Archbishop of Miami defends ‘Religious Freedom’ amendment

Set to appear on Florida's 2012 ballot: an amendment that would repeal language in the state constitution that bans using public money to fund religious organizations. Opponents of the amendment say it would break down an important wall between church and state. Proponents such as Thomas Wenski, the archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Miami, claim the Legislature is ending a law that discriminates against Catholics.

Southwest Florida Watershed Council member defends EPA water rules in new op-ed

John Cassani, a member of the Southwest Florida Watershed Council, is one of the few siding with the EPA in the debate over Florida's water quality problem. In a recent op-ed published in The News-Press, Cassani argues that the EPA's proposed numeric nutrient criteria (a set of standards to limit nitrogen and phosphorus in Florida waterways) are imperative for the health of Florida's environment.

Maddow: Allegations against Buchanan ‘a mess’ for him ‘and for the Republican Party’

Rachel Maddow devoted some of last night's program to the Federal Election Commission lawsuit against a former business partner of Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, and a former dealership co-owned by the congressman. As our Virginia Chamlee reported last week, a judge fined the dealership $67,900 for what the Election Commission called an extensive and ongoing scheme” to funnel “secret, illegal contributions” to Buchanan’s 2006 and 2008 campaigns.