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Drug possession law unconstitutional?

Circuit Judge Scott Brownell in Manatee County threw out 42 felony drug possession cases, ruling that Florida's drug possession statute is unconstitutional. This comes on the heels a Miami circuit court judge throwing out last month 39 felony charges in a similar ruling. The issue with the state [...]

Florida TaxWatch recommends cuts-$4.1B

Florida TaxWatch recommends cuts-$4.1B

The Florida TaxWatch issued yesterday a report of its Government Cost Savings Task Force for the 2012-2013 fiscal year which has 135 recommendations that could generate $4.1 billion in savings. The task force placed a special focus on criminal and juvenile justice, health care, general government [...]

Judge blocks Evers gun law

Judge blocks Evers gun law

Federal Judge Marcia Cooke blocked yesterday the implementation of Sen. Greg Evers' new law (Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act) restricting the rights of doctors to obtain information form their patients about firearms and ammunition. The law, which was supported by the NRA, was to maintaining [...]

Scott creates jobs, not for minorities in his administration

Gov. Rick Scott picked an African-American, Jennifer Carroll, as his Lt. Governor, but the Saint Pete Times reports he has hired fewer minorities than his GOP predecessor, Charlie Crist. Among the top three staff levels (280 workers), 18.5 percent identified themselves as minority. That compares to [...]

Destination Casinos hinge on Florida court case

Destination Casinos hinge on Florida court case

You don't hear much about it up here, but I know some locals are anxious to see if the Florida Legislature will pass a bill that allows "destination" casinos, casinos that would part of a resort complex. There also is a court case that they are watching. A Florida Senate bill sponsored by Sen. [...]

Scott: Show me the jobs, Mr. President

Scott: Show me the jobs, Mr. President

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has officially responded to President Barack Obama's "Jobs" speech. "Speeches without specifics won't fix our economy," said Scott in a press release. This is from the man who has promised 700,000 new jobs in Florida over the next seven years...without giving us many [...]

Florida Next Foundation

Florida Next Foundation

Former Florida CFO Alex Sink has established a new organization focused on the future of Florida. Here is the email I received from her: Friends, I am excited today to tell you about the launch of the Florida Next Foundation. The name really says it all -- what’s next for Florida? How [...]

Obama ‘Jobs’ Speech (Transcript)

Obama ‘Jobs’ Speech (Transcript)

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, and fellow Americans: Tonight we meet at an urgent time for our country. We continue to face an economic crisis that has left millions of our neighbors jobless, and a political crisis that has made things worse. This past week, [...]

Mother Jones: Inside Koch Brothers meeting

Mother Jones: Inside Koch Brothers meeting

The 2012 elections, Charles Koch warned in his followers, will be "the mother of all wars." Mother Jones has recordings that provide a behind-the-scenes look at how the Koch brothers and their comrades talk when they gather. They include a pair of keynote speeches and remarks by brothers Charles [...]

Is Bachmann campaign in trouble?

Congressman Michelle Bachmann's campaign may be in trouble. Over the weekend, her campaign manager Ed Rollins will be moving to a senior advisory role. His deputy, David Polyansky, is leaving the campaign. Rollins was the National Campaign Director for the Reagan-Bush '84 campaign. In December [...]

Another poll shows Obama in trouble

Another poll shows Obama in trouble

According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. more than 60 percent of those surveyed say they disapprove of the way the president is handling the economy and, what has become issue No. 1, the stagnant jobs situation. Just 43 percent now approve of the job he is doing overall, a new career low; [...]

Famine goes unnoticed, food riots coming?

A report by the Pew Research Center pointed out this week that 12 million people in the Horn of Africa are facing a hunger crisis and nearly a half million children are at risk of dying from malnutrition and disease. On July 20 the United Nations officially declared famine in the region—the first [...]

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