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  • Romney campaign welcomes Obama to Florida with ‘I Built This' ads [Media pro-BO/ignores Chick-Fil-A]

    08/02/2012 6:20:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    ABC ^ | 8/1/12 | Olivier Knox
    When President Barack Obama arrives in Florida on Thursday, Mitt Romney's campaign will welcome him to the Sunshine State with 13 electronic billboard ads featuring small business owners declaring: "Mr. President, I Built This." The ads each feature one of three local entrepreneurs: Tanya Burns, who runs an insurance agency, Walter Garcia, who helms a trucking company, and Lou Ramos, who heads a computer training company.
  • Rubio To Campaign For Republicans, Not Say Anything Bad About Nelson: Report

    08/01/2012 8:08:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012
    Senator Marco Rubio will stump for Republican candidates in Florida and elsewhere this fall but will not harshly criticize the state’s other senator, Democrat Bill Nelson, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported. Rubio told Florida reporters Wednesday that he will campaign for whoever the Republican Party selects to challenge Nelson in the general election, but said he will “never have anything bad to say” about the Democratic senator, the newspaper reported. The Sun Sentinel laid out Rubio’s balancing act: preserving good relations with Nelson should he win re-election on the one hand, and hoping that Republicans win a majority in...
  • Politically damaging regulations held until after election

    08/01/2012 6:53:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    NetRight Daily ^ | August 1, 2012 | Rebekah Rast
    By Rebekah Rast — Call it an election strategy. President Obama is sitting on numerous regulations, coming from the Environmental Protect Agency (EPA), Agriculture Department and even those concerning worker safety that will likely have to wait for approval until after the elections. While it’s common to back off from pursuing controversial legislation or regulations during an election year, it creates a troubling outlook of what we can expect if President Obama wins a second term. The Washington Post lists some of these idling regulations “as cracking down on junk food at school bake sales, another banning children from dangerous...
  • Judge Staying on George Zimmerman Case

    08/01/2012 10:41:50 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012 | Brian Hamacher
    Judge denies Zimmerman's motion to disqualify him in Trayvon Martin caseGeorge Zimmerman's motion to disqualify Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. from the Trayvon Martin shooting case was denied Wednesday. The ruling was issued by Lester following Zimmerman's filing of the motion last month which claimed Lester's comments in an earlier bond order led him to believe Lester was prejudiced against him. Lester had said in the order that Zimmerman and his wife misled him about their finances. In his motion, Zimmerman argues that Lester made "gratuitous, disparaging remarks" about his character in a July 5 ruling setting Zimmerman's bond at...
  • Duval School Board members to discuss [homosexual] teacher arrested on 6 sexual charges

    08/01/2012 7:53:26 AM PDT · by kevcol · 34 replies
    Florida Times-Union ^ | July 30, 2012 | Khristopher J. Brooks, Topher Sanders
    After a 2009 state recommendation that Duval County schools remove a teacher from vulnerable students, he was reassigned to another elementary school. Last week he was arrested on six sexual charges against a child. One of the problems: neither the state nor the school district defined “vulnerable student population.” And Monday, the state Department of Children and Families put the responsibility for defining the phrase squarely on the Duval County Public Schools. Christopher Robert Bacca, Windy Hill Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, was charged with three counts of sexual battery against a child under 12 and one count...
  • After $1.25M for wrongful imprisonment, Alan Crotzer now faces attempted murder charge

    08/01/2012 7:35:10 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 2 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | August 1, 2012 | Jodie Tillman and Steve Bousquet
    Tallahassee police arrested Crotzer on an attempted murder charge after they say he shot into a car he was driving alongside, wounding Antoine Davis in his arm and leg. According to police, the men had been arguing over a CD.
  • CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac swing-state polls show Obama hitting 50% … (Massive oversampling of Democrats)

