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  • Florida Rep. Thurston Failed to Disclose Gambling Company Donations

    04/15/2014 10:20:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | April 14, 2014 | Tom Lauder
    Florida Rep. Perry Thurston failed to disclose $11,000 in donations from gambling interests when he blasted Gov. Rick Scott last week on gaming issues. A subsidiary of a Malaysian-based casino company donated the money to a political action committee listing Thurston as its sole “associated legislator.” Thurston, a Democratic candidate for Florida Attorney General, issued a scathing press release Thursday attacking Scott for failing to finalize a new gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Scott and other Republican lawmakers have said a new agreement with the Seminoles must be completed before passing new gambling legislation that might allow...
  • Liberty City shooting leaves one dead, two injured [Team Obama apparently not "horrified"]

    04/15/2014 5:34:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    A young man with two handguns walked up to a group of people in front of a Liberty City market on Monday evening and opened fire, killing a 52-year-old woman and wounding two men, Miami police said
  • Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats

    04/14/2014 11:40:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 14, 2014 2:44 PM EDT | Michael J. Mishak
    Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation’s largest swing state see medical marijuana as a potential antidote to political malaise in this year’s midterm elections. Party operatives are pushing a constitutional amendment that would make Florida the first state in the South to legalize some pot use. Polls show the measure has widespread public support, and it’s particularly popular among young voters—a critical part of the Democratic coalition with historically weak turnout in non-presidential election years. “I wish that it didn’t take medical marijuana on the ballot to motivate our young voters,”...
  • Charlie Crist opening his campaign's first field office in Broward

    04/12/2014 6:46:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 4/11/14 | Anthony Man
    Showing just how important a strong Democratic showing in Broward County is to Charlie Crist’s hope of returning to the Governor’s Mansion, the first field office for his campaign is set for Planation. The campaign plans to dedicate the office next week. What’s being described as the South Florida headquarters will be located at 320 South University Drive, Plantation. The grand opening is at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The only other Crist office so far is the state headquarters in St. Petersburg. Broward, which has more registered Democrats than any other Florida county is critical for the party’s hopes to win...
  • FL:Bill to Allow Citizens Guns in Emergencies Passes Senate Committee

    04/11/2014 6:14:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Photograph_by_Jocelyn_Augustino_taken_on_09-18-2004_in_Florida.jpg/800px-FEMA_-_11135_ SB 296, the Florida bill that would remove restrictions on citizens carry of guns during an emergency, passed the Senate Community Affairs Committee on the  8th of April.  The bill reflects the philosophy of the second amendment, that guns in the hands of citizens enhance public safety.   Currently, the rights of Florida residents to carry arms are significantly restricted.   The open carry of weapons is restricted to certain activities, such as hunting, target shooting, fishing, and on a persons private property.  Concealed carry of weapons is restricted to people who have some training and who pay the fee...
  • Hear: Russian ambassadors talk about next annexing parts of U.S., world

    04/06/2014 1:17:28 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 30 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 4/6/2014 | David Harding
    After Crimea, what next? In an unauthenticated audio, Ambassadors Chubarov and Sergei Bakharev laugh about taking over areas in Alaska, Venice, Scotland, Catalonia and Miami. Watch out, the Russians are coming! ... The pair...joke that Russia will take control of Alaska, Venice, Scotland and Catalonia, a region of Spain which wants a vote on independence, reports The Guardian {link at URL]... The recording has been posted on Youtube, reports The Guardian [link at URL] ...
  • Group intervening in Fla. gay marriage lawsuits [Black & Hispanic Christians Fight Sodomy]

    04/03/2014 4:26:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies ^ | 4/3/14
    The group that pushed Florida's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage is intervening in lawsuits filed by gay couples that raise challenges... Florida Family Policy Council officials said Wednesday they would seek to preserve the constitutional amendment approved by more than 62 percent of voters... A coalition of black and Hispanic civil rights groups and pastors is also defending Florida's constitutional ban.
  • Bungling the meaning of 'the right to bear arms'

