Personhood Florida officially launches new petition

A group that wants Florida to define life as beginning at the moment of conception has officially launched its personhood petition. According to a blog post on the group's website, the new Florida ProLife Personhood Amendment is based on language by the Family Research Council and American Family Association.
Rubio’s anti-debt crusade
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Rubio’s anti-debt crusade

The Washington Post recently reported that some Republicans in the U.S. Senate are vowing to hold up legislation until the chamber finds a way to seriously cut spending and overhaul the budget. One of them is Marco Rubio, who is making the fight about President Barack Obama and drawing cheers from the conservative gallery.

Announcement on mercury rules coming today

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce the finalization of the first-ever nationwide standards for mercury pollution from power plants today. The announcement will be made in a Washington, D.C., area hospital at 2 p.m. Florida currently ranks 15th in the nation for mercury pollution (.pdf) from power plants, and the Everglades currently has the highest levels in the state.

Discussing Florida’s crisis pregnancy centers with state Rep. Plakon

The website of state Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, who is running unopposed for reelection, states that Plakon unequivocally supports any legislation created for the protection of all human life, in the womb and outside it. There is nothing in this world more sacred than our children and Scott’s support for pro-life legislation will be strong and unwavering. He is a vocal supporter of the Florida Pregnancy Support Services Program (which The Florida Independent has examined at length) and worked hard last year to avoid a budget cut to the program.