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I voted sticker

We meant what we voted

BY: - December 18, 2018

Straight out of the Florida Department of Oh-No-You-Didn’t, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and other Republican politicians are now claiming they need to “implement” the ballot measure that citizens approved to automatically restore voting rights to felons who have paid their debts to society. DeSantis and Florida Senate President Bill Galvano, among others, ignore that we already […]

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TK Wetherell

A tribute to T.K. Wetherell

BY: - December 16, 2018

T.K. Wetherell was one of a kind. A few days shy of his 73rd birthday, the former house speaker, former president of Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College entered Margaret Z. Dozier Hospice House, signaling the end of a 15-year battle against cancer. Friends said he died at 2:25 pm. Sunday.  He will not be forgotten. […]

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The core cause of pervasive discrimination and sexual harassment

BY: - December 14, 2018

Anti-feminist politicos and talk show yakkers try to ridicule the reality that women in our rich and advanced society might endure any “oppression.” America isn’t Afghanistan, they snort. Women here get to vote. Girls play all kinds of sports and can grow up to be astronauts or CEOs or anything. Why, we even had one […]

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Debate

Voter suppression, nasty politics and stealing an election

BY: - December 11, 2018

Most of us learn from early in life that politics is a grimy, dirty business. It is. There was a time, however, when politicians engaged in unsavory activities and hatched backdoor deals in the shadows, under cover of darkness. But as the Georgia governor’s race illustrated, there are shameless Republicans who are hell bent on […]

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Randolph

Justice in jeopardy – the reshaping of Florida’s Supreme Court

BY: - December 6, 2018

Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis’ looming appointments of three Florida Supreme Court justices bring into stark relief the urgent need to institute a fair, nonpartisan, and merit-based selection process for judicial nominations in our state. The process for nominating state judges has become increasingly politicized in recent years, threatening the independence and impartiality of our courts. This […]

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right whales

A truly heartless act

BY: - December 3, 2018

North American right whales are among the Earth’s rarest creatures. Only about 400 remain, with just 100  breeding females. Each year the whales perform a wondrous 1,000-mile migration from Nova Scotia to as far south as Cape Canaveral, where they give birth off our Atlantic coast – the only known breeding ground. Except last year. […]

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Jeff Sessions cartoon

Good Riddance! Drug Reformers Applaud Sessions’ Departure from DOJ

BY: - November 26, 2018

This article was produced by Drug Reporter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. The Drug Policy Alliance is a financial supporter of Drug Reporter. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced out of office after less than two years in office, and while there is intense concern about the impact the move could have on […]

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knotted gun

The NRA’s waning reign?

BY: - November 26, 2018

You probably noticed that Florida recently held an election, complete with the usual bad ballots, recounts and lawsuits. You may not have noticed that a federal judge just slapped down the lamentable Marion Hammer, doyenne of the National Rifle Association, dismissing part of a lawsuit she filed against people who sent hateful, possibly threatening, messages […]

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Cartoon by Andy Marlette

BY: - November 15, 2018

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Chasing the Saudi government’s connection to a Sarasota gated community and the 9/11 attacks: Bob Graham doggedly chases the truth

BY: - November 15, 2018

For many years, former Florida U.S. Sen. Bob Graham has been a lonely voice urging people to do something about Saudi Arabia. Now that a group of Saudi security agents are accused in Turkey of killing a Washington Post journalist, Graham is hoping it will get a strong reaction from officials in the United States.  So […]

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Rick Scott’s glaring conflict of interest

BY: - November 12, 2018

With alt-right conspiracy theorists flocking to the Broward County elections office in what they ominously call a “Patriot Surveillance Project” protest, Gov. Rick Scott summoned the media to the Governor’s Mansion last Thursday for an unhinged partisan campaign speech. He warned about “unethical liberals” “stealing this election” and announced he was calling the Florida Department […]

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James Reeb, Viola Liuzzo, Jimmie Lee Jackson

On Election Day, remember three who sacrificed their lives

BY: - November 6, 2018

Jimmie Lee Jackson was 26 years old when he died. He was unarmed and trying to protect his mother from being beaten. That’s when an Alabama State trooper shot him in the stomach, fatally wounding him. Jackson was a former soldier, a deacon in his church, the father of a young daughter, and he died […]