Stories written by Kenneth Bluh
Kenneth has been writing a column for Community Newspapers since 1989 when he first wrote about the incorporation movement in UMSA (Unincorporated Municipal Services Area). His columns cover the political scene in Miami-Dade and Tallahassee. Educated at the Wharton School in Philadelphia, Kenneth has been a member of the banking/mortgage lending profession in Florida since 1962. Contact him at kbluh@americanbsm.com or 786-247-0547 where he manages American Bancshares Mortgage LLC’s Reverse Mortgage Department.

Proposed changes to Florida Constitution on ballot

Before reviewing the 12 proposed amendments to Florida’s Constitution, let’s examine for a moment the difference between a constitutional amendment and a law passed by the legislature. The Florida Constitution, like the U.S. Constitution, is the basic law of the land. It is, as they say, “cast in concrete” and can only be changed by […]

Another attempt to control Florida’s Supreme Court

The majority party in control of the Florida Legislature is attempting to take control of the state’s Supreme Court to guarantee that once a conservative law is passed it is guaranteed to stay on the books with court approval. The plan is that the Florida Supreme Court would rule on the constitutionality of the law, […]

How would you like to live under the 1789 U.S. Constitution?

We often hear the comment “we should return to the U.S. Constitution as created by our founding fathers.” So I ask: What would it be like to live under the “original” U.S. Constitution? What voting rights would we have? Who would be denied the voting rights we enjoy today, if we lived when the Constitution […]

Big rules violator named to head state ALF taskforce

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Talk about the “fox guarding the hen house.” Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed Larry Sherberg to chair the governor’s panel looking to improve living conditions in the state’s Adult Living Facilities (ALFs). Who is Larry Sherberg? He is one of the biggest violators of current ALF regulations. Just one week before Sherberg appeared on a […]

There possibly is a middle ground in gun control

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Once again the question of strict gun control or no gun control has hit our headlines. This time, with the Aurora, CO shooting that killed 12 and injured more than 50 at the opening night of the Batman sequel, it has brought out those who want to eliminate all individual gun ownership in America and […]

Florida’s Governor Rick Scott says ‘no’ to Obamacare

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The United States Supreme Court said “yes” to the president’s signature legislation, the Affordable [health] Care Act. One of its major provisions is to expand Medicaid eligibility to those making up to 133 percent of the poverty level — or $29,326 for a family of four — by 2014. Our governor’s response is, and this […]

Is Florida Gov. Rick Scott correct about voter purge?

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Governor Rick Scott ordered Florida’s secretary of state to purge the state’s voter registry of ineligible voters. The state’s position: “…firmly committed to doing the right thing and preventing ineligible voters from being able to vote.” No one could argue with that position. I certainly don’t want my vote diluted by a vote from an […]

Scott out to remove three Florida Supreme Court justices

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Presidents, historically have appointed justices to the Supreme Court and the lower federal courts as well, with nomi- nees who share the same philosophical outlook toward government. The same is true for the governors of our 50 states — Florida included. Having a court that is politically in tune with the elected official’s political ideology […]

Must companies doing business with Cuba stay out of Florida?

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott, as of this writing, must decide if he is going to sign into law a bill that prohibits foreign corporations that do business with Cuba from doing business in Florida.  It is a poor law! Brazil, South Florida’s largest trading partner, says “no” to the proposed law. Canada says “no.” The […]

Marlins’ David Samson no asset to our community

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`I have promised myself, over and over again, that I would never, never write about the management of the Florida Marlins again. But, I just can’t help myself. Every time Marlins’ president David Samson opens his mouth, putting down our community and our leaders, I want to run to my laptop and strike out at […]

Random observations on primary races in Florida

By Kenneth Bluh…. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson’s decision not to seek reelection to her District 8 seat brought a lot of attention to a commission race that we rarely see as most commissioners seem to hold office forever, always getting reelected, as long as they want the job. Being a mayor or former mayor […]

Who is ahead in the U.S. Senate race in Florida?

The withdrawal of Gov. Charlie Crist from the Republican primary has taken a great deal of interest out of the Aug. 24 primary races for the U.S. Senate. The question was: Would Charlie Crist or Marco Rubio represent the Republican Party against Democrat Kendrick Meek in the Nov. 2 general elections? Since then, Jeff Greene, […]

Constitutional Amendments 5 and 6 deserve our support

Every 10 years, following the completion of the national census, state legislatures are required to reconfigure the boundaries of voting districts to conform to the increasing or decreasing number of residents in the state. The Florida Legislature will take full advantage of the required change to make sure that those in control of the legislature […]

If we’re not satisfied, why do we keep them in office?

Some questions defy answer. The Miami Herald editorial page’s Daily Q is as they say, “an unscientific measure of our community’s pulse.” However, those who support a question have just as many chances of voting as those who oppose. So, while I don’t always agree with the results, I do feel that it pretty well […]