    04/02/2014 1:55:23 PM PDT · by shove_it · 30 replies
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | 1 Apr 2014 | Lee Williams
    When someone misinterprets the Second Amendment, it's usually the first part they get wrong. Facts “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” They'll quibble about the meaning of “militia,” or opine about the framers' intent behind “well regulated.” It's usually not the second part of the amendment, the “keep and bear” part, that gets misconstrued. That, however, is exactly the part that the Florida Sheriff's Association seems to have trouble understanding. A bit of background: The chaos that ensued after...
  • FL: Military Lawyer Misspoke on Concealed Carry Reform

    04/02/2014 10:46:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Photograph by Jocely Augustino taken 9-18-2004 One of the last times people would want to be disarmed is during a widespread emergency, where responders are spread thinly and people may be forced to move from the safety of their home and neighborhood. In order to protect second amendment rights during emergencies, a bill is in the Florida legislature to prevent firearms from being confiscated from people who are not committing any crimes.   Such legislation has been passed in numerous other states.   It became popular after police and other government forces illegally confiscated numerous firearms in the chaos after Hurricane...
  • Court: 2012 Fla. voter purge was illegal

    04/02/2014 5:59:43 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 26 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 04/02/2014 | BRANDON LARRABEE
    TALLAHASSEE -- A voter purge by Secretary of State Ken Detzner in 2012 violated the law, a federal appeals court ruled today in the most recent episode of a heated legal battle over the program and its possible successor. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments from Detzner that the effort to remove suspected non-citizens from the voting rolls did not violate a federal law barring wide-ranging efforts to cleanse those rolls within 90 days of an election. In the 2-1 ruling, justices also said they took a case that would otherwise be moot because of the possibility...
  • Florida Alert! Video of Florida Sheriffs Association Opposition to Right to Bear Arms

    03/29/2014 7:57:55 PM PDT · by shove_it · 36 replies
    NRA ^ | 29 Mar 2014
    Below is a link to a youtube video of some of the Testimony before the Florida House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 17, 2014. It shows the Florida Sheriffs Association OPEN OPPOSITION to your right to carry your firearms with you during a mandatory evacuation under a declared state of emergency. Further, despite words of the Founding Fathers in the Second Amendment, it is their opinion that you only have a "right" to own firearms and not a "right" to bear firearms. Under the video screen you will see heading that says, "Published on Mar 28, 2014" and a...
  • Sarah Palin Endorses Florida's Lizbeth Benacquisto for U.S. Congress

    03/27/2014 9:07:39 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies ^ | 3/26/14 | Tony Lee
    This week, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin vowed to roll out her "Mama Grizzlies" endorsements, and she endorsed conservative Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto on Wednesday for the FL-19 U.S. House seat. Palin called Benacquisto a "proven conservative" with an "unwavering commitment to the principles of our Founders and to the sanctity of life." The congressional primary will be held on April 22nd. The general election for the seat being vacated by Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) will be on June 24th. Palin called Benacquisto the only conservative in the race and, as a bonus, touted her as a candidate...
  • Navy SEALs to target Fort Lauderdale [did, 3/25/14]

    03/26/2014 1:33:55 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 26 replies
    Sun Sentinal ^ | February 14, 2014 | Larry Barszewski
    SEAL Team Six, the U.S. military group credited with taking down Osama bin Laden in 2011, could have Fort Lauderdale next in its sights. A proposed operation in the city — involving hovering combat helicopters, exploding flash-bang devices and the sounds of gunfire — is in the works. (snip) What type of exercises can be expected? The agreement mentions the possibility of using low-flying helicopters and simulated ammunition to train personnel on a "rooftop fast-rope insertion" into a building.
  • Rick Scott Welcomes Obama to Florida With Attack on Health-Care Law

    03/20/2014 9:16:08 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 11 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 3/20/14 | Ken Derby
    With President Barack Obama heading to the Sunshine State on Thursday, he is drawing fire from an old foe in Gov. Rick Scott. Rising to political prominence by opposing Obama’s federal health-care law, Scott went after Obama for taking funds from Medicaid Advantage to fund the law. "Today, President Obama is coming to Florida to raise money and do a campaign-style event,” Scott said. “No one knows specifically what he’s going to talk about, but it’s safe to say he won’t be addressing the 1.3 million Florida seniors who are in danger of losing their health care benefits, doctors and...
  • Fraud: Local NBC Investigation Discovers Dozens of Illegal Voters in Florida

