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  • An Arab-American Brutalized — by Palestinian Police

    07/09/2014 4:34:00 PM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | July 8, 2014
    An Arab-American visiting the disputed (West Bank) territories is brutalized by the police–yet the Obama administration, the United Nations, and the international community are all silent. Say what? No, we’re not talking about Tariq Abu Khdeir, the 15-year-old from Florida who threw firebombs at Israeli policemen last week and received, in return, a black eye and a fat lip. Tariq’s injuries have of course received enormous international attention, including a huge photo on the front page of The New York Times (top of the fold). The Obama administration has announced that it is “profoundly troubled” that Tariq was roughed up,...
  • Miami-Dade Police Urge Residents To Arm Themselves After Possible Budget Cuts

    07/10/2014 10:58:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    WSVN News .. TruthRevolt ^ | 7.10.2014 | Yehuda Remer
    "If the mayor’s not going to provide security....get yourself some firearms because you’re going to have to protect yourselves" . John Rivera, president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, has warned Florida residents to arm themselves because the police are not coming. Speaking to WSVN News, Rivera said, “If the mayor’s not going to provide security, then my recommendation, as an experienced law enforcement officer for nearly 40 years, is either buy yourself an attack dog, put bars on your windows and doors and get yourself some firearms because you’re going to have to protect yourselves.”
  • Exclusive: Florida man’s boat stolen to ferry illegal immigrants; DHS does nothing

    07/10/2014 10:46:21 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 11 replies
    allenbwest.com ^ | July 10 2014 | LTC Allen B. West
    The situation unfolding at our southern border is beyond disturbing – but border security is not only a problem for Texas and Arizona. It even reaches here to Florida — and it’s not new. Mike Fimiani, a fellow Floridian, shared with me his personal story from 2013 when his boat was stolen, taken to Cuba, and most likely taken to Mexico with a cargo of illegal immigrants. Mike writes, “When I hear President Obama and other Democrat leaders claim our border is secure it infuriates me. I have attached a Homeland Security photograph of my boat cruising off the...
  • Court: Cops can't stop drivers based on the color of their cars [FL]

    07/10/2014 1:22:14 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 145 replies
    Yahoo! Autos ^ | 7/9/14 | Justin Hyde
    "Probable cause" has long been one of those terms that made the jump from legal jargon to household term, especially with regards to drivers who get pulled over. The struggle over what that allows on American roads — and what it doesn't — took a new turn last week with a Florida ruling that threw out a conviction stemming from a police officer who found something wrong with the color of a car. In 2010, a deputy in Florida's Escambia County saw one Kendrick Van Teamer drive by in a bright green Chevrolet. The deputy ran his plates, and found...
  • Public defenders fired for anti-Arab postings

    07/08/2014 8:28:50 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 7/8/14 | Brittany Wallman and Rafael Olmeda
    Two Broward County assistant public defenders were fired Tuesday for Facebook comments calling Palestinians "cockroaches" and "filthy swine." Bruce Raticoff and Gary Sheres both lost their jobs, as outrage built after the Sun Sentinel published an article including the Facebook comments a week ago, Public Defender Howard Finkelstein said. The remarks from the two mens' personal Facebook accounts last week were posted under an item about Palestinians allegedly celebrating the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teen boys. The killings were blamed on the Islamic militant group Hamas. "They are the filthy swine they don't eat. Their ignorance to the...
  • Florida wins $7 million for wasting $47 million in food stamp funds

    07/08/2014 8:55:59 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 8 July 2014 | Marianela Toledo
    MIAMI, Florida—once again is getting a hefty bonus from the feds “saving” taxpayer’s money. This year, the state’s Department of Children and Families managed to misspent only $47,829,887 in food stamp benefits. That’s out of almost $6 billion the state received from the federal government. Nevertheless, Florida’s error rate of .81 percent the second lowest in the nation, and only a slight dip from the previous year when the state received $8 million for having the lowest in the nation at 0.7 percent. Vermont had the highest waste rate at 9.66 percent, while the national average was 3.2 percent. “We...
  • Fatal shooting by Pasco detectives protested

