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  • Police: Students ran high school prostitution ring

    11/27/2014 5:59:09 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 25, 2014 | Jared Leone
    VENICE, Fla. — Students at a Southwest Florida high school told administrators that two teens tried to recruit them into a "prostitution ring" and that one 15-year-old boy had been "pimping out girls," according to an arrest affidavit. By Tuesday, detectives in Venice, a small community in Sarasota County, had charged three people in connection with the case. A 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were charged with human trafficking and a 21-year-old man was charged with sexual battery on a victim older than 12. Police said he paid a 15-year-old girl from Riverview High School $40 and a bottle...
  • Elian Gonzalez: 15 years after his rescue, a quiet life

    11/25/2014 8:41:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 25, 2014 | Portia Siegelbaum
    Havana -- Fifteen years ago today two fishermen plucked an exhausted, frightened five-year-old tied to an inner tube out of the waters off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale. Elian Gonzalez, less than two weeks short of his 6th birthday, was the young Cuban boy whose rescue set off an international custody battle and reverberated in the 2000 U.S. presidential campaign. Now nearly 21 and out of the public eye, Gonzalez is studying industrial engineering at the university in his home province of Matanzas in Cuba.
  • Archaeologists Unearth 1,700 Year-Old Canal System Near Lake Okeechobee (Florida)

    06/07/2002 2:13:56 PM PDT · by blam · 117 replies · 4,771+ views
    Sun- Sentinel ^ | 6-6-2002 | Rhonda Miller
    Archaeologists unearth 1,700 year-old canal system near Lake Okeechobee By Rhonda Miller sun-sentinel.com Posted June 6 2002, 6:17 PM EDT ORTONA – Archaeologists on Thursday said they have uncovered a sophisticated 1,700 year-old canal system and a huge pond dug by ancient Indians near this tiny town, located west of Lake Okeechobee. The canal site is so important that it could rival the discovery four years ago of the mysterious Miami Circle ruins near downtown Miami, one expert said. Ortona, population 500, is located on Route 78 and is 13 miles west of Moore Haven. The town is sited just...
  • Police: Student led high school prostitution ring (in Florida)

    11/25/2014 6:03:06 AM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Plilly.com ^ | November 25, 2014
    Authorities in Florida say a 17-year-old Sarasota High School student organized a prostitution ring of students from nearby high schools. The teen was arrested Friday on felony charges of human trafficking of a person under 18. [Snip] Documents indicate the teen and at least one other student concocted the plan over the summer to prostitute teens for money and alcohol.
  • The Media and Republican Insiders Lash Out against Congressman Steve King

    11/23/2014 12:42:14 PM PST · by iowamark · 14 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 11/21/2014 | Craig Robinson
    I’m pretty sure that Iowa Congressman Steve King thought that his detractors would give it a rest for a while after he defeated his Democrat opponent by 24 points earlier this month.  Yet once again headlines like, “Stay away from Steve King,” have been published this week.  This time it’s not the liberals who are ranting and raving about King, its nameless “Republican insiders” and a conservative blogger from the Washington Post. On Tuesday, King announced that he is partnering with Citizens United to put on a 2016 presidential forum in Des Moines on January 24th called the Iowa Freedom...
  • FL: Gun Mufflers now Legal for Hunting Game

    11/23/2014 8:55:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted yesterday to remove an antiquated regulation that prevented hunters from protecting their hearing.   The regulation banned the use of gun mufflers for the taking of game.  From the nraila: Following the suppressor vote, the Commission also voted to authorize an Executive Order to lift the ban immediately and allow hunting with suppressors to begin at once.  Following that vote, Executive Order # EO 14-32 was signed. Using suppressor-equipped rifles, pistols and shotguns is now legal for all hunting in Florida. Map from American Suppressor Association. Using gun mufflers, sometimes referred to as...
  • Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects

