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Public employees fired over Facebook comments

Public employees fired over Facebook comments

The Sun-Sentinel reports today that two Broward County assistant public defenders were fired yesterday for Facebook comments calling Palestinians "cockroaches" and "filthy swine." The newspaper had published last week an article on the comments posted by Assistant Public Defender Bruce Raticoff and [...]

Candidate’s qualifying check bounced

Candidate’s qualifying check bounced

South Florida Democratic Rep. David Richardson no longer has an opponent for his District 113 seat. The state Division of Elections on Wednesday disqualified Richardson's challenger, Miami Beach Republican Laura Rivero Levey. "She has been disqualified and as of today I am the official [...]

Even Crist’s supporters are questioning his political future

Even Crist’s supporters are questioning his political future

Peter Schorsch runs the most influential political blog in the state of Florida, SaintPetersBlog.com. He also runs Context Florida, a web service that post ediorial opinions from writers from various parts of the state. Shannon Nickinson, Mark O'Brien and I write for Context regularly. Schorish is [...]

Viewpoint: A long time coming

Viewpoint: A long time coming

By Michelle Wilson, Executive Director Florida Commission on Human Relations On July 2, 2014, the Florida Commission on Human Relations will join the State of Florida and the rest of the nation in recognizing the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Enacted in 1964, this landmark piece [...]

GOP strategist reviews book about Greer that skewers Crist

GOP strategist reviews book about Greer that skewers Crist

A frequent guest on the most recent version of IN Your Head Radio was GOP political strategist Rick Wilson. The owner of Florida-based political consulting firm Intrepid Media, Wilson is routinely called upon by major news networks and big name newspapers to weigh in on the political topics of the [...]

Florida GI BIll, E-Cigarette Ban, Among New Florida Laws July 1

Florida GI BIll, E-Cigarette Ban, Among New Florida Laws July 1

By Jim Turner THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA On Tuesday, the state's record-setting, $77 billion election-year budget goes into effect, along with 157 other bills approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott. The laws range from the "Florida GI Bill" which is intended to make [...]

DCF has its own secret list, involves child deaths

DCF has its own secret list, involves child deaths

By Marge Menzel, The News Service of Florida THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, June 24, 2014..........As the Florida Department of Children and Families rolls out a new website to track child deaths and make them public, the sponsor of a new law aimed at reducing those deaths is calling for an [...]

Scott Signs Law To Place Pow-Mia Chair In Capitol

Scott Signs Law To Place Pow-Mia Chair In Capitol

An empty chair, set up to honor people who have been prisoners of war or remain missing in action, will be the latest feature of the Capitol complex, under a bill (HB 731) signed Friday by Gov. Rick Scott. "The POW-MIA Chair of Honor Memorial will be a reminder to all Floridians of those [...]

Charlotte’s Web bill signed into law

Charlotte’s Web bill signed into law

Ryan Wiggins just texted me that Governor Rick Scott has signed into law the "Charlotte's Web" bill that legalizes a special strain of cannabis that may help children deal with severe seizures. Wiggins is the owner and chief strategist at Full Contact Strategies that lobbied for the legislation. [...]

U.S Chemical Safety Board: faulty blowout preventer caused Deepwater Horizon blast, leaves other rigs vulnerable (animation)

U.S Chemical Safety Board: faulty blowout preventer caused Deepwater Horizon blast, leaves other rigs vulnerable (animation)

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has found that the Deepwater Horizon explosion was due to a Blowout Preventer that failed due to an unrecognized pipe buckling phenomenon. In its two-volume draft investigation report that was release yesterday, CSB said, "The blowout preventer (BOP) that was [...]

Both Sides Confident As Redistricting Trial Ends

Both Sides Confident As Redistricting Trial Ends

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service Of Florida A historic challenge to the congressional districts drawn by state lawmakers two years ago is now in the hands of a Leon County circuit judge after a trial in the case wrapped up Wednesday. Pressed by a deadline to end the case by [...]

Former Blue Angels commanding officer reprimanded

Former Blue Angels commanding officer reprimanded

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs has issued an press release on the outcome of the Navy's investigation of a former commanding officer of the Blue Angels. At an Admiral's Mast proceeding on June 2, Capt. Gregory McWherter was found guilty of violating Uniform Code Military Justice articles 92 [...]

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