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  • FL: Couple wins Gunfight with Intruder

    08/19/2014 3:32:36 PM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The  intruder broke in the back door, which had a deadbolt lock.  He then chased the wife, and started fighting with the husband, who was still in bed when he heard the wife's cries for help.   The intruder, Marquise Trevel  Yates, had a gun, but initially used it as a bludgeon.  It is unclear exactly how many guns were involved, or who fired how often.  From news4jax.com: According to the police report, Coker retrieved his personal firearm and exchanged gunfire with Yates. Coker's wife, Pam, also fired her personal handgun at Yates, who died at the scene. Later, this...
  • Charlie Crist To Feds: Don’t Kick The Undocumented Off Obamacare Coverage

    08/15/2014 6:07:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/15/2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Charlie Crist, the Democratic nominee in Florida’s governor race in November, says the Obama administration shouldn’t require proof of immigration status for Obamacare sign-ups. “We need to make this law work for the people depending on it, and the President should suspend this requirement so that no American citizen loses their health insurance due to a bureaucratic requirement,” Crist spokesman Brendan Gilfillan told Politico Thursday. Over 310,000 Obamacare customers have failed to provide proper documentation on their citizenship or immigration status to the Obama administration, after the federal government contacted them between five and seven times about discrepancies in the...
  • FL: Gun v. Car: Gun Wins

    08/14/2014 6:31:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Hummers are very capable vehicles, but like all machines, they are not more capable than  the people operating them.  In Fort Worth, Florida, a man spent all day drinking and getting a tattoo done.  When he decided to leave, he started driving erratically over the lawn and neighbors driveway.   When the lawn's owner started screaming, the neighbor grabbed a firearm of unidentified make and caliber/gauge. The neighbor fired one shot that deflated the front passenger tire; Gonzolez-Lopez backed up, then started toward them.   The neighbor then shot out the passenger side rear tire.   The Hummer driver retreated and drove...
  • 2006 Charlie Crist viciously attacks 2014 Charlie Crist in new attack ad!

    08/12/2014 9:58:12 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 8/12/14 | Moe Lane
    This was, of course, inevitable. Democrats across Florida heard a mysterious recorded call over the weekend that seemed aimed at attacking likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. The voice in the recording? Charlie Crist. “Hi, this is Charlie Crist calling to set the record straight. I’m pro-life. I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants, I support traditional marriage, and I have never supported a new tax or big spending program. It’s sad that in his fourth try for governor my opponent has resorted to distortions and untruths. … Floridians need a consistent, conservative governor that they can trust. I would appreciate...
  • The Fastest-Growing States For Tech Jobs [Republican led Texas & Florida]

    08/12/2014 8:09:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/7/14 | Susan Adams
    What state is adding technology jobs at the greatest rate? My guess would have been Washington, where Seattle has become a center for cloud computing....[but it is behind]....No. 1, Texas, No. 2, Florida,
  • Charlie Crist: Rick Scott 'raised property taxes' [Even Politifact says "Mostly False!]

    08/11/2014 4:54:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 8/9/14 | Joshua Gillin
    PolitiFact Florida checked into Charlie Crist’s statement and found that tax revenue has increased because of rising property values.
  • Court rules Florida doctors may NOT harass patients about gun ownership

    08/06/2014 8:53:25 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 19 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/6/14 | Doug Book
    In 2011, the State of Florida passed a law popularly referred to as “Docs vs Glocks” which prevents doctors meddling in the gun ownership prerogatives of their patients. Why would such a statute be necessary? The following is a portion of a policy statement included on the website of the American Academy of Pediatrics: “Until handguns are banned, we recommend that handguns and handgun ammunition be regulated, that restrictions be placed on handgun ownership, and that the number of privately owned handguns be reduced. Firearms should be removed from the environments where children live and play …” Uppermost in the...
  • Jeb Bush quietly ramping up potential presidential bid

    08/06/2014 7:13:21 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 67 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/31/14 | Ian Mohr
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been traveling to New York in the past month to quietly meet with high-flying business leaders to ramp up interest in a potential presidential bid, sources tell Page Six. “He’s been meeting with groups of up to 15 people at private homes to tell them about some of his moderate points of view,” a source said.
  • AZ;FL;CT:Three Gun v. Knife Incidents in a Day

    08/05/2014 9:17:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 45 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Gun v. knife defenses are fairly common, but usually the person with the knife realizes that they are outclassed by someone with a gun, and runs away.   To have three such cases where the person with the knife is shot,  in one day, is uncommon.  It may mean that more self defense cases are being covered; it may simply be a statistical fluke. The most dangerous situation for a defender facing someone with a knife, is to not know that their opponent is armed until they are under assault.  The first case involves alleged defense of another in Phoenix,...
  • Suni Sands [FL], for a time:

    08/02/2014 5:52:29 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 6 replies
    tcpalm ^ | 7-31-14 | Kit Bradshaw
    They're older and live in one of Jupiter's most beautiful spots — Suni Sands. The community is 80 years old. Other parts of Jupiter are younger, and have been recognized by the Jupiter Town Council. But Suni Sands' 80-year-anniversary wasn't celebrated by anyone but those who live in this community of about 110 homes. RESIDENTS AWARE The residents of Suni Sands know that Charles Modica has purchased this mobile home community, the land under their mobile homes, and that their rent between $600 and $900 a month could end if and when Modica decides to develop the property. What they...
  • FL: Armed Citizen Prevents Carjacking

    07/31/2014 7:44:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    An armed citizen in Bradentown, Florida stopped an attempted carjacking when he fired a round at his own vehicle during the attempt.   Apparently there were two suspects.  One was in another car.  When the victim showed that he was armed by firing a shot, one carjacker took off in another vehicle, abandoning his accomplice, who fled on foot.   From bradenton.com: The victim said he was carjacked at gunpoint while sitting in front of the CVS Pharmacy at 4302 Cortez Road at 4:26 a.m. Wednesday, according to a release. The victim said he obtained a gun and fired at...
  • Fla. mom arrested for allowing 7-year-old son to walk to park alone

    07/30/2014 6:13:49 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 77 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7-29-2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    "I honestly didn’t think I was doing anything wrong. I was letting him go play,” she told the station. As Dominic was passing by a public pool, lifeguards asked him where his mother was. “They asked me a couple questions, and I got scared so I ran off to the park and then they called the cops,” Dominic said. Police found the boy in the park playground playing with other children. He had a cellphone around his neck that was given to him by his mother, a police affidavit said. Police took the boy home and the mother was arrested...
  • Warm Water Sparks Flesh-Eating Disease Warning in Florida

    07/29/2014 11:36:50 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/29/14 | KATIE M
    Home> Health Warm Water Sparks Flesh-Eating Disease Warning in Florida Jul 29, 2014, 12:12 PM ET By KATIE MOISSE Katie Moisse More from Katie » Katie Moisse Health Editor via Good Morning America PHOTO: Crescent Beach in Sarasota, Fla. is pictured in this file photo. Florida Officials Warn About Deadly Bacteria in Water Next Video Flesh-Eating Bacteria Survivor Gets Service Dog Auto Start: On | Off Florida health officials are warning beachgoers about a seawater bacterium that can invade cuts and scrapes to cause flesh-eating disease. Vibrio vulnificus –- a cousin of the bacterium that causes Cholera –- thrives in...
  • Florida poll: Most back legal marijuana

    07/28/2014 4:56:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/28/14 | Jonathan Topaz
    A majority of Florida voters support legalization of recreational marijuana, a new poll says. According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, 55 percent of Florida voters back legal possession of small amounts of recreational pot, compared with 41 percent who oppose it.
  • Federal court upholds Fla.'s docs vs. glocks law (good news)

    07/26/2014 11:02:57 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 33 replies
    WBTW News 13 ^ | 07/25/2014 | AP
    A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't violate the doctors' First Amendment free speech rights. The ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta overturned a previous decision that had declared the law unconstitutional. An injunction blocking enforcement of the law is still in effect, however. By a 2-1 decision, the appeals court upheld the law as a protection of patient privacy rights and said that the limits imposed by it were...
  • (Florida) Rep. David Jolly backs same-sex marriage ruling

    07/22/2014 8:12:29 AM PDT · by rarestia · 19 replies
    Bay News 9 ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Staff
    U.S. Rep. David Jolly said Monday he supports the recent decision striking down a Florida gay marriage ban. A Republican, Jolly said that while he believes in traditional marriage because of his Christian faith, he also thinks government should support gay marriage. In an interview with partner newspaper the Tampa Bay Times, Jolly (R-Indian Shores) described himself as "a 41-year-old less-government conservative," and said same-sex marriage is "an issue of less government and personal liberty." During a Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 televised campaign debate earlier this year, Jolly was asked about the issue and said, "I believe God saw...
  • Daytona Beach father beats man he found raping child, police say