    11/21/2014 9:30:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Week ^ | November 21, 2014 | Jon Terbush, associate editor
    On immigration, the GOP primary will have little room for nuance. President Obama on Thursday announced his much-anticipated executive action on immigration, and in doing so he lobbed a grenade squarely into the 2016 Republican primary race. Obama's order will reshape how the feds prioritize deportations of undocumented workers, shielding an estimated five million of them from being kicked out of the country. "We shall not oppress a stranger for we know the heart of a stranger — we were strangers once, too," Obama said, quoting scripture. By moving ahead solo before the new Congress is sworn in, Obama ensured...
  • GOP Introduces Bill That Would Enforce Ebola Travel Ban

    11/21/2014 9:28:47 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 21 replies
    Travel Pulse ^ | November 21, 2014 | Patrick Clarke
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is among a group of five Republican senators who introduced a bill this week that, if passed, would impose a travel ban preventing those in countries currently afflicted by Ebola from coming to the United States. A release on Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley's official website detailed the legislation. Rubio and Grassley are joined by Sens. Pat Roberts (Kan.), John Thune (S.D.) and Mark Kirk (Ill.). Under the proposed bill, people living in countries experiencing "widespread transmission of Ebola" as noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be unable to acquire a visa to...
  • Bill would make immigration executive action illegal

    11/21/2014 1:19:15 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    thehill.com ^ | November 21, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) has introduced legislation to establish that the executive branch doesn't have the authority to defer deportations of undocumented immigrants. President Obama's executive action is expected to affect as many as 5 million people in the U.S. illegally by expanding the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program and allowing parents of U.S. citizens or permanent residents to apply for work permits. Yoho said his bill, H.R. 5759, would essentially nullify the executive action. "An executive 'fix' of the law is unconstitutional, temporary, and will establish a very dangerous precedent," Yoho said. The Florida Republican argued that...
  • DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s statement on President Obama’s immigration action

    11/21/2014 1:36:25 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    yourhoustonnews.com ^ | November 21, 2014
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to President Barack Obama’s immigration announcement, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement: “I'm proud President Obama has taken bold, definitive action to enact meaningful change for so many families living in fear of being torn apart, an action which will also serve to boost our economy. This is a real step towards protecting families and our national security while optimizing our resources and improving as much of the immigration system as he legally can while Republicans in Congress refuse to act. “The American people are sick and tired of the GOP's...
  • 141 year old cold weather record falls in Jacksonville ( Florida )

    11/21/2014 6:34:48 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    WJXT ^ | Nov 20 2014 | Blake Mathews
    24 degrees breaks old record of 30 set in 1873. Thursday morning not only broke an "ancient" record from 1873, but we also dropped to the second coldest temperature ever recorded in the month of November in Jacksonville. According to the National Weather Service, for the second morning in a row, Jacksonville set a new cold weather record. Thursday mornings temperature dropped to a bone chilling 24 degrees breaking the old record of 30 degrees set in 1873. If that wasn't cold enough for you, Thursday's 24 degrees also marks the second lowest temperature ever recorded in the month of...
  • FLORIDA: HUNTING WITH SUPPRESSORS LEGAL EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

    11/21/2014 9:00:35 AM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 13 replies
    Today, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted unanimously to repeal the 57 year old prohibition on the use of firearm suppressors for taking deer, gray squirrels, rabbits, wild turkeys, quail, and crows. Following the passage of the new regulation, the Commission then voted unanimously to authorize an Executive Order to allow the measure to take effect immediately. Minutes later, Executive Order # EO 14-32 was signed, making hunting with suppressors for all animals in the state legal, effective immediately. The new regulation amends 68A-12.002 General Methods of Taking Game; Prohibitions by striking “silencer equipped” from the language.
  • Drunken bicyclist arrested at Florida Taco Bell drive-thru

    11/20/2014 1:59:56 PM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 28 replies
    Eyewitness News ^ | 11/20/14 | Staff
    NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- No bicycles in the drive-through lane. Police in Florida busted a man who insisted on getting his Taco Bell order, even though employees said no bikes were allowed. New Smyrna Beach police said Gabriel Harris, 33, was denied service in the drive-thru just after 3 am Sunday, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. The fast-food workers called the cops after Harris refused to leave.
  • CLOUT? 35 Anti-Keystone Pipeline Senators Mary Landrieu Helped Elect

