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  • Preparations underway for Romney's Port St. Lucie visit [2:45 p.m. start time Sunday]

    10/07/2012 9:03:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    FOX 29, WFLX ^ | October 7, 2012
    [TODAY] PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - Fresh off of a busy week of campaigning, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney prepares to make a stop along the Treasure Coast for a rally in Port St. Lucie on Sunday. The "Victory Rally with Mitt Romney, Port St. Lucie" event is put campaign crews into overdrive on Saturday as workers fought against the clock to prepare Tradition Square for crowds. "I'm wondering if there's going to be enough room?" said Cindy Mulleady, a Tradition resident. "I think we're going to have a much bigger turnout." The Romney campaign on Saturday said with...
  • Florida’s AG Pam Bondi suffers a bout of Foot-In-Mouth disease.

    10/06/2012 7:12:57 PM PDT · by marktwain · 37 replies
    gunfreezone.net ^ | 6 October, 2012 | Miguel
    Florida AG Says Carrying a Gun is Always Presumably a Crime | All Nine Yards. “Given the small percentage of the population that is licensed to carry a concealed firearm, the overwhelming majority of firearms, or 95%, are not licensed to be concealed. Thus, an officer’s suspicion that a firearm is not licensed would be reasonable because, in any given case, there would be, statistically speaking, a 95% likelihood of illegality.” Wait, what? Oh Jesus Lord, what a dumb statement! Are we to assume that since about 50% of Florida’s population have unregistered, unlicensed vaginas, they should be suspects of...
  • 52 hurt in multiple-vehicle pileup on I-75 in Florida

    10/06/2012 12:01:14 PM PDT · by Blue Highway · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/5/12 | CNN
    (CNN) -- Fifty-two people were hurt Friday in a pileup involving dozens of vehicles on an interstate highway on Florida's Gulf Coast, police said. The accident, which occurred about 3:30 p.m., involved at least 46 vehicles in the southbound lanes of I-75 on the Manatee/Sarasota county line, said Lt. Chris Miller with the Florida Highway Patrol. Twenty-two people, three of them in critical condition, were taken to area hospitals, he said. None of the injuries was considered life-threatening, he said. "Quite a few had minor injuries that didn't require transport," he said. The incident occurred about the time an afternoon...
  • Florida: DCCC Cancels Buy Against Allen West (conceding to West?)

    10/05/2012 1:39:44 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 12 replies
    roll call ^ | 10/2/12 | Joshua Miller
    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has cut its advertising in Florida’s 18th district, the home of a fiercely competitive race between Rep. Allen West (R) and Democrat Patrick Murphy. The independent expenditure arm of the DCCC had originally reserved about $96,000 in the West Palm Beach media market from Oct. 16-22. That reservation has now been canceled, a Democratic source familiar with the buys told Roll Call today. The move comes after House Majority PAC, the Democratic-aligned third-party group, boosted its presence in the district from about $1 million to about $1.5 million. Over the course Oct. 16-22, House Majority...
  • Judge: Florida Voter Purge Can Go On

    10/05/2012 6:27:09 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 21 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Thursday 10-04-12 | Patricia Mazzei
    A federal judge in Fort Lauderdale ruled Thursday that Florida’s purge of potential noncitizens on the voter rolls can go on. U.S. District Judge William J. Zloch said federal law does not prohibit the state from removing voters who were never lawfully eligible to register in the first place. Florida has identified 198 voters as potential noncitizens — among an estimated 11.4 million registered voters — and sent the names to independent county elections supervisors for their review. A coalition of liberal-leaning voting-rights groups had asked the court to halt the purge, arguing in a hearing Monday that federal law...
  • Lake County considers 'trash-cams' at school cafeterias

    10/03/2012 3:09:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 67 replies
    WKMG ^ | 10/2/2012 | Kristin Giannas
    Lake County School Board officials are considering attaching cameras to school cafeteria trash cans to study what students are tossing after officials found that most of the vegetables on the school menu end up in the trash can. New federal laws require students to take a healthy produce at lunchtime, but last year in Lake County, students tossed $75,000 worth of produce in the garbage. "It's a big issue, and it's very hard to get our hands around it," said School Board member Todd Howard, who suggested "trash-cams." "They have to take (the vegetable), and then it ends up in...
  • Homeowner shoots home invasion suspect(FL)

