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  • 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 ...
  • Sunken treasure off N.J.'s coast? Florida diver lays claim to ship wreck site

    09/23/2012 8:04:55 AM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | 22 Sept 2012 | Stephen Stirling
    It was buried among the legal ads in a local newspaper this week, nary two paragraphs long amid public notices from municipalities and legal name changes. It was a federal court announcement, but no ordinary one, from a treasure hunter announcing to "modern day pirates" that he was laying claim to a previously undiscovered Civil War-era shipwreck buried off the coast of Asbury Park — the maritime equivalent of a wedding officiant asking "if anyone has reason for these two not to be wed, speak now or forever hold your peace." The "groom" is Allan Gardner, a Florida diver who...
  • 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.
  • Walmart employee murdered, suspect's body found nearby, police said

    09/22/2012 9:12:27 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | South Florida Sun Sentinel | Wayne K. Roustan
    Margate police Saturday identified the shoplifting suspect who fatally shot a Walmart security employee who tried to stop him from taking two packages of T-shirts. Police say Terrell Kennith Johnson, 22, shot the store's asset protection associate, Lewis Jhon, around 7:15 p.m. Friday, at 5555 W Atlantic Blvd., in Margate.
  • Marco Rubio Launches Twitter Rant Against American Airlines

    09/22/2012 5:48:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    ABC ^ | 9/22/12 | Arlette Saenz
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., launched a Twitter tirade against American Airlines Friday night after experiencing delay problems involving a flight to D.C... @marcorubio: Trying to get to DC for early morning votes tonight but let's just say this has not been the best week in American Airlines history. A sample of more of Rubio's tweets: @marcorubio: Delaying flight for "maintenance" to squeeze connectors from other flight, oldest trick in book.Feel bad for crew.#cmonman #AmericanAirlines
  • 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...
  • Feds turn tables on Florida Gov. Rick Scott, deny storm money

    09/22/2012 3:17:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Tampa-St. Petersburg Times ^ | September 22, 2012 | Toluse Olorunnipa
    TALLAHASSEE — Time after time since taking office, Gov. Rick Scott has boasted of rejecting billions of dollars from the federal government. Now, Washington has turned the tables, shutting down Scott's plea for financial aid in a move that almost instantly took on political tones. The Federal Emergency Management Agency refused Scott's request for a presidential declaration of disaster for damages caused by Tropical Storm Isaac, declining to provide $26.9 million in aid to hard-hit counties. Scott moved this week to appeal the decision, but not before the issue was cast in a political light, highlighting Florida's importance in the...
  • Mike Duncan: Undecided Voters Will Choose Romney Late in Campaign

    09/21/2012 10:52:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 21, 2012 | Jim Meyers and John Bachman
    Mike Duncan, chairman of the powerful super PAC American Crossroads, tells Newsmax.TV that undecided voters will make up their minds late in the campaign and elect Mitt Romney as the next president. He also says he is confident that Republicans will retain control of the House and are within “striking distance” of winning the Senate. (VIDEO AT LINK) Duncan served as the chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2007 to 2009, and on the campaigns of five presidents. He is also the president and CEO of American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. His political action committee American Crossroads, backed...
  • FL poll: Mitt Romney 48%, Obama 47%

    09/21/2012 9:46:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Miami Herald's Naked Politics ^ | September 21, 2012 | Marc Caputo
    The latest Purple Strategies poll is out, and shows Mitt Romney with 48 percent support in Florida, and Barack Obama with 47 percent. More: Direction of the Country Right direction: 37% Wrong direction: 55% Not sure: 8% Obama Favorability Favorable: 47% Unfavorable: 49% Not sure: 4% Romney Favorability Favorable: 44% Unfavorable: 49% Not sure: 7% Describes Romney: can handle a crisis Very well: 32% Somewhat well: 21% Not too well: 19% Not well at all: 19% Not sure: 9% Describes Romney: has the right temperament to be President Very well: 37% Somewhat well: 17% Not too well: 18% Not well...
  • Egypt issues arrest warrants for Florida pastor Terry Jones, 7 others

