Ray Comfort, the man behind the controversial 180 movie, issued a press release yesterday saying that three of the largest billboard companies in Southern California have declined to promote his film.
Later today, President Barack Obama will give a speech at George Washington University outlining his long-term deficit-reduction plan. He is expected to look specifically at defense spending and the tax code, according to Roll Call.
Anti-abortion marketing group Heroic Media is expanding domestically and internationally, officials said Saturday during an “inaugural District of Columbia benefit dinner,” held in Bethesda, Md. — part of an effort to raise money for anti-abortion advertising in the Northeast this spring.
The U.S. House Representatives yesterday approved a measure that repeals part of the year-old Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and would, among several provisions, ban tax subsidies for private health insurance plans that include abortion as a covered service; prevent citizens from deducting abortion as a medical expense unless it was the result of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother; and invites the potential for the Internal Revenue Service to investigate how women who had abortions became pregnant and how they paid for their abortions.
To hear them tell it, the forces arrayed against Amendment 4 represent a broad coalition — Republicans and Democrats, environmentalists and developers, average citizens and the local governments that represent them. But an investigation of the staff and funding behind Citizens for Lower Taxes and a Stronger Economy, the main group opposing the amendment, reveals instead an organization so deeply tied to developers and the Republican Party that it simply cannot be extricated from those interests.
In a recent radio interview, Mississippi Lt. Gov. (and gubernatorial candidate) Phil Bryant said that he wholeheartedly supports the fetal personhood movement — and that other Christians should, too. During the same interview, Bryant also espoused his view that it shouldn't be a responsibility of the government to protect children born out of wedlock, and that the unemployed could easily take low-paying jobs typically held by illegal immigrants.
State agencies have been asked to consider how they would cut their budgets by 10 percent in the upcoming fiscal year. Plus: five more bite-sized bits of Florida news!
The Orlando Sentinel notes that Central Florida Rep. John Mica, who chairs the Transportation Committee in Congress, has dropped his opposition to toll lanes on interstates, saying he's willing to add them to new lanes as a way to pay for widening efforts.
Weeks after announcing its campaign against what they say are sexual abuses by TSA agents, the Libertarian Party of Florida is holding a rally to protest warrantless and random searches at airport checkpoints.
Gov. Rick Scott has repeated his pledge to prioritize funding for the state's court system. Plus: five more important items!
Newly filed Hillsborough County court documents offer a more detailed glimpse into the ongoing legal dispute between Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, and a former business partner who has alleged that Buchanan pressured employees at a car dealership the two owned to donate to Buchanan's 2006 and 2008 campaigns, and then reimbursed them with company money.
Among Roll Call's list of the 50 richest members of Congress: Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota. With estimated assets of $77 million (and liabilities around $26 million), Buchanan lands at No. 10 on the list.
A recent letter to the editor in the Mississippi Sun Herald raised some important questions about so-called Personhood amendments like the one that will soon be voted on in Mississippi. In a response, the American Life League dismisses claims that the passage of such an amendment could open the door to unintended consequences.
A South Florida Planned Parenthood affiliate lost funds today from St. Lucie's Children’s Services Council. For years, Planned Parenthood was given funds for teen pregnancy prevention and sex education programs.
In what has become an all-too-familiar refrain among the more radical members of the anti-abortion movement, Personhood Mississippi is comparing abortion rights to slavery.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is the latest to endorse the state's fetal personhood movement, which aims to pass an amendment that would ban abortion and some forms of birth control. Hood says he will support his state's Personhood Aendment and if adopted, will defend it if challenged!
A new report released by the National Institute on Money in State Politics finds that Florida's campaign finance disclosure laws make it hard to see what effect independent spending has on elections in the state.
A new report, titled Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation, details climate change effects that could be disastrous for Florida, according to one of the study's co-authors.
Democrats opposed to abortion are asking the Obama administration to uphold an exemption for religious employers in its recent decision requiring health insurers to cover contraception without co-payments.
In Florida, the leisure and hospitality industry, which has played a major role in the state's 2011 job growth, does not always provide good wages and benefits to workers.
State. Sen Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, introduced legislation earlier this month that would increase access to fresh vegetables and fruits for low-income and struggling communities.
Know about Hernando County Jail. and Sheriff Rich Nugent proposed that his department take over jail operations in an effort to curb costs for the county.
The presence of methylmercury in the Florida Everglades has documented by scientists and researchers in the area. The dangerous chemical can cause significant damage to developing fetuses and children, and leads to major hormonal imbalances in animals native to the Everglades. The state's environmental regulators have been slow to tackle the problem. State agencies have almost no regulations for the use of sulfate, one of the chemicals that may be the chemical largely to blame.