    03/19/2014 5:37:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | March 19, 2014 | Guy Benson
    It is an article of faith on the Left that voter fraud does not exist beyond the imaginations of racist right-wingers, hellbent on imposing "unconstitutional" voter ID laws fashioned to "suppress" minority turnout in elections. These objections are race-baiting nonsense; they're unsupported by both empirical evidence and Supreme Court precedent. The high court upheld Indiana's law in a 6-3 decision in 2008. The ruling was authored by uber-liberal Justice John Paul Stevens. And after Georgia implemented its own law in 2007 (which survived a legal challenge), minority voter participation increasedin the next two election cycles. ABC News has called voter...
  • Shark Season Singer Island, Florida [youtube video link]

    03/14/2014 3:36:24 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | 3-4-14 | cyberspeed2
    Says this is from November, but just posted a week or so ago.
  • FL-13 A Bigger Defeat Than Advertised

    03/14/2014 4:25:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 14, 2014 | Ross Kaminsky
    "............David Jolly was nearly abandoned by the Republican Party — apparently all too willing to reconstitute a circular firing squad. A Politico article less than a week before the election (probably designed to help Alex Sink) offered this pearl of political reporting: Over the past week, a half-dozen Washington Republicans have described Jolly’s campaign against Democrat Alex Sink as a Keystone Cops operation, marked by inept fundraising, top advisers stationed hundreds of miles away from the district in the state capital and the poor optics of a just-divorced, 41-year-old candidate accompanied on the campaign trail by a girlfriend 14 years...
  • Alex Sink's Concession Speech ["The bars are open..."]

    03/12/2014 6:37:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 53 replies
    youtube ^ | 3/12/14 | Alex Sink
    ... She called Jolly to congratulate him.
  • FL:Open Carry Prompts Curiosity

    03/12/2014 10:29:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Florida is one of five states that generally ban the open carry of firearms.  As with all such states, exemptions to the general ban are included in the law.  Florida second amendment supporters are pushing for a restoration of open carry rights in the state.  They have organized a number of open carry events under the exception for open carry to, from, and during fishing in the State.  Spacecoast321 at relates what happened when he attempted to join one of these events a few days ago (March 2014): Well after a lengthy hiatus I was finally able to...

    03/11/2014 4:44:37 PM PDT · by shortstop · 239 replies
    Supervisor of Elections ^ | 03/11/14 | Supervisor of Elections Pinellas
    Just came over the Pinellas County Election website- David Jolly wins! 225 of 225 Precincts Reporting Percent Votes David W. Jolly (REP) 48.43% 88,294 Alex Sink (DEM) 46.56% 84,877 Lucas Overby (LPF) 4.83% 8,799 WRITE-IN 0.18% 325 182,295
  • Jolly tells Cavuto why all eyes are on Florida’s CD 13 race: Obamacare battle, ground zero

    03/11/2014 11:49:24 AM PDT · by Old Sarge · 42 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 11 MAR 2014 | Me
    The March 11 special election to see who takes Florida’s 13th Congressional district has become ground zero on a single issue — Obamacare — and may give a preview of what the 2014 midterm elections in November. David Jolly, the political newcomer who is taking on Democrat Alex Sink, appeared on “Your World” Monday and discussed the race withFox News host Neil Cavuto. He reminded Cavuto that President Obama took the district in 2012, so it all comes down to the president’s signature piece of legislation.
  • Welcome to Hampton, the small Florida town that could get erased

    03/11/2014 8:25:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/11/14 | Mark Berman
    Hampton, Fla., has fewer than 500 residents. It’s a tiny blip you pass through on the drive between Gainesville, home of the University of Florida, and Jacksonville. The city is known mostly for being a notorious speed trap right near Gainesville. Now, thanks to a damning state audit released last month, the place might get dissolved. (Think about that for a second: This is the city that might be too far gone for Florida, a state that should be impossible to shock, a state where the chief export is bizarre news.) The audit reported a host of problems: unreliable accounting,...
  • Stand Your Ground Could Spark Boycott (Sharpton, Trayvon's parents, etc.)

