Briefs

Green groups sue to block Trump’s offshore drilling plan in Gulf of Mexico

BY: - July 17, 2018

Four environmental groups filed a lawsuit today against the Trump administration for its decision to open more than 78 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to offshore drilling. The groups – Earthjustice, the Gulf Restoration Network, the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity – issued a press release announcing the lawsuit and […]

Watch these cops trying to enforce the beach access law that isn’t a law anymore anyway

BY: - July 17, 2018

Watch these two sheriff’s deputies struggle to enforce the stupid law the Legislature passed this year about “customary use” of our public beaches. The beachgoers ask the deputies where they are allowed to be sitting under the new regime, and basically they are supposed to have their chairs in the Gulf of Mexico. Gov. Scott […]

Deputies seize 2004 Toyota and kayaks from 77-year-old Maggy Hurchalla in free speech case

BY: - July 17, 2018

Sheriff’s deputies seized a 2004 Toyota and two aging kayaks from well-known South Florida environmentalist Maggy Hurchalla yesterday, she says. The seizures are the latest in a dramatic legal battle that pits the 77-year-old Hurchalla against a billionaire who filed suit against her after she opposed his South Florida rock mining operation. Hurchalla is the […]

“Disgraceful betrayal of America:” Trump’s strange press conference with Russia’s Putin draws ire in Florida

BY: - July 16, 2018

Democrats and some Republicans in Florida spoke out critically following  President Trump’s news conference held with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday in Helsinki. During the appearance, Trump dismissed his own national intelligence director’s conclusion that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election and sided with Putin instead. Putin denied Russia’s involvement. “President Putin says […]

Investigate fiascos over concealed weapons permits at Adam Putnam’s Ag Department, groups urge

BY: - July 16, 2018

Following a series of reports on the mishandling of the concealed-carry firearm permit process at the Dept. Of Agriculture and Consumer Services, two activist groups say they want an independent investigation of how the process is being carried out.  The department is led by Adam Putnam, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor.  Orlando area Democratic state Senator Linda Stewart is calling for Florida’s Chief […]

The feds say they will keep releasing vile Lake Okeechobee pollution to coasts

BY: - July 16, 2018

Despite the nasty fluorescent green algae outbreak that’s happening off South Florida’s east and west coasts, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has resumed releases of the polluted water from Lake Okeechobee that’s filled with fertilizer, manure and sewage from surrounding industrial agriculture operations and cities north of the lake. The Okeechobee swill flows out […]

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Gwen Graham has already consulted attorney in potential Florida Supreme Court battle

BY: - July 16, 2018

President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has interjected the power of the federal judiciary into Florida’s governor’s race, and the state judiciary as well. His likely confirmation to the high court has opened up the explosive possibility of the Roe v. Wade decision on legalizing abortion being overturned, and some […]

Scott seeks oily bucks for U.S. Senate campaign

BY: - July 13, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott is flying to Oklahoma City this Thursday to seek political contributions from a who’s who of American fracking, oil, and coal company executives, the media outlet Energy & Environment News reports. E&E got a copy of the fundraiser invitation, and confirmed that Scott will lunch in a restaurant in the headquarters of […]

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National Democratic committee says it will spend millions to try to flip Florida Senate this fall

BY: - July 13, 2018

Florida Democrats hoping to start a “blue wave” by getting a Democratic majority in the state Senate during this fall’s elections got a significant financial boost today. The prospect of changing the Florida Senate from Republican majority to a Democratic one is a long shot – Democrats have been in the minority for more than […]

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Public schools are now a “brand.” When did that happen?

BY: - July 13, 2018

Parents and grandparents may remember when kids came home with backpacks stuffed with books, homework, notes from the teacher, field trip instructions and other info – all on pieces of paper. With the advent of the Internet, schools began posting newsletters, calendars and other paperless updates online. It was all about simple communication – until […]

Department of Justice reopens Emmett Till case

BY: - July 12, 2018

New evidence in the 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi has surfaced, prompting the U.S. Department of Justice to reopen the case. The DOJ will not say what information has come to light to elicit the new investigation, but it is part of the DOJ’s efforts to solve civil rights-era so-called “cold cases.” […]

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Kathy Castor blasts Trump ‘sabotage’ of consumer help for Affordable Health Care Act

BY: - July 12, 2018

Since healthcare.gov went live in the fall of 2013, no state in the union has had more people sign up for the Affordable Care Act than Florida, which is one reason why Tampa Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor was livid this week while talking about the Trump administration’s decision to slash funding by 70 percent […]