Politics & Law

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A 77-year-old South Florida environmentalist speaks out and gets sued, harrassed. She won’t back down.

BY: - August 6, 2018

In Martin County, all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. You may express your opinion–about a dodgy water deal, say, or damage to certain wetlands–but if you challenge the wrong billionaire, if you urge your elected representatives to take action thwarting the plans of said billionaire, you may find yourself […]

Florida’s state retirement system isn’t exactly lucrative for women retirees

BY: - August 3, 2018

So much has been written and said about unequal pay between men and women that one financial piece of the pie can get overlooked: government pensions. Salaries are a key part in calculating  pensions that state and local employees receive. That means lower pay for women, compared to men, will lead to lower pensions for […]

Gwen Graham’s surrogates blast Jeff Greene’s ad on megamall

BY: - August 3, 2018

Democrats backing Gwen Graham’s candidacy for governor are blasting Jeff Greene for a new television  campaign ad that the Palm Beach billionaire began airing on Friday. The ad alludes to her family’s participation in developing what is planned to be the largest mall in the U.S., near the Everglades. The proposed American Dream Miami megamall […]


Yes, this really is Rick Scott, Adam Putnam and Pam Bondi’s fault

BY: - August 3, 2018

As horrified people watch dead manatees, marine mammals, fish and hundreds of sea turtles wash up on Florida’s southwest coast, politicians are tripping over one another to express concern. But a look back eight years ago shows that three key state leaders – Gov. Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, and Attorney General Pam Bondi […]

More Florida Democrats call for special session on Stand Your Ground law

BY: - August 2, 2018

(Update)  Senate Minority Leader Oscar Braynon, incoming House Minority Leader Kionne McGhee and now Miami Beach Rep. David Richardson are joining St. Petersburg state Senator Darryl Rouson in calling for the Legislature to convene a special session to address the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. The call comes two weeks after 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton […]

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Integrity Florida Report: 91 percent of Trump judge nominees are white, mostly male

BY: - August 2, 2018

While the national focus in Washington is whether the U.S. Senate will confirm Brett Kavanaugh to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, a new report issued on Thursday questions the quality and diversity of President Trump’s other nominees to the federal judiciary. According to Integrity Florida, an independent watchdog and research group, 91 […]

Judge knocks greyhound racing ban off the November ballot

BY: - August 2, 2018

A circuit judge has knocked a measure off the fall ballot that would give voters a chance to ban greyhound racing in Florida Groups working to end dog racing say it is a cruel sport and they are vowing to appeal the ruling to try to keep the Constitutional amendment before voters this fall. Leon […]

Dueling doctors, different credentials, in Democratic state Senate primary in North Florida

BY: - August 2, 2018

On the “Kayser Enneking for state senate” website, the candidate appears in a typical white doctor’s coat, with a stethoscope around her neck. Move on to the link for “Kayser’s Story” and the first paragraph highlights her profession: “Kayser Enneking, MD, is a mother of two, a lifelong Gainesville resident and longtime UF Health physician.” […]

Democratic candidates for governor debate Thursday – last time before the primary election

BY: - August 1, 2018

The five Democratic candidates for governor will debate Thursday night in West Palm Beach for the fifth and final time before the August 28 election. It will be televised live in the ten major media markets around the state at 7 p.m. Eastern Time (It will also be streamed online at wpbf.com). The most recent poll […]

Bernie Sanders endorses Andrew Gillum in Florida Democratic gubernatorial election

BY: - August 1, 2018

Senator Bernie Sanders announced Wednesday morning that he is backing Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in the Democratic race for governor in Florida. I’m proud to endorse Tallahassee Mayor @AndrewGillum in his race for governor of Florida. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 1, 2018 “As governor, @AndrewGillum will work to provide health care for all through […]

Women candidates: “That’s what a state senator looks like.”

BY: - August 1, 2018

Gainesville anesthesiologist Kayser Enneking remembers watching the crescendo of comments coming from presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016, spurring her to act. “As he began spewing disgusting, racist, misogynous comments, I thought, ‘If he wins I am going to run for office.’”  And she could count on her first vote: “My husband looked over and […]

38 Florida Democrats get “F” grade from conservative ‘Florida Family Action’ legislative scorecard

BY: - July 31, 2018

Conservative activist John Stemberger’s Florida Family Policy Council has released its 2018 state legislative scorecard, and it includes failing grades for dozens of Democratic legislators. The group scored each member of the 2017-2018 legislative body on ten issues of “life, family, religious liberty and related matters.” Overall, 38 Democrats received an “F”. Sixty-three Republican lawmakers […]