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Wall Street Protest grows

Wall Street Protest grows

I've written about this protest that has garnered little attention from the mainstream media. Occupy Wall Street is an ongoing demonstration that has maintained sustained occupation of Wall Street, the financial district of New York City, to protest corporate greed. Yesterday, police arrested [...]

FRS one of top 5 state pension plans in the nation

The Florida Retirement System is one of the top five state pension systems in the nation, according to Robert Dezube of the Milliman consulting firm which issued a preliminary report on the system on Wednesday. Although the state's investments took a hit in 2009 stock market crash, they have [...]

Destination casino bill set to fly thru legislature

The Florida Current reports that Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, and Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, are in the process of drafting legislation to allow at least one resort in either Miami-Dade or Broward County. Casinos are coming to Florida. Will Pensacola Beach got one? Read more.

Herman Cain won vote with 9-9-9 plan

Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain surprised the Republican establishment with his 9-9-9 plan: 9% personal income tax, 9% corporate income tax and 9 percent national sales tax. Here is a short video of Cain explaining his plan The St. Pete Times has tried to crunch the numbers. Here.

Hasner wins straw poll for U.S. senate spot

Former House Majority Leader Adam Hasner scored a victory in a U.S. Senate straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Hasner carried 34 percent of the 1,501 votes cast at the straw poll, with retired Col. Mike McCalister at 30 percent, former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux with 24 [...]

Sides are forming for state gambling battle

Casinos are in Florida's future. Who will get the destination casino for Northwest Florida - Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key, Navarre Beach, Destin or Panama City Beach? A battle is about to be waged. Can the two Clays, Ford & Ingram, keep Escambia County in the running? Or will the Gaetz father [...]

10 things learned from Florida’s Presidency 5 Conference

Yes, we know Herman Cain won the Florida straw poll, but did we learn from the Presidency 5 conference in Orlando. The St. Pete Times has a list. It's topped by, "The idea of Rick Perry is a lot stronger than the reality of Rick Perry. " Both Perry and Michelle Bachmann are in trouble. Read [...]

Mission Impossible: Unite U.S. Senate

Mission Impossible: Unite U.S. Senate

The Washington Post has an article on Barry C. Black, the Senate's chaplin. Best quote: “I don’t take it as any kind of litmus test on the efficacy of my intercession.” Read more.

Slippery assertions in GOP debate

St. Pete Times/AP fact-checks the GOP presidential debate held last night in Orlando, from Obama's approval rating to who said what when. Read more.

New Q Poll: Only Romney can beat Obama in Florida

New Q Poll: Only Romney can beat Obama in Florida

The latest poll by Quinnipiac University shows the real problem facing the GOP leadership. The candidate who wins the nomination may not be the best one to best President Barack Obama in the 2012 General Election. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a small lead over the Republican presidential pack in [...]

Scott setting his bills for 2012

Scott setting his bills for 2012

Gov. Rick Scott has been working on his legislative package for 2012. The Sun-Sentinel obtained a document from the Governor's Office that hows he is looking at bills to abolish personal injury protection insurance, reform immigration laws, statewide energy plan focusing on renewable energy and [...]

Murmuring from state capital: casinos, casinos, casinos, casinos

Murmuring from state capital: casinos, casinos, casinos, casinos

There are more and more indications that Florida will be getting casinos, especially now that the current Florida Senate president (Haridopolos, not Gaetz) has shuffled committee assignments. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Sen. Mike Haridopolos (R-Merritt Island) said he changed the [...]

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