Add Sen. George LeMieux to the pile of politicians trying to delay EPA water quality nutrient standards. LeMieux was one of 21 congressmen to sign an Aug. 2 letter to the EPA that called on the agency to delay its water quality rules until a peer review of the science and an independent economic analysis is conducted. Several weeks later, the EPA responded, arguing that no further review is needed and that the standards will go ahead as planned. Yesterday, the Republican senator took it a step further, introducing an amendment to a spending bill that would have blocked the EPA from spending any money to implement a stricter set of rules.
The Broward Regional Health Planning Council was awarded $1,766,476 in federal money to tackle the root causes of chronic disease such as smoking, poor diet and lack of physical activity.
State Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee, has filed a bill that would end the death penalty in Florida.
Emily's List, an organization that aims to help elect women who support reproductive rights, has endorsed ex-Orlando police chief Val Demings in her run for Florida's eighth congressional district.
Representatives from major industries (including JEA and Georgia-Pacific) and environmental groups (like the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Earthjustice) gathered in Orlando early this morning to discuss a much-disputed set of federal water pollution standards and the costs associated with compliance.
Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, fired an intern this past Friday for re-tweeting a message supportive of gays on West's Twitter account. West earlier this month called gay marriage an oxymoron.
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.
In a recent interview with iVillage, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius discussed Gov. Rick Scott's decision to turn down millions from the Affordable Care Act for the state of Florida.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told participants at the Hispanic Leadership Network conference this morning in Miami that immigration is a gateway issue that touches everyone in the Hispanic community.
Democratic legislators announced an effort to change the state's tax structure at a press conference in the capitol today.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will be in Miami tomorrow to discuss the agency's WaterSense, an initiative that brings together local water utilities, governments, product manufacturers and retailers to promote water efficiency, and enhance the market through innovation and product design for water efficient products, programs, and practices.
Unemployment rates in all 20 Florida metropolitan areas decreased during the month of October, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today.
Amendment 4, the proposed state constitution amendment that would have voters giving final approval to changes to city and county comprehensive land use plans, is opposed primarily by developers, the lobbyists who represent them, and the city and county governments who would lose final say over these plans if the amendment passes. But mainly, it’s the developers.
Amidst a floundering economy and perhaps the greatest environmental disaster the state has ever seen, the latest numbers on the housing market reveal a silver
There is a saying about academic politics that the debates are so intense because the stakes are so small. It could also be applied to the Florida Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is facing a complaint filed against the state's unemployment compensation program with the U.S. Department of Labor's office of civil rights.
The office of Attorney General Bill McCollum said Tuesday that it has issued subpoenas to three Florida law firms accused of churning out reams of paperwork to
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has begun beefing up its legal staff to possibly take on some of the more questionable bills passed during Florida's recent legislative session. Among the pieces of legislation under scrutiny are three of the five anti-abortion rights measures passed this year.
Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida will be hosting rallies in Sarasota and St. Petersburg tomorrow condemning the recent disastrous Florida legislative session and impending passage of five abortion bills into law.
National investigative group ProPublica reports that faculty at several medical schools across the United States were paid by pharmaceutical companies to give promotional talks — often in violation of the schools' policies.
GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich accused President Obama of being a Saul Alinsky radical who works to appease the Taliban at a campaign rally held in a Sarasota airplane hangar today.
Operation Rescue has launched a new website that contains a database of abortion providers all over the country.
USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Harris Sherman will be in McAlpin, Fla., on Monday to discuss the recent announcement of a strategic plan to improve the overall health of the gulf ecosystem.
Private prison companies lost one chance for a big profit last week when one of the largest known privatization campaigns in the country was blocked by a Florida judge for being unconstitutional. But private prison players like The GEO Group and the Corrections Corporation of America, which would have won big from privatization, and the tactics they use to ensure they stay in good graces with lawmakers have remained in the shadows even as the future of the legislation remains in question.
Oil spill claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg marked the one-year anniversary of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility by saying the fund has at least looked at 97 percent of the claims it has received.
An investigation by the Miami New Times, coupled with other recent reports, raises questions about a lack of oversight for taxpayer money going to private schools via state voucher programs.
While Gov. Rick Scott and members of Florida's cabinet head out on a fishing trip, we're celebrating tomorrow's anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster by delving into data from the oil spill claims process.
The Sun-Sentinel reports that U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Stuart, introduced a bill on Thursday that would require the Department of Homeland Security to deport illegal immigrants who have been convicted of crimes — after they've served their sentences.
Oil Spill claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg has agreed to improvements in the oil spill claims process sought by Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi, which include paying 25 percent of all pending claims by the end of this month and improving access to local accountants, according to a news release sent out by the governor's office on Thursday.
Reuters is reporting that an Alaska environmentalist is returning to court to force the company responsible for the Exxon Valdez oil spill to pay for its long-term ecological consequences.