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  • How A Surge In Puerto Rican Voters Is Changing Florida Politics [Red Turing Blue!]

    10/20/2014 4:33:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    YahooNews ^ | October 20, 2014 | Luisita Lopez Torregrosa
    How A Surge In Puerto Rican Voters Is Changing Florida Politics They may lean Democratic, but many —especially the newcomers —are 'up for grabs' By Luisita Lopez Torregrosa A Puerto Rican flag is held by Miami residents at the Calle Ocho Festival in Miami. The road to political victory in Florida is not just a metaphor, it's a place: Interstate 4, the busy highway that cuts across the vote-heavy heart of the state from Tampa to Daytona Beach. And the I-4 corridor, as it's called, now runs through a swing-vote region undergoing significant demographic change. Puerto Ricans have been migrating...
  • Jameis Winston expected to enter NFL Draft, but won't drop out of FSU

    10/20/2014 9:01:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | October 19, 2014 | Jason La Canfora
    Some have suggested that Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston might drop out of school as a way to avoid the institution's investigation into prior sexual assault charges brought against him, as well as an inquiry into whether he violated NCAA rules for being compensated for autographs, but several sources close to him said that is in no way a consideration. Winston intends to fight vigilantly to maintain his innocence in both instances, however, given the current state of his relationship with the upper reaches of FSU, it has become a certainty he will declare for the NFL Draft. Winston...
  • Some in GOP 'Not Comfortable' with Ted Cruz on Campaign Trail

    10/19/2014 4:13:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    NewsMax ^ | October 14, 2014 | Andrea Billups
    While Sen. Ted Cruz may be a star among tea party faithful and other more socially conservative Republicans, he has been less active on the midterm campaign trail as some candidates fear he could polarize voters, The Hill reports. More welcomed in states with tight midterms contests have been Cruz's conservative brothers in the Senate, Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky, who have been counted on to support election bids across the country, the Hill noted. “It’s almost exactly a year ago to the day when [Cruz] led to the government shutdown," Republican strategist Rich Galen told...
  • 'Obama Hasn't Had Your Back': Priebus Zings Wasserman Schultz With Reference to Politico Story

    10/19/2014 12:52:29 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 54 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Non-political junkies might not have noticed, but Reince Priebus got in a real zinger against Debbie Wasserman Schultz today. In a joint appearance on Fox News Sunday, DNC Chair DWS claimed that the key question for voters will be "who has my back?" Shot back RNC Chairman Priebus: "the President hasn't had anybody's back: not even your back." That was a reference to the Politco story "Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz" reporting on President Obama's disdain for Debbie. Since 2012, the White House has wanted to dump DWS as DNC Chair. She is so shut out of meetings with...
  • Obsessive Ex's Cyberstalking Gets Man Fired, Arrested

    10/18/2014 11:38:30 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 44 replies
    ABC News and 20/20 ^ | October 17, 2014 | Mollie Riegger and Alexa Valiente
    A St. Augustine, Florida, man is at ease now that his scorned ex-lover is behind bars. “I finally can breathe again,” Joe Good, 51, said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ “20/20." “Now I don’t feel like every time I see a police car that, ‘Oh, they’re coming for me.’” Good’s former girlfriend of three years, Tawny Blazejowksi, 41, of St. Augustine would stop at nothing to ruin his life after the two broke up. Her web of lies eventually turned Good’s life into a really bad nightmare.She succeeded in getting him arrested three times and fired from his...
  • Florida man arrested for 'stealing thousands of dollars worth of pipes and.....

