The Obama administration announced today that it is standing by its decision to require that insurance providers — with the exception of religious employers — cover birth control as a preventive service. Instead of giving in to requests that all objectors be able to opt out, the feds have instead given religious groups a one-year extension to meet the mandate.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has issued a video statement on the three anti-abortion bills set to be heard this afternoon in a state House health committee.
Three GOP presidential candidates will speak at the “Inspiring Action” conference just days ahead of Florida’s Republican presidential primary, the Hispanic Leadership Network announced Tuesday.
President Obama made six recess appointments Wednesday, allowing officials to bypass Senate confirmation to serve for approximately one year.
The state Legislature's Economic Affairs Committee yesterday passed a bill that would rebrand unemployment compensation as reemployment assistance.
The South Florida casino bill that passed its first vote in the Florida House of Representative last week has prompted bills that regulate other gaming business, while opponents move ahead aggressively in the media.
Gov. Rick Scott yesterday announced the reappointment of Ava Parker and the appointments of Joseph Caruncho and Thomas Kuntz to the State University System's Board of Governors. Caruncho, a Palmetto Bay native, is the co-founder and COO of Preferred Care Partners Inc., and previously worked as a corporate health care attorney. As we've previously reported, Preferred Care poured money into Republican Party coffers last year, donating at least $190,000.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has opened a lead in his current home state among 2012 Republican presidential candidates.
The Palm Beach Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday delayed a vote on a wage theft ordinance that would establish a procedure for employees victims of wage theft to recover back wages till June 21.
A federal judge in Louisiana ruled Wednesday that oil spill claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg cannot keep referring to himself as neutral or independent from BP.
Orange County is the latest Florida municipality to sue the EPA over its proposed implementation of a set of numeric nutrient criteria that will limit the amount of waste allowed to be dumped in state waterways. The county will join the Florida Water Environment Utility Council to fight the standards in one of several lawsuits already filed against the EPA.
In response to the company's recent decision to pull ads from the TLC reality series All-American Muslim, Detroit-area faith leaders will hold a demonstration outside a Michigan branch of home improvement chain Lowe's on Saturday.
The United West, an anti-islamic organization, will host an event in Tallahassee on the first day of Florida's 2012 legisltative session to honor members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq.
Georgetown University released a report today indicating that Florida's Medicaid managed-care Reform Pilot program has not shown any clear signs of saving money. Nevertheless, the state Senate Health and Human Services committee will vote tomorrow on S.B. 1972, which establishes the Medicaid managed care program as the statewide, integrated managed care program for medical assistance and long-term care services.
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Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig weighed in Tuesday on the politically charged debate in St. Petersburg over the future of the Tampa Bay Rays at
The Foundation for Government, a new Naples-based conservative policy group, has released its latest publication, claiming that Florida's controversial five-county Medicaid Reform Pilot has been a decided success.
A new survey by the Pew Research Center finds fewer Republicans (16 percent, down from 33 percent last September) and Americans overall (14 percent, down from 23 percent) describing themselves as angry with the federal government.
Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn had strong words today for Florida legislators who seem intent on usurping Republican National Committee 2012 calendar dates.
On the heels of the first ever Senate hearing on the DREAM Act, six undocumented students were detained Tuesday in Atlanta during a protest against H.B. 87, Georgia's immigration-enforcement law.
The debate over whether or not USF Polytechnic should be granted independence from the main USF campus is growing heated by the minute, with lawmakers from both sides of the issue taking vocal stances.
A Saturday demonstration outside of a Lowe's home improvement store in a Detroit suburb brought out more than 150 local residents and religious leaders and even one state representative — all of whom were protesting the chain's decision to pull its ads from the TLC reality show All-American Muslim after receiving numerous calls to do so by the Florida Family Association.
A bill that would increase access to fresh vegetables and fruits for low-income and struggling communities passed unanimously in a state Senate agriculture committee meeting today.
Personhood USA will be hosting a GOP presidential forum tomorrow in South Carolina at which voters will have the chance to ask candidates questions in a town hall format. Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich are all slated to attend, but frontrunner Mitt Romney has declined the invitation.
