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  • Mel Martinez leaves legacy of a quitter

    My daughter was practicing her violin last week and getting frustrated. Her bow was wobbling off the A string, occasionally scratching the high-pitched E. And "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" was a bit flat. She sounded exactly like what she is —...
  • Politicians unite in hypocrisy, in generosity

    Today we have another round of hugs and slugs — for everyone from politicians who are uniting to help needy kids to politicians who are united in their hypocrisy. And we'll top it all off with a few thoughts from readers, and even Jimmy Buffett....
  • Crotty should build bridge to the City Faux

    Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty is taking heat for dressing up the Lake Underhill bridge to look like the Golden Gate. It has been called his $1.5 million political bridge to nowhere — ripe fodder for U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson if the two square off in...
  • Florida GOP soap opera is comedy of errors

    Right now, Republicans are poised for victory. They have the momentum following their upset Senate win in Massachusetts. And pundits are predicting double-digit gains in Congress. That's on the national level, anyway. Here in Florida, the GOP is a train...
  • McCollum wants to keep us in the dark

    In today's edition of the Friday Files, we're celebrating adoptive parents and chastising politicians who want to keep secrets from you. And we've thrown in everything from coyotes to Big Oil sycophants, just to keep things interesting. Let's start...
  • Tell your state senators what's 'disagreeable' about PSC members' removal

    "Disagreeable." That was the word one state senator used to describe two members of Florida's Public Service Commission who are being booted from the board. Among the things these two members disagreed with: Jacking up your rates and cozying up with...
  • Florida's Shame Day 5: Rocky Roads

    Isn't it great to live in an area where you can trust your elected officials to learn from their mistakes? Don't know. We can't remember when it's happened here. And, sadly, the magnificent Wekiva River basin may be the next victim of our elected...
  • And now for the next big growth scheme

    Does any development scheme ever really die in Orange County? Apparently not, even at a time when more than 5 percent of its homes have been in foreclosure. Just consider the amazing resurrection of something called Camino Reale in the rural southeast...
  • Read our list of double-dippers

    Here are some notable DROP participants from Central Florida. We included a guest appearance by a South Florida college president because, from a money standpoint, he's the king of DROP. Lawson Lamar State Attorney, Orange/Osceola Lump sum: $514,928...
  • Is Rich Crotty really a greenie to the core?

    Could it be true? Is Orange Mayor Rich Crotty a greenie? Is he, as he says, the "Jolly Green Mayor''? Well, given that I once called Richard Nixon the greatest environmental president in American history, I'll be open minded. Crotty is not a Prius-...
  • 2007 Most Powerful People in Central Florida

    As we have worked our way up the year's list of "The 25 Most Powerful People in Central Florida," we passed CEOs, philanthropists, political players and rising stars. But now we've reached the top and find five people who have control over the roads on...
  • 2006 Most Powerful People in Central Florida

    Who makes things happen here in Central Florida? Today, Taking Names columnist Scott Maxwell concludes the list of the 25 most powerful people. We are down to five -- three politicians, the head of the region's largest work force and the leader of one of...