    10/04/2012 5:34:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    wsvn.com ^ | 1 October, 2012 | NA
    MIRAMAR, Fla. (WSVN) -- A homeowner shot an injured one suspect after an attempted home robbery. Miramar Police responded to an attempted home invasion and shooting at 5234 SW 149 Ave., shortly before midnight Sunday. According to police, the homeowner heard something or someone entering his house and fired at one of the suspects. "When he opened the front door, these men who were masked, by the way, at least one of them was carrying a firearm, rushed at him, and at that point, he was in fear and started firing his gun," said Miramar Police spokesperson Tania Rues. At...
  • Poll: Nelson, Mack tied in Florida Senate race

    10/01/2012 7:03:23 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 38 replies
    Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson's once smooth ride toward a third term has hit a snag, says a new poll, which shows the Florida lawmaker locked in a dead heat with Republican challenger Rep. Connie Mack. The results of an independent survey by Gravis Marketing shows each candidate with the support of 43 percent of likely voters, though 14 percent are undecided. The result is contrary to recent surveys, including four separate independent polls taken in September that pegged Mr. Nelson with a 14-point lead.
  • Suspicious Voter Registration Forms Found in 10 Florida Counties

    09/30/2012 5:23:40 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 44 replies
    WASHINGTON — Florida elections officials said Friday that at least 10 counties have identified suspicious and possibly fraudulent voter registration forms turned in by a firm working for the Republican Party of Florida, which has filed an election fraud complaint with the the state Division of Elections against its one-time consultant. The controversy in Florida -- which began with possibly fraudulent forms that first cropped up in Palm Beach County -- has engulfed the Republican National Committee, which admitted Thursday that it urged state parties in seven swing states to hire the firm, Strategic Allied Consulting.The RNC paid the company...
  • Big agenda at this weekend’s Gun Rights conference(FL)

    09/26/2012 7:52:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 25 September, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Florida criminal defense attorney Mark O’Mara, counsel for George Zimmerman, will discuss “Protecting the Right to Protect” during a Saturday morning session at the 27th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference this weekend in Orlando, Fla. His presentation immediately follows a two-man panel report on “Stand Your Ground” laws by attorneys Eric Friday, counsel for Florida Carry, and Jon Gutmacher, author of Florida Firearms – Law, Use & Ownership. The announcement came from Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation and chairman of its sister organization, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and...
  • Polls Show Obama Is Widening His Lead in Ohio and Florida (NYT predicts record Democrat turnout!)

    09/26/2012 7:04:39 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 73 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/26/12 | JIM RUTENBERG and JEFF ZELENY
    For weeks, Republicans in Ohio have been watching with worry that the state’s vital 18 electoral votes were trending away from Mitt Romney. The anxiety has been similar in Florida, where Republicans are concerned that President Obama is gaining the upper hand in the fight for the state’s 29 electoral votes. Those fears are affirmed in the findings of the latest Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News polls of likely voters in both states, which show that Mr. Obama has widened his lead over Mr. Romney and is outperforming him on nearly every major campaign issue, even though about half said...
  • Per Twitter, FL Mason-Dixon Poll 48-47 (D +5 Oversample)

    09/26/2012 4:32:26 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Per Twitter, FL Mason-Dixon Poll 48-47 (D +5 Oversample)
  • PPP New Florida Poll: Nelson Pulls Away From Mack (Senate)

    09/25/2012 11:37:54 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 52 replies
    -PPP's newest Florida Senate poll finds Bill Nelson continuing to expand his lead. He's at 46% to 37% for Connie Mack IV. Three weeks ago Nelson led by 7 points and in early July he had been ahead by only 2. Nelson's still not popular. Only 34% of voters approve of him to 41% who disapprove. But he lucked out with an extremely weak opponent. Only 30% of voters have a favorable opinion of Mack to 44% with a negative one. Mack's numbers are a particularly dreadful 22/53 spread with independents, and he trails Nelson by 22 points with them...
  • He's BAAAAAAACK!! ( almost) Alan Grayson likely to win House seat in Florida 9th

    09/25/2012 8:44:20 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 16 replies
    one man's opinion...
    I admit it, I have mixed feelings about this. First, the news. "Roll Call" has just moved the FL-9 race into the "likely Dem" category, meaning that bloviating buffoon Alan Grayson will return to the House.
  • Florida justice warns of assault on the courts ‘through partisan politics’