    11/20/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 20, 2014 | Scott McKay
    When it came time for the US Senate to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) “clout” did not have much of an impact on fellow Democrat senators. In fact, 35 of the senators who voted against the project were given campaign cash by Landrieu since the 2008 election cycle. Take a look here at the list of senators who don’t seem to acknowledge Landrieu’s “clout.” Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) $10,000 Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-CT) $5,000 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) $10,000 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) $7,000 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) $10,000 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) $3,500 Sen....
  • Catherine Furst: 100-year-old belly dancer still has moves (w/video)

    11/19/2014 2:46:41 PM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    WPBF ABC 25 West Palm Beach, Florida ^ | November 18, 2014 | Erin Guy
    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Catherine Furst, known to her friends as Kay, turned 100 years old over the weekend. Furst isn't your typical senior citizen. She credits being kind and belly dancing to her long healthy life.
  • GUN CONTROL HEADS TO FLORIDA: Background Check Amendment Rumored to be in the Works

    11/18/2014 9:26:54 AM PST · by rktman · 12 replies
    girlsjustwannahaveguns.com ^ | 11/17/2014 | Regis Giles
    Looks like gun control is headed to the sunshine state. Hopefully this is going to be defeated or else citizen’s gun rights are going to be picked off, state-by-state. Voters in the state of Washington sidestepped NRA-friendly politicians on Election Day and approved a measure that requires background checks on all gun sales. A similar amendment could make its way to Florida, says Patti Brigham, who leads the League of Women Voters’ gun safety committee.
  • FL: Red light camera company sued over unconstitutional tickets

    11/17/2014 6:22:27 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Watchdog Wire ^ | November 14, 2014 | Josh Kaib
    Red light camera programs in Florida are in a state of flux after a Florida District Court of Appeals judge said the current system of issuing tickets is unconstitutional. On Monday, a class action lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Miami, seeking $5 million in damages from American Traffic Solutions, which operates most of the cameras in the state. The lawsuit also demands that ATS reimburse every driver who has paid tickets issued by the company. But its not the only lawsuit against ATS in the Sunshine State. So far, plaintiffs have filed three suits. ... this means...
  • Police Officers Draw Guns During Unannounced ‘Active Shooter Drill’ At Elementary School

    11/16/2014 8:33:28 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 63 replies
    CBS Tampa ^ | Nov 15, 2014 | Staff
    Students, teachers and parents were taken by surprise after an “active shooter drill” brought the Winter Haven middle school into lockdown as armed police officers burst into classrooms with their weapons drawn. Students at Jewett Middle Academy said they were terrified when police officers burst in the doors for a planned active shooter drill – but students and teachers are irked they were not told ahead of time. snip “We actually thought that someone was going to come in there and kill us,” the station quoted her as saying. But police say they conduct these drills for the absolute safety...
  • Dear Black People: The Democrats Are About To Break Up With You

    11/16/2014 5:43:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    For decades, the black vote in the United States almost uniformly has gone to Democrats. How’s that working out? Black unemployment is twice the national average, poverty rates are higher than before Democrats offered “help,” and the education system fails a disproportionate number of black children. That’s what 50-plus years of blind voting loyalty to Democrats has earned. And, thanks to those same Democrats and the nation’s first black president, it’s about to get a lot worse. President Obama is set to legalize upwards of 5 million illegal aliens, with the dream of granting amnesty and citizenship to 6 million...
  • Dem Congressman: Hatred Of Obama Only Reason Republicans Won

    11/15/2014 2:18:46 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 65 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | November 13, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Florida Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson, the 17th richest Member of Congress with a net worth of $26 million, whose wife and children are currently on public assistance, took to his blog Wednesday to opine on why his party was beaten so handily in the midterm elections. It wasn’t policy, it wasn’t the economy, it wasn’t jobs, it was hatred of President Barack Obama. In a post on his blog entitled, “The issue was Obama-hatred,” and featuring a picture of the president as the devil, the Democrat attacked the American people for having the attitude of, in his words, “We hate...
  • In Great Lakes States, Union Retribution Fizzles