    10/17/2014 8:56:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 10.17.14 | Associated Press Reporter and Mail Online Reporter
    FULL TITLE: Florida man arrested for 'stealing thousands of dollars worth of pipes and handles from restaurant bathrooms to sell to recycling centers' Police say they've flushed out a man accused of stealing the handles and pipes of toilets in parks and restaurant restrooms around a Florida city. St. Petersburg police said Friday that they arrested 28-year-old homeless man Brian Rinda. He is accused of stealing the plumbing from Cracker Barrel, Burger King, Bob Evans and other restaurants. Police released a photo of a pile of metal toilet parts that they say Rinda stole.
  • First lady to headline Charlie Crist rally [Friday, 10/17]

    10/17/2014 4:16:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 10/14/14 | Anthony Man
    ....ama is headlining a South Florida rally on Friday to gin up enthusiasm for Democratic governor candidate Charlie Crist. She's the latest top tier political celebrity to come to the Sunshine State to boost Crist is his campaign to unseat Gov. Rick Scott. Doors open for the event, at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex Gymnasium, 3000 NW 199th St., Miami Gardens, at 2:45 p.m. The event doesn't start for another two hours.
  • Times poll: Florida medical marijuana amendment in deep trouble

    10/16/2014 3:18:14 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 37 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | October 15, 2014 | Stephen Nohlgren
    A constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Florida is in serious jeopardy. For more than a year, the amendment seemed to enjoy broad support, cutting across political, racial and age lines. But with opposition forces financing TV ads and sheriffs showing up at forums, support for the amendment has slipped dramatically, according to a new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll. Only 48 percent of likely voters said they would vote for Amendment 2. Forty-four percent oppose it and 7 percent said they had not made up their minds. The requirement that it pass by a...
  • Debate organizers say Crist broke the rules by insisting on fan

    10/16/2014 11:20:13 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 37 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 10/16/2014 | Steve Bousquet
    The organizers of Wednesday's statewide TV debate between Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist released a statement Thursday saying that Crist's insistence on having a portable electric fan was a violation of debate rules. Crist adviser Dan Gelber hotly disputes the organizers' accounts and said FPA president Dean Ridings accepted a document with a handwritten notation that included the words "with understanding that debate hosts will address any temperature issues with a fan if necessary." The statement from Leadership Florida reads in part: "Both campaigns received a letter in advance from the debate organizers (FPA and LF) stating the format,...
  • Crist vs. Scott debate, backstory and Scott update [title amended for length]

    10/16/2014 5:33:24 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/16/2014 | Aaron Blake
    Update 8:17 a.m.: Scott's campaign now says he didn't refuse to take the stage and that it was a mix-up -- though it acknowledges that the fan was at issue in the moments before the debate. From Scott campaign manager Melissa Sellers: "So, let's get one thing clear: Rick Scott never refused to take the stage and debate. In fact, our campaign was not notified Charlie had even taken the stage because the last we heard, Crist was in an 'emergency meeting' with debate organizers pleading for his precious fan. "But Charlie Crist can bring his fan, microwave, and toaster...
  • Florida TV: Crist ads ALL MORNING are right after Scott ads. By design?

    10/16/2014 5:43:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    10/16/14
    Yesterday was the governor's debate....Today I tune in to local Miami TV....and though I haven't been watching all morning and every channel all the time (I have a life), I am noticing something new. Every Rick Scott commercial I have seen has been IMMEDIATELY followed by a Charlie Crist commercial....as if the Crist campaign has arranged for special "rebuttal" time after every Rick Scott ad. Am I being kooky?
  • Charlie Crist Violates Debate Rules, Forces Debate Delay

    10/15/2014 6:25:22 PM PDT · by South40 · 80 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct 15, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    In violation of debate rules agreed to by both political campaigns, the ideologically-fluid Charlie Crist had his podium modified with a foreign object in order to keep him more comfortable at the beginning of the Florida gubernatorial debate, causing a delay until both sides could come to a resolution. The Scott campaign eventually acquiesced to Crist's "request" that the debate rules be changed in order for Crist's comfort. The Crist campaign, for their part, maintains that they always requested a modification to the rules - but it's a modification clearly unseen and not agreed to by the Scott campaign.
  • Retire Corrine Brown, Vote for Glo Smith!