    09/25/2012 1:39:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 24, 2012 | Mary Ellen Klas
    As the secretive campaign against the three Florida Supreme Court justices up for merit retention took shape Monday, one of the targeted justices warned that the future of the state’s independent judiciary was under threat. "This is the most stressful time I’ve ever experienced in my life,’’ said Justice R. Fred Lewis at a meeting of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. “There is an entire branch of government to protect and defend. We cannot sacrifice fairness and impartiality and the court system to political whims." Lewis’ remarks came three days after the Republican Party of Florida announced it will oppose...
  • Heads Up Brevard County, Florida FReepers

    09/23/2012 9:01:04 AM PDT · by shove_it · 8 replies
    Heads up Brevard County, Florida FReepers Here’s the Brevard County Supervisor of Elections latest information on the Candidates and Amendments appearing on the 2012 Ballot. There is a link to information on the candidates. There is also a link to the Collins Center claiming to be a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that provides an overview and explanation of the 11 proposed amendments to the State Constitution; pros and cons are also provided. I have no knowledge of this Collins Center other than that which I discovered via Google; maybe other FReepers have knowledge of its “non-partisanship”. Links below ...
  • Barack Obama, Mitt Romney essentially tied in Florida, new Times/Herald/Bay News 9 poll shows

    09/22/2012 10:21:14 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 88 replies
    Tampa Bay Tribune ^ | Sep 22 2012 | Adam C. Smith
    It's Florida, after all, so what would you expect? After a constant stream of Sunshine State visits by President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, after many millions spent on TV ads, and even after a Republican National Convention in Tampa, Obama and Romney are essentially tied in America's ultimate battleground state. A new Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald/Bay News 9 poll finds 48 percent of likely Florida voters backing Obama, 47 percent supporting Romney, 1 percent with Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and just 4 percent undecided.
  • In surprise move, Florida GOP opposes Supreme Court justices’ retention in November

    09/22/2012 4:20:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 21, 2012 | Mary Ellen Klas
    TALLAHASSEE -- The Republican Party of Florida waded into a traditionally apolitical fight Friday, announcing it will oppose the retention of three state Supreme Court justices on the November ballot. In a statement released by its spokeswoman, the party said its executive board voted unanimously this week to oppose Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince in November’s retention elections. The justices do not face opponents, but voters are asked every six years to vote yes or no on whether they should remain on the job. The party statement singled out a 2003 case by the court as...
  • Merit Retention: The Biggest 2012 Ballot Decision You Might Not Have Heard Of (FL)

    09/21/2012 3:00:05 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    The Capitol Vanguard ^ | September 20th 2012 | Will Patrick
    TALLAHASSEE – With only seven weeks left until what is arguably the most influential presidential election in a generation, one particular down-ballot issue in Florida is gaining visibility: the merit retention vote on three justices of the Florida Supreme Court. As outlined in the state Constitution, merit retention is a process whereby the state’s appeals court judges, who are initially appointed by the Governor, are periodically evaluated by voters during general elections. On November 6, voters will decide whether to retain or dismiss three of Florida’s seven Supreme Court justices, as well as 15 appellate judges. No Florida judge subjected...
  • Khloe Kardashian protects herself with a gun in Miami?(FL)

    09/21/2012 8:18:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 21 September, 2012 | Mary Jane
    Khloe Kardashian is currently in Miami with her sister Kourtney Kardashian because Kim had to leave Miami for Los Angeles earlier this week. In other words, Khloe is the primary protector of her sister and her children and she is now showing off her shooting skills in a new “Wetpaint Entertainment” report released on Sept. 20. On her blog, Khloe shared a picture of herself shooting an automatic riffle into the water, because Scott wanted to go to the shooting range. Of course, Khloe Kardashian wants to protect herself and while she did feel bad about shooting into the open...
  • FL Supreme Court To Decide Is Carrying A Gun A Crime Even With A Carry License?