    08/01/2012 7:06:55 AM PDT · by Qbert · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | AUGUST 1, 2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    I’ve got good news and bad news for Hot Air readers today. First, the good news: After a few years of embarrassing sample skew problems in the CBS/NYT polls, the two media outlets have partnered with Quinnipiac, at least for this week’s look at three swing states — Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  The bad news?  I’m not sure the new partnership improved things. First, let’s look at CBS’ lead on the new poll numbers, which they tout as good news for Barack Obama and bad news for Mitt Romney: President Obama leads Mitt Romney among likely voters in Ohio and...
  • Allen West: 'You have an imperial presidency that makes Richard Nixon look like a boy scout'

    08/01/2012 6:15:28 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 21 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | Aug 1, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    Last week, U.S. Congressman Allen West looked the part of a college professor giving a lecture as he took the stage at the Lifelong Learning Center on the campus of Florida Atlantic College in Jupiter. At his second town hall meeting of the day, West gave a Power Point presentation without the often-distracting fanfare caused by protesters showing up wherever he appears. The room was not without distractions, however, and West handled them in a lighthearted manner, even having a little fun with the audience. But the subject matter during the presentation, and questions following, were no laughing matter.
  • Flagler Sheriff Wants Your Gun in Exchange for a $50 Gift Card; Opponents Frown(FL)

    08/01/2012 4:57:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies
    flaglerlive.com ^ | 31 July, 2012 | NA
    The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will hold the county’s first gun buy back on Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Town Center. “This is a no questions asked–amnesty opportunity for anyone to turn in unwanted, operational firearms,” Fleming said. Individuals will receive a $50 gift card for each firearm turned in, up to a maximum of three. Additional guns will be accepted, but gift cards will be limited to three, while supplies last. Other weapons, such as knives, swords, brass knuckles, etc., will also be accepted. The program is being funded through a $7,000 crime prevention grant...
  • Miami-Dade absentee ballot-fraud probe expands

    08/01/2012 4:22:52 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 7/31/12 | Patricia Mazzei
    Investigators looking into possible vote fraud in Hialeah are now examining at least 31 absentee ballots collected by a suspected ballot broker in two separate instances last week, according to sources familiar with the expanding probe. Last week, Miami-Dade detectives questioned a Hialeah woman named Daisy Cabrera, who was found in possession of at least a dozen absentee ballots belonging to other voters. Detectives have also learned of another instance in which Cabrera collected ballots from voters, the sources said.
  • Reverend Al's Laugh Line: My Work Against Voter ID Laws Is 'Non-Partisan'

    07/31/2012 6:07:47 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 5 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    An MSNBC host and the Chair of the Democratic National Committee walk into a bar . . . Al Sharpton, uttering one of the more absurd laugh lines of this political season, actually claimed on his MSNBC show this evening that his campaign in Florida against voter ID laws is "non-partisan." Debbie Wasserman-Schultz apparently hadn't gotten the memo about pretending this was non-partisan. The Chair of the DNC, also a Dem Florida congresswoman, after delivering a super-partisan diatribe on the issue, thanked Sharpton for his work--before the Reverend hastened to remind viewers that his campaign was "non-partisan." You're killing us,...
  • Is Rubio Eligible?

    07/31/2012 2:58:34 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 320 replies
    Fred Thmpson America ^ | 07.31.12 | Sen Fred Thompson
    I would like to address an issue that is apparently of concern to a significant number of people. In my “Ask Fred” column, several people have expressed concern (some have been adamant and angry) that Marco Rubio should not be selected as the Vice Presidential nominee because he would not be eligible to be President, if the need arose. They contend that at least one of his parents were required at the time of his birth to have been a citizen for him to fulfill the constitutional requirement of eligibility, even though he was born on American soil.
  • Hadassah caves to Democrats in cancelling political debate

    07/31/2012 11:39:18 AM PDT · by Jacvin · 5 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 7/30/2012 | Alan Bergstein
    The political debate sponsored by Hadassah, scheduled for Sept. 12, has been canceled -- by Hadassah. Tom Trento, a fervent Israel supporter and leading critic of Islam, and I were to present the Republican viewpoint on President Obama's performance on all issues, while two prominent local Democrats were prepared to give their take. Fair and balanced, with Kingsley Guy, a former editor and now op-ed writer for the Sun Sentinel, was to serve as moderator. The press had advertised it, tickets for the event had been sold, and it seemed to be a go. Trento’s ties to a conservative group...
  • All RINO Florida House District 120 Candidates square off at forum