    09/18/2012 8:53:04 AM PDT · by rarestia · 91 replies
    BayNews9 (AP) ^ | Tuesday, September 18, 2012 | Staff
    <p>Egypt's general prosecutor has issued arrest warrants for controversial Gainesville pastor Terry Jones and seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and referred them to trial on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that has sparked riots across the Muslim world.</p> <p>The prosecutor's office says the seven men and one woman, all of whom are believed to be outside of Egypt, are charged with harming national unity, insulting and publicly attacking Islam and spreading false information. The office says they could face the death penalty.</p>
  • Poll shows Jewish support for Obama in Florida down 7 percent from 2008

    09/20/2012 11:01:53 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 41 replies ^ | Sept. 20, 2012 | Haviv Rettig Gur
    Support for President Barack Obama among Jews in the state of Florida is down 7 percent on 2008, according to an American Jewish Committee (AJC) poll released Thursday. A total of 69% of Florida Jews said they would vote for Obama in November’s presidential elections, down from 76% in 2008, the AJC noted. A 7% drop in the Jewish vote likely represents over 50,000 votes in a state that the Republicans won in 2000 by fewer than 600 votes. The 69% figure closely matches the results of a Gallup poll among Jewish voters nationwide from last weekend, which put support...
  • Union Mob Hogs All the Seats in “Public” Negotiation Session

    09/21/2012 6:27:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | September 21, 2012 | Kyle Olsen
    More and more school districts are holding union contract negotiations in full view of the public. That positive development allows taxpayers - those people footing the bill for the giveaways authorized by the board - to learn where their money goes and why. By witnessing the process they can form their own opinions, free of the media filter and union spin. The unions have never liked this idea, and apparently have found a way to get around it: Arrange to have union members and supporters take all the seats reserved for the public. That will leave John and Jane Doe...
  • Attorney Larry Klayman Appeals Florida Obama Ballot Access Lawsuit (Voeltz w/Arpaio Affidavit)

    09/20/2012 10:21:11 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 25 replies ^ | September 20, 2012 | Larry Klayman
    The only so called evidence of Appellee Obama's birth within the United States has come in the form of an electronic version posted on the internet. (R.112) There is uncontroverted evidence, however, on the record, to show that this "birth certificate" has either been altered or is entirely fraudulent. (R.260-278) No physical, paper copy has ever been presented to firmly establish that Appellee Obama was indeed born within the United States. (R.112) Yet even if his purported "birth certificate" is to be believed, Appellee Obama was born to a mother who was a citizen of the United States, and a...
  • Netanyahu Bashing Obama’s Appeasement in Campaign Ad Showing Today in Florida

    09/20/2012 6:07:23 AM PDT · by Zionista Feminista · 32 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | September 20, 2012 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    In a new presidential campaign television advertisement which starts airing today, September 20, in parts of southern Florida, there’s only one person on screen and that one man isn’t running for president of the United States. In fact, that one man is not even an American, although he is well-known to most people in the heavily-Jewish communities of Southern Florida – it’s Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Secure America Now is the organization behind the thirty second ad which shows Netanyahu talking about what many consider to be the over-arching foreign policy issue of our time – the potential nuclear...
  • 'The candidate of Yes We Can has become the President of No I Can't':

    09/20/2012 4:05:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Mail online ^ | September 20, 2012 | Toby Harnden In Sarasota, Florida
    Mitt Romney has seized on President Barack Obama's statement that he 'can't change Washington from the inside by telling him: 'He can only change it from outside? Well, we're going to give him a chance in November. He's going outside!' Speaking at a rally in Sarasota, Florida, Romney reacted swiftly to Obama's comment in a Univision television forum: 'The most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside.'
  • Secret Romney Videos May Violate Florida’s Privacy Laws

    09/19/2012 1:30:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/19/12 | Jason Howerton
    Secret Romney Videos May Violate Florida’s Privacy LawsPosted on September 19, 2012 at 6:53am by Jason Howerton A number of undercover videos showing GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney talking candidly at a private fundraiser have been making headlines this week. The event was held in the home of Marc Leder in Boca Raton, Fla. Florida is classified a two party consent state, meaning it is illegal to intercept or record a “wire, oral, or electronic communication” unless all parties express consent. Assuming that Romney did not consent to being recorded, which certainly doesn’t appear to be the case, it may...
  • Shuttle Endeavor flies over Space Coast one last time

