At a meeting for oil spill victims hosted by Sen. Bill Nelson at the University of West Florida, claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg sought to reassure people
The cause of the June sewer main break in Miami-Dade County that spilled an estimated 20 million gallons of raw sewage into Biscayne Bay was due to the
Last week, state Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Palatka, followed through on his announcement that he would bring back a bill that bans abortion in the state of Florida, providing only an exception to save the life of the mother. Van Zant's bill would make performing an abortion a felony.
Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, told reporters yesterday that the House plans to join two members of Florida's congressional delegation in appealing a judge's decision to reject a lawsuit that sought to block one of Florida's Fair Districts amendments from taking effect.
Gov. Rick Scott offered a glimpse of his budget plan at an event held at a sprawling retirement community Monday.
A new report from the federal government shows that 28 States and the District of Columbia are on their way toward establishing their own Affordable Insurance Exchange, one of the big components of the health care reform law. Florida remains one of the few states that has not moved at all to follow that section of the law.
The Palm Beach Post is reporting that a former state lawmaker is suing over a provision in Florida's controversial new elections law that prohibits potential candidates from changing their political party one year before the time they can qualify to run in a general election.
State Rep. Betty Reed, D-Tampa, says she is getting ready to re-introduce legislation that would create humane rules for the shackling of pregnant women who are incarcerated.
On Tuesday, The American Independent reported that the Board of Immigration Appeals, a body that is part of the U.S. Justice Department, made a decision on Aug. 11 arguing that federal regulations do not require that immigrants arrested without a warrant have to be notified of their rights before being questioned. More on that, after the jump.
The budget recently approved by Congress to keep the federal government running through the 2011 fiscal year includes a series of cuts to major federal immigration agencies that will impact immigrants and immigration programs over the next year.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a letter on Thursday that says it will implement prosecutorial discretion measures to review deportation proceedings laid out in a June memo issued by John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., will preside over a subcommittee hearing on the DREAM Act scheduled for next Tuesday.
The Florida Department of Education released 2011 Florida Assessment Comprehensive Test 2.0 math, science and reading scores for a variety of grades between 4 and 11 on Monday.
State Rep. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, on Monday filed a public school bill that strikes the use of FCAT as the most important student performance assessment tool beginning with 2015-2016 school year.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reports that the state's unemployment rate for the month of September dipped slightly to 10.6 percent, still well above the 9.1 percent national rate. Florida saw job growth in the accommodation and food service sector, which workers say features low pay and unhealthy working conditions.
Women's health advocates are calling foul on the first anti-abortion bill introduced this session, which opponents of the bill are describing as an omnibus anti-choice bill.
Angry reactions from Republicans about allegations that Univision said it would kill a story about the drug-related arrest of a family member of GOP Sen. Marco Rubio if Rubio appeared on Al Punto continue to grow as several Republican presidential candidates have said they will boycott Univision's 2012 presidential debate.
The Associated Press is reporting that Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP-led Legislature have rejected or declined to pursue more than $106 million in federal grant money and returned another $4.5 million for health care initiatives in the state.
According to recent reports, tea party favorite Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, raised nearly $1.5 million in the second quarter of 2011. As noted in a piece featured on Allen West Nation, his second-quarter tally is more typical of a Senate candidate than a freshman member of the House. In fact, West's tally is better than that of Senate candidates George LeMieux, Mike Haridopolos and Adam Hasner.
Patrick Murphy, one of two Democrats running to unseat tea party favorite Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, has reported that he raised $450,000 in the second quarter.
U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, will be getting some financial backing from the National Republican Congressional Committee for his reelection campaign. West is among a handful of freshman Republican congress members believed to be particularly vulnerable in the upcoming election.
This week, with six new states joining Florida's lawsuit challenging federal health care reform, Kaiser Health News rounded up a range of health policy experts to talk about the individual mandate. Is there a viable Plan B?
Family members say a Sarasota hospital enclosed a 97-year-old Florida woman who served as one of the inspirations for the Rosie the Riveter campaign during World War II in a bed cage, a controversial restraint procedure the woman's family says led to her death shortly thereafter.
It was perhaps the nastiest, most personal fight in the state this season, and clearly one of the most expensive. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, a Democrat, fought hard to stave off tea party favorite Republican Allen West during a brutal campaign in which each side attacked the other with personal insults, character assassinations, even alleged threats of personal violence.
State Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, one of the most vocal proponents of a statewide prescription drug monitoring database, now wants to tweak E-FORCSE, the database that will be available beginning Oct. 17. The statute creating the database currently contains a provision making it voluntary for physicians to consult the database before prescribing a controlled substance. Fasano wants it to be mandatory.
Florida's chapter of Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers-funded right-wing political organization, just released their 2011 Legislative Scorecard, giving nearly every GOP member of the state Legislature an A or A+ and nearly every Democrat an F.
The Florida Democratic Party yanked one of its staffers from field work after a confrontation with bikers supporting Allen West, Republican candidate for the
In an encouraging step in the fight to stop Florida's prescription drug epidemic, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco has received approval from the Pasco Board of County Commissioners to hire 23 new employees, each of whom will be dedicated to fighting prescription drug abuse.
While Sen. Jim Norman's controversial farm-photo bill may have died in the Florida Legislature, animal rights advocates are cautiously acknowledging the victory is a temporary one whose significance may ultimately be thwarted by laws currently pending in Iowa and Minnesota. The bill, which would have created penalties for taking pictures on farms, drew a firestorm of opposition from animal rights groups who felt it would hamper whistleblowers' efforts to expose inhumane farming conditions.
From more than 200 people gathering on a rainy Saturday on Miami Dade Community College's Wolfson Campus this weekend to a smaller meeting this Sunday at the Miami Workers Center, Miami-ans are mobilizing in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement.