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  • (Florida) Rep. David Jolly backs same-sex marriage ruling

    07/22/2014 8:12:29 AM PDT · by rarestia · 17 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.
  • Auto dealer owner shoots teen who tries to steal car, deputies say

    05/29/2014 4:49:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 120 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | 5/28/14 | Peter Burke
    Detectives say Jonas Charles ambushed teens who returned to lot after stealing keys.... Instead of waiting for authorities to arrive, Charles took the law into his own hands and ignored the 15-year-old's plea not to shoot him, detectives said. Charles then chased the wounded teen, yelling at him and firing another shot while on the phone with a BSO dispatcher, detectives said.
  • IMPORTANT GOP House Primary Races: And How You Can Help (South & Midwest)

    05/15/2014 1:52:48 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 54 replies
    THIS IS FOR THE SOUTH AND MIDWEST (NORTHEAST, WEST, AND CALIFORNIA are in separate threads and updates are coming, see links below) This is an update of previous threads. There are numerous important House Primary Races! And places where we can WIN! PLEASE contribute! And if you can't contribute money ... the least we can do is go to their pages and give them a "like" or a tweet. All of these candidates are involved in primaries that are close (or could be close) against generally more moderate or liberal Republicans. All of these districts are winnable in November. Georgia:...
  • John Morgan: the bombastic, omnipresent lawyer fueling Florida's 2014 election

    05/14/2014 11:39:39 AM PDT · by shove_it · 18 replies
    Tampa Bay News ^ | 29 Nov 2013 | Adam C. Smith
    ~snip~ Insecurity runs deep, even for a bombastic multimillionaire who leads the country's largest personal injury law firm, has hosted President Barack Obama at his 18,000-square-foot mansion and is poised to be the most important man in Florida politics this election cycle other than Charlie Crist and Rick Scott. Morgan, 57, is leading a high-profile ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in Florida for medical use, and he's a key adviser to former Republican Gov. Crist's unprecedented campaign to win back the Governor's Mansion as a Democrat. Some wealthy middle-aged businessmen bag trophy wives; Morgan goes for trophy lawyers, and Crist...
  • The Trouble With Rubio

    05/14/2014 8:13:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 05/14/2014 | David Harsanyi
    On Sunday, Marco Rubio informed Jonathan Karl on ABC’s This Week that he was ready to be president. “I think a president has to have a clear vision of where the country needs to go and clear ideas about how to get it there,” he went on. “And I think we’re very blessed in our party to have a number of people that fit that criteria.” And, as the National Review’s Eliana Johnson reports, the one-time Tea Party favorite is also now a favorite of the “establishment” – due mainly to his willingness to champion immigration reform and his...
  • Trouble in Florida: DCCC-endorsed Candidate Suddenly Exits Race (Jolly has no opponents now)

    05/13/2014 9:06:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 13, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    Democrats in Florida's 13th Congressional District are in trouble. When the candidate the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hoped to nominate refused to run, leaving them with the less-than-ideal option of endorsing a non-party affiliated political novice with an embellished resume, they held their noses and did so anyway. But that was a mistake. The man they went out on a limb for -- and endorsed -- dropped out of the race today: Adam Smith @adamsmithtimes Dems' candidate to take on @DavidJollyCD13 - Ed Jany - is dropping out. Cites work conflict, days after we found holes in resume claims 11:19...
  • Sen. Marco Rubio: Yes, I'm Ready To Be President (But Is He Constitutionally Eligible?)

    05/12/2014 8:52:33 AM PDT · by Sam Troy · 58 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 11, 2014 8:45am
    a 42-year-old freshman senator, but when asked by Jonathan Karl on “This Week” if he’s ready to be president, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida answered without hesitation. “I do … but I think that’s true for multiple other people that would want to run … I mean, I’ll be 43 this month, but the other thing that perhaps people don’t realize, I’ve served now in public office for the better part of 14 years,” said Rubio. “Most importantly, I think a president has to have a clear vision of where the country needs to go and clear ideas about...
  • Miami FL: "Little Haiti" Gun Turn (buy back) a Bust

    05/06/2014 12:03:52 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Two shotguns, three rifles at the Phoenix event "Buy back" is a propaganda term, as the guns were never owned by the people who buy them at these events.  I should not be surprised that a gun turn in event held by Miami Police in "Little Haiti" did not net much in the way of results.   It was not well advertised.   I routinely search for such events, and I missed it.   It was held for only four hours on Saturday, which is not that unusual, but it is unusual for the event to be so poorly advertised that I...
  • Pensacola, Florida, Is A Waterworld After Being Hit With 2 Feet Of Rain [PHOTOS]

    04/30/2014 7:03:57 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    BI ^ | 4-30-2014 | Pamela Engel
    Pensacola, Florida, Is A Waterworld After Being Hit With 2 Feet Of Rain [PHOTOS] Pamela Engel April 30, 2014, 9:00 AM   Pensacola, Florida, was submerged under more than 2 feet of water overnight as flash floods hit the area. Alabama was also hit by heavy rain, and much of downtown Mobile is flooded, according to the Weather Channel. The downpour is part of the same weather system that has brought dozens of tornadoes to the Midwest and the South, NBC News reports. Downtown Pensacola flooded:(Click to the site for more photo's)
  • Charlie Crist Out Front of Rick Scott Big in Q-Poll

    04/30/2014 4:50:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 4/30/14 | Kevin Darby
    Unlike other polls which show a narrowing race, Quinnipiac University released a poll of registered voters Wednesday morning that finds former Gov. Charlie Crist, the leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate, with a solid lead over Republican Gov. Rick Scott.... The Q-poll relies, it should be pointed out, on a sample of 31 percent Democrats and 25 percent Republicans, an unusually low percentage of GOP voters in an off-year election..... "Florida voters think former Gov. Crist is more compassionate, more honest and trustworthy and was a better governor than Gov. Scott,” Brown said. “The difference may be simple: voters like Crist, whose...
  • Florida Critical Alert: Sheriffs Still Attacking Second Amendment Rights

