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South Florida Muslim discusses push to become member of Broward GOP Executive Committee

By | 09.13.11 | 12:57 pm

Nezar Hamze, executive director of the South Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, has applied to become a member of the Broward Republican Executive Committee and to create a Muslim Republican Club.

A pro-Planned Parenthood rally in New York City (Pic by WeNews)

The states’ war on women

By | 07.18.11 | 11:19 am

In recent months we’ve become well aware of how U.S. House Republicans are trying to decimate services of vital importance to women. Don’t take your eyes off your local statehouse, though: There, legislators have pushed the war on women equally far, cracking down on reproductive rights and cutting funding for education and health programs that largely benefit women and children.

Planned Parenthood volunteers in Columbus, Ohio (Pic by ProgressOhio)

Feds continue to fight state efforts to cut family planning

By | 06.20.11 | 8:00 am

The U.S. Justice Department recently stood behind Planned Parenthood as the state of Indiana attempts to defund them. It’s just one battle in a larger dispute between the federal government and states looking to curtail family planning access.

(Pic by taberandrew)

Gingrich urges GOP to limit compromise in the ‘moral battle’ for the budget

By | 04.08.11 | 4:07 pm

About 200 miles southwest of where lawmakers in Washington, D.C., still haven’t comprised on a continued spending bill for fiscal year 2011, potential 2012 Republican presidential contender and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told more than 100 faith-based leaders that House Republicans should not compromise on fundamentals because the budget is a “moral battle.”

Former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla. (Pic by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Dawn C. Montgomery)

Jeb Bush: Eliminate ‘defined-benefit pension system’

By | 01.18.11 | 11:03 am

As politicians looking for budget savings and government employees concerned about future benefits prepared to battle over potential changes to the state pension system, lawmakers were told last week that Florida has typically done a better job than most states in funding its retirement system.

Gov. Rick Scott (Pic via

Florida education ideas spread to New Jersey

By | 01.18.11 | 9:00 am

During his time as governor, Jeb Bush established this state as a national education laboratory to test ideas like school vouchers and performance evaluations.

Now, New Jersey is joining Florida at the forefront of the national education debate under Republican Gov. Chris Christie, as The New York Times reported last week. One of Christie’s proposals sounds a lot like the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which started under Bush and is set to expand under legislation signed last year by then-Gov. Charlie Crist.

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