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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • Allen West weighs in on Chick-Fil-A

    07/27/2012 3:51:46 PM PDT · by T.O.K. · 51 replies ^ | July 27, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    Allen West weighed in on the national controversy over Chick-Fil-A and the fact that many on the left, including Rahm Emanuel are speaking out against the private company. Some are calling for bans on the restaurants due to recent views expressed by the company's president, who opposes gay marriage. City mayors, Hollywood stars, and even the ACLU have weighed in on the issue. West, in true form did not hold back an opinion. "I love some Chick-Fil-A. When I finish here I'm going to Chick-Fil-A," said West, but followed up with more sobering remarks:
  • George Zimmerman's parents launch own website

    07/27/2012 9:28:17 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 9 replies
    WFTV ^ | 7-27-2012 | WFTV
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Just a week after their son re-launched his website, George Zimmerman's parents have launched their own website, and they're asking for money. George Zimmerman is set to stand trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in February. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the case. Robert and Gladys Zimmermans' website,, is a brightly colored red, white and blue site. The homepage features a lengthy story, signed by Robert Zimmerman, about George's life and the struggles the family has faced since the shooting of Martin. The site also provides a link for visitors to...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show, "Open Mic Friday",M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EDT,WABC AM, July 27, 2012

    07/27/2012 8:49:43 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 61 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | July 27, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Poll:Should Obama and Romney support gun-control measures in the wake of the CO massacre?

    07/26/2012 7:21:19 PM PDT · by AZ .44 MAG · 49 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 7-26-2012 | The Miami Herald
    Should President Obama and Mitt Romney come out in support of gun-control measures in the wake of the Colorado movie-theater massacre? Yes No
  • Obama's consequential Marxist policy

    07/26/2012 7:13:34 AM PDT · by se99tp · 5 replies
    ChristianConceptsDaily ^ | July 26th, 2012 | J.R.Nyquist
    "The communists have gotten themselves entrenched and have been working with tremendous dedication for their Marxist ideology. What we are about to face is truly a socialist abyss" - says Marielena Stuart is a candidate for the U.S. Senate in the state of Florida. Marielena Stuart is a candidate for the U.S. Senate in the state of Florida. She has an interesting message about the economy and what ails it. I had an opportunity to speak with Marielena at length about today’s economic crisis. “When [people] speak about the economy and jobs,” Stuart told me, “they don’t understand … that...
  • Military plane lands at wrong airport in Tampa

    07/25/2012 8:08:31 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 24 replies
    WTSP ^ | 20 July 2012 | Beau Zimmer
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  • Surveillance: Volusia Co. middle school asst. principal caught shoplifting

    07/25/2012 7:36:03 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 36 replies
    WFTV ^ | 23 July 2012 | Blaine Tolison
    A Volusia County assistant principal was caught on surveillance video shoplifting several items from a Bealls department store, authorities said. Investigators said Dianne Atkinson took the items from the store in Orange City on Friday. A store official said Atkinson took $469 worth of merchandise. They said she was wearing a stolen bra.
  • Obama Lacks Florida Jewish Vote Needed to Win Election

    07/25/2012 10:58:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 10:31 AM | Todd Beamon
    President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are “in a 50-50 election right now,” political analyst and Democratic pollster Doug Schoen tells Newsmax.TV, adding that the president is lacking the crucial Jewish vote in Florida needed to win the election. … One of Obama's biggest hurdles: capturing Florida's Jewish voters. The president, polls show, has about 60-65 percent of the Jewish vote, but, says Schoen, if Obama does not win “a full 75 could, in fact, be decisive.” The state is “effectively deadlocked,” said Schoen …
  • Allen West launches emotional TV ad 'Body Armor'

    07/25/2012 6:48:13 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 18 replies ^ | July 25, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    "Allen West Saved My Life" is the emotional message in the third TV ad "Body Armor," released today by the West for Congress campaign. The following quotes come from the campaign press release introducing the ad.(VIDEO following) "There are few greater examples of service and sacrifice than putting your own life at risk to protect that of another. That is what Lieutenant Colonel Allen West did in 2003 when he gave his body armor to Sergeant Robert Delgado shortly before their unit moved into Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom," said Tim Edson, Campaign Manager for Allen West.
  • Walmart Flash Mob: Police Say 300 Youths Create Havoc at Jacksonville Store (VIDEO)

    07/23/2012 6:44:33 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 15 replies
    AOL ^ | 7/18/2012 | Unknown
    When you party at this place, you never run out of ice, chips, paper plates, beer and soda -- all at affordable prices. Youths who had their house party broken up by the cops quickly moved the rager to a nearby Jacksonville Walmart on Saturday night, creating a veritable flash mob, according to News 4JAX. A police report obtained by the station said the group of about 300 destroyed an electronic anti-shop lifting security scanner that costs about $1,500. The Florida Times Union reports that the youngsters also allegedly stole snacks and sodas from the store and that gunshots were...
  • Marco Rubio Endorses Scott Brown