    07/18/2014 10:55:50 AM PDT · by magellan · 107 replies
    Daytona Beach News Journal ^ | July 18, 2014 | Patricio G. Balona
    DAYTONA BEACH — A Daytona Beach father who walked in on a man sexually battering his 11-year-old son Friday said he did what he had a right to do and beat the man unconscious leaving him in a puddle of blood, according to a 9-1-1 call. "I just walked in on a grown man molesting ...," the upset father told a dispatcher. "And I got him in a bloody puddle for you officer." Police responding to the Daytona Beach home at 1:07 a.m. Friday after the father called them found Raymond Frolander, 18, of Holly Hill lying motionless on the...
  • Florida State Surgeon General Letter to HHS Regarding Unaccompanied Children

    07/18/2014 9:56:11 AM PDT · by Politico2isBack · 72 replies
    Florida Department of Health ^ | July 18, 2014 | Dr. John H. Armstrong
    July 18, 2014 Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20201 Craig Fugate, Administrator Federal Emergency Management Agency U.S. Department of Homeland Security 500 C Street SW Washington, DC 20472 Secretary Burwell and Administrator Fugate: The Florida Department of Health has received unconfirmed reports that the federal government is bringing unaccompanied minors from the border to Florida today. On July 17, we received unconfirmed information that dozens of children were being brought by plane into Miami on Friday. This same day, ABC news reported that "the federal government is so...
  • ‘Do You Know Who the [edited] I Am?’ FL Cop Pulls over the Wrong Guy…

    07/17/2014 12:19:31 PM PDT · by blueplum · 40 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | July 15, 2014 7:38pm | Josh Feldman
    A Miami cop pulled someone over last month on a routine traffic stop, but the ensuing mess resulted in an internal investigation because it turns out the man this police officer pulled over was actually a higher-ranking officer in the same police department. Officer Marcel Jackson pulled over Lieutenant David Ramras and things got intense really quickly. In a video captured on Jackson’s GoPro camera, you can see them fighting and Jackson forcing Ramras to the ground. Other officers nearby run up to....(video at link)
  • Florida Reaction to same sex ruling

    07/17/2014 12:35:33 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 7/17/14 | Alex Leary
    Attorney General Pam Bondi said she would appeal, and spokeswoman says: "With many similar cases pending throughout the entire country, finality on this constitutional issue must come from the U.S. Supreme Court." Sen. Bill Nelson: "We’ll see whether the state appeals. Meantime, as I’ve said, I believe it's wrong to discriminate against any class of people including on civil marriage.” Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist: "Today was a great step towards equality in Florida. It is my hope that Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi will accept the decision of the judge and allow all Florida adults to marry...
  • Democrat Charlie Crist turns to South Florida for a running mate [Chairwoman of Miami Rats]

    07/17/2014 8:44:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Crist turned to voter-rich South Florida Thursday to tap a running mate. Crist's campaign announced he had picked Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, a Colombian-American and chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, to be his lieutenant governor nominee -- provided he wins the primary
  • EXCLUSIVE — Charlie Crist’s Mysterious Nigerian Connection Drops $100K in Florida Governor Campaign!

    07/17/2014 8:25:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Gossip Extra ^ | 7/16/14 | Jose Lambiet
    A mysterious Nigerian businessman whose empire is under scrutiny for its ties to a jailed, corrupt African politician has emerged as one of Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist‘s biggest campaign donors, Gossip Extra has learned exclusively. Onajite Okoloko, an oil executive turned fertilizer manufacturer with a sprawling property in Boca Raton, has donated $100,000 to Democrat Crist’s campaign so far this year, according to state campaign records.
  • Insider Story on Jacksonville Gun Turn In (buy backs)

    07/15/2014 5:51:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Jacksonville, Florida has been running gun turn-in "buy back" events for a bit over a year now. The events stand outside of the norm for a number of reasons. First, they are funded by a private donor. Second, the money offered is at the low end for these events - $50 for all types of guns. Third, the Sheriff's Office, which runs the events, specifically reserves the right to determine if guns are "collectible". Those guns are not destroyed. While it is to the credit of the Sheriff's Office that it does not wantonly destroy valuable guns, I have...
  • Florida's Reform of Gun Law Already Working

