The Aid for Women abortion clinic in Kansas City, one of the three abortion clinics left in Kansas, has lost its license to operate in the state. All three clinics had to meet new regulations that were part of a bill aimed at shutting down abortion clinics, and so far Aid for Women did not.
A Leon County judge struck Amendment 7 from Florida's November ballot today. Via the Associated Press: A proposed constitutional amendment was struck from the
Via The Buzz: Gov. Charlie Crist said Thursday he's calling a special session of the Legislature in less than two weeks and will ask lawmakers to consider a
After having to temporarily close its doors to thousands of patients, Planned Parenthood of Indiana can now reopen to Medicaid beneficiaries. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood this past week over Indiana's new law aimed at defunding the chain of women's clinics. However, unintended consequences from the law have already put women's health at risk in the state.
Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women (NOW) rallied in front of Sen. Marco Rubio's Tampa office today. The Hands Off Women rally was aimed at denouncing the 2012 budget, which includes cuts to Social Security benefits, cuts to Medicare/Medicaid, attacks on Planned Parenthood.
Former Planned Parenthood of Texas Director Abby Johnson spoke during the 2011 National Right to Life Convention, which began on Thursday in Jacksonville. Johnson, who has become a major fixture of the anti-abortion movement, used her time behind the podium to tell a story involving Hillary Clinton, whom she met at an annual Planned Parenthood function.
The “Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011” sponsored by Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park, passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today in a 35-20 vote. Environmental law firm Earthjustice argues that the bill is misleading in name, and would do little more than turn back the clock on existing clean water safeguards.
Westward winds are pushing the oil away from Florida. The relief well is proceeding ahead of schedule, but it's not a sure thing. Chances of the Florida
State House Democratic Leader Ron Saunders and Democratic Speaker-Designate Perry Thurston have joined the ACLU and the NAACP in calling for the federal Justice Department to reject proposed changes to Florida elections laws contained in House Bill 1355.
The Palm Beach County Commission will listen to requests Tuesday on whether to postpone hearings on a proposed countywide wage theft ordinance until Aug. 16 or for one full year. The latter option would allow the state Legislature another session to pass a bill limiting local anti-wage theft rules, as it tried to do this year.
Since announcing his bid for the 2012 Republican nomination for president, former Sen. Rick Santorum has not been shy about touting his anti-abortion views, which he'll be discussing next week at the National Right to Life conference in Jacksonville.
At a rally for the Brevard County Tea Party Patriots held Saturday at the Space Coast Stadium, MC and local radio host Bill Mick described the bleachers as a
The American Independent News Network, the parent organization of The Florida Independent, is currently looking to hire a media manager in its D.C. office. Follow the jump for details on the position, and how to apply.
A Women, Infants and Children clinic in High Springs, Fla., reopened its doors yesterday after it was closed down due to budget cuts in 2009. But just as the clinic reopens, the U.S. House is ready to slash $868 million from the program's national budget.
As South Florida news outlets highlight, President Obama's visit to Puerto Rico Tuesday is all about reaching out to potential voters in Florida's growing boricua community.
Daniel Hay Lewis — who is not HIV-positive but was arrested by the Broward Sheriff's Office and charged with the criminal transmission of HIV — should be out of custody Tuesday or Wednesday.
The EPA announced today that it is now prepared to withdraw a portion of its proposed numeric nutrient criteria (a set of standards governing water pollution in inland waters) and delay the portion related to estuarine waters, to allow the state Department of Environmental Protection to develop its own criteria.
According to a report released Thursday by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission, 5 percent of all deaths in 2009 were attributable to prescription drug use, far outnumbering those caused by illegal substances. The report indicates the most frequently occurring drugs found in decedents were ethyl alcohol (4,046), all Benzodiazepines (3,379), Oxycodone (1,948) and cocaine (1,462). The drugs that caused the most deaths were Oxycodone, all Benzodiazepines (with Alprazolam, also known as Xanax, accounting for the majority of the deaths), methadone, ethyl alcohol, cocaine, morphine and Hydrocodone. Oxycodone, the generic version of the Purdue Pharma brand name prescription pain-killer OxyContin, was the cause of 1,185 state deaths in 2009, a 26-percent increase from the year before and a whopping 249-percent increase from 2005.
Nearly five months ago, the St. Johns Riverkeeper first launched its campaign against a pipeline that will reroute much of the waste from Georgia-Pacific's Palatka paper mill into the St. Johns River, a project the Riverkeeper says is a disaster waiting to happen. Though the Riverkeeper has received no response from Gov. Rick Scott (despite a massive email campaign and the collection of thousands of signatures against the pipeline), there may be hope for their cause yet, from the Scott-appointed head of the state Department of Environmental Protection.
The top aides to Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign have resigned en masse, according to the Associated Press. The list of those leaving includes two former key staffers for Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
A guest column published by Kaiser Health News points out an interesting (and largely undiscussed) feature of Congressman Paul Ryan's hot-button Medicare plan: It ignores differences in Medicare costs between regions, and as a result it could expose the egregious amount of money Medicare wastes in many parts of the country.
The St. Johns Riverkeeper will host a rally to protest Georgia-Pacific's controversial proposed North Florida pipeline and demand a more comprehensive analysis of this critical issue on Thurs., June 9, at the Jacksonville offices of the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Much of the attention on corn-based ethanol has focused on the role that this supposedly renewable fuel is playing in driving up global food prices. Now environmental groups and some conservative politicians are pointing out another problem — corn-based ethanol consumes the bulk of federal funding on renewable energy and the big oil companies that blend the ethanol into gasoline are collecting subsidies to the tune of about $6 billion a year.
According to Education Week analysis, governors who pushed for education overhauls — such as Florida's Rick Scott — have seen their approval ratings drop.
A recent poll finds that Americans are tired of the current debate over abortion rights. Most respondents in the survey agreed with pollsters who asked them if they thought a broader discussion about reproductive issues would be more constructive.
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that New York University Law School's Bennan Center for Justice has written Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning, asking him to delay implementation of the state's controversial new elections law.
A Broward Sheriff's Office arrest report indicates that Daniel Hay Lewis, arrested on Monday for shoplifting and charged with the criminal transmission of HIV, physically resisted being placed in a sheriff's car and attempted to bite a deputy.
The St. Johns River has been surrounded by its fair share of controversy as of late, and a recently begun Seminole County construction project is only adding to it. Though many initially disapproved of the Water Management District’s approval of a permit that allowed for the removal of 5.5 million gallons of water a day from the St. Johns, the project’s latest steps have gone largely unnoticed in the local media. Much to the dismay of the St. Johns Riverkeeper, the project has been steadily moving along.
Last week, Gov. Rick Scott eschewed a traditional budget-signing ceremony for a political rally in The Villages, organized with the help of the state Republican Party, but it's still not exactly clear who did what.