    10/15/2014 3:24:07 PM PDT · by spacejunkie2001 · 9 replies
    Please consider supporting Glo over that crazy Corrine Brown in Jacksonville. Glo is not really being supported by the RNC (probably because she's too conservative). Please look at her website and consider a donation to a VERY worthy cause. She is a solid conservative and right up FR's alley.
  • Rick Scott invites Obama to campaign in Florida for Charlie Crist

    10/14/2014 6:58:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Florida's race for governor may be heading deeply into the if you vote for Charlie Crist you are voting for President Obama territory. With the President deep into the barrel of public disaprroval, turning him into a surrogate candidate has been a popular ploy in House and Senate races around the country.
  • Pam Bondi Asks Florida Supreme Court to Rule on Gay Marriage

    10/14/2014 4:26:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 10/14/14 | Allison Nielson
    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking the Florida Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage in the Sunshine State. On Monday, Bondi filed an appeal with the 3rd District Court of Appeal asking them to consider ruling on allowing gay couples to marry in Florida.... "Until recently, the issue was squarely before the United States Supreme Court, and it appeared that a definitive answer was coming," wrote Bondi. "Several certi-orari petitions from several states asked that court to take up the issue and rule. Even those who had prevailed below sought Supreme Court review. The United States Supreme Court...
  • Lefty Rock Critic: Killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown Result of ‘Hatred’ for Obama

    10/14/2014 6:33:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 45 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 10/13/2014 | Tom Johnson
    I’m not a psychiatrist, I haven’t sat down and interviewed George Zimmerman or the cop who shot Michael Brown, I don’t know what their motives are, I don’t know what kind of people they are, what kind of childhood traumas they have experienced. But I don’t think it’s nuts that in a certain way, when that cop killed Michael Brown, and when George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, they were killing Barack Obama.
  • Sarasota schools launches Meatless Mondays

    10/13/2014 10:09:20 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 32 replies
    http://www.wtsp.com | october 6, 2014 | Grayson Kamm
    Link only allowed: http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/local/2014/10/06/meat-off-menu-today-in-sarasota-schools/16795161/
  • North Miami mayoral runoff beset by campaign sign vandalism, theft [White Candidate Targeted]

    10/11/2014 6:06:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    wsvn.com ^ | 10/10/14
    A candidate in North Miami's mayoral runoff election is claiming he's the victim of dirty politics after, he said, dozens of his campaign signs were either defaced or stolen. Block after block, Kevin Burns' signs have been slashed, and in some cases, are completely gone. "Most likely [they used] a box-cutter, and they just, it takes two seconds. It's only corrugated plastic," he said.
  • Claws Come Out in First Debate Between Scott and Crist

    10/11/2014 6:33:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 10/10/14 | Allison Nielson
    ...Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist arrived at WSCV-Telemundo 51 in Miramar Friday for their first of three televised debates.... ....Scott criticized Crist for "sitting on his hands" and "doing nothing" while he was governor as well as making decisions based on "political expediency." When it came to Medicaid, Crist said he’d support its expansion -- a promise he has made repeatedly on the campaign trail. Scott, on the other hand, said he’d oppose such an expansion, saying the state couldn’t afford it, but vowed he was committed to helping Floridians get jobs -- a step he says...
  • Poll: Florida Hispanic voters strongly back Charlie Crist, Medicaid expansion

    10/09/2014 10:02:32 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 44 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Marc Caputo
    Democrat Charlie Crist holds a sizable 53-29 percent lead over Gov. Rick Scott among Hispanic voters, according to a new poll that indicates this fastest growing segment of the electorate doesn’t like Republican positions on immigration, Medicaid and the minimum wage.
  • Lawsuit: Gov. Rick Scott Shields More Than $200 million In Assets

    10/09/2014 6:08:26 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 29 replies
    Tampa BayTimes ^ | October 8, 2014 | Mary Ellen Klas
    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott has failed to report more than $200 million in assets on his state financial disclosure form in violation of the Florida Constitution, Democratic attorney general candidate George Sheldon alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. Sheldon, a former deputy attorney general under Bob Butterworth, is running against Republican Pam Bondi. His lawsuit, filed in Leon County just weeks before Election Day, accuses the governor of relying on a "web of complex financial arrangements" to shift investments and hide his "financial interests from public view." Sheldon is asking a judge to order Scott, Florida's wealthiest governor, to...
  • Miami-Dade Politicians Have Grave Concerns About Ebola, Bat Meat and Central Air Condition