    07/23/2012 5:19:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | July 23, 2012 | Daniel Doherty
    On Monday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio blasted out an email to supporters on behalf of the Reclaim America Pac endorsing Scott Brown and explaining, in no uncertain terms, the myriad reasons why Bay State voters should not elect Elizabeth Warren to the United States Senate in November: Two years ago, I endorsed Scott Brown because I knew he would be a critical vote against expanded government, out-of-control spending, and the President's healthcare takeover. Now Scott Brown is running for reelection against an ultra-liberal backed by extreme big-government special interests. … Scott's opponent is Elizabeth Warren, an extreme liberal who was...
  • Tensions High After Tampa Police Fatally Shoot Teen

    07/23/2012 12:34:21 PM PDT · by Iron Munro · 90 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | July 23, 2012 | Staff
    Members of a local Black Panther group are planning a protest today after Tampa police shot and killed an armed teenager Sunday night in a Tampa Heights apartment complex. The St. Petersburg/Tampa New Black Panther Party says it expects 200 protesters to attend a rally at 9 a.m. at the Tampa Police Department headquarters on North 22nd Street. The protest is in response to the shooting death of Javon Neal, 16, who police say ran from police up a stairwell then whirled around brandishing a pistol grip, pump-action shotgun before police shot him. The shooting ignited anger among the apartment...
  • George W. Bush skipping Republican National Convention Tampa despite his support for Mitt Romney

    07/22/2012 4:06:49 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 33 replies ^ | July 22 2012 | By Rich Schapiro
    'President Bush is confident that Mitt Romney will be a great President. But he’s still enjoying his time off the political stage and respectfully declined the invitation to go to Tampa,' spokesman says
  • President Obama faces an uphill climb to pull off repeat victory in Florida

    07/21/2012 3:20:39 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 20,2012 | Amie Parnes
    President Obama is facing an uphill battle in convincing voters in Florida to elect him a second time. Obama, currently on a two-day swing through the Sunshine State, is confronting an increasingly disappointed electorate that has seen unemployment linger above the national average and the housing market remain under water in some parts of the state. While voters in Florida bought into “hope and change” during the 2008 presidential race, they seem more skeptical now, observers say. “It’s a lot starker for the president than it was four years ago,” said Brad Coker, the managing director of Mason Dixon Polling...
  • Poll to FReep:Would stricter gun-control laws have prevented the movie-theater shooting in Colorado?

    07/21/2012 12:51:24 PM PDT · by AZ .44 MAG · 64 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 7-21-2012 | The Miami Herald
    Poll asks: Would stricter gun-control laws have prevented the movie-theater shooting in Colorado? Yes or No.
  • Charlie Crist pounds Gov Scott for 'shameless, mean spirited' voter purge

    07/21/2012 9:59:19 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 57 replies ^ | July 21, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    Former Florida governor, Charlie Crist leaves little to the imagination in his op-ed published Friday in the Washington Post. He could not be clearer about his thoughts on Florida’s non-citizen voter purge and legal battles that have ensued as a result of Governor Scott’s willingness to stand up to the federal government. Calling the purge un-American and mean spirited the letter adds fuel to Florida’s political fires and rumor that Crist will soon be a card carrying Democrat, poised to challenge Scott in 2014.
  • Davie councilman questions legality of synthetic drug ban (nanny state alert)

    07/20/2012 7:21:30 PM PDT · by lovesdogs · 13 replies
    sunsentinel ^ | 7/20/12 | Susannah Byan
    This week, Councilman Bryan Caletka said Davie may be on the verge of approving an unconstitutional ban that won't hold up in court. "These are dangerous things," Luis said. "They're being sold in our town. I don't really care about the constitutionality. I'm more worried about the kids." Luis said they needed to do something to protect people from using a chemical concoction that might send them to the hospital.
  • Prosecutor: Homeowner justified when shooting intruder (FL)

    07/20/2012 12:30:23 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 18 July, 2012 | AP
    BARTOW -- Prosecutors say a man was legally justified when he fatally shot a 40-year-old man who barged into his Winter Haven home.
  • Obama faces uphill battle to win repeat victory in Florida

    07/20/2012 5:28:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/20/2012 | Amie Parnes
    President Obama is facing an uphill battle in convincing voters in Florida to elect him a second time. Obama, currently on a two-day swing through the Sunshine State, is confronting an-increasingly disappointed electorate who has seen unemployment linger above the national average and the housing market remain underwater in some parts of the state. While voters in Florida bought into “hope and change” during the 2008 presidential race, they seem more skeptical now, observers say. “It’s a lot starker for the president than it was four years ago,” said Brad Coker, the managing director of Mason Dixon Polling & Research...
  • Alan Grayson For Congress (A Congressman Who's Nuts)

    07/19/2012 11:29:39 PM PDT · by South40 · 16 replies
    AlanGrayson ^ | 7/19/2012
    This is no joke. This moron is actually running. I trust the good people of Florida's 8th congressional district will once again kick this moron to the curb where he belongs.
  • Tip - Christie to give keynote address at RNC

