Project SOS, a Jacksonvile-based abstinence education program, has received more than $6.5 million in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since 2002 — including $454,000 in September 2010. This despite the fact that the group has been cited for teaching false information about HIV and is a supporter of Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa, one of the most outspoken advocates of legislation in that country that prescribes the death penalty for homosexuals.
A Florida House subcommittee today debated the pros and cons of a bill (H.B. 421), sponsored by state Rep. Jimmie Smith, R-Lecanto, that has come under fire for taking power away from local communities, which currently have jurisdiction over fertilizer rules.
A St. Petersburg Times editorial argues that sentencing reform — not privatization — is a more effective way to cut prison costs. Plus: five more important items!
A poll, released just two days after the Department of Homeland Security announced changes to its deportation proceedings, indicates that the majority of most likely voters still favor border security.
State Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, yesterday wrote to Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, requesting a detailed accounting of all legal expenses the House has incurred since joining the lawsuit seeking to block one of the two Fair Districts amendments from taking effect.
Food activists in Central Florida are continuing to defy a local ordinance restricting group feedings in public spaces, as another five members of Orlando Food Not Bombs were arrested Wednesday for providing food to the homeless in Lake Eola Park. What began as a local act of defiance has made headlines around the nation and even abroad, in addition to stirring other organizations to stage acts of solidarity in places as distant as Italy and the Ukraine.
A bill seeking to exempt depictions of deaths from Florida's public records laws is making its way through the legislature, and freedom-of-information advocates are warning that the repercussions of such a broad measure could be detrimental to the public's ability to hold law enforcement and government agents accountable.
Crisis Pregnancy Centers, funded by the state of Florida, are distributing brochures that suggest abortion causes mental illness, including depression, addiction and suicide. In the best case, the information handed out is biased; in the worst case, sources say, it is wrong.