news first broke, that seemed to be the prevailing view.

Here, though, is an essay by an insider who says the Gores always seemed a bit mismatched to him. According to Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, Al lived life in the public sphere and Tipper would have preferred more privacy; her photography hobby could have been a way of distancing herself from events. Like many political couples, their life involved plenty of theater - they were known to dress in Disney-created costumes at Halloween parties, completely disguised. (I have to wonder - Mickey and Minnie? Chip and Dale? Pluto and Goofy? Alas, there are no photos.)




A mouse in the house ... the White House

Posted May 21, 2010 by Laura Fiorilli

Updated May 21, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Sharp-eyed observers at President Obama’s remarks on financial reform today caught sight of an intruder: a furry rodent who scurried across the Rose Garden steps.

ABC’s White House crew thinks it was a mouse or a rat. I was going to guess shrew, because it’s hard to see the animal’s ears. Either way, it looks like the Obamas should consider following in the steps of none other than Abraham Lincoln, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush - it’s time we had a cat in the White House once again!

The ABC reporters note that the White House, like any old building, has long been home to a population of rodents. Imagine the stories they could tell.