The Associated Press is reporting that both the White House and challengers of 2010's health care reform law are filing legal papers quickly in the hopes of getting a hearing with the Supreme Court in late March.
A bill recently introduced by congressmen from Pennsylvania and Illinois could have a far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, much of which is based in South Florida.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced today (.pdf) that it will review the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care reform law. Twenty-six states, led by Florida, challenged the law — claiming it was an over-reach of federal power.
According to a recent poll of opinion leaders in health policy and innovators in health care delivery and finance, almost 90 percent of respondents believe state lawmakers should be implementing the health care reform law.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam told state citrus industry leaders Monday that Florida GOP elected officials should be credited for not passing the mistaken state immigration laws now in place in Georgia and Alabama.
A South Florida pastor has called for a rally to protest a bill filed by two Florida Republicans that would allow Las Vegas-style casino resorts in South Florida, while the business lobby group Associated Industries of Florida announced its support for the casino bill.
Gov. Rick Scott's recently signed budget includes a long list of vetoes — many of which amount to a loss of thousands of state jobs and cuts to the disabled, elderly and children. In short, no one was safe. But perhaps one of the biggest victims of Scott's cuts was the environment. Scott, for example, eliminated a $10 million restoration project for the St. Johns River, the longest and most commercially significant river in Florida.
A spokesman for Gov. Rick Scott told the St. Petersburg Times that the state employee suing to stop the governor's new drug testing policy may not have legal standing to bring the case.
The Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform announced on a conference call Thursday they do not support the Legal Workforce Act, which would mandate E-Verify at the national level. The bill was introduced this week by Republican Congressman Lamar Smith.
The Radiance Foundation, the group that recently unveiled a series of anti-abortion billboard in Oakland, Calif., has unveiled another set of ads directed at the African-American community. According to a press release, the group will put up no fewer than 50 billboards throughout metro and downtown Atlanta, in an effort to expose what they call the epidemic of abortion.
A recent report by OpenSecrets shows that several high-profile lawmakers (including GOP Reps. Vern Buchanan and Connie Mack of Florida) dumped their stock in BP and Transocean following last year's massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Both Republicans and Democrats gave up significant portions of their holdings in the companies, according to the analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics.
U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Harry Reid, D-Nev., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., John Kerry, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., reintroduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill on Wednesday.
The top Democrat in the Florida Senate today called for the federal government to reject a proposed overhaul of the state's Medicaid system, citing public outcry at recent meetings hosted by the Agency for Health Care Administration.
The rising cost of college education has an impact on all students and families, but is felt the hardest by low-income students.
It has long been clear that Secure Communities allows local law enforcement officials to check a detainee's fingerprints with an FBI database to check his or her criminal background. But a press release issued by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network Wednesday also claims that Secure Communities is a key component of a little-known FBI project to accumulate a massive store of personal biometric information on citizens and non-citizens alike.
The latest news from the negotiations between President Barack Obama and federal lawmakers over the federal debt limit is hardly encouraging, and while there's still time, legislation offered by one Central Florida lawmaker offers a contingency plan for a worst-case scenario.
New York Judge Shira A. Scheindlin yesterday ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the Executive Office of Immigration Review to produce further information about whether and how localities may opt out of or limit participation participation in Secure Communities.
Rep. Dennis Ross' support for proposed immigration enforcement bills has earned him a place in Numbers USA's 5-for-5 Club. Numbers USA's motto is For Lower Immigration Levels.
Did a surge of African-American voters in the 2008 elections lead to the passage of Amendment 2, a constitutional referendum banning same-sex marriage? No, a new study finds. Plus: five more important items!
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $100 million in financial assistance for Florida wetland restoration today, the largest amount of funding the state has received through the Wetland Restoration Project in a single year.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam again spoke out against federal water policies last week — arguing that a set of water pollution standards mandated by the EPA are flawed science and that he would continue to fight them.
All four GOP candidates featured at this weekend's Florida Senate debate, hosted by the Florida Family Policy Council in Orlando, discussed their views on a range of controversial social issues, including abortion.
Tea party opposition to government spending is no secret. On Tuesday, according to the St. Petersburg Times, protesters took it to the Pinellas County Commission to make their point.
In a tweet sent out this morning, Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, says that the EPA must stop using activist/ junk science or lose their funding.
The Art Institutes are the latest for-profit colleges to be included in the federal government's crackdown on for-profit colleges.
Tar balls recently washed up on the Alabama shoreline have now been linked to BP, according to preliminary tests performed by Auburn University.
In response to his recent suspension, Priests for Life leader Frank Pavone floated the possibility of starting a religious order for religious and lay people who feel called to give their whole lives to the pro-life cause.