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Scott honors director of rape crisis center after cutting her funding

By | 04.26.12 | 11:28 am

Timing has not been on Gov. Rick Scott’s side lately.

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.

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.

Tampa rape crisis center issues open invitation to Gov. Scott

By | 04.25.12 | 10:05 am

In response to Gov. Rick Scott’s line item veto stripping funding for 30 rape crisis centers around the state, a Tampa Bay center issued an open invitation to Scott yesterday.

Lawmaker says Scott’s rape crisis center funding veto highlights his ‘lack of understanding’

By | 04.24.12 | 3:32 pm

State Rep. Lori Berman, D-Delray Beach, released a statement today expressing “deep disappointment in Governor Scott’s decision to veto $1.5 million in funding for the 30 certified rape crisis centers serviced by the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence.”

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.”

Fla. senator: Scott budget veto ‘allows poor black farmworkers to die’

By | 04.20.12 | 7:01 am

State Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, says he is “shocked and surprised” that Gov. Rick Scott cut funding for a community health center in Apopka that would have gone toward providing specialized care to a community of farmworkers facing serious illnesses due to pesticide use.

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.

Scott says he gave each health care project in the budget ‘equal and fair consideration’

By | 04.18.12 | 4:07 pm

Of the more then $142 million that Gov. Rick Scott vetoed from the already tight $70 billion budget yesterday, more than $38 million came in cuts to health care services. The Florida Current reports that Scott stands by eliminating the projects because they “weren’t a good use of taxpayers’ money and did not serve a statewide need.”

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