    11/14/2014 7:55:46 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/10/2014 | Tom Gantert
    In December of 2012, in the aftermath of Michigan’s Republican Legislature passing a right-to-work law, thousands of union members from around the state participated in a teleconference where their leaders promised “retribution” against the GOP. One union member wondered if Democrats took control of the Legislature, “Could we shove it right down their throats?” Al Garrett, president of Michigan AFSCME Council 25, shot back: “If we were to change the composition of both houses, where we were the majority and had the governor, no question we would be able to get rid of it right away. … In November of...
  • Man Killed While Protecting Kids: Police

    11/14/2014 6:17:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    A man trying to help children in Miami's Allapattah neighborhood was shot to death Thursday evening, police said. Several people were in front of an apartment building when a yellow Ford Mustang drove erratically around the group, which included children who were playing, according to Miami police. The victim, Brad Flowers, 24, shouted at the people in the car to try to stop in an effort to protect the kids. ....someone inside the car fired a shot at the man which hit him in the head.
  • CAIR Accuses Public U.S. College of Anti-Muslim Bigotry

    11/13/2014 2:48:25 PM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 13, 2014
    The terrorist front group that coerced federal and local law enforcement agencies in the United States to change the way they conduct terrorism training is also wielding its power to control what occurs in the nation’s public schools, including large taxpayer-funded universities. It’s a distressing power grab by a wealthy and politically-connected group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), that promotes itself as the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy organization. The truth is that CAIR is a terrorist front group with extensive links to foreign and domestic Islamists. It was founded in 1994 by three Middle Eastern extremists (Omar Ahmad, Nihad...
  • United Way study finds working families struggling to get by

    11/13/2014 9:51:03 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 11/11/14 | JENNY STALETOVICH
    Almost half the residents of Florida, including much of the state’s glitzy southern half, are barely getting by, living below the federal poverty level or struggling to pay for food, housing, childcare and other basic needs, according to a United Way study released Tuesday.
  • Blind Man: Cops Arrested & Ditched Me By Side Of The Road

    11/13/2014 8:12:15 AM PST · by redreno · 12 replies
    http://miami.cbslocal.com ^ | November 12, 2014 | Jim DeFede
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — On August 27th at approximately 8:30 pm, four plain clothes Miami Dade Police officers pulled onto a dead end street in South Dade and arrested three young black men. The scene was captured on video camera. According to the police report, the three men were arrested because officers claimed to see them passing what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette. When the officers approached, they said they found a marijuana cigarette on the ground near where the men were standing.
  • Florida State's Jameis Winston hearing delayed two weeks

    11/13/2014 7:25:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | November 12, 2014 | Kevin Vaughan
    A hearing to determine whether Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston violated Florida State University rules the night he was accused of rape has been delayed two weeks, FOX Sports has learned. The hearing had originally been scheduled for next week, but an attorney advising Winston asked for a delay in the proceedings and it was granted by the retired Florida Supreme Court judge who was brought in to hear the case. Major Harding, the former judge, pushed it back to Dec. 1 after a conference call Wednesday afternoon with representatives of both Winston and the woman who alleged that he...
  • Children of Civil War Veterans Still Walk Among Us, 150 Years After the War

    11/13/2014 5:52:24 AM PST · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    National Geographic ^ | November 11, 2014 | David A. Lande
    How many people alive today can say that their father was a Civil War soldier who shook hands with Abraham Lincoln in the White House? Fred Upham can. Despite sounding like a tall tale and a mathematical impossibility, it's documented truth. Fred's father, William, was a private in the Union Army's Second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He was severely wounded at the First Battle of Bull Run, in 1861, and later personally appointed by President Lincoln to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Fred's in exclusive company—the dwindling group of children of soldiers who fought, North against South, 150...
  • DOJ Flails Again in Efforts to Charge George Zimmerman

