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"Everybody talks about transparency and accountability, and for too many of our leaders, it's nothing but talk. I've seen everything that works in Florida and everything that doesn't, and I'm looking forward to sharing my views and comparing notes with Florida Voices' readers."
Thursday, September 20, 2012 — Florence Snyder

FT. LAUDERDALE — As a writer of spy novels, Bob Graham is no threat to Ian Fleming. As a statesman, the former three-term U.S. senator and two-term governor is the best of the best.

Graham’s novel, Keys to the Kingdom, is the Hail Mary pass of a dedicated public servant working way beyond the call of duty and well outside his comfort zone to tell the world the unvarnished, uncensored...

Thursday, August 09, 2012 — Florence Snyder

The speech was given by a Democrat, Grace Nelson, stumping in Tallahassee last week for her husband, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.

It sounded a theme often expressed by another attractive political wife, Cyndie Kottkamp, a Republican, whose husband Jeff is the former lieutenant governor of Florida.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012 — Florence Snyder

To hear Gov. Rick Scott tell it, he’s the most transparent member of the ruling class since Lady Godiva.

Godiva was an Anglo-Saxon aristocrat and Tea Partier who rode bareback and buck naked through the streets of Coventry in a silent tax protest.

Scott, by contrast, never shuts up about transparency...

Monday, July 02, 2012 — Florence Snyder

"Nora Ephron enjoyed and was very kind to all kind of folks; not just big deals," tweeted New York Times media columnist David Carr. Plainly he is right about that, judging by the flood of cyber-comment condolences and commiseration attending last week’s death of Ephron, a reporter-turned-filmmaker, thought-leader, and first person in the room to say what everybody was thinking.

You don’t see much of...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 — Florence Snyder

“Don’t schtupp your co-workers, especially if you’re supervising them” has been a management mantra since the Reagan Administration. But that didn’t matter to Jamie Self before he “left” his $103,000 job as executive director of the state’s Family and Community Services Office in January “for personal and family reasons.”

Thanks to dogged reporting by...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 — Florence Snyder

In an era when reporters worked sources more and blogged press releases less, many great stories were born in barrooms that catered to newsies on the prowl for a cold beer and a hot tip.

These days, the media’s last great watering hole is in cyberspace at www.jimromenesko.com.  There, you can find what’s left of the fact-based community talking shop and saying...

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 — Florence Snyder

Florida’s governing class has, for decades, valued their spin doctors far more than police, prison guards, child protective investigators and others who risk their lives daily in public service.

Recessions come and go, but the standing army of people whose job it is to talk transparency while obstructing journalism is untouchable.
Florida TaxWatch crunched the numbers last year.  As of...

Wednesday, April 04, 2012 — Florence Snyder

When government doesn’t do its job, when children die in its care, when law enforcement commits wrongdoing, we look to investigative reporters to go beyond a spokesperson’s platitudes and tell us what’s really going on.

But with the bottom falling out of newspapers, Florida has lost much of its investigative muscle -- those extra-curious reporters who keep a watchful eye on how things work....

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 — Florence Snyder

Bring your sleeping bags, was Sen. Don Gaetz’ advice to his colleagues as he described plans for the redistricting do-over special session scheduled to begin today and, with any luck, end by March 28th.

Gaetz didn’t say if there would be campfires on the Senate floor, but if there are, here’s a tune suitable for a redistricting sing-along.


Thursday, March 08, 2012 — Florence Snyder

Florida’s government functionaries are, for the most part, faceless fixers who do their best to keep their names out of the newspapers.

Not Steve MacNamara, or as he’s known around the Capitol, “Governor MacNamara.”

This week, MacNamara dumped at length and on the record to Tampa Bay Times Bureau...

by Dr. Radut.