    09/19/2012 1:23:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 September, 2012 | Florida Carry
    Florida - -(Ammoland.com)- The Fourth Amendment provides that: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.We all know that the police can’t generally just stop and search you when you’re just out in public and minding your own business. You have a Fourth Amendment right that protects you from such invasions of your privacy....
  • Florida Poll: Romney 48%, 0bama 47%

    09/18/2012 10:25:25 AM PDT · by Arthurio · 73 replies
    Florida Poll: Romney 48%, 0bama 47%
  • Florida Senate: Nelson (D) 47%, Mack (R) 40%

    09/16/2012 12:30:05 PM PDT · by GR_Jr. · 62 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 9-16-12 | Scott Rasmussen
    emocratic incumbent Bill Nelson still leads Republican Connie Mack in Florida's hotly contested U.S. Senate race. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Sunshine State finds Nelson with 47% support to Mack’s 40%. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, while eight percent (8%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) The latest findings show no change from mid-August. Florida remains Leans Democrat in the Rasmussen Reports Senate Balance of Power rankings. Nelson was first elected to the Senate in 2006 to fill the seat vacated by Mack’s father. President Obama has now moved...
  • In Florida, another anti-gun lie revealed as gun rights conference looms

    09/14/2012 5:59:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 13 September, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Just over two weeks before the 27th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) – sponsored by the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms – convenes in Orlando, the Florida task force examining that state’s Stand Your Ground law has an interesting revelation. The controversial law, passed seven years ago, has not produced any negative effect on the tourist trade. That had been one of the predictions from the anti-self-defense lobby during debate on the proposal in 2005. But according to the Tampa Tribune, Bradenton Herald and Tampa Bay Times, a gathering...
  • Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' task force shows favor for the law

    09/14/2012 5:45:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    jacksonville.com ^ | 13 September, 2012 | AP
    WEST PALM BEACH — Members of a task force reviewing Florida’s “stand your ground” law expressed wide support Wednesday for the statute’s core provision that deadly force can be used if necessary to prevent death or serious injury.
  • Stand Your Ground law's impact needs more study, task force told(FL)

    09/13/2012 5:02:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | 12 September, 2012 | Toluse Olorunnipa
    TALLAHASSEE — Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has repeatedly said that the task force commissioned to look into Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law will make its decision based on facts, not emotions. But Carroll and 18 other task force members learned Wednesday that those facts — like many stand your ground cases — can be difficult to pin down. A University of Florida professor presented a slew of data tracking trends in crime, gun ownership and tourism since the 2005, but ultimately concluded that no definitive connections could be made yet to the stand your ground law. "The data that...
  • Man shot by state trooper at cemetery is business owner with no criminal record(FL)

    09/13/2012 4:25:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | 12 September, 2012 | Dan Sullivan
    PINELLAS PARK — The man shot by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper Monday morning at a Pinellas Park cemetery was the cemetery's owner — a Tampa man who lives in a 7,000-square-foot home, has no criminal history and has held a concealed-weapons permit. Clifford F. Work remained hospitalized in fair condition Tuesday at Bayfront Medical Center as questions remained about why Trooper Daniel Cole, a 13-year FHP veteran, shot the 48-year-old businessman. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting, which is the latest in a string of incidents throughout Cole's career in which his actions have been...
  • Florida looking at state budget surplus [Republicans Control Government]

    09/13/2012 3:11:41 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 12, 2012 | Aaron Deslatte
    For the first time in five years, Florida policymakers are looking at a horizon free of projected budget shortfalls, thanks to growing tax collections and cuts to spending on classrooms, road-building and the state's social safety net. The state's top economist told the Joint Legislative Budget Commission on Wednesday that lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott would have more flexibility next year when they write a new budget than at any time since 2007 -- a product of deep "recurring" cuts enacted over the years, and the slow economic recovery.
  • 2012 Gun Rights Policy Conference Update

    09/12/2012 8:29:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 11 September, 2012 | SAF
    Orlando, FL --(Ammoland.com)- The 27th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference attracts leaders from across the country, including Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms; Joseph Tartaro, president of the Second Amendment Foundation; Maria Heil, board director of the National Rifle Association; Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America and many others. Also scheduled: Attorney Alan Gura, winner of the landmark Supreme Court Second Amendment Heller and McDonald cases; Criminal Defense Attorney Mark O’Mara; Columnist and Fox News contributor John Fund; John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime, and Emily...
  • Coconut Grove Offering Gift Cards For Guns Saturday(FL)

