Current and former Latin American leaders are calling for alternatives to existing U.S. drug war policies that have failed and led to more violence and corruption.
Gov. Rick Scott has come under fire for a recent campaign contribution from Coral Gables entrepreneur Miguel Fernandez, chairman of MBF Partners, a “private equity firm that invests in healthcare companies.” MBF recently gave a committee affiliated with Scott a hefty $125,000 donation, leading some critics to speculate that the donation comes as a “thank you” of sorts for Florida’s Medicaid overhaul.
State Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, appeared on Democracy Now! yesterday to discuss the defeat of a bill that would have privatized 27 Florida prisons. The bill would have essentially created the biggest corporate prison system in the country.
Sixty-five percent of the roses, carnations, lilies, pompons and crysanthemums Americans give on Valentine’s Day will come through Miami International Airport from farms in Colombia, the world’s second largest flower exporter and a country with which the U.S. recently signed a free trade agreement despite outcry from labor and social organizations over anti-union violence and labor violations.
If state lawmakers get their way, Medicaid recipients in Florida will soon be required to contribute $10 a month for their health services. Healthy State released a video today asking a Medicaid recipient what a $10 monthly premium would do to her family’s finances.
Last week, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., addressed a crowd at an anti-abortion event hosted by the Susan B. Anthony List, saying that the country “can never truly become what it fully was intended to be unless it deals with [abortion] squarely. … It’s that important.”
Numbers USA — an organization that agitates “For Lower Immigration Levels” — wrote this week that the “Vote Winners” in Florida’s recent GOP presidential primary “Are Latino Dignity & Self-Deportation.”
Last night, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart aired a segment highlighting Florida’s welfare drug testing law.
Salon’s Joan Walsh points out today that Rick Tyler, the former Newt Gingrich communications director who now runs the candidate’s Super PAC, touted a theory popular among the fringes of the anti-abortion movement on The Rachel Maddow Show last night.
The Florida Independent’s Marcos Restrepo appeared on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez this morning to discuss the GOP presidential primary and the role immigration policy is playing in the race. Listen to the segment after the jump.