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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 [...]

Second to None or Time to Upgrade?

The Second to None campaign is national initiative to fight cuts to the defense budget. It sees the the military industrial complex as an integral part of our domestic economy. According to its website, "Second To None is a public education and action campaign funded by the Aerospace Industries [...]

Top MuckReads

Top MuckReads

And finally, here are this week's top must-read stories from MuckReads, ProPublica's ongoing collection of the best watchdog journalism. Anyone can contribute by tweeting a link to a story and just including the hashtag #MuckReads or by sending an email to MuckReads@ProPublica.org. Read here.

Florida Politics Week in Review

Among this week's highlights: A fleeting budget surplus and dropping consumer confidence, a looming budget deficit for one agency and ongoing negotiations over the future of Medicaid. Read Florida Tribune.

Man behind Scott’s new image

St. Pete Times profiles today Steve McNamara, the man behind Gov. Rick Scott's new image. McNamara is Scott's Chief of Staff. Read more.

State GOP chair resigns

Sun-Sentinel reports the state Republican Party chairman, David Bitner, is resigning because he has Lou Gehrig's disease. "Something I would never allow to happen on my watch is for the future of the RPOF to be called into question," Bitner wrote in a letter announcing his decision. "So, today, [...]

Jeff Miller speaks to National American Legion Convention (transcript)

Jeff Miller speaks to National American Legion Convention (transcript)

Our Congressman Jeff Miller, who is the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, addressed the 93rd The American Legion National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Here is the transcript of his speech: Thank you very much, National Commander Foster, for that gracious introduction, [...]

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