    11/12/2014 7:21:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | November 12, 2014 | Andrew Branca
    Taaffe to testify to Grand Jury that he couldn’t be sure “racist call” was from Zimmerman.Earlier this month we posted news that Frank Taafe, a self-proclaimed “friend” of George Zimmerman, was going to testify before a Grand Jury that he now believed Zimmerman had a racist motivation for the shooting of Trayvon Martin. This news came just days before the hotly contested November 4 election in which the Democrats took the same kind of beating that Trayvon delivered to Zimmerman, but without the benefit of being armed. (See: Key Witness for Zimmerman Grand Jury Changes Story.) Taaffe’s Grand Jury appearance,...
  • Nascar SCS Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Spdwy Sunday November 16 on ESPN at 3:00 PM ET

    11/11/2014 5:21:35 PM PST · by ican'tbelieveit · 279 replies
  • Gate gas station clerk killed after armed robbery

    11/10/2014 2:58:35 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 9 replies
    WOKV ^ | 11/10/2014 | Letisha Bereola
    Busch Drive on Jacksonville’s Northside is popular with customers and its clerks are too. “We come here every morning, every day for gas and coffee; my kids come here a lot,” said Randi Estrada, a customer. JSO said at least two armed persons robbed the store around 5:30 Sunday morning.
  • Concha: Wasserman Schultz’s Time As DNC Chairwoman About to Expire

    11/07/2014 1:05:33 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 11-6-14 | Joe Concha
    When mentioning the most polarizing figure in the Democratic party outside of the president himself, that one person who creates a visceral reaction every time he or she speaks, one of the following contestants is invariably in the running for top prize: A) Eric Holder B) Susan Rice C) Charlie Rangel D) Debbie Wasserman Schultz But with Holder on the way out, Rice (thankfully) muted lately after a series of unintentionally comical Sunday talk show appearances, and Rangel stuck somewhere between stupid and 1866, first prize falls to the DNC Chairwoman — who may be forced to update her LinkedIn...
  • Wasserman Schultz: Republicans Are Scarier Than Ebola, ISIS (video)

    10/27/2014 9:59:19 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 49 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 27, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    Wasserman Schultz was asked by State of the Union host Candy Crowley if the Democrats' message for 2014 is Ebola and ISIS are scary but Republicans are a lot scarier. Wasserman Schultz agreed. "So we've heard this in previous elections, too extreme, too extreme their Tea Party, we can't work with them," CNN host Candy Crowley said. "So, it seems that the Democrats' overall message is yes, ISIS is scary. Yes, Ebola is scary but Republicans are a lot scarier." "Well, that's right," Wasserman Schultz said. "Cory Gardner is a sponsor of a bill that would prevent women from being...
  • Wasserman Schultz: Democrats have midterm ‘problem’ but ‘we know we’re right on the issues’

    11/09/2014 6:16:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 11/09/14 | George Bennett
    Let the soul-searching begin. “Our party has a problem,” says Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Broward County congresswoman and Democratic National Committee chairwoman, in a new video responding to her party’s midterm shellacking by the GOP. **SNIP** “We know we’re right on the issues. The American people believe in the causes we’re fighting for. But the electoral success we have when our presidential nominee is able to make the case to the country as a whole doesn’t translate in other elections. That’s why we lost in 2010. And it’s why we lost on Tuesday. We’ve got to do better.”
  • Elderly Florida man fined again for feeding homeless

    11/08/2014 4:31:25 PM PST · by Mortimer St. Hubbins · 180 replies
    WORLD Mag ^ | November 6, 2014 | Leigh Jones
    Do-good fine. Police in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., again cited a 90-year-old man for feeding the homeless in a public park, in violation of a city ordinance. Arnold Abbott, who runs a ministry called Love Thy Neighbor Inc., was first cited on Sunday along with two pastors working with him. They face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler said the ordinance is not designed to punish the homeless or those who serve them but to balance the needs of all the city’s residents. Abbott, who has been working with the homeless for...
  • Commodore Young takes command of Navy's newest ships (Littoral combat ships in Mayport FL)

    11/08/2014 10:55:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Fremont Tribune ^ | November 8, 2014 | Chris Zavadil
    A Fremont native is playing a key role in a historical transition taking place in the U.S. Navy. Capt. Paul D. Young on Friday became the first commodore of LCS Squadron 2, a new unit created by the Navy to launch a class of ships that is still under construction. Young assumed his leadership post during a command establishment ceremony at the Mayport Naval Station in Florida. The task before him is nothing less than building the new squadron from the ground up, and then overseeing six new Littoral Combat Ships as they are put to sea. His first two...
  • Congrats, South Florida, You Re-Elected Gov. Rick Scott by Not Showing Up to Vote