    07/07/2014 4:30:02 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 2 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 7/7/14 | GARY S. HATRICK
    About 125 family and friends of Jerry Brown marched down Fifth Avenue in the rain Sunday afternoon to protest after the 41-year-old was fatally shot last week by Pasco County sheriff’s detectives. Detectives said they shot Brown on Tuesday during an undercover drug deal near Big Ben Tires, 4128 Gall Blvd., where Brown was employed. The sheriff’s office said detectives were arresting Brown, a Lakeland resident, for selling prescription drugs. Brown was later found to be unarmed, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said. On Sunday, protesters chanted “Justice for Jerry” as they walked and carried signs. Some wore T-shirts printed...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EDT, WOR AM, July 7-11, 2014

    07/07/2014 8:55:12 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 793 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | July 7-11, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    Call The Rush Limbaugh Show program line between 12 Noon and 3PM Eastern Time at: 1-800-282-2882 E-mail Rush: ElRushbo@eibnet.com Fax Rush at: 212-445-3963 Write a letter to Rush and mail it to: The Rush Limbaugh Show 1270 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020 Join This Ping List Now! Click Here To Join this Ping List! Image by Cool Text: Free Logos and Buttons - Create An Image Just Like ThisAND NOW . . . amidst billowing clouds of fragrant, aromatic first- and second-hand premium cigar smoke. . . it is time for . . . that harmless, lovable...
  • New 9/11 records offer tantalizing puzzle pieces

    07/06/2014 5:34:22 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 30 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 5, 2014 | Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
    An ongoing lawsuit has pried loose new records linked to a family of Sarasota Saudis who left home in a hurry just before 9/11. It was Halloween night, 2001. The horrors of 9/11 were still fresh on the the minds of Americans. At a time when everyone was on edge, the sight of a man disposing documents in a dumpster behind a Bradenton storage facility aroused suspicion. Summoned to the scene, Manatee County sheriff’s deputies confronted the man, who had a Tunisian passport. According to FBI records, authorities searched the dumpster and found “a self-printed manual on terrorism and Jihad,...
  • The 10 most corrupt states in the U.S.

    07/05/2014 7:59:38 PM PDT · by deport · 102 replies
    Fortune.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Chris Matthews
    New research takes a look at decades of corruption convictions to find the crookedest states in the union. When we think of government corruption (as one tends to do), our biased minds often gravitate to thoughts of military juntas and third world governments. But, of course, corruption is everywhere, in one form or another. And it’s costing U.S. citizens big time. A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University estimates that corruption on the state level is costing Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per year, or 5.2% of...
  • Crist's Name Removed from Daytona Race Car

    07/05/2014 4:40:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Saturday, Jul 5, 2014
    Crist's name was going to appear on Josh Wise's No. 98 car, but the decals were removed Friday because of a complaint by the Republican Party of Florida alleging that the sponsorship violated campaign finance laws.Decals bearing the name of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist have been removed from a car competing in the Coke Zero 400 after Florida Republican officials complained. Crist's name was going to appear on Josh Wise's No. 98 car, but the decals were removed Friday because of a complaint by the Republican Party of Florida alleging that the sponsorship violated campaign finance laws, according to...
  • Democrats Courting Florida's Changing Cuban Voters

    07/05/2014 9:48:32 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 7 replies
    News Max ^ | July 5 2014 | News Max
    When Charlie Crist went to Miami's Little Havana recently, the Democratic candidate for governor of Florida stood before a crowd and said what few politicians have in decades of scrounging for votes in the Cuban-American neighborhood: End the trade embargo against Cuba. "If you really care about people on the island, we need to get rid of the embargo and let freedom reign," he said, shouting above a small band of protesters who responded with chants of "Shame on you!" Crist's supporters cheered louder. It was a scene inconceivable just a few years ago, when politicians were careful about what...
  • Biz executives pay fines for Florida vet facing eviction over flower pot flag

    07/04/2014 4:09:34 PM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 4, 2014 | FoxNews
    In an act of patriotism this Fourth of July, a pair of business executives has paid the fines for a Florida veteran who faced foreclosure for displaying a small American flag in a flower pot on his front stoop. The two senior executives for Los Angeles-based Lear Capital had read the story of 73-year-old Larry Murphree, of Jacksonville, whose homeowners association at Tides Condominium at Sweetwater began hitting him with fines of $100 a day last year for violating his homeowners association’s flag display rules, and have offered to pay the bill which has climbed into the thousands. Along with...
  • Casey Anthony Lives Like a Hermit, ‘Wants to Speak Out’: Lawyer

