+ A cleanup contractor is slashing employees' wages by between $4 and $10 per hour, citing a shift from emergency-response operations to a long-term cleanup
Recent data released by Collier County's Criminal Alien Task Force reveals that only a small percentage of those detained under Section 287(g) — a federal program that grants Collier the authority to conduct immigration law enforcement — are actually dangerous criminals, a fact cited in a March 2010 Office of Inspector General report as evidence that 287(g) is failing to meet its proponents' stated goals.
The United States Government Accountability Office released a report Wednesday examining “deceptive and questionable marketing practices” used in…
The St. Johns River has recently been plagued by numerous disconcerting problems — first, a rash of fish kills and algae blooms, then a spike in bird deaths
Marc Jeffrey Moore is the new field director for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Miami Field Office. ICE recently announced that “Moore
Our parent organization, The American Independent News Network, is today announcing the launch of The North Carolina Independent News. As a page on our
Floridians are being warned of unauthorized health insurance plans being sold by the Association of Independent Managers. The Florida Department of Financial
With plans for a federally funded high-speed rail line linking Tampa and Orlando on the fast track, some of the Tampa Bay area's most powerful political and business interests are pushing to secure funding for a connecting light rail system. But with local and state governments facing continued budget deficits across the board, those hopes rest on Hillsborough County citizens footing the bill. That means legions of taxpayers and anti-tax groups need convincing.
In an offering aimed at thawing the chilled relationship between the Tampa Bay Rays and the City of St. Petersburg over their ongoing stadium debate, Mayor Bill
In a much-discussed decision handed down last Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional to sentence juvenile offenders to life in prison without
Only weeks after reports surfaced that Florida U.S. Reps. Ander Crenshaw, R-Jacksonville, and Allen Boyd, D-Tallahassee, were attempting to introduce a rider that would essentially delay the EPA’s Numeric Nutrient Standards from taking effect, rumors of another rider have begun to circulate.
Miami Rep. Kendrick Meek, who is running against billionaire Jeff Greene for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Florida, has released his first
Via Twitter, journalist Gary Fineout just revealed that Gov. Charlie Crist will invoke emergency powers to correct a snafu in a Florida statute that is
The political alliance and friendship between two stalwarts of the Republican Party in the Tampa Bay area is a thing of the past: For now, they are bitter rivals for a state Senate seat. State Rep. Kevin Ambler and Hillsborough County Commissioner Jim Norman have been political allies for 20 years, but now they are not on speaking terms, as they battle with bruising rhetoric for the Senate District 12 seat being vacated by retiring state Sen. Victor Crist. The winner of the Aug. 24 primary is almost assured the seat; no Democrat has entered the fray, and only two politically unknown write-ins will be on the ballot.
The American Action Network, a Washington, D.C.-based 501 (c)(4) social welfare organization, is running a television ad in Tampa and the panhandle targeting
Buoyed by another $140,000 this week from Freedom First Committee (state Sen. Mike Haridopolos' 527), Florida First Initiative released Tuesday a new television ad attacking his rival, Rick Scott, on his tenure as CEO of Columbia/HCA, the largest for-profit hospital chain in the U.S. Florida First Initiative has associations with Scott's opponent, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum.
The fundamentalist pastor of a St. Petersburg online ministry has launched a campaign to take donations for a 9-11 Christian Center at Ground Zero in New York
On the MSNBC program Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie Monday morning, Florida candidate for U.S. Senate Marco Rubio again asserted that the
Texas Gov. Rick Perry staged a massive prayer rally over the weekend, part of an event called The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis. Though the revival was led by a politician, it avoided overt political statements, and drew thousands to Houston's Reliant Stadium.
Marco Rubio released a new video saying that his economic plan is right because MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow thinks it's wrong. How can you know the plan is
The U.S. Senate made strides Tuesday to approve an extension of unemployment benefits that will give out-of-work Americans till November to enroll in the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, and fully fund Extended Benefits programs in states — like Florida — suffering from high unemployment. But a line in Florida law currently prohibits the Sunshine State from receiving and disbursing the additional E.B. funding promised in the legislation. At least one Florida lawmaker — state Rep. Kevin Rader, D-Boynton Beach — called on Gov. Charlie Crist, state House Speaker Larry Cretul and state Senate President Jeff Atwater to fix the issue during this week's special session, but that idea went nowhere. The state legislature called an end to the session after less than three hours. That means that thousands of Floridians who have exhausted their normal state and EUC benefits will be denied the federal government's additional lifeline payments.
A newly formed coalition of alternative energy advocates is calling on the Florida legislature to act on several proposals during the upcoming special session, but lawmakers have said that action next week appears unlikely.