    09/19/2012 5:32:13 AM PDT · by shove_it · 32 replies
    CFNews 13 ^ | 19 Sep 2012 | Jerry Hume
    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER -- Space shuttle Endeavour has taken off for one last flight over the Space Coast. Endeavour and its 747 took off from Kennedy Space Center at 7:22 a.m. EDT Wednesday, just after sunrise. Endeavour will make it as far as Houston on Wednesday, after flying low over NASA facilities along the way. The shuttle will arrive at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday. In mid-October, it will be transported down city streets to the California Science Center... (photos at link)

    09/18/2012 6:16:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 41 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 17, 2012 | Jason Howerton
    >A college professor at Brevard Community College (BCC) in Cocoa, Fla. has been placed on leave after she allegedly required her class to sign a pledge to vote for President Barack Obama “and Democrats up and down the ticket. Campus Reform reports that professor Sharon Sweet at BCC allegedly told students to sign a pledge that states: “I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket.”The pledge came from “,” a website paid for by the Obama campaign.The Leadership Institute’s Campus Reform has more: University administrators said they learned about the incident late Thursday afternoon...
  • Nassau couple charged after sex on the highway turns to confrontation

    09/18/2012 1:50:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | September 18, 2012 | Dana Treen
    Passion in a moving car on Interstate 95 ended in a Fernandina Beach couple’s arrest Sunday when another motorist who witnessed the sex was followed by the lovers and confronted, according to an arrest report. In addition to indecent exposure, Ernest Felix Gonzales, 27, and Suzanne Welker, 31, were charged Sunday with aggravated assault for pulling a gun, according to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office. Around 3 p.m. Sunday near the Nassau County line, a man and woman engaged in a sex act were spotted from the another lane. Then the woman, who the report said was “naked and could...
  • 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) Family Faces ($250 per day) Fines for Hosting Bible Study

    09/18/2012 5:34:05 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 17, 2012 | Todd Starnes
    A Florida family is facing fines for hosting a weekly Bible study in their home – an act that city officials argue violates zoning codes. Shane and Marlen Roessiger, of Venice, Fla. are facing a $250 per day fine for hosting Friday night prayer and Bible study gatherings that are attended by as many as 10 people. “It is difficult to understand how it is illegal to have a prayer meeting on Friday night with a half dozen people but it is alright if I invited the same group on Monday evening to watch Monday night Football,” Roessiger said. The...
  • College suspends professor for allegedly attempting to force students to vote for Obama

    09/17/2012 8:41:53 PM PDT · by profit_guy · 48 replies ^ | Sep 17, 2012 | Oliver Darcy
    A college professor has been placed on leave after she allegedly forced her class to sign a pledge to vote for President Obama in the upcoming elections. Early last week Professor Sharon Sweet at Brevard Community College (BCC) allegedly told students to sign a pledge that reads: “I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket.”
  • Lawyer for Trayvon’s Parents Complain About Zimmerman Facebook Request

    09/17/2012 4:08:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Black Entertainment Television ^ | September 17, 2012 | Jonathan P. Hicks
    The lawyer for Trayvon Martin’s parents harshly criticized efforts by George Zimmerman’s attorneys to obtain the school records and Facebook information for the deceased 17-year-old high school student, saying they were irrelevant to the case. “Zimmerman’s lawyers are attempting to assassinate Trayvon Martin’s character,” said Benjamin Crump, in an interview with “Whatever Trayvon had on his Facebook page or whatever was in his school records have nothing to do with why Zimmerman shot him.” Crump said he is seeking to obtain Zimmerman’s medical records. “The medical condition and medical history of George Zimmerman is far more relevant to the...
  • Cuba-related donations are down this electoral cycle (for Obama and democrats)

    09/17/2012 4:52:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 16, 2012 | Juan O. Tamayo
    ....John Henry Cabańas, the pro-Castro Miami businessman who donated $75,000 to President Barack Obama’s coffers in 2008 and $14,400 to Joe Garcia’s bid for a U.S. congressional seat in 2010, has given them nothing this year. ...Although the number of Cuban Americans traveling to the island spiked after Obama lifted virtually all restrictions on such trips in 2009, Cabańas said increased competition has cut his profits to the nub. Cabańas, 70, also strongly denied campaign whispers that Obama campaign officials asked him not to contribute this year because of his very public support for Fidel Castro. He once called the...
  • CNN lapdog adds ‘breadbasket’ to Handbook of Racial Code Words after hearing Paul Ryan speech

