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State Senate Honors "Crisis Pregnancy Centers," Outraging Pro-Choice Activists

8 years ago by Alex Rodriguez
Late on Tuesday, three Florida state senators -- Mike Haridopolos, John Thrasher and Mike Fasano -- pushed through a resolution honoring so-called "crisis pregnancy centers," a symbolic gesture that has outraged the abortion rights movement. The problem, advocates say, is that such centers have religious, not medical, aims and often...
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Florida Senate Bill Aims to End NFL Blackouts

8 years ago by Kyle Munzenrieder
Maybe its the fact that all three Florida teams suck this year. Maybe its the fact that financially strapped Floridians don't want to shell out for tickets. Whatever the case, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins have all had to deal with the threat or reality of...
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Florida Legislature Gave $1.5 Million to Lobbyist Ron Book's Daughter's Nonprofit She Didn't Even Want

9 years ago by Kyle Munzenrieder
Republicans up in Tallahassee are so used to giving money to things associated with Miami-based power lobbyist Ron Book that they ended up giving $1.5 million to a nonprofit run by his daughter Lauren Book that she didn't even ask for or apparently need. The odd moves came as those...
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Crist Backers Send Flyers Picturing Rubio With Che Guevara

9 years ago by Kyle Munzenrieder
How desperate are backers of Charlie Crist's independent Senate campaign? Apparently desperate enough to send a flyer to Republican voters picturing Republican Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, juxtaposed next to an image of Che Guevara while claiming the conservative former state House speaker "voted like a liberal" on...
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Marco Rubio Fighting Out Against Anti-Miami Bias

10 years ago by Kyle Munzenrieder
President Obama and many in his administration have been accused of "Chicago style-politics" by the likes of Glenn Beck and others. Now Marco Rubio is facing similar criticism for being "a slick package from Miami." Maybe the two can get together and man hug it out."Rubio is a slick package...
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In Florida, Cops Flout the Law and Continue Working

3 years ago by Steve Miller
The call came in to police at 1:16 a.m. November 22, 2009: a burglary in progress at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, a former yacht club that had become a resort hotel perched on the Intracoastal Waterway just off the 17th Street Causeway. Kenneth Post, the burglar, was a 46-year-old,...
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The Five Most Important Proposed New Laws for Florida Animal Lovers

8 years ago by Gus Garcia-Roberts
Florida is a pretty horrible place to be an animal. That's due at least in part to the great conglomeration of weirdos and cretins here, of course, but stone-age animal cruelty laws have a lot to do with it as well. A few Florida senators have done their part by...
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Rick Scott Wants to Kill Citizens Property Insurance

9 years ago by Kyle Munzenrieder
Rick Scott wants to run Florida like a business, but he seems ideologically driven to make sure the state isn't in the business of much. Fresh off a Pulitzer win for investigative reporting, Paige St. John of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune yesterday filed a shocker claiming Scott aims to kill Citizens Property Insurance,...
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Rick Scott's Budget is a Political Mess

9 years ago by Kyle Munzenrieder
Rick Scott introduced his budget this Monday to cheers at a Tea Party event inside a Eustis, Florida, church. Back in the reality of Tallahassee, though, the new governor's plans haven't been greeted with much enthusiasm. Even Republican lawmakers aren't sure it's a workable budget. Scott is facing criticism that...
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Rick Scott to Abolish Office of Drug Control as Pill Mill Fight Faces Uphill Battle

9 years ago by Kyle Munzenrieder
Cracking down on pill mills was supposed to be one of the state government's biggest triumphs of the year. New legislation taking aim at regulating "pain management" clinics that wantonly prescribe addictive pain medications went into effect in October, but the government has blown several deadlines for putting in place...

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