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Another bizarre GOP debate

Another bizarre GOP debate

The Republican Party's presidential nomination process has become a weird reality show. There hasn't been anything like it since Anna Nicole Smith had her show on E. Things got emotional at the Republican presidential debate last night in Iowa. Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum and [...]

Personhood amendment has some support in Florida

The defeat of a similar state constitutional amendment in Mississippi has deflated the Personhood advocates in Florida. They have their own website, personhoodfl.com. The group needs 676,811 valid petitions for ballot access. According to recent story in the Orlando Sentinel, they have only [...]

Raisin’ Cain says Taliban doing bad things in Libya

Presidential candidate Herman Cain now is an expert on foreign policy. He warns that the Taliban is infiltrating the new Libyan government. Never mind that the Taliban operates along the the Afghanistan/Pakistan border, which is several thousand miles from Libya. Never mind there are huge [...]

In context: Rick Perry’s new attack on Obama (video)

A recent campaign ad for GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry makes the claim that President Obama thinks "Americans are lazy." Scott Pelley puts that claim into context. Source: CBS

Taj Mahal judge to resign

St. Pete Times' Lucy Morgan has the scoop: 1st District Court Judge Paul M. Hawkes is resigning from the court to avoid an ethics trial before the Judicial Qualifications Commission. Hawkes was charged in May with conduct unbecoming a judge, destroying public records and intimidating state [...]

Florida ECO funding nearly doubled in 2010

Florida ECO funding nearly doubled in 2010

The National Institute for Money in State Politics has issued a staff report on how independent political spending changed in Florida since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Citizens United v. FEC in January 2010. In that U.S. Supreme Court decision (5-4 vote), the court ruled that the First [...]

Video: Sarah Palin Wants to Hang Jerry Sandusky and She’ll Bring the Rope

Sarah Palin Wants to Hang Jerry Sandusky and She'll Bring the Rope Sarah Palin has weighed in on the Penn State rape case (why her?) and decided that the accused former coach Jerry Sandusky should "hang from the highest tree" and that helpfully she'll bring the rope. Even Fox News host Greta Van [...]

Newt Gingrich Made Big Bucks from Freddie Mac, Uh Oh (video)

Newt Gingrich has said he was a consulting historian for government-backed mortgage giant Freddie Mac but not a lobbyist. He also insists he warned them of the impending housing bubble. But Bloomberg is reporting Gingrich made far more than originally stated -- $1.6 million -- and that Freddie [...]

Congress: Pizza is a vegetable

Congress: Pizza is a vegetable

Center for Science in the Public Interest Policy Director Margo G. Wootan is upset that Congress wants pizza declared a vegetable in school cafeterias: It's a shame that Congress seems more interested in protecting industry than protecting children's health. At a time when child nutrition [...]

Grand jury investigates Evers on billboards

Grand jury investigates Evers on billboards

The SaintPetersBlog just broke the story. A grand jury in Leon County was convened yesterday to investigate an environmental group’s claims that State Senator Greg Evers used the influence of his former position as House Transportation Committee chairman to help a billboard company get around [...]

Postal Services has $5.1B loss FY 2011

Postal Services has $5.1B loss FY 2011

USPS Press Release: he U.S. Postal Service ended its 2011 fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2010 – Sept. 30, 2011) with a net loss of $5.1 billion. The year-end loss would have been approximately $10.6 billion had it not been for passage of legislation that postponed a congressionally mandated payment of $5.5 [...]

Florida could be litmus test for Health Care Reform

Florida has a regulation requiring insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on medical costs. Could this upend efforts to implement health-care reform nationwide. The Washington Post has [...]

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