    07/12/2014 7:16:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    An armed citizen stopped a deadly knife attack with a warning shot.  Under the new law, that went into effect a few days ago, he can be certain that he will not be charged. Specifically, the new bill is the "Threatened Use of Force" bill, which was passed by legislators after scrutiny of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.   That scrutiny  revealed that prosecutors were using the mandatory sentencing law to pressure people who believed they had acted in self defense, to plead out instead of going to trial.  A wide variety of groups, from the Unified Sportsmen of...
  • FL: Black "Zimmerman" Finally Vindicated

    07/11/2014 1:29:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Gabriel Mobley Gabriel Mobley and a friend, Jose Correa, were attacked without provocation in February, 2008, as they stood on a sidewalk outside a restaurant.    Jose had his eye socket fractured by the first punch thrown in the surprise attack.   As the first attacker danced back after delivering the blow, the second of the team of attackers rushed the victims.   Mobley said that he saw the second attacker reach under his shirt.   He drew his legally concealed Glock pistol and fired at the attackers.   Both were hit and died of their wounds.   All of this was captured on...
  • FAA Investigating Drone-Shot Video of Fireworks over West Palm Beach

    07/09/2014 4:51:02 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 29 replies
    palm beach post ^ | 7-8-14 | Kristen Daum
    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH — A man who flew a drone into a fireworks show over West Palm Beach and captured stunning video that went viral over the weekend might have to answer to federal investigators. The Federal Aviation Administration said the video is “under investigation.” “The FAA is looking into multiple incidents in which unmanned aircraft flew into fireworks displays to determine if there was any violation of federal regulations or airspace restrictions,” the agency said in a statement to The Palm Beach Post. Punishments can include “a verbal warning and an order to stop...
  • Spring Break: Totally Rad Photos from the '80s

    07/04/2014 10:12:23 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 47 replies
    weather.com ^ | n/a | Camille Mann
    Some great photos.
  • FL: Jacsonville Gun Turn in "buy back" brings in Private Buyers, 693 Guns

    07/03/2014 8:39:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In the photo above, there are a couple of what appear to be nice Smith & Wesson revolvers worth hundreds of dollars each. There was a gun turn in event held at Jacksonville, Florida on the 28th of June.  693 guns were turned in for the low, low price of $50 each.  The event was also known by the propaganda term "buy back".   There were no guns "bought back" because the people buying the guns had never owned them before.   Last year, it was noted that there were a large, active group of private buyers, including a contingent from...
  • Florida sheriff defends acquisition of surplus MRAP

    07/02/2014 5:59:31 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 74 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 30, 2014
    Florida sheriff defends acquisition of surplus MRAP Published June 30, 2014 Associated Press DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. – A decision by one Panhandle sheriff's office to purchase a military surplus MRAP is being criticized by some residents. The Northwest Florida Daily News reports that the Walton County Sheriff's office bought the mine-resistant and ambush-resistant MRAP for just the $2,500 cost of delivery. Sheriff Mike Adkinson says the heavy-duty vehicle will protect his officers in dangerous situations. But some residents told the newspaper that the military vehicle is an unnecessary show of force in their largely rural county.
  • Vet Could Lose Home For Displaying Small US Flag In Front Yard

    06/27/2014 6:06:29 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 54 replies
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A veteran could lose his home because of a small American flag he has placed in a flower pot in front of his home.
  • DHS Ransacks couple's home without explanation, strips woman naked

    06/26/2014 9:43:47 AM PDT · by Altariel · 83 replies
    Police State UsA ^ | June 20, 2014 | Site Staff
    HOMESTEAD, FL — EXCLUSIVE — A Florida couple was traumatized after a dozen heavily armed SWAT agents crashed through their front door, flash-banged their cat, aimed rifles at them and searched their home without explanation. * * * * * The raid took place in the pre-dawn hours of June 10th, 2014. At approximately 6:16 a.m., Kari Edwards and her live-in boyfriend were intruded upon by men dressed in full SWAT gear and wielding rifles. After smashing down the couple’s front door, agents tossed concussion grenades and proceeded into the home. “They busted in like I was a terrorist or...
  • Tea Party sinks to new low with attacks on gay pride attendees (Broward County, FL)

    06/26/2014 4:53:32 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 43 replies
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | June 25, 2014 | Michael Mayo
    When I heard some local Tea Party zealots had worked themselves into a frothy lather over a Republican political misstep, I naively assumed it was over the revelation that Gov. Rick Scott had been spotted at a Fort Lauderdale Starbucks sipping a chai tea with soy milk, cinnamon and Truvia. I mean, a conservative can lose his Fox News Karl Rove Card for that. Next thing you know, the guv will be slapping a Sierra Club bumper sticker on a new Prius and swapping NPR for Rush on his auto-tune. Of course, branding someone a liberal because of a beverage...
  • Florida Reignites Voter Suppression (Afro Reports)

