Officials for a nonprofit group created to prepare for the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa unveiled fundraising and planning efforts this
A bill filed by state Sen. Jim Norman, R-Tampa, would make photographing farms without the written consent of the owner a first-degree felony in Florida. Senate Bill 1246, simply titled Farms, has caused a stir among animal-advocacy groups for comparing a potential whistleblower who might expose the realities of factory farming — or even a tourist snapping a photograph of cows grazing in a field — with those who commit murder or armed robbery.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement union leaders said Thursday that a policy laid out by the agency is a law enforcement nightmare developed by the Obama administration to win votes at the expense of sound and responsible law enforcement policy.
A new study from the Guttmacher Institute reports that as the rate of unintended pregnancies continues to decrease among wealthy or educated women, the rate among women who fall below the federal poverty line has climbed.
A proposal by House Speaker Dean Cannon to create a commission to choose the date of Florida's presidential primary has been added to a controversial overhaul of state election laws.
Immigration rights advocate Jonathan Fried — executive director of We Count from Homestead, Fla. — spoke during a press conference Tuesday about recently
Students Toward a New Democracy (aka S.T.A.N.D.) said Monday that University of Miami administrators have opened a disciplinary process against the organization for using chalk on sidewalks to pressure the university to work with residents of a historically black neighborhood where the school is building a new bio-tech research park.
The world's largest business federation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, today launched an ad campaign throughout Florida entitled The Flip Floppers, which
Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Miami, is not mincing words when discussing his opponents in the highly publicized race for U.S. Senate. During a Thursday night
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed an FBI complaint against Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, asking that the Bureau investigate Buchanan on charges of witness tampering, obstruction of justice and bribery, based largely on a deposition of one of his former business partners, Sam Kazran.
A report released earlier this month by the NAACP found that Florida is among the states with the most restrictive felon disenfranchisement laws in the country — one of many aspects of the state's voting practices that will limit voter participation among minorities, according to the group.
The situation of women, blacks and Hispanic workers who are employed, unemployed or looking for jobs in the U.S. merits a closer look. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report for June, released last Friday, shows that whites have an 8.1 percent unemployment rate, while that same rate reached 16.2 percent for blacks and 11.6 percent for Hispanics.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is urging Congress to support legislation that would allow the church and others to opt out of providing contraception in health care insurance exchanges created through the Affordable Care Act.
Gov. Rick Scott signed his first bill for the second time Friday. Senate Bill 736 will require future changes in teacher pay to be based on student performance.
The Florida lawmaker who represents Alva — a town stricken by noxious algal blooms — opposes EPA efforts to restrict water pollution: “I’m all for clean water, but how do you get from here to there?”
In her upset victory in the Republican primary for attorney general, Pam Bondi leaned on her exposure as a Fox News legal analyst and the star power of a Sarah Palin endorsement. Now the question is whether her continued exposure on Fox and an endorsement from Palin can carry Bondi in the general election.
Today we struck a blow for the pro-life movement, said state Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach.
According to the Florida Farm Bureau, state Sen. Jim Norman, R-Tampa, drafted his controversial Farms bill at the behest of Wilton Simpson of Pasco County, whose Simpson Farms produces 21 million eggs annually for Florida's second-largest egg seller, Tampa Farm Service, Inc. As currently written, Senate Bill 1246 would make photography at or of a farm a first-degree felony.
A state House criminal justice committee unanimously voted for an amendment today that would strike the controversial Ag Gag measure from an omnibus agriculture bill.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott spoke to Fox News' Bill Hemmer about next week's Florida primary on America's Newsroom this morning, emphasizing the importance of jobs and getting people back to work.
Subhash Kateel, of the Florida Immigrant Coalition, calls Florida a testing ground for Immigration and Customs Enforcement programs. For evidence, he points to the state's embrace of Section 287(g) — a provision in federal law that allows state and local law enforcement agencies to perform immigration law enforcement functions — and to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's implementation of ICE's Secure Communities program — a fingerprint-sharing system that grants local law enforcement agencies access to FBI criminal history records and Department of Homeland Security immigration records as part of the effort to identify and remove criminal aliens from the United States. Secure Communities is controversial, though. Not all of Florida's law enforcement agencies are enthusiastic about enforcing immigration law, statistics provided by ICE raise questions about how effective the Secure Communities system is at identifying and removing major criminals, and immigration and civil rights activists say they're skeptical of the program.
Senate Bill 818, Mike Fasano's so-called pill mill bill, passed the Senate Criminal Justice Committee this morning with a unanimous vote.
At the behest of advocacy groups and fellow legislators, Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos has added one more committee stop for two controversial bills that would allow the state to take another stab at privatizing prisons.
If they don’t have anything to hide, what are they worrying about?
In the wake of last year's controversial Senate Bill 1070, business groups have fueled a political backlash against tougher immigration-enforcement measures in Arizona. Could a similar battle unfold here?
Florida Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum made the announcement Tuesday that his office would be suing several of the world's largest
State legislators are increasingly signaling their opposition to importing Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement law to Florida. If that effort fails, what are the state's other options?
In an attempt to make the business of bottled water a more mutually beneficial relationship between the corporations who withdraw millions of gallons of public water per day and the Floridians who currently see nothing in return beyond a $230 permitting fee, state Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, has proposed legislation that will place a 6 percent tax on the product.
Gov.-elect Rick Scott met yesterday with representatives of Florida’s military and defense industry, a sector that plays an important role in the state's economy. According to the St. Petersburg Times,