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INYR: Decouple greyhound racing from other gaming

INYR: Decouple greyhound racing from other gaming

Today I interviewed Christine Dorchak, President and General Counsel for GREY2K USA Worldwide, on her organization's efforts to abolish greyhound racing in Florida. Listen to interview.

League president speaks on voucher expansion

League president speaks on voucher expansion

Deirdre Macnabb, state president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, came on IN Your Head Radio yesterday to talks Speaker Will Weatherford's proposal to allow sales tax revenue to be sent to private scholarship organizations and significantly expands the number of students who would be [...]

Viewpoint: Who is the bad partner

Viewpoint: Who is the bad partner

By Wayne Daltry The Florida Legislature is discussing whether to use political might to seize control of the management of Lake Okeechobee, and water reservoirs,from the US Army Corps of Engineers, and turn control over to the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). This proposal is a [...]

Lionfish video – off of Pensacola Beach, taken Feb. 18

Lionfish video – off of Pensacola Beach,  taken Feb. 18

Clint Retherford, Dive Commander for Escambia Search & Rescue, sent me the following video with this note: We spoke briefly on your radio show a week or so ago regarding the lionfish issue in Pensacola waters out in the Gulf of Mexico…… Here is a video of our February 18,2014 shoot last [...]

State Capital Briefs, Feb. 24

State Capital Briefs, Feb. 24

'MORAL MONDAY' TO CALL FOR CHANGE AT THE CAPITOL On the eve of the 2014 legislative session, civil-rights and labor groups will hold an event dubbed "Moral Monday Florida" to call for Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-controlled Legislature to address issues such as expanding Medicaid, ensuring [...]

Two deaths at Pensacola Greyhound Track

Two deaths at Pensacola Greyhound Track

Greyhound tracks are required to report to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation monthly on the deaths of dogs at their facilities. Since Jan. 1, Pensacola Greyhound Track has had two dogs die. Al E Mony finished a race on Jan. 11, but then died before it could make it [...]

Home Stretch for Florida Legislature committee meeting

Home Stretch for Florida Legislature committee meeting

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida Before lawmakers returned to their districts for the last week before the 2014 legislative session begins, they capped off a week of discussions about living arrangements and homecomings. A rule outlining how to figure out where a legislator [...]

FSU alum finds country’s oldest fort

FSU alum finds country’s oldest fort

In an announcement likely to rewrite the book on early colonization of the New World, two researchers this past week said they have discovered the oldest fortified settlement ever found in North America. Speaking at an international conference on France at Florida State University, the pair [...]

League of Women Voters responds to proposed private school scholarship expansion

League of Women Voters responds to proposed private school scholarship expansion

On Thursday, a massive expansion of Florida's voucher system was filed in the state legislature, a plan that could defund public schools and divert millions of taxpayer dollars to private institutions with little accountability. The proposal (PCB FTSC 14-02), allows sales tax revenue to be sent to [...]

Vouchers are back on legislative agenda

Vouchers are back on legislative agenda

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida The "massive expansion" of Florida's de facto voucher system promised by House Speaker Will Weatherford was filed Thursday, setting up what is expected to be one of the most-contentious education battles of the 2014 legislative session. Under [...]

Florida Senate split on in-state tuition for immigrants, according to Gaetz

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida Senate President Don Gaetz on Friday left open the possibility that the Legislature could approve giving undocumented immigrants in-state tuition rates, a priority of House Speaker Will Weatherford. Saying he personally opposes the idea and would vote [...]

House adds ammo to ban on insurers discriminating against gun owners

House adds ammo to ban on insurers discriminating against gun owners

Insurance companies could face tougher penalties if they impose higher rates or take other actions against auto or homeowner policyholders due to lawful gun ownership --- or ammunition possession --- under a measure that received its second House committee backing on Wednesday. While Florida [...]

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