    09/07/2012 3:09:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    miami.cbslocal.com ^ | 7 September, 2012 | NA
    COCONUT GROVE (CBSMiami) — Coconut Grove police are giving you the chance to turn in your guns, no questions asked, and give you a nice bonus for your trade. The Coconut Grove Neighborhood Enhancement Team (NET) wants to get guns off the streets, and they’ll give you a gift card in exchange. On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., gun owners can bring their firearms to Saint Paul AME Church, at 3680 Thomas Avenue. In exchange, gun owners will get a Milam’s Supermarket or Publix gift card in the amount of $25.00, $50.00 or $100.00.
  • Video: Security Guard Shoots Robbers at Internet Cafe(FL)

    09/04/2012 5:05:33 PM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    securityinfowatch.com ^ | 4 September,2012 | NA
    An armed security guard opened fire on would-be robbers early Tuesday at a Melbourne, Florida, Internet café, striking one of them, police said. Three armed individuals burst into the Allied Veterans of the World arcade on Babcock Street about 4 a.m. to rob the business, Melbourne police said. The video shows the security officer responding within three seconds, able to control his gunfire, remove himself from harms way, take protective cover and wound one of the robbers.
  • Customer kills gunman during armed robbery attempt at Jacksonville Dollar General

    08/28/2012 10:00:26 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies
    jacksonville.com ^ | August. 28, 2012 | Clifford Davis
    A 57-year-old father and grandfather stopped off on his way home from work Monday night to fill a grocery list his wife left for him that morning. But after entering the Dollar General at 1921 Dunn Ave., he was thrust into an armed robbery that ended with him firing his weapon and one of the two robbers lying dead on the floor. Two men entered the store about 9:20 p.m., both with handguns, said Lt. Rob Schoonover of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. “One of them had the clerk and one of them was at the front cash register,” Schoonover said....
  • Judge to Toss Out Changes in Florida Voter Registration

    08/30/2012 12:31:37 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 29, 2012 | By LIZETTE ALVAREZ
    MIAMI — A federal judge said on Wednesday that he planned to block provisions of a Florida measure that made it harder for organizations to register voters in the state. The measure, part of a broad and contentious 2011 election law in Florida, had a serious impact on third-party voter groups, like the League of Women Voters and Rock the Vote, which filed the suit along with the Florida Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. The groups asserted that the new requirements were onerous and made volunteers vulnerable to fines and even felony charges. Voter registration, particularly among Democratic voters,...
  • Legal Fight with Florida Unions Costs Taxpayers Nearly $500,000

    08/28/2012 8:46:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2012 | Kyle Olsen
    Most people would be thankful if they only had to pay three percent of their salary toward retirement. That would be considered a gift in the private sector. But to Florida’s government employees, it’s a crime and an insult. That’s why the unions have filed a lawsuit, forcing the Florida Department of Management Services to rack up a whopping $499,288 in legal fees (thus far) to defend a new law requiring government employees to pay a paltry three percent towards their state pensions. Unsurprisingly, the unions won the first round in court. There is always a politically-friendly judge – perhaps...
  • Governor appeals ruling on “don’t ask” gun law

    08/27/2012 8:20:51 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is asking an appeals court to restore a state law that would restrict doctors’ discussions of gun ownership with patients. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke on June 29 blocked the state from enforcing the National Rifle Assn.-backed measure. Under the legislation, Florida physicians who were determined to have asked patients about gun ownership without justification, entered unnecessary information about such ownership in medical records or discriminated against gun-owning patients faced possible sanctions by the state medical board.
  • Deputies: RNC protestor arrested with machete strapped to his leg

    08/27/2012 7:47:21 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 34 replies
    Bay News 9 ^ | August 27, 2012 | By Josh Rojas, Reporter
    TAMPA -- A Republican National Convention protestor was arrested while he allegedly carried a machete strapped to his leg, according to deputies. According to Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials, Jason T. Wilson, of Tallahassee, was arrested as he walked in the RNC Event Zone carrying a "full size" machete. When deputies approached Wilson, they said he continued to walk away despite orders to stop. "When deputies caught up to Wilson, he advised he did not have to stop and that he was allowed to carry whatever he wanted," HCSO spokesperson Larry McKinnon said. When deputies attempted to physically stop him, Wilson...
  • St. Petersburg sees first RNC-related arrests after men found on downtown rooftop with weapons