    09/15/2012 11:37:50 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 79 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 09/15/2012 | Twitchy Staff
    @PeterHambyCNN: Ryan just called Florida "the breadbasket of the South" ... phrase has Civil War origins. Florida a major supplier food to the Confederacy
  • 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...
  • Teacher At Community College Makes Class Sign “Vote For Obama” Pledge

    09/16/2012 7:20:03 AM PDT · by seekthetruth · 66 replies
    Florida Watchdog Wire ^ | 16 Sep 2012 | Dr. Richard Swier
    A citizen, whose nephew attends Brevard Community College, reports that he brought home the below bookmark pledging to vote for President Obama. The bookmark and pledge was handed out during a mathematics class taught by Assistant Professor Sharon Sweet. This occurred “while the student was in class at the request of his College Algebra teacher, Sharon Sweet, from Brevard Community College in [Melbourne] Florida.”
  • More Strawberry Birds

    09/15/2012 9:57:17 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 39 replies
    self | Sept 16. 2012 | swampsniper
    I got these Thursday after a doctor's appointment. Not much time, just one pass along the water and I had to head back to catch the bus.The Roseate Spoonbills with white feathered heads are the young birds, breeding age birds develope the bronze helmet look.
  • Police: Boy’s Bowels Ruptured After Miami Beach Beating

    09/15/2012 4:55:33 AM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 9.15.2012 | CBS
    MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) — A 23-year-old Miami-Dade man is being held on $251,000 after police say he severely beat his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son. The child remains in critical condition at Miami Children’s Hospital and one veteran officer says the story “breaks your heart.” Sgt. Bobby Hernandez of the Miami Beach Police Department tells CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “It breaks your heart. It really breaks your heart because a child is so innocent. He can’t even defend himself.” The judge in bond court on Friday was so concerned that the child might not survive that she raised bond for the defendant, Gabby...
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Popularity Takes a Nosedive

    09/15/2012 6:09:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 9/14/12 | Nancy Smith
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Popularity Takes a NosediveBy: Nancy Smith | Posted: September 14, 2012 3:55 AM **SNIP** Problems for the DNC chair began the week of the Republican National Convention in Tampa. In a fundraising letter Wasserman Schultz claimed that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney had directly intervened in the writing of the party’s platform on policies regarding abortion. The letter quotes its source as the Los Angeles Times, but as many media outlets and fact checkers have since pointed out, the supporting claims were misquoted and misrepresented in the article to which Wasserman Schultz was referring. “Do you at...
  • Scott Rasmussen rejects Chuck Todd’s ‘inaccurate’ interpretation of Fla. poll

    09/14/2012 4:07:12 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 53 replies
    On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday, NBC White House correspondent and MSNBC “The Daily Rundown” host Chuck Todd more-or-less predicted that President Barack Obama would win Florida in November, citing the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that gives Obama a five-point edge over Republican candidate Mitt Romney in that state.
  • F. Chuck Todd Doubts the Polls

    09/14/2012 6:28:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Excellence in Broadcasting Network ^ | September 14, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I got this last night. Wall Street Journal, NBC poll. And it was depressing, folks. You know what it was? I don't have it right in front of me, but I remember it. In essence, it said it's over in Virginia, Florida, and Ohio for Romney. The latest NBC News/Washington Post poll has shown that President Obama has pulled ahead in these three swing states to the point that if Romney's to have any chance whatsoever he's going to have to convince Obama voters to vote for him because the undecideds have already made up their minds....
  • Obama Holds Lead In 3 Key States

    09/14/2012 6:04:49 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 64 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | September 14, 2012 | NEIL KING JR. And DANNY YADRON
    BY NEIL KING JR. With few voters still on the fence, President Barack Obama holds leads over Mitt Romney in new polls of Ohio, Florida and Virginia, three of the states likely to determine who wins the White House in November. Mr. Obama has fought Mr. Romney to a draw on the question of which candidate is best equipped to grapple with the economy, the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist Poll surveys suggest. Mr. Romney's campaign is built largely on an argument that he can best reinvigorate the economy. Among likely voters, Mr. Obama leads Mr. Romney by seven percentage...
  • Trayvon Martin to go under the public microscope, like George Zimmerman did

