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"I am a New England native happy to be living in sunny South Florida where life and politics are never boring. As the daughter of community activists and the niece of state lawmakers, I learned early the impact of politics on our daily lives and the importance of being engaged. As a columnist, my role is to write truth to power, challenge the status quo and reflect on the human condition."
Friday, January 25, 2013 — Rhonda Swan

Rick Scott gives, but only after he takes away.

On Wednesday, Florida’s “education” governor announced that he’ll be asking the Legislature to allocate $480 million to fund $2,500 pay raises for every full-time public classroom teacher.

“I can think of no better investment for our state,” he said at a press conference, “than investing in those teachers who work on the frontline of Florida’s future every day by teaching our children.”

The governor was singing a very...

Friday, January 18, 2013 — Rhonda Swan

Barack Obama is not the fulfillment of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream.

His two successful campaigns for the White House signal that we are much closer than when King delivered his famous speech in 1963. But we still have a long way to go. Especially in Florida.

With Martin Luther King Day...

Friday, January 11, 2013 — Rhonda Swan

Gov. Rick Scott cannot be trusted.

In 2010, Floridians overlooked the fact that as the founder and former CEO of the nation’s largest hospital chain, Columbia/HCA, Scott resigned in the midst of a federal investigation that resulted in Columbia paying $1.7 billion in fines for defrauding Medicare and Medicaid.


Friday, January 04, 2013 — Rhonda Swan

It defies logic that taking life honors life.

For the second year in a row, Florida has sent more convicted killers to death row than any other state.

And acting Palm Beach County State Attorney Peter Antonacci would like to send more. His office is now seeking the death penalty for all...

Friday, December 28, 2012 — Rhonda Swan

"I don't know why," Gov. Rick Scott said recently, "anyone is not a Republican.”

Has he looked in the mirror lately?

His is the face of a party that puts politics over people, caters to the rich, kicks the poor when they’re down and forces their religion on the rest of us....

Friday, December 21, 2012 — Rhonda Swan

Steel courage.

It’s what George Zimmerman, Michael David Dunn and Michael Jock have in common. That and the belief that Florida’s Stand Your Ground law allows them to use guns to solve problems their egos created.

Each of these men has been arrested for shooting – and killing in the case of Zimmerman and Dunn...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 — Rhonda Swan

I waited three and a half hours – an hour longer than in 2008 but hours less than many Floridians -- to cast my ballot on the first day of early voting for this year’s general election.

There were several reasons for the long wait but I want Gov. Rick Scott, Secretary of State Ken Detzner and Florida’s lawmakers to admit to just one: The voter suppression law Republicans passed last year....