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Posts by Marcos Restrepo

Marcos Restrepo lives in Hollywood, Fla. He covers K-12 education, immigration, jobs and labor issues (including wage theft), HIV and AIDS, and the growing impact of Internet legislation on our daily lives. Email him at marcos [at] floridaindependent [dot] com.

Rounding up reactions to the Supreme Court hearing on Arizona immigration crackdown

By | 04.26.12 | 10:06 am

The Supreme Court of the United States, which heard arguments in the lawsuit against Arizona’s immigration enforcement law Wednesday, will not issue its decision until June, but opponents and supporters continue to argue the merits of the state’s crackdown.

Rubio calls for greater American involvement in Latin America

By | 04.26.12 | 9:19 am

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., spoke at the Brookings Institution Wednesday, discussing foreign policy and American leadership around the world and in the western hemisphere.

Much at stake as Supreme Court hears arguments over Arizona immigration crackdown

By | 04.25.12 | 7:39 am

The Supreme Court will hear arguments today on the legality of four provisions contained in Arizona’s immigration enforcement law. Analysts on both side of this issue say the court’s eventual decision will affect the future of state immigration laws across the U.S.

Sarasota GOP launches petition to pass Arizona-style immigration law in Florida

By | 04.24.12 | 12:29 pm

The Republican Party of Sarasota County has launched a petition supporting the passage of an Arizona-style immigration enforcement law for Florida.

Democrats debate drug legalization

By | 04.19.12 | 1:02 pm

Kyle Vogt, a former military police and Special Response Team member, said Wednesday evening at the Miramar Democratic Club that the 40-year war on drugs has not slowed down and has no end in sight.

Wage theft a growing problem for low-wage workers in the U.S., Florida

By | 04.19.12 | 9:21 am

Wage theft, the practice of stiffing workers out of money they are owed, has emerged as a major economic justice issue in the U.S. over the last decade, to the point where over 60 percent “of low-wage workers experience wage theft each week,” according to a report released Wednesday.

Critics say new Obama drug control strategy repeats the same ‘failed’ policies

By | 04.18.12 | 1:30 pm

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy issued its 2012 strategy Tuesday; opponents insist it maintains the same failed policies of prior administrations.

Romney campaign changing faces to court the Hispanic vote

By | 04.18.12 | 9:06 am

Mitt Romney’s campaign hired GOP campaign strategist Ed Gillespie, while Kris Kobach’s “advisor” status was put in doubt, according to news reports.

Florida public school students in the midst of high-stakes testing

By | 04.17.12 | 2:14 pm

This week, Florida students will take part in the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, known as the FCAT, a cornerstone of outcome-based education, strongly promoted by Florida GOP leaders since the late 1990s.

Teacher’s union says education budget keeps spending at 2007 levels

By | 04.17.12 | 10:20 am

Gov. Rick Scott has said that the 2012-2013 state budget he will sign Tuesday, which includes a $1 billion increase for K-12 public education over the 2011 budget, is a significant investment, a statement the Florida Education Association disputes.

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