    08/26/2012 4:37:06 AM PDT · by Libloather · 55 replies
    Tampa Bay ^ | 8/26/12 | Kameel Stanley
    St. Petersburg sees first RNC-related arrests after men found on downtown rooftop with weaponsBy Kameel Stanley, Times Staff Writer Tampa Bay Times In Print: Sunday, August 26, 2012 ST. PETERSBURG — Two suspected protesters were arrested after they were found playing with a BB gun atop a downtown parking garage, authorities said. **SNIP** They also found several items indicating the people were protesters, including antigovernment T-shirts and a backpack stuffed with a large machete, a pocketknife, tin snips and a pry tool, Puetz said. The backpack belonged to Trevor Swanson, 19, of St. Petersburg, who is prohibited from having weapons...
  • Charlie Crist continues political makeover with Barack Obama endorsement

    08/27/2012 12:15:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | August 26, 2012 | Steve Bousquet
    ST. PETERSBURG -- Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican-turned-independent, continued his political makeover Sunday by endorsing President Barack Obama’s re-election and calling him “the right leader for our times.” “President Obama has a strong record of doing what is best for America and Florida,” Crist wrote in an op-ed column in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times, “and he built it by spending more time worrying about what his decisions would mean for the people than for his political fortunes. That’s what makes him the right leader for our times, and that’s why I’m proud to stand with him today.” Crist...
  • Deputies: RNC Protestor Arrested With Machete Strapped To His Leg

    08/26/2012 4:05:46 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 53 replies
    http://www.baynews9.com/ ^ | August 26, 2012 | Josh Rojas
    TAMPA -- A Republican National Convention protestor was arrested while he allegedly carried a machete strapped to his leg, according to deputies. According to Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials, Jason T. Wilson, of Tallahassee, was arrested as he walked in the RNC Event Zone carrying a "full size" machete.
  • Bradenton man shoots, wounds attacking pit bull(FL)

    08/25/2012 6:46:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    heraldtribune.com ^ | 20 August, 2012 | Staff
    MANATEE COUNTY - A man with a .38-caliber Ruger shot and injured a pit bull that charged his terrier on a Bradenton street, sheriff’s deputies say. --------------------cut--------------------------- The man, who had a concealed weapon permit, fired his gun into the pit bull’s neck and shoulder. “At this time the shooting appears to be justified and no charges were filed,” the Sheriff’s Office stated.
  • Medicaid plan would transform health care in Florida

    08/24/2012 8:41:53 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 18 replies
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | August 22, 2012 | William E. Gibson
    WASHINGTON – Florida'sfast-growing Medicaid program -- which cares for the state's impoverished children and for most senior citizens in nursing homes -- would lose roughly a third of its federal money under budget plans embraced by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan. Ryan and his Florida supporters say their version of Medicaid would save states drowning in health-care costs while still helping those most in need. It fits the vision of Gov. Rick Scott, who has refused to expand Medicaid under the new health care law, and Republican legislators, who want to turn the program...
  • In Florida and Ohio, seniors back Romney over Obama on Medicare

    08/24/2012 3:24:08 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 16 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | 8/23/2012 | Greg Sargent
    Today’s big New York Times/CBS/Quinnipiac poll found some good news for Barack Obama: In Ohio, Wisconsin, and Florida, voters think Obama would do a better job than Mitt Romney handling Medicare by margins of eight to 10 points. Blowback against Paul Ryan? Well, I’ve got the breakdown of these numbers among seniors, and they are far less encouraging for Obama: In two out of the three states, voters over 65 prefer Romney on Medicare, and in the third, Obama leads, but by a smaller margin. The breakdown sent over by CBS: * In Florida, 48 percent of seniors say Romney...
  • Mayor: ‘Absolutely Prepared To Call Off’ GOP Convention If Isaac Threatens Tampa

    08/22/2012 12:04:23 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 66 replies
    CBS Tampa ^ | 8/22/2012 | CBS Tampa/AP
    TAMPA (CBS Tampa/AP) — Tampa’s mayor warns that the Republican National Convention could be canceled if Tropical Storm Isaac heads for the city. Mayor Bob Buckhorn told CNN that he is more concerned about the safety of his people than holding the convention. “Absolutely we’re prepared to call it off,” Buckhorn explained to CNN. “I mean, human safety and human life trumps politics. I think the RNC recognizes that.” Buckhorn also added that the city has contingency plans ready in case of an emergency. “I don’t think it’s going to be a factor in this particular convention,” Buckhorn told CNN....
  • Police find bricks, pipes and 'anarchist' graffiti on rooftop (near RNC Tampa)