    10/08/2014 2:56:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Miami New Times ^ | October 8, 2014 | Kyle Munzenrieder
    As a hub of international shipping and travel it stands to reason that Miami might be at a higher risk to report a case of ebola. It also stands to reason that since Miami's economy is dependent on tourism a reported case of ebola could have serious business consequences. So it's not surprising either that Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the county commission are taking extra precautions to prepare for the possibility of ebola in the 305. Come to think of it actually, it's not that surprising that they seem to have no idea what they're talking about either. The...
  • Rev. Al Sharpton urges Eatonville congregation to vote in upcoming election

    10/07/2014 11:44:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Bright House Networks News 13 ^ | October 7, 2014 | Bakari Savage, Reporter
    EATONVILLE -- Rev. Al Sharpton spoke to the congregation at the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Eatonville, invoking Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis as he urged members to vote in the upcoming election. “How do we answer Stand Your Ground in Florida? How do we answer our outrage over Trayvon Martin? How do we answer the things that we consider abusive and disrespectful and offensive? We go to the polls!" Sharpton said Tuesday. "They should not say, in the light of all that we’ve seen in Florida, that we were missing in action when we had an opportunity to do...
  • Passenger with Ebola symptoms removed from plane at Orlando International Airport

    10/06/2014 2:24:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    ORLANDO -- A passenger who became ill with Ebola like symptoms on a flight from Houston to Orlando was isolated and removed from the plane Monday. Orlando International Airport officials said the passenger was on Southwest Airlines flight #718 and became ill. The flight crew spoke with the passenger who told them he had traveled to West Africa at the end of August....
  • Florida QB Treon Harris under investigation for sexual battery

    10/06/2014 12:27:22 PM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    SI ^ | October 6, 2014 | Ben Estes
    Florida quarterback Treon Harris is being investigated by university police for sexual battery after he was accused of sexually assaulting a female student in a residence hall early Sunday morning, the school announced Monday. Harris has been indefinitely suspended from all team activities. Gainesville police are assisting campus police department in its investigation.
  • Rick Scott wedding dress ad clad in controversy [Liberals Upset @ College Republicans!]

    10/05/2014 6:45:33 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    tbo.com ^ | 10/2/14
    Of the many things that could be compared to candidates for governor, a wedding dress has to rank pretty low on the list. But the College Republican National Committee did just that with its series of “Say Yes to the Candidate” ads, spoofs on the “Say Yes to the Dress” reality show that airs on TLC. First up was an ad comparing the “Rick Scott,” a modern dress favored by the bride, to the “Charlie Crist,” an “outdated” model favored by the bride’s mother.
  • Secy. Kerry says Iran can help defeat ISIS

    09/19/2014 3:58:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 19, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    Secretary of State John Kerry said that the United States welcomes potential action on the part of Iran to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) while the Obama administration maintains it is not coordinating militarily with the nation. In remarks to the United Nations Security Council in New York on Friday, Kerry called for a "holistic, global campaign" to defeat ISIS, noting, "the coalition required to eliminate ISIL is not only, nor even primarily, military in nature," he said using an alternate acronym for the group. "The fact is there is a role for nearly every country...
  • DNC chief vows to stay in office

    10/04/2014 12:58:43 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 3, 2014 | Ben Kamisar
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) reaffirmed her commitment to stay on as Democratic National Committee chairwoman in the aftermath of reports suggesting the party is souring over her leadership. “I was elected to a four-year term, and I will serve as DNC chair till Jan. 21, 2017,” she said to the Sun Sentinel. ADVERTISEMENT A Politico article published last month said Wasserman Schultz is losing the support of prominent Democrats, including President Obama. It also said the White House debated replacing her as DNC chair, going as far as selecting a candidate before deciding against the change. The report came...
  • For every Michael Dunn guilty verdict, a George Zimmerman still goes free

