The Miami Herald Endorses Pam Keith

“This long-shot candidate brings one of the freshest perspectives to Florida politics heard in a long time. She is accomplished, credible — and has been left out in the cold by state Democratic leaders and her two better-known opponents. And that, too, is a shame for democracy.” “Ms. Keith has an engaging personality and a world view that cuts through that political fog. She’s a realist and knows she’s a long-shot, but makes a good case for the seat she’s pursuing: “The military, foreign policy, labor policy — these are federal issues,” she told the ...

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Gun Violence in the US

This week, we lost 49 Americans to a senseless act of gun violence.  The shooter’s motives are hard to fathom.  He was an ISIS sympathizer and a homophobe. He was also a domestic abuser, a roid-head and an asshat.  He could have gone on his shooting spree for any number of reasons.  Indeed, the night before, a promising young musical artist was shot by someone for no apparent reason at all.  The issue is not that these men were crazy, or evil, or just deluded.  The problem is that they were lethal.  We made it WAY too easy for them to walk into a gun store, buy a ...

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MISSION 22 and ENDING VETERANS’ SUICIDE: JOIN THE CHALLENGE

  Every day, we lose 22 veterans to suicide.  It’s the internal battle that is unseen and often not discussed.  Those who return from battle and suffer from PTSD and/or traumatic brain injury often suffer from depression and social isolation.  While there are resources available to veterans, many find it difficult to seek that help, while others have to wait for a long period of time to get help through the VA. As a U.S. Navy Veteran myself, these veterans are my bothers and sisters, and I am committed to do all I can to reduce suicide in our ranks.  As a ...

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The Misguided Targeting of Transgender Americans

Feeling the need to chime in on this. FACT: Transgender is not about one's sexual orientation (i.e. who one is attracted to), it is about gender identity (i.e., what you feel like in your skin). It is a VERY difficult thing to have physical attributes (i.e. sex organs) that do not jibe with one's thoughts, feelings, aspects and character. That incongruity causes people deep emotional pain. It is SO difficult that for many, the only tenable solution is to change their outer aspect to conform to their inner one, that is . . . . after they try, sometimes for years, ...

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The Big “Checkout”

Last Saturday, at around 2pm, three young black men (according to witnesses) drove a vehicle into the parking lot of an apartment complex in Miami Gardens with the intent to kill. The young men apparently had a beef with another young man living in the complex based on a social media dispute. One of the perpetrators reached into the car and pulled out a gun, and rather than killing the intended target, ended up killing six-year-old King Carter, who was playing outside. King’s murder was perhaps not an intended outcome of the incident, but it was a foreseeable and ...

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SCOTUS Nomination

What the GOP could have said regarding the SCOTUS nomination: "Gee, Mr. President, we are really sad about the loss of one of our most treasured conservative thinkers. We KNOW that you have the right to appoint SCJs, but we would be really grateful if you considered appointing someone who would perhaps keep some of the balance on the Court. We know it's unlikely that you will nominate someone as conservative as Scalia, but if we give you a list of nominees whom we think are acceptable, would you at least talk with us and consider them. Perhaps there is a name you would ...

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SCOTUS Nomination

When Mitch McConnell says that the SCOTUS nominee shouldn't be confirmed until "the people" have a say in it, he doesn't mean the 65,915,769 people who voted for Barack Obama in 2012--knowing FULL WELL that he would have a complete 4-year term in office, as did every other President before him. What McConnell means is that we should wait until "HIS PEOPLE," have a say in it. You know, the 48% who voted for Romney and have NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER come to terms with that loss. I can't help but conclude that the GOP can't respect the result of the last election because they ...

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Tech

Bringing some tech manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. (or creating new ones) should be a top national priority. It makes no sense to me that we make not one smart phone in the U.S. Yes, Chinese labor markets make manufacturing of such devices cheaper. But SO WHAT?! It is risky to rely so heavily on such devices but to have no capacity whatsoever to make them. I don't foresee a trade kurfufle with China, but that doesn't mean one can't happen. We ought to have at least some capacity for high-tech manufacturing here, just in case. And, of course, there is the upside that ...

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Drug Patents

Martin Shkreli isn't just a creep, he's a criminal. His exponential increase in price to life-saving HIV medication is unconscionable. The way to deal with him is to refuse to enforce his patents and allow other companies to reproduce and undercut his product. Access to patent enforcement through the courts is granted by the American people. We giveth, we can taketh away. New rule, if your business practices harm Americans, the U. S. Government will not back you up.

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Arizona Recount

There is a lot of buzz on social media about the AZ primary. We need some clarification. If Independent, No Party Affiliation (NPA) or Libertarian voters were turned away, that is because it is a closed primary. A shame, but not unlawful or irregular. If registered Democrats had their registration CHANGED to Independent without their notice or consent, thus keeping them from voting, THAT is something altogether different and in need of immediate investigation. If that occurred to any significant extent, I say do it over or allow them to vote now and re-tally the final ...

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