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Presidency 5 participant talks ‘civil war’ between liberals and conservatives

During a recent tea party meeting in Boston, political commentator Andrew Breitbart made a slew of controversial comments about the divide between liberals and conservatives. Breitbart, who often appears on Fox News and runs the media syndicate breitbart.com, will be appearing in Orlando on Saturday alongside a host of Florida Republican elected officials.

Official says state health care exchanges will start on time, Florida stays behind

Donald Berwick, the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told reporters yesterday that the agency has the funds necessary to move forward with the Obama administration's plans to create state health care insurance exchanges throughout the country. However, Florida remains one of five states that has not made any effort to take part in the reform.

How fear of Agenda 21 infiltrated mainstream Florida politics

Florida right-wing groups are up in arms over a 19-year-old initiative launched by the United Nations in an effort to promote sustainable development in communities all over the world. The groups are convinced the U.S. is being held hostage in a secret plot by the U.N. to steal our sovereignty and individual property rights — and the belief is seeping into mainstream Florida politics.

Waiting lists still growing for AIDS drug assistance

Waiting lists have continued to grow for programs that help supply life-saving drugs to HIV/AIDS patients who are uninsured and unable to afford their medications. This month 8,100 people were on waiting lists for AIDS Drug Assistance Programs in 13 states, an increase of more than 2,500 since January. Nearly half of those patients live in Florida.

Ross talks radiation monitoring, water rules with EPA administrator

Following a meeting with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson today, Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, said in a press release that the federal agency tasked with protecting the environment has taken the broad authority irresponsibly ceded to them by Congress, and run wild with it. Ross also said that the agency must realize that moms and dads cannot afford thousands more in power bills or plummeting home values.

Operation Rescue will continue ‘exposing the abuses of the abortion-cartel’ post-legislative session

Last week, radical anti-abortion right’s group Operation Rescue told Life News that the Texas Medical Board has continued to investigate the group’s claims that women’s health clinics providing abortions in Texas were violating the law. Clinic operators continue to dispute the claims, but fear that a wave of harassment and intimidation against abortion providers could follow.

Scott not moved by criticism of abortion-rights restricting bills

In an exclusive interview with Florida Baptist Witness, Gov. Rick Scott briefly discussed public reaction to the state legislature's passage of five bills aimed at restricting abortion rights in Florida. All five bills await his signature. According to the Florida Baptist Witness, Scott said he was not persuaded by criticism that the pro-life measures are a distraction at a time when the Legislature should focus on job creation.

Highlights of the disciplinary report for ‘Taj Mahal’ judge

The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission has charged 1st District Court Judge Paul Hawkes with abusing his position as he lobbied for the courthouse that became known as the Taj Mahal. The allegations in the notice released today range from usurping oversight of the court's budget to ordering court employees to buy vinegar to clean his personal coffee machine. They suggest Hawkes demonstrated a pattern of conduct that can only be characterized as intemperate, impatient, undignified and discourteous and that his conduct has inflicted substantial harm upon the entire state court system.

TABOR-style revenue cap ready for final Florida Senate vote

Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos has promised an exciting first week of the legislative session, with bills from his constitutional amendment challenging federal health care reform to a revised version of last year's Senate Bill 6 scheduled to reach the floor. The so-called Smart Cap amendment, which would place a constitutional limit on state revenue, is set to join the lineup, having cleared its final two committees this week.