    08/23/2012 3:22:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Fox Tampa ^ | 8/21/2012
    Tampa police say they've confiscated bricks and pipes from a rooftop in Tampa, and discovered what they say is "anarchist" graffiti. The anonymous symbol was spray painted, along with the number "99" in red paint. All of it was found on top of a building at 1000 North Florida Ave., which is at the corner of Florida Avenue and Tyler Street. "We are appreciative that the business owner called us," Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said Tuesday afternoon. "Finding those items for us was not a surprise," she added. "We are just pleased to see the communications process worked the...
  • Tropical Storm Isaac (vanity)

    08/22/2012 12:47:54 PM PDT · by jb729 · 33 replies
    8/22 | Me
    This storm could potentially have a far greater effect than Akin IMO. No matter how strong it is, the media is going to turn this into one of the greatest disasters ever and probably give it to the RNC for throwing a party during it. Obama will be down there handing out water and they'll make him look like a god. People usually rally around the President during disasters. We need to pray this thing turns and stays out of the news.
  • Tampa police find 'suspicious' bricks, pipes on rooftop just days before Republican convention

    08/22/2012 11:18:50 AM PDT · by Joe Brower · 43 replies
    AP ^ | 8/21/2012 | TAMARA LUSH
    Tampa police find 'suspicious' bricks, pipes on rooftop just days before Republican conventionTAMARA LUSH, Associated PressAugust 21, 2012 TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa police said Tuesday that they confiscated pipes, bricks and other "suspicious" items from the rooftop of a downtown building located about a mile from where next week's Republican National Convention will be held. Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said she believes the items were put there by protesters for use during RNC demonstrations. She added that some RNC-related graffiti was also found at the building, but wouldn't elaborate. "It is disconcerting but it's not surprising," she said. "This...
  • Dems prepare to go behind enemy lines at GOP convention in Tampa (Wasserman's war room)

    08/22/2012 2:30:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/21/12 | Mike Lillis
    Dems prepare to go behind enemy lines at GOP convention in TampaBy Mike Lillis - 08/21/12 01:40 PM ET Don't call it sabotage, but as Mitt Romney and the Republicans are taking over Tampa for next week's GOP convention, a sizable crew of Democrats will be there as well, working furiously behind enemy lines in an effort to muffle the GOP message. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), is launching the Democrats' counter attack on Tuesday with a Tampa-based press conference slamming Romney and the Republicans for their opposition to abortion rights — an...
  • Liberals rejoice at the news that Hurricane Isaac could hit Tampa during the RNC

    08/22/2012 6:05:50 AM PDT · by FL2012 · 69 replies
    Examiner ^ | 8/22/2012 | Robert Elliott
    So when a hurricane hits a heavily populated area, it is no laughing matter. But some liberals are enjoying the news anyway.
  • Tampa group says voter rolls rife with felons

    08/21/2012 2:25:25 AM PDT · by scooby321 · 21 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 9/21/2012 | LAUREN Mayk
    A Tampa group that has been combing through voter rolls says thousands of felons are registered to vote in Florida. Tampa Vote Fair says it found the names of 21,582 felons on voter rolls statewide and 1,375 in Hillsborough County. The group says its research shows some of the felons voted while behind bars.
  • Docs vs. Glocks law protects patients(FL)

    08/17/2012 10:10:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    orlandosentinel.com ^ | 17 August, 2012 | Timothy Wheeler
    Why would the Florida Legislature pass a law that prevents doctors from asking patients about guns in their homes? Opponents of the law, now struck down by the U.S. District Court, maintain that the law violates doctors' First Amendment right of free speech. The doctors insist they only want to educate patients about gun safety. But none of the doctor organizations fighting the law have admitted to the public why the "Docs vs. Glocks" law, or Firearm Owner's Privacy Act, was necessary in the first place. Not the American Academy of Pediatrics. Not the American Academy of Family Physicians. Not...