    07/31/2012 6:36:33 AM PDT · by Elle Bee · 5 replies
    Key West Citizen and Bait Wrapper ^ | July 31, 2012 | GWEN FILOSA Citizen Staff
    Candidates square off at forum Republican pledges support for medical marijuana, reproductive choice The two candidates vying for the Florida House District 120 seat took turns Monday night espousing support for gay rights, including the right to marry and adopt babies. One spoke up for the value of legalizing medical marijuana in Florida, a conservative Republican-led bastion in the deepest South. "As a pastor and member of the community, I've walked a number of individuals through the travesty of cancer," said Morgan McPherson, a former two-term mayor of Key West, at a forum held at the Conch Flyer restaurant and...
  • O.C. company opens office, adds 300 jobs in Florida

    07/30/2012 6:47:17 AM PDT · by freedombiz · 7 replies
    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ^ | July 30, 2012 | Jan Norman
    Ansafone Contact Centers LLC in Santa Ana will open an office with 300 full-time jobs in Ocala, Fla., starting in October. Owner Randy Harmat made clear in a phone interview that he's not moving his company, which provides telephone customer service for other companies, and is not leaving California.
  • Allen West: 'Cuba is looking for a new sugar daddy'(video)

    07/30/2012 5:09:16 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 10 replies
    BizPac Review.com ^ | July 30, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    Congressman Allen West responded with concern to an audience question about a possible Russian naval base in Cuba at Friday’s monthly town hall meeting. “We have a soft underbelly right here in the United States of America, as we look to our south, and we’ve got to pay attention to it,” West said. West pointed out that the only real military presence America has in this hemisphere is the Coast Guard, quoting the U.S. Southern Command in Miami, which oversees the region. “I have big concerns about what’s happening right here in our hemisphere,” West said. “We don’t have anything...
  • Allen West: Honor In Iraq

    07/29/2012 11:02:20 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 4 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | July 30, 2012 | Youtube
    LTC West speaks about his actions in Iraq.
  • Bondi as VP? Speculation rising, but experts say no

    07/28/2012 6:57:29 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 48 replies
    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is the latest name to emerge from the pool of rumored contenders for the Republican vice presidential slot, but experts consider her a long shot. Bondi was in New England today campaigning for presumed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is in the midst of an international tour.
  • Ethics panel dismisses 2010 claim about Rubio

    07/27/2012 11:59:48 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Tampa Bay - St. Petersburg Times ^ | July 28, 2012 | Alex Leary
    The Florida Commission on Ethics dismissed a long lingering complaint against U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on Friday, clearing him of wrongdoing in questions surrounding his use of a state GOP-issued credit card. "This was a politically motivated and frivolous complaint from the start, and Sen. Rubio is pleased that the commission dismissed it on all counts," spokesman Alex Burgos said. The March 2010 ethics complaint came during Rubio's Senate campaign against then-Gov. Charlie Crist, and was filed by Michael D. Ryan of Fort Lauderdale, who said he based it on articles in the Tampa Bay Times (then the St. Petersburg...
  • Ronald Brown, Fla. puppeteer, appears in federal court on child porn and kidnapping charges

    07/27/2012 5:03:34 PM PDT · by kevcol · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 26, 2012 | Crimesider Staff
    (CBS) TAMPA, Fla. - Florida puppeteer Ronald Brown appeared in federal court Tuesday on charges of child pornography and conspiring to kidnap a child, CBS Tampa reports. Brown, 57, was arrested Friday after an international investigation conducted by the Department of Homeland Security. A criminal complaint followed Brown's graphic online conversation with another man about kidnapping, sexually abusing, murdering and eating children, CBS Tampa reported. A search warrant was issued on July 19 for Brown's residence. Homeland Security Investigators seized media including CDs, DVDs, thumb drives, micro disks and VHS tapes that contained several images of naked, bound and...