    03/10/2014 7:43:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Capitol News Service ^ | March 10, 2014 | Mike Vasilinda
    More than a thousand people marched on the state Capitol today demanding a repeal of Stand Your Ground legislation. When they left, they left with a threat. Led by the Reverend Al Sharpton, police estimate 1200 people came from as far as Miami with a common goal. “We’re trying to amend the Stand Your Ground law,” said Virginia Lawrence of College Park, GA. “Can you imagine all the injustice?” On stage, Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-Jacksonville) called the state and Stand Your Ground “stuck on stupid.” Trayvon Martin’s mother said she would not let her son die in vain. “Right is...
  • Plantation girl's emotional response to Obama hits news wires

    03/11/2014 5:12:26 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 54 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | March 10, 2014 | Anthony Man
    Freddi Newman, 16, of Plantation, was in the crowd Friday when President Barack Obama visited Coral Reef High School in southwest Miami-Dade County. The mostly student audience of 1,650 at the "mega magnet" school in the Richmond Heights community roared with excitement for the president.
  • National parties test their pitches in Florida's 13th District special election

    03/10/2014 8:35:53 AM PDT · by Kenny · 16 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | Mon March 10, 2014 | Deirdre Walsh,
    Clearwater, Florida (CNN) -- It's for just one congressional seat for about eight months, but Tuesday's special election in Florida has taken on huge political significance.National Republicans are framing Tuesday's special election as a referendum on Obamacare. But their message -- plus a flood of outside spending by Democrats focused on the issue of Social Security -- is drowning out other issues in the race, Republican candidate David Jolly says.His Democratic opponent, Alex Sink, isn't shying away from the health care debate, touting the law's benefits and saying she's open to improvements.Both parties are looking at this race as a...
  • #FL13: A late ‘surge’ for Republicans in tomorrow’s special election?

    03/10/2014 9:06:44 AM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 10 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 3/10/14 | David Freddoso
    One of the trends that had been worrying Republicans in tomorrow’s special House election in Florida — the partisan breakdown of absentee ballot returns — has reversed itself and may in fact be on its way to exceeding expectations for the GOP candidate, David Jolly...
  • Charlie Crist: God Bless’ Obama for Obamacare

    03/10/2014 9:22:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/09/2014 | Alec Torres
    Charlie Crist, the Republican-turned-Democrat running to reclaim the governorship of Florida, said that he doesn’t think the Affordable Care Act has “irreparably harmed” Floridians, and, in fact, “I think it’s been great.” Crist called health care a “civil right,” saying, “People need to have shelter, they need food, they need water, they need health care, and they deserve it.” When CNN’s Candy Crowley asked him about those who have undoubtedly lost their health care because of Obamacare, Crist said that’s “exactly why we have the Affordable Care Act. Exactly why is to make sure that they don’t lose it in...
  • National GOP turns on Florida candidate

    03/10/2014 8:19:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/7/14
    Their frustration had been mounting for weeks. But by late January national Republicans had had it with David Jolly, their candidate in Tuesday’s nationally watched Florida congressional special election. The candidate had just told the state’s top political reporter that he disagreed with an ad the party was airing against his Democratic opponent — a spot paid for with the nearly $500,000 the GOP had already spent on Jolly’s behalf....
  • Anti-Russians display controversial US Confederate flag in Kiev

    03/07/2014 12:30:30 AM PST · by Lattero · 18 replies
    PressTV ^ | Mar 7, 2014 | Caleb Maupin
    This was the flag of slave holding states in the United States that seceded in 1861, causing Civil War. Today the symbol is used by the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazi groups, and other organizations who are hostile to African-Americans. For the last several decades, protests have continued, demanding that this flag not be displayed in public places. Many people were greatly disturbed to see that the Confederate Flag is now being displayed, not in the United States, but in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine. Larry Holmes, a civil rights activist in New York City, explained why the flag is...
  • Michelle Obama promotes health insurance in Fla.

