TIA MITCHELL

No momentum for proposals to limit negative political ads

TALLAHASSEE | Rep. Joe Gruters has a stack of mailers from his 2016 campaign containing negative messages about him. He can’t figure out who or what entity financed these mail pieces.

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Stand Your Ground bill passes House committee

A controversial Stand Your Ground proposal backed by lawmakers from the Jacksonville area is off to a strong start ahead of the 2017 session.

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Tia Mitchell: Fears about Trump presidency will persist

President Donald J. Trump is what we call him now.

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Tia Mitchell: Departing Sen. Gaetz shares his lessons, regrets

Former Senate president Don Gaetz is known for his loquacious flair. His speeches on the Senate floor are often full of historical references and big words. So I was eager to read the goodbye message he emailed to constituents last weekend.

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UF relaunches accelerated nursing program in Jacksonville to address local shortage

There are more University of Florida students earning bachelor’s degrees in Jacksonville with the re-launch of the school’s accelerated... Read more

Tia Mitchell: The fallout from Trump's $25,000 donation to Bondi explained

Regular readers of this column might recall that in April I first mentioned the controversial campaign donation Donald Trump made to... Read more

Tia Mitchell: Hurricane Hermine left behind a political storm in Tallahassee

The effects of Hurricane Hermine have been chilling, and I’m not talking about the high winds and rain that blew across Tallahassee in the... Read more

Tia Mitchell: Curry can celebrate, but gritty details to come

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry staked his whole reputation on the pension tax, and it passed. The campaign is over, now it’s time for policy... Read more

Tia Mitchell: Scrolling down news feed toward primary day

It is primary election week, and I’m scrolling down my news feed.

Living in Tallahassee gives me an interesting... Read more

Tia Mitchell: UF hiring Jacksonville booster to judge athlete rape case creates perception of bias

Many details about the sexual assault investigation involving a University of Florida football player are confidential. There are no police... Read more

Appeals court limits students' right to sue state universities

Florida college students must prove that state or federal law is broken before they ask the courts to overturn campus-based decisions, a... Read more

Tia Mitchell: Corrine Brown and Donald Trump have something in common

There was a time when my colleague Ron Littlepage would start a column by saying he was “spinning around the news dial.” You knew what... Read more

Tia Mitchell: Rowdy convention crowds reflect the American spirit

Like millions of Americans, I’ve been glued to the television for the past two weeks taking in the speeches at the Republican and Democratic... Read more

Tia Mitchell: Black Lives Matter may not mean what you think it does

What do you think when you see the words Black Lives Matter?

In recent weeks, this phrase has been interpreted in... Read more

Tia Mitchell: Inside the NRA candidate questionnaire

Carlos Guillermo Smith, a candidate for the Florida House, posted an interesting update on his Facebook page a couple of weeks ago.... Read more

Tia Mitchell: Domino effect of Rubio running for Senate felt in Northeast Florida

Tweets separated by less than two months demonstrate U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s change of heart. On May 16, he tweeted, “I have only said like... Read more

Tia Mitchell: OK, GOP lawmakers, when is it 'appropriate' to talk about gun violence?

‘The emotional aftermath immediately following a tragedy like the terror attack in Orlando is not the appropriate time to create or debate... Read more

Florida governor to Obama: Issue federal emergency declaration

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Monday took the unprecedented step of asking President Obama to make a federal emergency declaration in... Read more

Tia Mitchell: Perspective on FAMU president depends on who you ask

In both my professional and personal lives, I have started to realize that conflicts become increasingly harder to resolve when each side is... Read more

FAMU trustees seem ready to let university president's contract run out

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida A&M University Board of Trustees voted Friday to “take no action” on President Elmira Mangum’s contract,... Read more

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