    07/04/2014 11:04:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, July 3, 2014 | Philip Caulfield
    Three years after her conviction, Anthony is still living like a recluse, rarely leaves her home in an undisclosed Florida city and has been totally cut off from her family, her attorney told CNN.Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder, but she's still serving a life sentence. Three years after a jury found the accused murder mom didn't kill her 2-year-old daughter, Anthony, now 28, is still in hiding in Florida and has been cut off from her family, her lawyer says. "She has to live constantly on guard. She can't go out in public," Cheney Mason told CNN in a...
  • You Won’t Believe What These Americans Think We Celebrate on Independence Day (Video)

    07/04/2014 10:58:20 AM PDT · by montag813 · 30 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-04-2014 | TRN
    Radio show host Edward Woodson, took to the streets of South Florida to ask it’s citizens what we celebrate on the 4th of July.We need to seriously examine what we teach our kids in schools, and immigrants in the so-called “civics” tests they are required to take before becoming U.S. citizens. Brace yourselves... WATCH:
  • Orphan Davion Only who became famous is thrown out by adoptive parents

    07/04/2014 6:37:08 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 July 2014 | By Associated Press
    The orphaned Florida teen whose impassioned plea for a family to 'love him forever' prompted an outpouring of sympathy from around the country has been removed from his foster home following a physical altercation with another child and the father. After 16 years of floundering in foster care, after taking the pulpit at a St. Petersburg church last September asking someone - anyone - to adopt him, after his story was shared around the world and 10,000 people offered to help or take him home, Davion Only moved to Ohio in March to live with the parents who had promised...
  • Hurricane Arthur

    07/03/2014 4:02:22 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 103 replies
    NHC/NOAA ^ | 2 July 2014 | NHC/NOAA
    Arthur becomes the first hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season. Independence Day travelers and revelers up and down the U.S. Atlantic coast are eying the path of the storm. Forecast models are in good agreement that Hurricane Arthur will dampen July 4th festivities along the N.C. Outer Banks. Mandatory evacuation of the Outer Banks has begun. Warm waters from the Gulf Stream are adding fuel to the storm development. Sea Surface TempsPublic Advisories
  • Florida State Attorney Wants $180,000 For Grieving Mothers’ Open Records Request

    07/03/2014 12:53:23 AM PDT · by lilyramone · 11 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | July 3, 2014 | Chuck Ross
    A Florida mother who believes her daughter was murdered wants answers, and the office of Florida state attorney Angela Corey wants nearly $180,000 to provide them. Angel King submitted a public records request to Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit state attorney’s office seeking records from Corey and the circuit’s medical examiner, Dr. Valerie Rao — all in an effort to get to the bottom of the Nov. 2009 death of her daughter, Natasha Boykin, which was ruled a suicide.
  • CHARLIE CRIST AND THE ONE PERCENT

    07/02/2014 4:47:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    In an earlier political life, then Republican Charlie Crist made a fuss about being a conservative when that was the label necessary to win Florida primaries and general elections. The most recent example of this being his failed attempt to out-conservative Marco Rubio for a U.S. Senate nomination in 2010. When elections were not imminent, Crist mostly favored the label of “populist.” He even made up and encouraged the saccharin sobriquet of “the people’s governor” when he, to the surprise of many, held that office for four years. Now that he’s an Obama Democrat and all-progressive all the time, we...
  • Rep. David Richardson wins re-election after GOP challenger bounces qualifying check {FL}

    07/02/2014 12:14:03 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 10 replies
    SaintPetersBlog.com ^ | 07/02/2014 | Peter Schorsch
    State Representative David Richardson won re-election on Tuesday after the Florida Division of Elections disqualified his Republican opponent, Laura Levey, because her qualifying check was returned for insufficient funds. “I just got a call from the Florida Dept. of Elections and was notified that my Republican opponent’s check covering the election filing fee has ‘bounced,’ ” Richardson wrote on his Facebook page. “She has been disqualified and as of today I AM THE OFFICIAL UNCHALLENGED WINNER in my re-election to the Florida House of Representatives District 113.” “You just can’t make this stuff up,” said Richardson. Legislative candidates may qualify...
  • Lawyers argue for repeal of Florida’s same-sex marriage ban [Hearing today]