    03/06/2014 9:09:53 AM PST · by Biggirl · 18 replies ^ | March 6, 2014 | Associated Press
    MIAMI (AP) — With just weeks left to sign up for health care under the Affordable Care Act, Michelle Obama zeroed in on recruiting the crucial young adult demographic during a visit to a Miami community health center Wednesday. The first lady congratulated a handful of residents who had just enrolled during an intimate event, asking one woman whether she had gotten her son to enroll. "Tell him he could get hit by a car. It's crazy. They don't think about that kind of stuff," said Obama, who moments later applauded another mother for signing herself and adult son up...
  • Tampa Bay Times to begin employee buyouts

    03/06/2014 5:59:33 AM PST · by shortstop · 30 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 03/06/14 | Richard Mullins | Tribune Staff
    The Tampa Bay Times newspaper will begin offering buyouts to current workers in advance of a round of layoffs, according to company memos posted online. This comes as the St. Petersburg-based newspaper faces increasing financial strain and works with business consultants to “improve the company’s financial results.” Employees will have between March 10 and 24 to consider the packages, which could include up to 13 weeks of severance, plus two extra weeks, according to a memo sent to employees by Human Resources Director Sebastian Dortch that was posted on the website of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, which owns...
  • Democrat Alan Grayson Accused of Shoving and Hurting Wife in Domestic Dispute

    03/05/2014 7:17:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | March 5, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    One of our favorite unhinged Democratic Congressmen, Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida, has been accused by his wife of allegedly assaulting her during a domestic dispute. More from the AP: Florida U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson's wife has accused him of pushing her during an argument over the weekend, but he claims the allegations are a lie. The Orange County Sheriff's Office confirmed Tuesday that it was investigating a reported domestic violence incident between Grayson and his wife, Lolita, but no charges have been filed. Grayson's office released a statement denying his wife's accusations. Grayson says he never touched his wife,...
  • Students at Central Florida School Using Prom Money to Help Teacher Who Has Cancer: Report

    03/04/2014 5:40:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 | Source URL A web link to the original article Body of Thread HTML okay REQUIR
    Students at a central Florida high school are devoting their prom money to helping a popular math teacher who is very ill in his third round with cancer, WESH reported. The prom team at Pine Ridge High School in Deltona has taken on the moniker Team Charlie in honor of Charlie Lundell, who has been at the school since it opened 20 years ago, according to WESH. "He really cares about helping people learn and really wants us to be our full potential," junior class President Katie Buday said of Lundell, and students want to help him out. Now the...
  • Largo (Florida) police apologize for entering home without search warrant

    03/05/2014 6:56:40 AM PST · by rarestia · 35 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | Wednesday, March 05, 2014 | Josh Rojas
    Largo police have apologized for entering a home without a search warrant and kicking in a bedroom door at a transitional housing property where they believed vagrants had taken over an empty home, according to a Sergeant who was there at the time. The incident happened around noon on Sunday at a home located on 128th Lane N., in Largo, according to dispatch records. "We explained to them why we were there and why we were in the house," said Sgt. Andrew Hill. "(We) immediately told them that we were absolutely sorry for coming into the house." Tenant Keith Montgomery...
  • Intruder shot by person inside a North Port home

    03/04/2014 3:56:42 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 1 March, 2014 | Staff
    NORTH PORT (FOX 13) - A man who broke into a home in North Port was shot to death by someone inside the home. It happened just after midnight Saturday on Deming Avenue. Police say the intruder managed to get inside the home and that's when he was shot by one of the occupants.
  • Florida cops accused of using cellphone tracker without court permission

    03/04/2014 9:12:25 AM PST · by Ray76 · 40 replies
    SunSentinel ^ | Mar 4, 2014 | Adrienne Cutway
    Florida police officers are accused of using a cellphone tracking and monitoring device without court permission, saying the device was on loan and they signed a confidentiality agreement with the manufacturer.
  • Police, FBI investigating Muslim student’s bullying complaint (Haines City, FL)

