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Richard Hebert
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Richard Hébert is a former investigative reporter for The Atlanta Constitution, winning numerous journalism awards including nomination for a Pulitzer Prize. He is also an author of both fiction and nonfiction books, and a freelance writer of both magazines and documentary films. After a decade of world travel, he became politically active in Washington, D.C., during the 1980s and 1990s, served in the administration of Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly, first as spokesperson for the D.C. Department of Public Works and subsequently as a multi-agency coordinator of media relations in the mayor’s Communications Office.

Hébert was also active in Citizens for New Columbia, the citizens’ committee that staged numerous demonstrations in the 1990s to demand statehood for the District of Columbia, eventually rising to serve as chair. Currently residing in St. Augustine, Florida, he continues to dabble in fiction and write columns on public affairs.

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Florida Debates: Aesop Steals the Show

Posted October 22, 2010 | 11:34:50 (EST)

It was to be a trilateral debate among Florida's candidates for the U.S. Senate, the first in a two-night doubleheader at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. So what was Aesop, the famed Greek fabulist of antiquity, doing up there?

For the most part, Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek,...

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Kosmas Gaining Support in FL 24: It's About Space

Posted October 17, 2010 | 14:43:41 (EST)

Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, one of three Florida Democrats in Congress that the Republicans would dearly like to defeat, has now picked up endorsements from two of the district's three largest-circulation daily newspapers. And the third daily doesn't count.

In Florida's 24th congressional district, it's all about space. The...

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Florida's Gerrymander War: The Pols vs. The People

Posted October 7, 2010 | 12:07:21 (EST)

Politics may make strange bedfellows, but once in a while it also makes surprising adversaries. So it is this year in Florida's Gerrymander War. In one corner, a bipartisan tag team of minority congressional members, Black Democrat Corrine Brown and Hispanic Republican Mario Diaz-Balart, plus state...

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'Taliban Dan' Ad: Grayson's 'Bridge Too Far'?

Posted September 30, 2010 | 12:13:26 (EST)

Has Rep. Alan Grayson gone a bridge too far in his campaign to keep his Orlando-based congressional seat? The media ruckus over his "Taliban Dan" attack on his challenger, Dan Webster, would suggest so, but his campaign thinks not, despite having been caught editing a video clip to make Webster...

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Florida's Tea Party Rally: The 'Image' Lives On

Posted September 23, 2010 | 18:48:18 (EST)

After stoking the flames under Tea Partying anger for a year and a half, Glenn Beck is now urging his radio audience to cool it. In his own words: "Hang up the Statue of Liberty costume...(and) leave it in the closet. Don't bring your signs anymore." It's an...

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Right-Wing Cash Flows Into Florida, Turns Up Heat

Posted September 2, 2010 | 19:17:35 (EST)

This article also appeared on jrbarras.com

To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, there they go again. In this case, "they" are the brothers Koch, billionaire oil tycoons David and Charles, operating through their tax-exempt organization, innocuously named Americans for Prosperity. As soon as the results from Florida's primary were in,...

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