by Thomas L. Knapp……. US president Donald Trump signed yet another massive government spending bill — $1.3 trillion — on March 23, after threatening a veto. Why did he threaten a veto? Because the bill doesn’t fund his cherished US-Mexico border wall idea, and because it doesn’t address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that he’s threatened to end absent a “fix.” Why did he sign it?
Guest Column by John Donnelly……. A precise antidote for violence and murderous school rampages is available for every teacher and school administrator in the American Public and Private School Systems. It’s free of charge, established via empirical data developed through the ages, since the inception of Man and Womankind.
by Rick Boettger…… Late fallout from Irma is that I’m filing a lawsuit to enforce an important provision of Florida’s law on Trees and Landowner Responsibility. Part of this is simple, and part gets complicated. The simple part is, for healthy trees, “. . . the landowner with the tree located on his or her property is not liable for damage caused by the branches or roots. The adjoining landowner may, at his or her own expense, trim back the branches or roots as he or [continue reading…]
by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. The State Attorney’s Office has released its investigative report on gun threat allegations at HOB Middle School. Christopher Weber, the SAO’s Chief Investigator, at the end of his thorough 9-page report, concluded that there is not a sufficient basis to bring criminal charges. However, Weber did collect a statement from a witness who claims he remains certain that a student brought a real gun to an after-school event on January 16th.
Click here to see the list of “euthanasia outcomes” for KWSPCA shelters in Key West and Marathon in the past two years. Clarification regarding the 844 cases of “euthanasia”: We thought we could equate the number of bona fide merciful euthanasia cases to the number of kills for “medical” reasons and “feline lukemia” however we realized that some of the animals put down by “owner request” could fall under the “medical” category and some of the cases categorized as “medical” may not rise to the [continue reading…]
…(but I Will Run against Heather) by Rick Boettger……. I have been advised to run against Heather in 2020 instead of against whomever this year in District 2. Only if George Neugent has another surprise change of heart will I run against him, in order to call him out at every election stop for the rest of the year. I’ll be in the elections office at 11:30 AM on June 22, checkbook in hand, filling out forms, so that if George swoops in at 11:59 with [continue reading…]
by Thomas L. Knapp……. Politico reports on a letter to US Representative and House Ethics Committee chairwoman Susan Brooks (R-IN), from more than two dozen members of the Congressional Black Caucus, requesting an investigation into “the legality and propriety” of lawmakers sleeping in their offices. Among their complaints are that the free lodging and associated perqs constitute a “direct violation of the ethics rules which prohibit official resources from being used for personal purposes,” and that the risk of seeing a naked politician creates a [continue reading…]
by Thomas L. Knapp……. President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions find California’s “sanctuary” laws inconvenient, and are asking the courts to rule in favor of their convenience rather than affirming the US Constitution. That’s the takeaway from United States v. State of California, a US Department of Justice lawsuit filed on March 6. The case sounds like it’s about immigration — and the administration can be counted on to play up that perception in the secondary court of public opinion — but it [continue reading…]
Local Expert Panel Discussion to Build Adaptive Capacity (ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA )- The South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) convened a panel of Monroe County professionals, from various fields, to discuss their recommendations for Building Adaptive Capacity in Islamorada. Dr. Keren Bolter, Senior Planner for Arcadis Consulting, was the lead scientific expert for the event and Alyssa Wood of the SFRPC presented avenues for the community to improve its FEMA community rating system (CRS) scores. The discussion panel included four local experts. Leah Stockton, new CEO [continue reading…]