    02/28/2014 12:02:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Bay News 9 ^ | Thursday, February 27, 2014, 7:00 PM | Jason Lanning
    A Polk County family says bullying may force them to pull their 14-year-old daughter out of school. Haines City Police said it has launched an investigation into the bullying, and the FBI is also looking into the complaint.Fourteen-year-old Zarah Habibulla says the bullying started last December when she began wearing a headscarf to school as part of her Muslim faith. Zarah said she is now scared to go to school after students have taunted her saying, “terrorist, yo we got some terrorists here we gotta run,” and “…I’m going to shoot you. I’m going to bomb you. You better watch...
  • Holiday shooting in chiropractor's office was self-defense, authorities say

    02/26/2014 9:31:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 18 February, 2014 | Alex Orlando
    HOLIDAY — On Monday morning, authorities say, 33-year-old Jaime Velez put on a pair of rubber gloves and slipped a gun into his waistband. He went to a chiropractic clinic to confront the man who snitched on him. Velez's girlfriend, who has not been named, was one of chiropractor Lenny Linardos' patients at West Coast Spine and Injury Center on U.S. 19, said Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco. Recently, Linardos told the woman that Velez was having an affair with an employee at the chiropractic office. Velez called Linardos and threatened him, Nocco said. Linardos, 46, took the threats seriously. Nocco...
  • Blind man acquitted in fatal shooting gets guns back

    02/22/2014 5:25:51 PM PST · by kingattax · 10 replies ^ | Feb 21, 2014
    A legally blind man who was acquitted in the shooting death of another man fought in court Thursday to get his guns back. John Rogers said he has the right to have both of his guns returned to him. While Judge John Galluzzo said he did not want to return the guns to Rogers, he said it was the law. Rogers' guns were confiscated by law-enforcement officers after he fatally shot a man. He was later acquitted. "I have to return property that was taken under the circumstance," Galluzzo said. "I have researched and haven't found case law to say...
  • Petulant Judge Returns Guns, Destroys Ammunition

    02/21/2014 9:25:10 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    This "old"  ammunition is safe and reliable In a well publicized case in Florida, former Marine John Rogers shot and killed a drinking buddy.  He said that he had been attacked after he asked the man to leave.  He retrieved a rifle, and said the man, James DeWitt, then charged him, giving him no choice but to fire.  The case gained some notoriety because Rogers is legally blind.  Rogers spent 22 Months in jail awaiting trail on a first degree murder charge.   Half way through the trial, the judge dismissed the charges under Florida's Stand Your Ground law....
  • Fracking Near the Everglades?

    02/21/2014 4:27:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 71 replies
    “Fracking,” a dangerous and destructive gas drilling technique, has used 250 billion gallons of water and 2 billion gallons of chemicals since 2005, according to a September report from Environment America Research & Policy Center, Environment Florida’s national federation. Unfortunately, some of those same impacts may be coming to South Florida near Big Cypress and the western Everglades. Last spring, an out-of-state drilling company applied for a permit to drill a 13,900 foot deep exploratory gas drilling well in close proximity to a relatively densely populated residential area known as Golden Gate, just miles from a string of parks created...
  • Florida Republicans plan protests at Charlie Crist book signings

    02/18/2014 5:52:08 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Don't tell anyone. This is supposed to be a secret. Of course sending an email is an odd way to keep a secret. South Florida Republicans are being urged to protest at former Gov. Charlie Crist's book signings this week in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. The email includes this note: please be careful who you forward to.  Oops. More from the email that went to Palm Beach and Broward Republicans: (this is the PB version with "sign waivers"). Charlie Crist is going to be doing a book signing and we need sign waivers to come out and rally against him. I know...
  • Crist: GOP Career Ended When I Hugged ‘Not Just a Democrat, [But] an African American’

    02/18/2014 7:39:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 17, 2014 - 3:21 PM | Barbara Boland
    Charlie Crist, a former Republican governor of Florida (now running for the position as a Democrat), was asked on “The Colbert Report” about his 2009 hug with President Barack Obama and Crist said the blowback he received for the hug was due to Obama being “not just a Democrat, [but] an African-American.” Crist appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” to discuss his book, “The Party’s Over.” As the summary on Comedy Central states, Crist was there to explain “how the rise of the Tea Party drove him to become a Democrat.” …
  • No, Florida's Stand Your Ground Law Did Not Determine Either Zimmerman or Dunn Cases

