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Federal judge rules that drug testing state workers is unconstitutional

By | 04.26.12 | 11:21 am

A federal judge in Miami ruled today that Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order mandating that all state workers be randomly drug tested violates the Fourth Amendment rights of people employed by the state.

Poll: Voters say Super PACs make them less likely to vote

By | 04.24.12 | 12:23 pm

A new national poll released today by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law finds that many Americans “are less likely to vote because of Super PAC spending.”

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.

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.

Obama, Romney and the importance of the Latino vote

By | 04.16.12 | 9:29 am

Both President Obama and Mitt Romney discussed the importance of the Latino vote over the weekend.

Report: Florida leads nation in campaign contributions to state party committees

By | 04.13.12 | 12:58 pm

A new report from the National Institute on Money in State Politics finds that Florida is No. 1 in the country for the amount of money that state party committees receive in campaign donations. More than $100 million in campaign contributions flooded the coffers of the Democratic and Republican Party committees during the 2009-2010 election cycle.

Tax Watch announces budget line-item veto recommendations

By | 04.13.12 | 12:41 pm

Florida Tax Watch, a nonprofit critical of government spending, today released its list of recommendations of programs and spending it believes Gov. Rick Scott should veto in the state’s $70 billion budget.

Big business continues to withdraw from American Legislative Exchange Council

By | 04.13.12 | 10:28 am

A campaign launched by several progressive organizations has led eight major corporations to withdraw from the American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC, where state legislators and business representatives meet to draft model legislation.

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