The NAACP held its first ever town hall meeting to discuss LGBT issues during its 102nd annual convention in Los Angeles last week.
In what appears to be a reward for loyalty, Bill Clinton will campaign for Rep. Kendrick Meek this August, reports The Buzz. Clinton has already headlined five
Billionaire self-funded Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene has a new campaign manager. The last one quit after two months. Meanwhile, the St. Pete
The U.S. Senate will vote to extend unemployment benefits as soon as the replacement for Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.V., is sworn in next Tuesday, restoring help to
Slate's David Weigel points to an explanation of why measures that would prioritize spending to keep America from missing payments on its debt (such as one proposed by Central Florida Rep. Dan Webster) may not be enough to alleviate short-term concerns about the country's credit rating.
No. 1: The unemployment rate held steady, at 10.6 percent, a reminder that the economic recovery remains fragile and slow.
The head of the Radiance Foundation, a controversial anti-abortion group, made an appearance on NPR's Tell Me More yesterday. After defending his group's efforts to equate abortion rates in the African-American community with racism, Ryan Bomberger took to his blog and Twitter account to decry the interview for being biased and heavily edited.
Advocates for Florida HIV/AIDS patients are upset at a decision made by the Obama administration to limit how much money each state can receive from recently approved AIDS Drug Assistance Program emergency relief funding.
While some Florida school districts report few or no cases of bullying, other districts show a high number of cases two years after a law to protect Florida’s students took effect. The law, also known as Jeffrey's Law, was named for Jeffrey Johnston — a Cape Coral student who committed suicide in 2005 after being the victim of bullying by a classmate.
In a new video aimed at Planned Parenthood, National Right to Life President Carol Tobias claims to show the real facts about the organization, whom she says does evil and uses its health care services as a marketing ploy.
BP denied Gov. Charlie Crist's June 30 request for an additional $50 million for tourism-related advertising on Monday, in a letter drafted by Chief Operating
Mosaic Fertilizers, the company that was recently given the go-ahead from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to strip-mine thousands of acres of Florida wetlands,
Calling her a failure that has done nothing during her 20 years in office, Mike Yost is again blasting Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, his once (and future) political opponent.
In a YouTube clip posted today, Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos announces that he's decided to drop out of the U.S. Senate GOP primary.
In a new radio ad released Tuesday, GOP Gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott makes the claim that Charlie Crist's special legislative session, slated to run July
A Wisconsin group is alleging that United Way and Planned Parenthood are in cahoots in an effort to draw young girls into abortion facilities in the state. In an article published on OneNewsNow, Virginia Zignego of Pro-Life Wisconsin says that United Way is helping to further the cover-up of stauatory rape by placing colorful posters at various bus stops throughout the state.
Sixty anti-abortion rights billboards placed throughout Oakland in mid-June have created controversy and generated publicity for the groups that sponsored them. Now they're coming down.
An op-ed printed in The New York Times yesterday raised questions about the ethics of requiring doctors to advise minors to inform their parents of their medical care.
At an intimate meet-and-greet held on Sarasota's Main Street this morning, GOP Senate candidate and former Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner pitched himself as the principled conservative in the race, asking the small crowd to help him fight Washington and save the United States.
The American Civil Liberties Union just released a report arguing that Florida legislators' rationale for a constitutional amendment that would repeal Florida's ban on taxpayer funds going to religious institutions is false.
In last week's Twitter Town Hall with President Obama, reproductive rights groups asked Obama to ensure insurance coverage for preventative medicine that includes contraception. Among them was a group called Raising Women's Voices.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation delivered a second letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott today, expressing the foundation's concern over the Scott administration's continued consideration over reducing eligibility for Florida's AIDS Drug Assistance Program.
Florida Gov. and no-party candidate for U.S. Senate Charlie Crist holds a small lead over former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) and both of his
A six-pack of noteworthy tidbits from this week’s news.
As the AIDS Drug Assistance Program funding crisis continues, a national summit asking When will Washington come to the rescue? ends today in Washington, D.C.
+ On the whole, Florida's beaches appear relatively free of oil. + The Obama Administration submitted a new moratorium on deepwater drilling (details after
Senate President Mike Haridopolos has raised millions so far this year despite having to focus his energy on the legislative session, while former Sen. George LeMiuex has assembled a big-name finance team and enlisted the fundraising help of a gang of sitting senators. Former Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner's campaign has done neither, and sees that as a selling point.
Human Life International has revamped its website, prochoiceviolence.com. According to the group, the site provides extensive research on the surprising amount of violence perpetrated by abortionists and the proponents of 'choice,' compared to the relatively few violent crimes committed by 'pro-life' advocates.