    02/17/2014 9:32:50 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    ABC ^ | 2/17/14 | Dan Abrams
    As in the case of George Zimmerman, acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin, the public outrage was often directed or misdirected, at the Florida law. Many, including legal commentators who should know better, repeatedly citing the statute as a crucial issue in both cases. And yet neither defendant invoked the controversial aspects of Florida's law. In fact, both defendants argued basic self defense law that would have been similar in just about every state in the nation. The relevant portion of the law of self defense in Florida reads: "A person is justified in the use of deadly force...
  • Cheap Gun Opportunity in Opa-locka Florida, June 2014

    02/12/2014 3:31:25 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
      A sparse take at the City of Opa-locka Gun Turn In Event, January, 2014. Photo  courtesey of There will be a gun turn in event in early June, 2014 in Opa-locka, Florida. While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The location for the event has not been announced.  At the last turn-in event on 25 January, only eleven guns were turned in, as shown in the picture above.  This is a semi-annual event, and the numbers were much higher in 2012, ...
  • Teens Run Wild During Florida State Fair's First Friday

    02/11/2014 5:49:26 AM PST · by Iron Munro · 63 replies
    Tampa Bay Timess ^ | ebruary 10, 2014 | Jessica Vander Velde
    TAMPA — The first Friday of every Florida State Fair brings droves of Hillsborough teens, who get the day off from school and free admission. And each year, shortly after sunset, dozens of unsupervised minors start stampeding through the midway, the Sheriff's Office says. They're fighting each other, robbing other patrons, stealing food and battering deputies. The phenomenon is so common, deputies even have a term for it: They call it "wilding." Authorities said the lawlessness is mostly confined to the first Friday. But they've never publicly shared details until Monday — after several media outlets, including the Tampa Bay...
  • Charlie Crist calls for end of Cuban embargo, Gov. Rick Scott responds

    02/10/2014 6:28:18 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, running to reclaim his old seat as a Democrat, told HBO’s Bill Maher Friday that he believes the Cuban travel embargo didn’t work and should be “taken away.” “[Cuba] has been held hostage by a small Cuban community in Florida for a very long time,” Maher said, adding that if politicians had the courage to stand up to those exiles, college kids would be going to Cuba for spring break next month. Crist agreed, saying it was the right thing to do. “I mean, the embargo has been there, what, 50 years now?” he said. “I don’t...
  • Did Charlie Crist Sell Judgeships?

    02/08/2014 6:17:52 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 2/6/14 | Roger Stone
    In elaborate testimony Wednesday, Fort Lauderdale Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein told a federal court how he had wielded influence over Charlie Crist while he was governor and used his role as a political appointee to a local judicial nominating commission to improperly ensure that Crist's personal favorites were nominated to the 4th District Court of Appeal and the Broward Circuit Court. Rothstein said he favored candidates who "were going to favor our law firm."
  • Young activist fights to bring deported mom back

    02/07/2014 7:49:56 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Feb 7th,2014 | By CHRISTINE ARMARIO
    MIAMI (AP) — He remembers the moment so clearly, the last time he saw his mother on American soil. Jose Antonio Machado was merely 15, too young and powerless to stop what was happening. His mother, Melba, was dressed in an orange jumpsuit, wrists in handcuffs, being led away by an immigration officer.
  • Florida Bill Would Protect First Amendment Firearms Rights at School

    02/06/2014 6:37:53 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    T- shirt banned at California school; image of hunter with rifle on right Image courtesy of HB709 has been introduced into the Florida house to protect students from abuses that have crept into the schools under the rubric of "zero tolerance".  Labeled in the old media as the 'Pop-Tart' bill, the proposed legislation actually provides some protection for what have become  egregious overreactions on the part of school administrators.   For example, the bill protects the wearing of shirts with pictures of guns on them, clearly a free speech issue, in reaction to the California case that made national...