Home improvement chain Lowe's has found itself on the receiving end of a hefty amount of backlash, following its decision to pull ads from TLC's All-American Muslim, a reality show centering on the lives of Muslims living in a Detroit suburb. Though reps for Lowe's have said that the company pulled the ads due to strong political and societal views from many individuals, a conservative, Florida-based group is at the center of the backlash.
Responding to the news that home improvement giant Lowe's pulled its advertising from the TLC reality series All-American Muslim, People for the American Way today called on Americans to boycott hate and stop shopping at Lowe's. The group is also speaking out against the Florida Family Association, the Tampa organization that played a large part in the ad pulls.
Leading GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney has a mixed set of endorsements that don't fully illustrate his positions on immigration.
Around noon today, following Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State address, progressives from all over the country rallied to protest's Scott and the GOP-led Legislature on the first day of the legislative session.
State Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, and Rep. Lori Berman, D-Delray Beach, announced a new bill in a press conference at the capitol today that would outlaw concealed weapons in child care facilities and government buildings.
Last week a coalition of civil rights and reproductive rights advocates filed a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina's law requiring abortion providers to show women an ultrasound and describe the images in detail four hours before having an abortion, even if the woman does not want to see the images.
Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast has lost thousands of dollars for teen sexual health programs servicing young people in Palm Beach County this year. About 200 fewer teens will be served in the region if the organization does not receive enough outside donations to recoup this year's losses. The programs include one-on-one sex education, birth control services and STD testing and treatment for teens.
Though voters soundly rejected a state fetal personhood measure that appeared on Mississippi's November 2011 ballot, reps for Personhood USA say they still have hope — in the state's Legislature.
An advocacy group for young people called the Young Invincibles filed a legal brief in support of President Obama's health care reform law, which the group says promised health insurance for 17 million young adults.
Yesterday, the Florida Chamber of Commerce reaffirmed that it plans to fight any increased taxes on businesses for unemployment insurance.
According to a new report from the Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board, the number of people in Florida with private health insurance has continued to decline.
State Rep. Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, has introduced a bill that would reverse some of the controversial measures in the elections law passed by the Florida Legislature last year.
State Sen. Jim Norman, R-Tampa, has reintroduced legislation to stop animal rights activists from obtaining photographic records of farming operations in Florida.
One of the current front-runners for the GOP presidential nomination, Ron Paul, released an ad this week touting his anti-abortion rights credentials as a former obstetrician.
A coalition of 30 advocacy groups for elder issues has sent a letter to the federal government requesting that the state's request to expand its Medicaid Reform Pilot program statewide be denied. The groups fear the expansion will affect health care access for disabled elder Floridians.
An Ohio House committee approved one of the nation's most restrictive abortion limits on Wednesday, but the measure will likely not earn universal support from anti-abortion groups — including some in Florida.
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Mark Kaplan, former chief of staff to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, has been announced as the new vice president of public affairs for The Mosaic Company, one of the top dogs in phosphate and nutrient production in the country.
The Sierra Club has filed suit against the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (aka IFAS) over what it says are violations of public records laws. The lawsuit, which was filed yesterday, comes as a result of years of refusal by IFAS to respond to legitimate questions asked by the Sierra Club and local governments with regard to contradictory messaging about urban fertilizer management.
The Foundation for Government Accountability debuted a new website today — an online database of the salaries of public employees: FloridaOpenGov.org.
Though environmentalists have argued that Florida's version of a set of federally mandated water pollution rules is inadequate, the state Department of Environmental Protection is defending its rules, saying they offer more provisions, and more protection, than those drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post report that the pressure is growing on the federal government to create health insurance exchanges for states falling behind in implementing the federal mandate, as well as states that are flat-out refusing to create exchanges — such as Florida.
Despite reports that the Federal Election Commission had doubts about the credibility of Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, during its investigation into campaign finance violation allegations against him, the Republican Party of Sarasota County is standing behind him.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed delaying the implementation of a set of Florida-specific water quality standards for 90 days, allowing for the approval of a set of replacement rules drafted by the state.
State Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, has filed a bill for the upcoming session that would make January 2012 Pregnancy Resource Center Month. Pregnancy resource centers are also referred to as crisis pregnancy centers.
Two state lawmakers — one Democrat, one Republican — have come together to file legislation that would require pregnancy resource centers, or crisis pregnancy centers, to protect the private medical information of women who visit them.