    07/02/2014 8:49:59 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/02/2014 | ZACHARY FAGENSON
    Lawyers representing a half dozen same-sex couples suing Miami-Dade County for the right to marry say Florida should follow the precedent set by the U.S. Supreme Court in a decision last year that struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act. “There have been an unbroken line of decisions since (then) that hold that prohibiting same-sex marriage is constitutionally impermissible,” said Jeffrey Michael Cohen, an attorney for the couples with the law firm Carlton Fields Jorden Burt. A Miami-Dade circuit judge will hear oral arguments on Wednesday from a team of attorneys representing the couples and gay rights groups,...
  • Black GOP Candidate In Florida Faces Horrific Racism

    07/01/2014 9:47:20 PM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | June 29, 2014 | Alex Lazar
    Gloreatha "Glo" Scurry-Smith, who is running in the Florida GOP primary to take on Rep. Corrine Brown (D) in November, recently experienced a very disturbing case of racial discrimination. On Sunday, Smith tweeted a picture of a vandalized campaign sign, in which her face was covered in white spray paint: See White Faced Black Candidate at the link.
  • Whiteface Vandalism of (Black) Republican Candidate’s Sign

    07/01/2014 12:20:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | JUNE 30, 2014 | Tim Cavanaugh
    Racist attack on GOP House challenger Glo Smith follows recent pattern of hate toward black Republicans.A Florida Republican congressional candidate’s campaign sign was vandalized with whiteface paint last week in a district with overwhelmingly Democratic voter registration. The attack follows a string of bias incidents against black Republicans. Glo Smith, who reports that she has also had a number of signs stolen, tells National Review Online she became aware of the racist defacement of an eight-foot-by-four-foot sign Tuesday. The sign was situated on private property in view of Interstate 10 in Jacksonville. The vandal sprayed white paint over the face...
  • Tropical Storm Arthur forms off coast of Florida; 1st named storm of the Atlantic season

    07/01/2014 8:16:00 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 55 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 07/01/2014 | n/a
    Tropical Storm Arthur forms off coast of Florida; 1st named storm of the Atlantic season.
  • Ruling shows crack in legal gay marriage unanimity

    07/01/2014 3:58:57 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    A federal appeals court's gay marriage ruling contained two historic firsts: It was the first appellate decision for gay marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act one year ago, and it also marked the first time since then a federal judge has argued for keeping a state ban on same-sex marriages... Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr. was in the minority in his opinion....[said] creating a national mandate for gay marriage, even in states where it is unpopular, "turns the notion of a limited national government on its head," he wrote, adding later: "We should...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EDT,WOR AM, June 30-July 3, 2014

    06/30/2014 8:27:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 492 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | June 30-July 3, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    Call The Rush Limbaugh Show program line between 12 Noon and 3PM Eastern Time at: 1-800-282-2882 E-mail Rush: ElRushbo@eibnet.com Fax Rush at: 212-445-3963 Write a letter to Rush and mail it to: The Rush Limbaugh Show 1270 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020 Join This Ping List Now! Click Here To Join this Ping List! Image by Cool Text: Free Logos and Buttons - Create An Image Just Like ThisAND NOW . . . amidst billowing clouds of fragrant, aromatic first- and second-hand premium cigar smoke. . . it is time for . . . that harmless, lovable...
  • Judge rules in favor of NBC in George Zimmerman's defamation lawsuit [Same judge as trial]

    06/30/2014 8:11:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    NBC ORLANDO ^ | 6/30/14
    Judge Debra Nelson has ruled in favor of NBC in a defamation lawsuit filed by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman filed the lawsuit in December 2012, saying NBC aired an edited version of the call he made to 911 right before his confrontation with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin...
  • Judge Rules in Favor of NBC in George Zimmerman's Defamation Lawsuit

    06/30/2014 6:23:11 AM PDT · by kristinn · 20 replies
    News 13 Orlando ^ | Monday, June 30, 2014
    SANFORD -- Judge Debra Nelson has ruled in favor of NBC in a defamation lawsuit filed by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman filed the lawsuit in December 2012, saying NBC aired an edited version of the call he made to 911 right before his confrontation with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. SNIPPDF file of judge's ruling.
  • Woman Arrested After Firing Gun on UM Campus (Trans Woman)