    09/14/2012 7:20:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Examiner ^ | September 14, 2012 | Radell Smith
    On Friday, Sept. 14, the Orlando Sentinel stated that in response to the defense seeking Trayvon Martin's social media records and school records, which could show behavioral issues and more about the deceased, that the prosecution will release additional records on the accused next week. The family of the deceased has called the defense's request for personal records as "character assassination" and a "witch hunt," but any criminal defense attorney worth their salt calls it putting on a complete defense for their accused client. And since George Zimmerman's own life hangs in the balance in a court of law, it...
  • Why Florida Is Still Up for Grabs for Obama or Romney

    09/14/2012 7:49:07 AM PDT · by Marie · 42 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Sep 14, 2012 | David Freedlander
    A new poll out Thursday evening from NBC News and The Wall Street Journal gives Barack Obama some breathing room in three key states—Virginia, Ohio, and perhaps most importantly Florida, a state that analysts say is crucial to Mitt Romney’s hopes of winning the White House. There the poll gives Obama a 49-44 edge, and comes on the heels of a poll out Thursday afternoon that gave brief hope to the Romney campaign. That poll, sponsored by the Associated Industries of Florida, a pro-business lobbying group, puts Romney up 50-47 in the state. It, however, comes with caveats. The survey...
  • Biz group FL poll: Romney 50%-Obama 47%

    09/13/2012 11:10:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Miami Herald's Naked Politics ^ | September 13, 2012 | Marc Caputo
    The Associated Industries of Florida business group has released snippets of a survey taken by Mclaughlin & Associates, a firm that typically polls for Republicans, which finds Mitt Romney clinging to an inside-the-error-margin lead over President Obama, 50-47%, among likely voters. The AIF numbers suggest a significant bounce compared to pre-convention surveys from Quinnipiac University and CNN/Time/ORC (Although Public Policy Polling, which typically surveys for Democrats, found Obama up by just 1 before and after the conventions). And the Florida figures show a more comfortable lead for Romney now than he faces nationwide, where most surveys indicate Obama got a...
  • Trayvon Martin’s parents get guidance on ‘Dr. Phil’

    09/13/2012 8:25:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 13, 2012 | Hal Boedeker
    Dr. Phil McGraw offers counseling to the parents of Trayvon Martin in a “Dr. Phil” episode to air nationally Friday. Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, says to lose his child in such a harsh way tears him up. Trayvon Martin, 17, was fatally shot by George Zimmerman on Feb. 26 in Sanford. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder. “He didn’t deserve to die,” Tracy Martin says. He also says that he wishes he could have taken the bullet for his son. In another clip, McGraw tells Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, that she needs to give voice to her feelings and...
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • 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.
  • Romney: I wouldn’t turn down Netanyahu meeting

    09/12/2012 12:21:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 12, 2012 | Rachel Weiner
    While greeting supporters in Jacksonville, Fla. after his press conference on the attacks in Egypt and Libya, Mitt Romney took a subtle swipe at President Obama’s relations with Israel. “I can’t ever imagine if the Prime Minister of Israel asked to meet with me, I can’t imagine ever saying no,” Romney said when asked about Israel, according to a pool report. “They’re our friends. They’re our closest allies in the Middle East.”(continued)
  • Man Unhappy With Obama Charged With Misusing 911

    09/11/2012 12:14:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 10, 2012 | Bianca Prieto
    An Orange County man who is unhappy with President Barack Obama was arrested Saturday after he called 911 several times to complain. Terrence Bonney, 53, was charged with misusing 911 after he called the emergency line five times to complain about Obama and the government. He was also issued a nonmoving traffic violation for driving his car without a license, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. After he was arrested, Bonney told deputies he has a photo in his home depicting the President with a noose around his neck, but "did not intend on hurting the president." SNIP Deputies...
  • Lawyers for Trayvon Martin's killer accused of "witch hunt" (Want his records)

    09/10/2012 11:57:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 10, 2012 | Barbara Liston
    Lawyers defending the neighborhood watch volunteer charged in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin have launched a "witch hunt" by seeking Martin's school and social media records, the family's lawyer said on Monday. "I think certainly it is a witch hunt to try to find something to attack the character of a dead child and it's completely irrelevant because his school records had nothing to do with him (George Zimmerman) shooting Trayvon Martin in the heart on February 26," said Martin family attorney Ben Crump. Zimmerman lawyer Mark O'Mara announced on his website last week that he...
  • Maryland Democrat quits congressional race amid vote fraud allegations

