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Report: Florida still ‘lagging’ behind other states in budget transparency

By | 03.14.12 | 3:48 pm

A public policy group released research today that finds the state of Florida is still falling behind other states in terms of budget transparency, despite recent improvements to the state’s transparency website.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Mass layoffs in Florida dropped during 2011

By | 01.26.12 | 10:20 am

Florida experienced 70 not-seasonally adjusted mass layoffs in December, a number that puts it below 10 other states, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released Wednesday.

Dems launch campaign against GOP laws that ‘restrict voting purely for partisan gain’

By | 12.05.11 | 10:02 am

The Democratic National Committee launched an online campaign last week to educate voters about what the group calls efforts “to restrict voting purely for partisan gain.”

Florida fourth in the nation in mass layoffs in September

By | 10.25.11 | 2:06 pm

Florida had 69 mass layoff actions during the month of September, the fourth highest number in the nation, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics summary released today.

Napolitano defends Secure Communities in speech at American University

By | 10.05.11 | 5:17 pm

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivered a speech today at American University about border security, immigration enforcement and her department’s controversial Secure Communities program.

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Proposed ‘Religious Freedom’ amendment could complicate separation of church and state

By | 06.30.11 | 5:10 pm

An amendment repealing an existing ban on state funding for religious institutions in the state constitution is slated to appear on Florida’s 2012 ballot. The controversial amendment is being promoted as a way to ensure “religious freedom” in the state, but the religious community is divided on whether the amendment will ensure religious freedom or threaten its sovereignty.

The U.S. Capitol (Pic by jcolman)

Senators introduce comprehensive immigration reform bill

By | 06.23.11 | 8:57 am

U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Harry Reid, D-Nev., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., John Kerry, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., reintroduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill on Wednesday.

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New York suspends participation in Secure Communities

By | 06.02.11 | 10:48 am

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that “New York state will suspend participation in the federal Secure Communities Program,” currently used by Florida law enforcement in all 67 counties.

The U.S. Capitol (Pic by jcolman)

U.S. House passes ban on tax subsidies for health insurance plans that include abortion coverage

By | 05.05.11 | 8:14 am

The U.S. House Representatives yesterday approved a measure that repeals part of the year-old Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and would, among several provisions, ban tax subsidies for private health insurance plans that include abortion as a covered service; prevent citizens from deducting abortion as a medical expense unless it was the result of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother; and invites the potential for the Internal Revenue Service to investigate how women who had abortions became pregnant and how they paid for their abortions.

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Minnesota Democrat introduces bill to close $1 billion luxury yacht tax loophole

By | 05.04.11 | 10:48 am

Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., introduced legislation Tuesday that would end tax subsidies for luxury yachts. The IRS provides breaks for taxpayers who own yachts that have kitchens and bathrooms and therefore could qualify as a residence — even if the taxpayers don’t live there full-time.

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