    06/26/2014 7:08:16 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 19 replies
    The Afro ^ | 6/25/14 | Zenitha Prince
    The roots of modern-day voter suppression is buried in Florida, and it grew and blossomed during the 2000 presidential elections. “Florida is the state where awareness of how serious flaws in elections administration could result in voters being disenfranchised developed,” said Marcia Johnson-Blanco, coordinator, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.votersuppression2 The critical role of Florida in deciding the presidential contest between Republican candidate George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore, and the narrow margin by which the outcome was decided shined a global-sized spotlight on the state, revealing several election irregularities. Before the elections, state officials...
  • Broward Republicans attacked for participating in gay pride parade (Fl)

    06/25/2014 4:16:58 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 24 replies
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | June 24, 2014 | Anthony Man
    Two of Broward’s top Republicans are being attacked by a faction of their own party for participating in this past weekend’s gay pride parade in Wilton Manors. The critics are going after County Commissioner Chip LaMarca, the only Republican on the nine-member commission, as he campaigns for re-election in November. They’re also targeting Heather Brinkworth, who was appointed to the School Board by Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Brinkworth is a Republican; School Board seats are officially nonpartisan. She is running to retain her seat in the Aug. 26 election. Their participation in the annual gay pride parade was reported in...
  • Cheap Guns Opportunity: Jacksonville Florida 28 June 2014

    06/25/2014 6:20:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There will be a gun turn in event on Saturday, 28 June, 2014 in Jacksonville, 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 event will be held at North Jacksonville Baptist Church, 8531 N. Main Street.  The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $50 will be exchanged for firearms.  In a new twist, the Police Athletic League will also recieve $50 for each firearm turned in.    People are supposed to be able to turn in firearms "no questions...
  • Fla. cop fired after friend uses patrol-car speaker to heckle public

    06/24/2014 4:50:06 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Police One ^ | Tonya Alanez
    The drunken, inappropriate remarks and catcalls coming from the loudspeaker of a marked Broward sheriff's patrol car had bystanders scratching their heads and dialing 911. It was after 2:30 a.m. on a weekend when the first of several 911 callers reported two young men, not in uniform, driving a marked patrol car through the lively Las Olas and Himmarshee bar-hopping districts with the loudspeaker blaring.
  • Crist criticized for “flip-flop” after scrapping visit to Cuba

    06/24/2014 4:17:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 6/23/14 | STEVE BOUSQUET
    Charlie Crist has scrapped plans to go to Cuba this summer, citing time demands in his campaign for governor and delays in getting federal permission to visit the island nation. “I had to make a decision,” Crist said. “We’ve got to win this thing, and we can’t sap any more of my time or staff’s time to the detriment of victory. … I need to stay focused on Florida.” Crist’s about-face was immediately called a “flip-flop” by Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign, and it follows a recent poll that showed his July plans were not popular with Cuban-American voters in Miami-Dade,...
  • Miami police: Up to 10 people shot, 2 dead in Liberty City shooting

    06/24/2014 3:43:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 6/24/14
    As many as 10 people were shot Tuesday morning, killing two according to Miami police. Five people were taken to the hospital and two people died in the shooting outside an apartment building, Miami police spokeswoman Frederica Burden said. One of the victims was a teenage girl, CBS4 reported.
  • 5 Reasons Conservatives Should Not Vote for Jeb Bush

    06/24/2014 12:59:24 AM PDT · by summer · 15 replies
    My opinion | june 27, 2014 | summer
    It's been so long since I've posted here I've almost forgotten how. But I am posting this thread because some people may remember I once supported Jeb Bush. I don't any more. There are more than five reasons why I think conservatives should not vote for Jeb Bush, and, frankly, why no one should vote for Jeb Bush. Here are five reasons, and I realize some of you may find these somewhat odd or weird. Others may understand completely: (1) Jeb Bush is a phoney in that he is not in any way, shape or form interested in following God's...
  • FL: Governor Scott Signs Reform of "Stand Your Ground" Law

