A national recruitment firm has announced four finalists in contention to take over operations of Tampa International Airport. The firm Spencer Stuart has
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development last week awarded Florida $26.6 million in disaster relief funds as part of its Community Development Block
As we head towards the November general election, several Florida contests appear to be of importance to the balance of power in the U.S. Congress. The
American Crossroads, the conservative political action organization associated with Karl Rove and Ed Gillespe, is declaring its intention today to spend more
Despite the dismal turnout for Jacksonville anti-abortion group Heroic Media's An Evening of Hope event, keynote speaker Sarah Palin still managed to stray from pregnancy to politics.
Fresh off an easy primary victory over two no-name opponents Tuesday night, Florida Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio is heading to Texas this week for
Via The Miami Herald:
The City of Sarasota meets this evening to further debate its ongoing negotiations with Florida Power & Light over the possible renewal of the contract
A week ago today, Kenneth Feinberg began administering the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which he has said will be an improvement over BP's process and more generous than the treatment claimants can expect in court. Data released last week by BP shows that Feinberg's decisions about how to disburse compensation could impact Florida more than any other gulf state.
Kenneth Feinberg today takes over the gargantuan task of distributing the $20 billion BP is setting aside to reimburse victims of the gulf oil spill. He has said he will approve compensation claims by relying on precedents set by state and federal law. But law professors following the issue say it is unclear just how Feinberg will interpret a key legal doctrine called “proximate cause,” which will determine exactly who gets a slice of the compensation fund.
The nonpartisan taxpayer watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste has given several Florida representatives low marks when it comes to protecting the
Attorney General Bill McCollum sent a letter to incoming oil spill claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg, criticizing his plan for compensating oil spill
Could it be possible that the Tampa area is more stressful to live in than New York City? A study conducted by Forbes.com says yes. The Tampa/St.
President Clinton will campaign today in South Florida on behalf of Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Fla. Meek is coming off some decidedly better poll numbers in his
Sen. Bill Nelson's website just posted video that depicts dispersants being sprayed into the gulf oil leak: This is new footage from April 30 labeled
The Florida Energy and Climate Commission decided Friday to allocate $13.8 million in unspent stimulus money to cover a portion of the state's unpaid solar rebates. Even with that measure, though, more than $40 million in unfunded rebate claims will persist.
+ 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
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
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.
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,