    06/28/2014 9:53:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Saturday, Jun 28, 2014
    A shooting at the School of Communications building at the University of Miami has resulted in attempted murder and other charges against a man who identifies as a woman. According to Coral Gables Police, Yasmien Love, 25, went to the School of Communications building Friday with the intent to kill her ex and also kill herself. Police said Love went to the victim’s office with a loaded gun and waited until he arrived at his office.
  • Judge Who Punched Attorney Returning to Bench

    06/28/2014 6:43:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Saturday, Jun 28, 2014
    A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom is returning to the bench but in a different capacity. SNIP Murphy allegedly hit assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock outside a courtroom after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.
  • EXCLUSIVE — Charlie Crist’s Wife Slapped With Florida Tax Lien!

    06/28/2014 7:32:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    gossipextra.com ^ | 6/27/14 | Jose Lambiet
    The bureaucracy that’s being run by incumbent Gov. Rick Scott just filed a tax lien against his Democratic challenger Charlie Crist‘s wife, Gossip Extra has learned exclusively. Holy Crist! According to a document filed in Crist’s home city of St. Petersburg, the state’s Department of Revenues filed a lien against Carole Crist for non-payment of the reemployment tax for a period stretching from July 2012 through September 2013. For the oversight, the state wants millionaire Carole to pony up $352.61, which includes the actual $100-tax, a $200-penalty, $50.24 in fees and $2.37 in interest.
  • Medical marijuana initiative could liven up Florida governor race

    06/27/2014 11:47:52 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 27 June 2014 | Betsy Woodruff
    Insert your favorite marijuana-related pun here: The Florida governor's race is blazing right along, the candidates are burning up the trail, the contest is really getting in the weeds, etc. However you put it, a ballot initiative on medical marijuana could have a major effect on the re-election campaign of Republican Gov. Rick Scott. A businessman who made millions in the health care industry, Scott faces Charlie Crist, a former Republican governor now running as a Democrat after a failed Senate bid. The Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, also known as Amendment 2, would legalize medical marijuana for patients...
  • Trayvon Martin Gun Control Laws Attacking Stand Your Ground In South Carolina

    06/27/2014 1:54:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | June 27, 2014 | Staff
    So-called Trayvon Martin gun control laws are still being supported by family lawyer Benjamin Crump, who has been traveling the nation campaigning against the expansion of Stand Your Ground laws in various states. At the same time, Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy martin, have been active in helping with the Trayvon Martin Foundation. In a related report by The Inquisitr, a Trayvon Martin monument was created by an artist who is attempting to say that social changes have not yet advanced far enough since the Civil War. George Zimmerman’s lawsuit against NBC claims the company’s employees purposefully edited audio...
  • Charlie Crist to Scott Rothstein: "We Love You"

    06/27/2014 1:07:17 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    NEW TIMES ^ | 1/21/11 | BOB NORMAN
    Former Gov. Charlie Crist was apparently a little closer to Scott Rothstein than we knew. Or maybe not. They blew out the candles on Crist's birthday cake a couple of years ago after giving the governor $52,000 (a grand for each candle).
  • Rothstein’s ex-law partner gets 2-1/2 year prison term

    06/27/2014 10:53:07 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    the Miami Herald ^ | Friday, 06.27.14 | Jay Weaver
    The judge noted that Adler may not have been involved in Rothstein’s Ponzi scheme, but he helped illegally boost their law firm’s image with fraudulent campaign contributions to high-profile politicians, including former Gov. Charlie Crist and GOP presidential nominee John McCain.
  • Top 13 wittiest remarks from a Florida judge

    06/27/2014 10:34:43 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Friday, June 27, 2014 11:58am | Curtis Krueger, Times Staff Writer
    If you want proof that Caddell had a unique personality and slightly skewed sense of humor, consider this: Many of those robes also carried stickers showing a winged pig. [....] McGrady warned the other judges not to get any ideas from the following examples, but then he read the top 13 "Caddellisms":
  • EXCLUSIVE — Charlie Crist Disinvited From Bill Clinton Party by Hillary!