    10/02/2014 11:14:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 2, 2014 | Syreeta McFadden
    We want to believe in justice for all, but when guns are in white privileged hands, blind justice remains impossible to expect.“I think it’s a vindication for justice.” Angela Corey said that. This is the same Angela Corey whose office failed, not so long ago, to secure a guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. But there was the Florida state attorney on Wednesday afternoon, having secured a guilty verdict – delivered by a mostly white-male jury in about five hours – that condemned Michael Dunn to a minimum of 25 years...
  • Waldo Disbands Police Force in Tiny Speed Trap Town Amid Legal Issues (Florida )

    10/02/2014 2:00:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Oct 2014
    The police force has been disbanded in Waldo, Florida, a tiny town with a big speed trap reputation. On Tuesday, the Waldo City Council voted 4-1 to eliminate the department just weeks after the chief and interim chief resigned because of state investigations into many issues, including an illegal ticket quota
  • Bus service suspended in Lake County over bomb threat (Central Florida....again)

    10/02/2014 7:49:04 AM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 10 replies
    WESH ^ | Oct 02, 2014 | WESH2 News
    LAKE COUNTY, Fla. —A bomb threat shut down LakeXpress bus service Thursday morning over a bomb threat, authorities said. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad was on scene and searching buses. One bus in South Leesburg was evacuated and passengers were checked out. No devices have been found so far.
  • newest florida chamber poll...voters continue to support governor scott’s reelection

    10/01/2014 8:29:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    flchamber.com ^ | 9/30/14
    According to the latest Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) poll released today at the Future of Florida Forum in Orlando, likely voters continue to have a more positive view of the future and favor Governor Rick Scott in the state’s top leadership race. Jobs and the economy (29 percent) continue to be the number one issue among voters, followed by education (19 percent) and healthcare (6 percent). “Florida voters are smart. They continue recognizing Governor Scott is doing what he said he would do,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of the Florida Chamber Political Institute. “More than 640,000 private-sector...
  • Log Cabin Republicans: Can GOP gays win gay South Florida again for Rick Scott?

    09/29/2014 7:36:16 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 29, 2014 | Steve Rothaus
    An op-ed from Matt Chen of the Broward Republican Executive Committee: Early voting will begin next week. By Election Day one would presume the demonized homophobic and racist Rick Scott will end up with 95% of the substantial South Florida Gay vote going to Democrat Charlie Crist. Not so, my friends. Sure that's hard to understand when the Florida Agenda perpetually portrays the GOP as virulently and violently homophobic. But Gay Democrats have routinely been stunned to find out that 25-35% of Gay voters routinely vote Republican, according to exit polling.
  • Bomb threats reported at 2 Lake County schools, cops say (Central Florida)

    09/29/2014 8:50:16 AM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 21 replies
    ClickOrlando ^ | 9/29/2014 | Daniel Dahm
    GROVELAND, Fla. - Another bomb threat has been reported at a Lake County school on Monday morning, according to officials. Lake County Sheriff's Office said a bomb threat was reported at Clermont Middle School. Deputies and Clermont police officers are on scene investigating. It's not clear if evacuations have been ordered at Clermont Middle School. The second bomb threat report comes hours after students and staff were evacuated from South Lake High School in Groveland. School officials said students, who were taken to the school's football field, were not being released from the campus.
  • Series of fireballs light up Eastern US sky

    09/25/2014 2:28:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    theindychannel.com ^ | Sep 25, 2014
    A series of fireballs lit up the night sky across the eastern U.S. Tuesday night and Wednesday morning just hours apart. ... More than 420 witnesses reported seeing the fireball streaking across the sky, with those reports from Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. Among the reports AMS received in Indiana, one person in Greenwood described the fireball as having "small reddish sparks as it snuffed out, scattered in all directions." ... Three of the four reported fireballs happened within 90 minutes of each other, with the other reports over New Jersey, Tennessee and Florida. "It is rare that multiple...
  • When you think of Eric Holder, please remember Elian Gonzalez