    04/29/2014 10:13:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    NRAILA ^ | 28 April, 2014 | Marion Hammer
    On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, SB-296 by Senator Jeff Brandes will be heard on the Senate Floor.  The Senate needs to substitute the House bill, HB-209 and pass it without amendments. SB-296 Mandatory Evacuation is the Senate version of HB-209 that has been under constant attack by the Florida Sheriffs Association and continues to be under attack in the Senate. The bill was under attack in Senate Community Affairs Committee and Senator Darren Soto (D-Kissimmee) succeeded in passing an amendment for the Florida Sheriffs Association to strip out essential language.   SB-296 Firearms/Mandatory Evacuations is a bill to allow law-abiding citizens...
  • Florida: 3,000 Voter Registrations List a UPS Store as a Residence

    04/25/2014 6:48:12 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 33 replies
    dr rich swier ^ | April 25, 2014 | Gregg Prentice
    Voter Fraud? If they’re not catching the easy stuff, what else are they “missing”? Are some of Florida’s Supervisors of Elections skirting the law? Supervisors are tasked with maintaining an accurate voter roll. One of the requirements on the Supervisors is to ensure that voters provide a legal residence address. Yet a December 2013 analysis shows more than 3,000 voter registrations statewide listing their residence address at a UPS store, potentially illegally. Florida Law is clear and, with minor exception, requires that voter registrations listing other than an address of legal residence should not be accepted, because they are “ineligible”...
  • Florida Blue: Health Law Enrollments 'Exceeded Expectations' But Premiums May Rise In 2015

    04/24/2014 10:38:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | April 23, 2014 | By Daniel Chang and Patricia Borns, Miami Herald
    Most of the consumers who bought a private health plan from Florida Blue through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges between October and April were previously uninsured — one of many factors potentially leading to higher premium rates in 2015, according to a senior executive. Jason Altmire, senior vice president of public policy for Florida Blue, cited familiar reasons for a likely rise in rates next year. Altmire said “most” Florida Blue consumers who signed up for exchange plans have paid their first month’s premium, which is required to activate a plan. But he said many consumers remain uneducated about...
  • Fl Congressman Bill Young's widow says she won't support Jolly

    04/24/2014 5:38:25 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 21 replies
    WFLA ^ | 04/23/2014 | Lauren Layk
    The widow of Congressman C.W. Bill Young says she no longer supports the man who campaigned as a “Bill Young Republican” and was elected to her husband’s seat in the House of Representatives. “No, I won’t support him,” Beverly Young said in an interview with News Channel 8. It’s quite a switch for Young, who appeared in a Jolly commercial and with him at the rally to announce his candidacy for Congress. But Young is disappointed and upset that Jolly did not hire more of her husband’s staff to carry on what they started under the 22-term congressman, who died...
  • A Day After Tea Party Victory in FL, Liberal Media Claims ‘Establishment’ Victory For GOP

    04/24/2014 5:23:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    tpnn,com ^ | 4/23/14 | Greg Campbell
    day after the Tea Party-backed candidate, Curt Clawson, won the Republican primary in Florida’s 19th congressional district, the liberal media has worked to downplay the significance of the Tea Party in heating up around the country in anticipation of the 2014 midterm elections. In fact, according to The Wire, the GOP has “successfully” squashed the Tea Party rebellion within the GOP. Nobody tell Republican favorites Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz or Mike Lee this… Of course, the certainty of the future direction of the Republican Party remains in flux and while Clawson’s victory is a tremendous win for the Tea...
  • Jeb Bush: ‘I’m thinking about running for president’

    04/23/2014 1:34:14 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 225 replies
    Jeb Bush: ‘I’m thinking about running for president’ By Cristina Corbin Published April 23, 2014 FoxNews.com Jeb Bush said Wednesday he's "thinking about running for president," in his most direct statement yet about a possible 2016 run. The former Florida governor spoke at a Catholic school benefit in New York Wednesday morning. He previously has said he'll make a decision on whether to run for president before the end of this year, making clear that he was considering the possibility. But his comments on Wednesday appeared to be more direct. Asked what his "immediate plans" were, he said, according to...
  • Two killed, Two Injured In Tampa Park Shooting

    04/21/2014 10:01:54 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 20 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | April 20, 2014 | Caitlin Johnston
    Bullet casings and plastic Easter eggs lay scattered in the grass after a gunfight broke out Sunday in a park crowded with families and children celebrating the holiday. When police arrived at Alfred "Al" Barnes Jr. Park around 5 p.m., two young men were dead and two others were rushed to Tampa General Hospital with serious injuries. A person dressed as the Easter bunny, who had been entertaining families earlier, joined children behind crime scene tape as investigators combed the scene. "It was a family day," said Lt. Ronald McMullen, a spokesman for Tampa police. "We had been in and...
  • E.J. Dionne: Jeb Bush’s optimism is something the GOP needs

    04/21/2014 7:34:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 44 replies
    lenconnect.com ^ | 4/21/14 | E. J. Dionne
    There is a rule in American politics: Hope and optimism nearly always defeat fear and pessimism. The Republican Party faces a long-term challenge in presidential elections because it is defining itself as a gloomy enclave, a collection of pessimists who fear what our country is becoming and where it is going. The party’s hope deficit helps explain why there’s a boomlet for Jeb Bush, a man who dares to use the word “love” in a paragraph about illegal immigrants. The flurry doesn’t mean that the former Florida governor is even running for president, let alone that he can win. But...