    07/18/2012 9:27:40 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 52 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7-18-2012 | Josh Margolin
    The word is going out quietly to Republican activists across New Jersey: If you’re going to the GOP convention in Tampa next month, be sure to be there by Tuesday night, Aug. 28, because Gov. Chris Christie is going to be giving the keynote speech that night. “We’ve been told that’s the night to be there, that’s when the governor is going to speak. They’re saying he’s the keynoter,” one top party activist told The Post yesterday. (developing)
  • Hannity Interviews Zimmerman at 9 PM ET on Fox News

    07/18/2012 5:59:02 PM PDT · by Envisioning · 72 replies
    George Zimmerman, the Florida man charged in the killing of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, will appear on Fox News with Sean Hannity in a sit-down interview Wednesday night.
  • 71 year old Man shoots robbers - Caught on tape!

    07/18/2012 2:40:29 PM PDT · by South40 · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/17/2012
    Video here
  • Tea Party Express picks Marco Rubio for VP (Article says Tea Partiers not TPX)

    07/18/2012 9:07:28 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 175 replies
    Tampa ^ | JULY 18, 2012 | Amy Hollyfield
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is the overwhelming choice for the Republican vice presidential pick in a nationwide survey of Tea Party Express supporters.
  • Why this Democrat will be voting for Mitt Romney

    07/18/2012 5:50:12 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 41 replies ^ | July 17, 2012 | Barney Bishop
    In 1992, I was the executive director of the Florida Democratic Party. I managed political operations for the Democrats in one of the largest swing states in our nation. Our nominee, Bill Clinton, went on to win the presidency, and he fostered eight prosperous years in our nation’s history. He delivered balanced budgets and surpluses that reduced the nation’s debt. Clinton was the type of Democrat I’ve supported my whole life, fiscally conservative while still focused on the needs of the hard-working middle class. Clinton famously declared, “The era of big government is over.” Barack Obama is a completely different...
  • Lady Bears Invited To White House [Story about Texas team makes Florida?]

    07/18/2012 2:42:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Brittney Griner and the Baylor Lady Bears are headed to the White House for a Rose Garden ceremony. The national champion Lady Bears, who were undefeated with the NCAA’s first 40-win season, are scheduled to meet with President Obama next Wednesday. They will also visit with the Texas congressional delegation while in Washington.
  • Lt. Gov. Carroll: "Black Women That Look Like Me" Aren't Lesbians

    07/17/2012 7:53:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | Mon., Jul. 16 2012 | Kyle Munzenrieder
    Floridians were reminded of the existence of Rick Scott's Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll this past week when a former aide claimed she saw Carroll in a sexually "compromising position" with a female employee. When asked about the accusations by a Tampa TV station, Carroll laughed off the claims, poked fun at the accuser's relationship status, and claimed "black women that look like me don't engage in relationships like that." The accusations were made by Carletha Cole, a former Carroll staffer, grandmother and minister, who was fired for going public about disagreements in Carroll's office and was then arrested for secretly...
  • Elderly Florida man who shot cafe robbers ulikely to face charges: prosecutors

    07/17/2012 7:36:01 PM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies ^ | 17 July, 2012 | Victoria Cavaliere
    A Florida man who shot and wounded two people as they tried to rob an Internet café was not likely to face criminal charges because his actions appear to fall within the state's "Stand Your Ground” law, according to prosecutors. Under the law, a person who fears imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or others can use deadly force without first attempting to retreat. Prosecutors said they had reviewed surveillance video from the Palms Internet Café in Ocala, Fla. and believe patron Samuel Williams, 71, was acting lawfully when he shot two men during an attempted robbery July...
  • Elton John Slams Rick Scott and His Surgeon General in New Memoir

    07/17/2012 7:33:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | Tue., Jul. 17 2012 | Kyle Munzenrieder
    It's not Saturday night, but apparently the time is right for fighting between Elton John and Gov. Rick Scott. In his upcoming memoir, Sir Elton criticizes the unpopular pol for attempting to cut funds to Florida's AIDS Drug Assistance Program. Elton even wrote a letter to the governor, and the response he received from Scott's surgeon general was essentially, Well, if you care about Florida's AIDS patients' lives so much, why don't you come down here and perform a few charity concerts? ADAP programs help poorer patients with HIV get access to lifesaving but exorbitantly expensive medications. Florida's ADAP program...
  • Deputy Dilemma: Wrongful police shooting deserves serious review(FL)

    07/17/2012 7:30:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 35 replies ^ | 17 July, 2012 | NA
    Imagine it’s 1:30 a.m. and you’re in your apartment. You hear a knock on the door. If you own a weapon, you would probably grab it, just in case. For 26-year-old Andrew Lee Scott of Lake County, Fla., that decision would lead to his death. On Sunday, Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies were pursuing an attempted murder suspect when they mistakenly knocked on Scott’s apartment door. Scott answered the door with his gun drawn at the deputies, who then shot and killed him. Unfortunately, Scott was not the suspect deputies were chasing. Deputies knocked on Scott’s door because the suspect’s...