‘State & National News’ Archives
A federal judge has declared Florida's drug statute unconstitutional as it lacks the element of intent. If upheld on appeal, the decision could spring hundreds, possibly thousands, of people accused of drug crimes. U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven of Orlando has declared Florida's drug [...]
Senate President Mike Haridopolos suggested to the Orlando Sentinel that Congressman Jeff Miller would be a good candidate to challenge Democrat Bill Nelson in 2012 for the U.S. Senate. Haridopolos also proposed former Gov. Jeb Bush. Read more.
The daily newspaper reports that Pensacola residents are upset about sinkholes. The problem is surfacing just as the board that oversees Citizens Property Insurance unanimously approves massive increases to sinkhole premiums. Sinkhole premiums would rise by an average of 429 percent under the [...]
After his speech at The Fish House, Gov. Rick Scott headed across the bay to a fundraiser ($2500/couple) at the Gulf Breeze home of Lewis Bear, Jr. The Miami Herald posted something about the event--which raised a rumored $100,000 for the governor-- on its blog Naked Politics. Read post.
After years of debate and delay, construction on Central Florida's SunRail commuter train is finally ready to start. Orlando Sentinel has a nice spread on the project. SunRail Q&A: Groundbreaking is today near downtown Orlando | Video Video: SunRail coverage Video: The basics of [...]
Washington Post has reviewed the campaign spending of the presidential candidates. The first major spending reports of the 2012 presidential campaign demonstrate styles and priorities of each: Mitt Romney is big into political consultants and security guards, underscoring the establishment [...]
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is being touted as the best addition to the Republican presidential ticket in 2012. By who? Fox News' Dick Morris....oh, forget it. Who listens to Dick Morris? Read more.
InTheseTimes.com has found a link between the conservative think tank ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) and Florida House Bill 1021. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Chris Dorworth (R-Lake Mary) prohibited public employers from deducting any amount from an employee’s pay for use by an [...]
Last fall, I had lunch with Peter Beinart at the Acme Oyster Bar in New Orleans. He is one of the brightest young journalists on the national scene. Peter is associate professor of journalism and political science at City University of New York and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. His [...]
St. Pete Times zeroes in on the Garcon Point Bridge, commonly known in other parts of Florida as "Bo's Bridge" because for Florida House Speaker Bolley "Bo" Johnson pushed its funding through the state legislature in the 1990s. "The day it opened in 1999, it had already incurred hefty fines for [...]
The Miami Herald is profiling the inner circle of Gov. Rick "Voldemort" Scott. In the Sunday, July 10 edition, the paper focuses on Enu Mianigi, healthcare lawyer from Washington who represented Scott during his HCA problems and headed his transition team. She is his long-time friend and one of [...]
The ads proclaim “Gov. Scott. Getting Florida Back to Work!" They appear on the GOP-leaning sites like RealClearPolitics.com. According to the Herald Tribune, the Republican Party of Florida has paid for an Internet ad campaign that has pro-Rick Scott messages on political sites.