    11/07/2014 8:50:02 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 57 replies
    The Miami News Times ^ | Nov. 5, 2014 | Tim Elfrink
    There's a meme that's been going strong on Reddit's Florida page all summer. It shows Rick Scott and Charlie Crist side-by-side with the caption "Giant Douche Versus Turd Sandwich." That South Park reference seemed to resonate especially in Democrat-rich South Florida. As Riptide noted yesterday, local Facebook feeds and Twitter updates were rich with cynical "Why bother?" messages because of the matchup. Sure enough, Miami-Dade had the worst turnout in Florida yesterday, with Broward not far behind. In a razor-tight election, the result of that voter apathy in those left-leaning bastions became clear by around 10:30 last night: Gov. Rick...
  • HOPE AND CHANGE’ GIVE WAY TO FEAR AND LOATHING

    11/01/2014 3:30:50 PM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Human Events ^ | October 30,2014 | John Hayward
    The New York Times put together a little article about some of the disgusting race-baiting attack ads run by frenzied Democrats in the fading days of the midterm election season. It’s not really surprising that the Times would find nothing terribly objectionable about this – the Paper of Record’s eyebrow is raised a bit, but not enough to make its monocle fall out – but it’s a sobering reminder of how very, very different the rules for Democrats are. They can be as nasty as they want to be, without fear of the media making them pay much of a...
  • What's next for Charlie Crist? [Florida Dem Party In Shambles]

    11/06/2014 7:36:42 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 103 replies
    Herald Tribune ^ | 11/5/14 | Zac Anderson
    Democrats bet big on Charlie Crist’s bid for governor, and his loss Tuesday is not only a potential career-ending outcome for one of Florida’s most prominent political figures of the last two decades, but also another gut check for a party at a low point in statewide influence... Democrats lost six seats in the state House of Representatives, giving the GOP a super majority. The partisan makeup of the state Senate did not change, but Republicans are still just one lawmaker shy of their all-time high. Additionally, every Cabinet position — governor, attorney general, chief financial officer and agriculture commissioner...
  • ISIS reportedly demands $6.6M for release of 26-year-old American woman

    08/27/2014 8:37:24 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/27/14 | Fox News
    Islamic State militants are reportedly demanding $6.6 million and the release of a U.S. prisoner before they will free a third American hostage held by the group, an unidentified aid worker. A source confirmed to Fox News that the aid worker is a 26-year-old woman from the West Coast. They did not provide further details, but ABC News reported that the woman, whose relatives have requested she not be identified, is the third of at least four Americans known to be held by the extremist Muslim organization. American journalist James Foley was executed by the group in a video that...
  • US Sen. Rubio urges Obama to wait on immigration

    11/05/2014 9:54:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 5, 2014 5:13 PM EST
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio urged President Barack Obama to hold off using executive authority to overhaul immigration regulations, saying reform should be gradual and come only after authorities clamp down on illegal immigration. “Taking executive action will set back the opportunity to make progress,” Rubio told reporters in Spanish on Wednesday during a two-day trip to Colombia. His comments echoed those by incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a day after Republicans took control of the Senate. …
  • Wow! Just Wow!

    11/06/2014 4:17:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    I’d almost forgotten to write this column. I’m sitting here watching election returns, and I am just stunned. Massachusetts? Maryland? MARYLAND?!?! Forget the Senate for a minute, or the massive Republican majority in the House, and think about the fact that Republicans did so well in the gubernatorial races across the country. In Michigan, after passing a “Right-To-Work” law, Gov. Rick Snyder wins handily. Union money and muscle plus President Obama campaigning against him couldn’t sink a man with the Twitter handle @OneToughNerd. Speaking of unions, no one had a bigger target placed on their back by the unions than...
  • The buzz: Is Charlie Crist finished in politics?