    09/10/2012 2:28:01 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 10, 2012
    A Maryland Democratic candidate quit her congressional race Monday after her own party told state officials that she had committed fraud by voting in both Maryland and Florida in recent elections. Wendy Rosen, a small-business owner running against freshman Rep. Andy Harris (R) in the Eastern Shore-based 1st Congressional District, released a statement saying that “with great regret, and much sorrow” she was resigning from the contest. “Personal issues have made this the hardest decision that I have had to make,” Rosen said Rosen’s announcement came the same day the state Democratic party released a letter to state Attorney General...
  • Florida’s Amendment 8 would allow taxpayer money to mosques, Islamic schools

    09/10/2012 10:16:29 AM PDT · by Mortrey · 10 replies
    Creeping Sharia ^ | Sept 10, 2012 | creeping
    "Be careful what you vote for Floridians or you might be funding mosques and the teaching of sharia law with your tax dollars."
  • Poll of 2014 Democratic Gubernatorial primary: Charlie Crist 61%, Alex Sink 25%

    09/10/2012 9:10:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    StPetersBlog ^ | 09/10/2012
    The first Florida-based poll conducted since the close of the Democratic National Convention shows former governor Charlie Crist lapping the prospective field of Democratic candidates eyeing the 2014 gubernatorial race.Crist is the top choice of 61% of likely Democratic voters, followed by former Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink with 25% support. Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer comes in at 7%, state Senator Nan Rich at 3.5% and Florida Democratic Party chair Rod Smith at 3.4%.Sen. Rich is the only candidate officially running for governor. Dyer and Sink have said they will make a decision about whether to run after the presidential...
  • Obama feels the squeeze - now call security:

    09/10/2012 5:09:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 9-10-12 | "Reporter"
    Full title: Obama feels the squeeze - now call security: President gets bear hugged off his feet by fan on same day he reveals Romney's health care will cost retirees $60k more President Obama got a lift on the campaign trail today after a visit to a Florida pizza shop. Scott Van Duzer, owner of the Big Apple Pizza, is clearly a fan of the president after he lifted him off the ground in a manly bear hug to show his appreciation. Obama could not contain his delight as he laughed heartily with the pizza shop owner after he was...
  • Pizza Owner Who Bear-Hugged Obama Reportedly Visited the White House in July

    09/09/2012 9:12:14 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | September 9, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Scott Van Duzer is a great guy. He runs the Van Duzer Foundation and spends time and money helping people in his community. What the media forgot to mention is that Scott Van Duzer reportedly visited the White House in June. So the visit today to Scott’s business was not so random.
  • Pix of the Day - Biden with Biker Chick on his lap and Obama, hefted by pizza owner

    09/09/2012 1:54:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 82 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | September 9, 2012
    The look on her friends faces is priceless, they look like they want to throttle Biden.Via The Hill: Vice President Joe Biden got caught in a stunning photo with a female biker sitting on his lap.The Associated Press snapped the shot at Cruisers Diner in Seaman, Ohio on Sunday.A White House pool report says the bikers may be part of a group called the Shaddowmen.” No details were available on their real names or what discussion led to the lap incident.Some observers were quick to joke that Biden is starting to resemble the working-class parody Biden seen in The Onion.Earlier...
  • Obama gets airborne bear hug

    09/09/2012 4:13:52 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 71 replies
    <p>FORT PIERCE, Florida — President Barack Obama reputedly loves nothing more than a good old campaign trail hug -- but he may have got more than he bargained for Sunday.</p> <p>Obama was lifted at least a foot in the air in an intense bear hug by hulking pizza shop owner Scott Van Duzer, during a bus tour of Florida.</p>
  • Florida police officer in Obama motorcade killed in accident

    09/09/2012 5:59:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/09/12 | Meghashyam Mali
    Fla. police officer in Obama motorcade killed in accidentBy Meghashyam Mali - 09/09/12 08:30 PM ET A police officer in President Obama’s motorcade was killed Sunday after being struck by another vehicle. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera said the motorcycle officer was on Interstate-95, assigned to close the roadway when he was hit by a pickup truck, the AP reported. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities have not yet released the identity of the officer. President Obama was in West Palm Beach, Fla. his second stop in the state Sunday for a...