    06/23/2014 4:34:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The media coverage given to the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case, and the attention paid to Florida's "stand your ground" law, resulted in the legislature considering flaws in the law.   They passed a reform bill that was signed by Governor Rick Scott yesterday, 20 June, 2014.  From tallahassee.com: The legislation, which marks one of the most significant changes to the state’s self-defense laws since the 2012 killing of teenager Trayvon Martin, was one of nearly 60 bills signed by Scott on Friday. The state mandatory sentencing law, the "10-20-life" law, was being used by some prosecutors to obtain plea bargains...
  • Florida Hospital owner admits it violated federal law

    06/18/2014 7:46:04 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 4 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 5/28/2014 | Marni Jameson
    Adventist Health System, which owns Florida Hospital, acknowledged in financial documents that its pay arrangements with some doctors broke federal law. The nonprofit health system, which owns seven hospitals in Central Florida and 44 nationwide, told the U.S. Department of Justice that it violated the federal Stark Law, which prohibits doctors and hospitals to have agreements that allow doctors to gain financially from referring patients to the hospital for tests or procedures. ... Settlement talks for the second part of the case, which alleges the hospital engaged in a pattern of unnecessary hospital admissions for more than a decade, will...
  • Florida high court slaps red light cameras, but not much changes

    06/16/2014 3:33:27 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 2 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | June 16 2014 | William Patrick
    Opponents of red light cameras just got a little help from some new friends — the Florida Supreme Court. But they shouldn’t get too excited. The high court ruled Thursday that Florida cities didn’t have the authority to use red light cameras to ticket motorists prior to 2010, or until the state Legislature enacted laws specifically allowing them. Tens of thousands of fines are invalidated as a result, but it’s not likely ticketed motorists will get their money back unless they legally challenged their citations. Christopher Torres, a defense attorney at Casey & Torres, a Tallahassee law firm, told Watchdog.org...
  • Florida Gov. Scott signs late term abortion bill

    06/13/2014 1:56:06 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 16 replies
    Town Hall ^ | June 13 2014 | Town Hall
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Abortions will be illegal in Florida if a doctor determines that the fetus could survive outside the womb. Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Friday that redefines that state's current third trimester abortion ban. Current law prohibits abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother's life is at risk. The new law will require woman to have a doctor determine whether a fetus is viable before having an abortion. The law takes effect July 1. It keeps an exception if a mother's life is at risk or to prevent irreversible physical impairment of a mother's...
  • Florida’s Largest Gay Rights Group Endorses Crist

    06/13/2014 5:09:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 6/12/14
    Charlie Crist has been endorsed by Florida’s largest gay rights group in his run for Governor.... Equality Florida officials made the announcement at a visitors center for gays and lesbians in Miami Beach, citing Crist’s current support for same-sex marriage and ongoing legal efforts to overturn the state’s ban on the unions.
  • Florida flag house: Bradenton home painted with giant American flag in defiance of city

    06/05/2014 9:21:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    WPTV-TV ^ | 6/5/14 | John Rogers
    A Bradenton family says they've been hounded by code enforcement, and they've had enough.... Brent Greer and his wife are doing a little redecorating. The new paint job is unmistakable - the front of the home is a massive flag. Brent Greer hopes it sends a message. He said, "I painted it to remind the city and all that live here that this is America. This is a free country. This is my home. This is not a shrine to Riverview Boulevard."
  • Vanity: Laws about health insurance in FL

    06/04/2014 8:45:38 AM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 4 replies
    vanity | July 4, 2014 | self
    I have a female relative in FL who has been working full-time for a day care operation since January. They have about 30 teachers and such. They provide a health care plan to full-time employees, and all but my relative have been offered access. They claim they don't have the money to put her on the plan now, and keep putting her off that they'll get her on when they can. Is this legal, and if not how can she proceed to make them do what they should?
  • Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi responds to editorial on same-sex marriage

    06/04/2014 6:37:07 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 6/3/14 | Pam Bondi
    In 2008, Florida voters amended their state constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. In response to a recent challenge to this provision, and in keeping with my sworn duty to uphold the laws of the land, my office recently filed a legal brief defending the voters' decision.
  • Florida man snaps photograph of bear lounging in hammock

    05/31/2014 7:43:47 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 38 replies
    Knox News ^ | 5-30-14 | WFTV Staff
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — After making its way through a Daytona Beach neighborhood Thursday, a black bear took a moment to rest before ambling back into the woods. Resident Rafael Torres told Channel 9 that he followed the bear through his neighborhood until it clambered into a hammock behind a home on Glenbriar Circle.
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