    11/05/2014 12:32:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 11/5/2014 | By Gary Stein
    It is time for Charlie Crist to realize the simple truth: He doesn’t inspire people to come out and vote. Yes, he was once a popular governor of Florida. But times change, Crist changes, and the electorate changes. And it is time for him to realize his political career, at least as an elected official, really doesn’t have much future. He lost four years ago when he left the Republican Party and became an independent to run for U.S. Senate. Marco Rubio left him in his dust. Tuesday night, against a vulnerable Gov. Rick Scott who not long ago was...
  • Florida governor election 2014: Obama cuts another radio ad — this time for Charlie Crist

    11/04/2014 8:23:42 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    politico ^ | 11/4/14 | James Hohman
    Charlie Crist is quietly running a last-minute radio ad from President Barack Obama on Florida radio stations with large African-American audiences. “Don’t let anyone or anything keep you from voting,” the president says in the ad.
  • Wolf defeats Corbett

    Democrat Tom Wolf, a businessman from central Pennsylvania, was elected governor Tuesday in his first campaign for political office. Republican Tom Corbett became the first incumbent governor to lose reelection in the state's modern history. "We need to restablish education as the priority in the state of Pennsyvlania," Wolf said, speaking to supporters at the York Expo Center shortly after 10 p.m., after thanking Corbett for his service to the state.
  • MSNBC: ‘Old White People’ in the South Who Vote Republican Are ‘Going to Die Someday’

    11/04/2014 7:36:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 4, 2014 | David Rutz
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Liberal MSNBC contributor Jimmy Williams said the “old white people” in the South who vote Republican are “going to die someday” and hopefully usher in a new era of Democratic rule in the region. Host Krystal Ball, a former failed Democratic congressional candidate, asked Williams whether white Southerners should just be written off by the party, but Williams said never, saying that since they are “for people” and Republicans aren’t, they would eventually win the day. “Mitt Romney only won South Carolina with 53 [percent], John McCain with 52,” he said. “That’s a changing South. Those old white people? They’re...
  • Joe Garcia defeated in traditionally Cuban American Florida District, GOP Picks up seat

    11/04/2014 7:07:53 PM PST · by StopDemocratsDotCom · 3 replies
    This one was one of the most competitive races
  • AP: Rick Scott defeats Charlie Crist in tight race for Fla. governor

    11/04/2014 8:15:56 PM PST · by GonzoII · 28 replies
    AP ^ | Nov 04 2014 04:55:30 PM EST Updated 3 m
    Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott has won re-election, turning back former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist -- who was trying to return to office as a Democrat. The Associated Press declared Scott the winner Tuesday night with nearly all precincts reporting. He held nearly 49 percent of the vote to Crist's nearly 47 percent.
  • Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott Wins Re-Election As Crist Will Reportedly Call For Recount

    11/04/2014 8:21:12 PM PST · by RightGeek · 33 replies
    CBS Tampa ^ | 11/4/2014 | CBS staff
    The Associated Press declared Scott the winner Tuesday night with nearly all precincts reporting. He held nearly 49 percent of the vote to Crist’s nearly 47 percent. WTSP-TV reports that Crist will not be giving a concession speech and will be calling for a recount.
  • Aspiring chef, 19, was 'stabbed to death by 15-year-old neighbor who used her own knife to kill her'

    11/04/2014 11:08:44 AM PST · by Teotwawki · 84 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | November 4, 2014 | David McCormack
    A 15-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a young woman who was found stabbed to death at her Florida home five months ago. Nicole Franco, 19, who worked as a pastry chef at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, was murdered in her own bed on June 3. DNA testing has lead the investigation to D'Marcus Tucker, 15, a neighbor at the gated Bridgewater Place apartments in Oakland Park. Tucker was charged on Monday with one count of first-degree murder.
  • Crist campaign files motion to extend voting hours in Broward County

    11/04/2014 4:01:47 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 41 replies
    My Fox Tampa Bay ^ | 11-4-2014 | Tampa Bay Staff
    <p>Charlie Crist's campaign has filed a motion to extend voting hours in Broward County.</p>