    09/27/2014 5:01:59 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 9-27-14 | Amy Miller
    Don’t let that pre-Attorney General debacle go down the memory hole. As we count down Eric Holder’s greatest hits, the first image that comes to the mind of many Americans isn’t that of Brian Terry, or of Black Panthers outside polling places, but of a screaming child staring down the barrel of a rifle. On April 22, 2000, just before dawn, U.S federal agents executed a full-blown raid on the home of five year old Elian Gonzalez, seizing the child and setting in motion procedures to send Elian and his father back to Cuba. I was only a freshman in...
  • Seminole County schools evacuated after bomb threats (Central Florida)

    09/26/2014 12:50:20 PM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 20 replies
    http://www.sun-sentinel.com ^ | September 26, 2014 | Gal Tziperman Lotan
    Elementary schools in Seminole County were evacuated this afternoon after receiving bomb threats, a Seminole County Sheriff's spokeswoman said. Deputies evacuated Casselberry, Winter Springs, Lawton, English Estates, Red Bug, Lake Orienta, Forest City and Spring Lake elementary schools, sheriff's spokeswoman Heather Smith said in a statement. It was not immediately clear whether the threats were valid. Deputies are investigating where the calls came from. Officials are reporting that Winter Springs, Forest City and Lake Orienta have been searched and cleared.
  • Crunch time for Jeb Bush

    09/26/2014 10:04:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | September 26, 2014 | Ben White
    It’s now or never for Jeb Bush. The former Florida governor flirted with presidential runs in 2008 and 2012 but ultimately demurred, always with the flickering possibility of mounting a campaign down the road. But at 61 years old, the second son of former President George Herbert Walker Bush is now likely facing his last shot at the White House.
  • Jacksonville-built Super Tucano — first made in U.S. — rolls off the line

    09/25/2014 12:05:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Jacksonville Business Journal ^ | Sep 25, 2014 | Jensen Werley
    The first A29 Super Tucano manufactured in the United States made its debut today in a ceremony at the Embraer facility at Jacksonville International Airport. The light air support defense plane, contracted by the U.S. Air Force from Sierra Nevada Corp. and built by Brazilian-based Embraer, has passed its military certifications and was officially approved for use by the Air Force. The Afghan National Army for light air support will eventually use the plane. "The capability speaks for itself," said Taco Gilbert, vice president of the Sierra Nevada Corp. "It's gotten its air worthiness approval, which is a stamp of...
  • Poll: Florida governor race a toss-up

    09/24/2014 8:11:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/24/2014 | By STEVEN SHEPARD
    The Florida governor’s race — on pace to be 2014’s most expensive, grueling campaign — is a dead heat with six weeks until Election Day, according to a new poll out Wednesday. Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist are neck-and-neck in the new Quinnipiac University poll. Scott is at 44 percent among likely voters, the survey shows, compared with 42 percent for Crist and 8 percent for Libertarian Adrian Wyllie. Scott has a slight edge over Crist among independents, 44 percent to 37 percent. And the gender gap tilts in his favor: He leads Crist by 8...
  • Hillary Clinton to campaign for Charlie Crist

    09/23/2014 2:20:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/22/14 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Hillary Clinton will headline a fundraising dinner for Florida Democratic gubernatorial Charlie Crist next month, putting her in a key presidential state in the midterms battle, according to an invitation.
  • At Lake Mary gun show, Zimmerman details what life is like

    09/21/2014 12:58:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 20, 2014 | Caitlin Dineen
    ith a smile on his face, George Zimmerman spent Saturday afternoon posing for photos, sharing hugs and shaking hands with gun enthusiasts at a firearms expo in Lake Mary.. "It's so odd to me," said Zimmerman, about the celebrity treatment he receives in public. "[But] it is appreciated." In his first interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Zimmerman described life after his acquittal last year in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The former Neighborhood Watch volunteer shot the unarmed black teen in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012. Now life for the 30-year-old is completely different. He's always moving. He's...
  • Boehner and Pelosi Unite to Pass Bill Funding Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, Syrian Revolutionaries

    09/20/2014 2:59:46 PM PDT · by chemicalman · 21 replies
    CNSNews ^ | September 17, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) joined forces early Wednesday evening as the House passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government after the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and that will permit funding for Planned Parenthood (the nation's largest abortion provider), the entirety of Obamacare, and an amendment requested by President Barack Obama "to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition." The bill passed 319 to 108 with four members not voting. But there were not enough Republican members to pass the bill without...
  • Pat Buchanan: Romney Is Going To Run In 2016 ("Only cure for presidential fever is embalming fluid")