    06/27/2014 6:51:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Gossip Extra ^ | 5/8/14 | Jose Lambiet
    Candidate for governor Charlie Crist was disinvited from a high-profile fundraiser starring former President Bill Clinton in Miami Beach Tuesday evening after Crist’s Democratic primary opponent Nan Rich ran into Hillary Clinton in Washington, Gossip Extra has learned. The $25,000-party at the Palm Island home of Lumber Liquidators founder Tom Sullivan was officially a fundraiser for the Democratic Governors Association, an organization that supports Crist.
  • EXCLUSIVE — Higher Office: Charlie Crist, Wife Busy Hawking Sexy Costumes!

    06/27/2014 4:08:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Gossip Extra ^ | 6/26/14 | Jose Lambiet
    Ex-Governor Charlie Crist and his wife Carole are involved in not just one but two big projects, Gossip Extra has learned. There’s of course Charlie’s run for a second shot at the governor’s gig, as a Democrat this time. Second, there’s Goddessey — a highly unlikely business for a dweller of the governor’s mansion.... Earlier this year, Charlie flew with Carole to Texas to help her hawk her wares at a giant costume convention there — and Carole actually published photos of Charlie pressing the flesh at the convention on Goddessey’s Facebook page. Distraction? “Not at all,” Charlie told Gossip...
  • Really, Charlie Crist? Your Wife’s Tax Returns Are Off Limits?

    06/27/2014 3:24:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 6/27/14 | Leslie Wimes
    ...the Republican Party Of Florida has been going after Charlie Crist about his and his wife’s tax returns. Crist revealed some of his tax returns, but through his campaign spokesperson, Kevin Cate, has said that his wife’s returns are off limits. The RPOF was accused of “going after” Crist’s wife. Let’s take a look at why that is pure bs, and why Crist and his wife should just release the tax returns...
  • 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...
  • Some Eglin F-35A Operations Suspended Following Plane Fire

    06/26/2014 10:13:15 AM PDT · by robowombat · 11 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 24, 2014 1:18 PM | Dave Majumdar
    Some Eglin F-35A Operations Suspended Following Plane Fire By: Dave Majumdar Published: June 24, 2014 12:27 PM Updated: June 24, 2014 1:18 PM Staff Sgt. Matthew Reed provides oversight for Staff Sgt. Mark Freeman, 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, during hot pit refueling at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. US Air Force Photo Staff Sgt. Matthew Reed provides oversight for Staff Sgt. Mark Freeman, 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, during hot pit refueling at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. US Air Force Photo Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighters at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, have temporarily suspended operations after a fire...
  • 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...
  • The Tea Party, scalded

    06/25/2014 8:00:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    THE REPUBLICAN Party civil war between purists and pragmatists is not over: the viciousness of the 2014 party primary season proves that. But defeats for Tea Party-backed populists on June 24th confirm a big development. The party’s business-backed “governing” wing has remembered how to fight, and fight rough. Not for the first time in history, the lowest blows flew in Mississippi. Senator Thad Cochran—a genteel, big-government Republican and four-decade Washington veteran—broke every rule of Deep South politics and asked black Democrats and union members to cross party lines and cast votes in a Republican Party run-off contest. (Under Mississippi law...
  • 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...
  • A bad night for Democrats

    06/25/2014 7:19:34 AM PDT · by topher · 105 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 25-June-2014 | Chris Stirewalt
    A BAD NIGHT FOR DEMOCRATS If you can divine a national trend from a runoff election in Mississippi, be our guest. But rather than pondering the motives of 3,188 Mississippi voters who made the difference in a bitter, hyper-local election, there’s a more useful consideration today. What’s at stake nationally this year is control of the U.S. Senate, and Republican chances of taking the majority went up significantly Tuesday night. [During New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel’s victory speech, the stage nearly collapsed. Rangel asked “heavier people on the stage… to take safety over ego” and step down.]
  • Family of Electrocuted 7-Year-Old Sues Pool Companies

    06/25/2014 3:11:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 6/24/14
    The father of a 7-year-old boy who died when he was electrocuted in the family’s pool has filed a lawsuit against the company that made the pool light and the one that serviced the family’s swimming pool. Calder Sloan died on April 17 when he jumped into his family’s pool and was electrocuted. The child’s death was wake-up call to many pool owners around South Florida.
  • Primary/Runoff Official Live Thread (CO, FL, MD, MS, NY, OK)

    06/24/2014 2:41:41 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 370 replies
    Should be another intersting night! Hopefully we'll build some more momentum!
  • 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.