State Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, announced Tuesday that he has formed a task force to review Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law.
The Supreme Court of the United States, which heard arguments in the lawsuit against Arizona's immigration enforcement law Wednesday, will not issue its decision until June, but opponents and supporters continue to argue the merits of the state's crackdown.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments today on the legality of four provisions contained in Arizona's immigration enforcement law. Analysts on both side of this issue say the court's eventual decision will affect the future of state immigration laws across the U.S.
The Republican Party of Sarasota County has launched a petition supporting the passage of an Arizona-style immigration enforcement law for Florida.
At 2 p.m., Attorney General Pam Bondi will hold the first Statewide Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse and Newborns meeting with Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and others.
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy issued its 2012 strategy Tuesday; opponents insist it maintains the same failed policies of prior administrations.
Mitt Romney's campaign hired GOP campaign strategist Ed Gillespie, while Kris Kobach's advisor status was put in doubt, according to news reports.
Gov. Rick Scott signed the state's $70 billion budget at a ceremony held in Cunningham Creek Elementary School in St. Johns County at noon today. The governor vetoed $142.7 million in line-items, including money for specialized health programs.
This week, Florida students will take part in the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, known as the FCAT, a cornerstone of outcome-based education, strongly promoted by Florida GOP leaders since the late 1990s.
Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, is standing by comments he made during a town hall a few days ago, in which he claimed up to 80 U.S. House Democrats are members of the Communist Party.
A campaign launched by several progressive organizations has led eight major corporations to withdraw from the American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC, where state legislators and business representatives meet to draft model legislation.
Democrat Keith Fitzgerald’s campaign for Congress today announced that it raised nearly $300,000 in the first three months of 2012. Fitzgerald’s campaign received more than 1,500 individual contributions, with an average contribution of $136.
Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, told mostly supportive members at a town hall meeting yesterday that he has heard up to 80 U.S. House Democrats are Communist Party members, The Palm Beach Post reports.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports today that the Florida Family Policy Council, a Florida-based anti-gay, anti-abortion group, has begun ramping up its effort to get Christians to the polls for the upcoming presidential election, hoping a large Christian voter turnout could help flip Florida away from President Obama.
A bill that would split off USF Polytechnic as the state's 12th university is on its way to Gov. Rick Scott's desk. Scott has not said if he will sign the bill, which has been hotly contested among state legislators.
The EPA today announced the appointment of a director of a broad program designed to facilitate collaborative actions to protect, maintain, and restore the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico in ways consistent with the economic well-being of the Region.
In an op-ed defending Florida's new school prayer bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott a week ago, state Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Palatka, blamed the absence of prayer in schools for numerous social ills, after insisting his bill was not actually about school prayer.
One of the most contentious parts of the 2010 health care reform law — a requirement that states expand their Medicaid programs — is supported by a strong majority of Americans, according to a recent poll.
Former Gov. and Sen. Bob Graham will make two presentations at the University of Florida next week, both detailing efforts to conserve the state's natural resources.
The U.S. Supreme Court will cast its votes on the Florida-led challenge to the health care reform law today, but an announcement on those votes will not come till much later.
Florida's so-called Conservation of Wildlife bill is set to be signed or vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott at some point in the near future, and despite the fact that the bill received overwhelming bipartisan support in the Florida Legislature, environmentalists have urged Scott to veto the measure.
GOP elected officials, including Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., are working on a conservative-Republican alternative to the DREAM Act, in an effort to reach out to Latino voters before the November presidential election.
Parents, educators and supporters of public education will occupy the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., starting Friday to demand support for well-funded, high-quality public schools and an end to publicly funded private schools.
Politico is reporting that members of the U.S. Supreme Court, who heard arguments yesterday about the part of the health care law that expands Medicaid, were skeptical of the claims made by the states challenging the mandate.
Florida counties are asking Gov. Rick Scott to veto a bill currently awaiting his signature that would shift costs from the state’s Medicaid program to local governments throughout Florida.
The Republican Liberty Caucus of North East Florida will host Terry Jones in Jacksonville on Tues., April 3, for a speech titled: “Freedom of Speech, Religious Liberty, Christianity and Islam. In 2010, Jones created a media firestorm when he threatened to burn Qurans at his Gainesville church, and has come under fire posting signs that read “Islam Is of the Devil.”
Florida Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, called the the state's controversial Stand Your Ground law ambiguous on CNN this morning.
According to a recently released study by the Everglades Foundation, the agriculture industry is responsible for 76 percent of the phosphorus pollution entering the Everglades. But despite passage of a Polluter Pays amendment to the state Constitution in 1996, the ag industry isn't paying for even half of the cost of phosphorus removal, leaving the balance of the burden on the shoulders of taxpayers.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, along with other groups, sent letters to school boards this week, warning them not to adopt policies recently allowed by the state that the civil liberties groups says will surely land them in court.
Current and former Latin American leaders are calling for alternatives to existing U.S. drug war policies that have failed and led to more violence and corruption.