    09/07/2014 2:50:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | September 6, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Pat Buchanan predicted Mitt Romney will run for president on this weekend's broadcast of The McLaughlin Group. "There is no doubt Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Mitt Romney are in the establishment category or bracket that are headed for the finals," Buchanan said. "I think Mitt would come out first but I really don't see Bush as really having the drive or inner drive. And I think, then you get Mitt Romney against someone like a Cruz, or someone like that, and I think that would be the finals. And I think that Mitt has got it in his heart...
  • Law School course: “historical trajectory of Trayvon Martin case”

    09/19/2014 11:15:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 19, 2014 | Andrew Branca
    Taught by attorney for the Martin family.A JD student at the University of Miami School of Law–and a long-time fan of “The Law of Self Defense”–contacted me recently to share a notice he’d received from the school. It seems for the Fall 2014 semester they will be offering a “short course” (good for one credit) with a focus on the Trayvon Martin case, entitled “Legal Advocacy, Media and the Pursuit of Social Justice.” The first note of interest is that the course is being “taught” by none other than Jasmine Rand, an attorney with the firm of Crump & Park....
  • Reports of mass shooting in North Florida

    09/18/2014 5:16:14 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 79 replies
    WKMG ^ | 9/18/2014
    BELL, Fla. - A mass shooting has been reported in a small town near Gainesville on Thursday night.The shooting was reported in the town of Bell in Gilchrest County, which is about 140 miles from downtown Orlando.It's not clear how many victims were shot, but there are reports that children were among the victims.A news conference is set for 8 p.m. Local 6 has a crew on its way to the scene.Check back for more on this developing story.
  • Panel to discuss 'racial disparity' in Stand Your Ground law

    09/19/2014 1:15:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel ^ | September 18, 2014 | David Harris, Orlando Sentinel
    The mother of a teen slain at a Jacksonville gas station after he and his friends refused to turn down their music will be among the panelists at a seminar in Orlando about the controversial Stand Your Ground law. Jordan Davis' mother, Lucia McBath, will be among the experts examining whether there is racial disparity in the application or enforcement of Stand Your Ground laws. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is hosting the forum, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17 in the grand ballroom of the Rosen Centre Hotel on International Drive. The forum...
  • Sources: Howard Stern to Move to Palm Beach Permanently (reason: taxes)

    09/18/2014 11:13:11 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 28 replies
    © Copyright 2013 GossipExtra.com · All Rights Reserved ^ | September 16, 2014 | by Jose Lambiet
    PALM BEACH — No matter what his professional future holds, satellite radio star Howard Stern is planning to move to Palm Beach permanently after the $10 million-renovation of his $52 million-house is completed early next year...One of the sources added that Stern is well aware of the benefits of declaring residency in a no-income tax state like Florida and homesteading his property.
  • Federal Appeals Court Rebukes Florida Cops for Using SWAT-Style Raids to Check Barbers' Licenses

    09/18/2014 6:11:42 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 52 replies
    Reason.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Today a federal appeals court rebuked police in Orange County, Florida, for mounting a warrantless, SWAT-style raid on a barbership under the pretense of assisting state inspectors. "We have twice held, on facts disturbingly similar to those presented here, that a criminal raid executed under the guise of an administrative inspection is constitutionally unreasonable," says the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. "We hope that the third time will be the charm." On August 19, 2010, two inspectors from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) visited the Strictly Skillz Barbershop in Orlando...
  • Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    09/18/2014 2:32:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    politico.com ^ | 9/17/14 | EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE
    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most. Long-simmering doubts about her have reached a peak after two recent public flubs: criticizing the White House’s handling of the border crisis and comparing the tea party to wife beaters. ....One example that sources point to as particularly troubling: Wasserman Schultz repeatedly trying to get the DNC to cover the costs of her wardrobe. In 2012,...