Category Archives: Legislature

Nov 05

Committee to Protect Florida Compares Teacher to Convicted Child Molester Jerry Sandusky

This post originally appeared at AFL-CIO. If awards were given for the sleaziest attack ad used in this year’s election, it’s difficult to see how the Committee to Protect Florida wouldn’t walk away with a first-place finish for its recent … Read More

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Oct 26

Florida Again Leading the Way in Assaulting the Rights of Voters

Originally posted at AFL-CIO Recent years have seen an assault on the rights of voters across the country, from stringent identification requirements to the throwing away of valid voter registration applications. While most states are seeing only one or two … Read More

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Apr 23

State Rep. Rick Kriseman: Farewell and Thank You

by Benjamin J. Kirby To read my blog, the Spencerian, over the last few entries is an exercise in frustration, sadness, melancholy and outright depression. The trend continues today, I’m afraid: State Representative Rick Kriseman (D-53), a favorite of this blog … Read More

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Mar 23

Why “Stand Your Ground” Is Actually “Shoot First”

Cross-posted from Progress Florida. The tragic death of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin at the hands of self-appointed “neighborhood watchman” George Zimmerman has reignited the debate over Florida’s so-called “Stand Your Ground” law. The law, passed with a bi-partisan vote and … Read More

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Mar 19

Session Madness?

I was going to do that again this year, but Florida Watch Action, with their paid staffers and all, beat me to it: Thanks to Gov. Rick Scott and his extremist Pink Slip Puppets in the Florida Legislature, we saw … Read More

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Feb 14

Everybody Agrees the Prison Privatization Bill Is A Bad Idea…

…except the governor, his Republican allies in the legislature and the companies that will make huge profits off of it. Law enforcement doesn’t like it: For Release February 13th, 2012 Press Release Breaking: Florida’s Sheriffs Denounce Privatization Deal With the … Read More

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Feb 06

Rachel Burgin Bought and Paid For, Also Not That Smart

The Young Turks on Burgin Rep. Rachel Burgin is so bought and paid for buy ALEC-affiliated corporate interests, that she’s introducing bills directly from the American Legislative Exchange Council. And by directly, we mean she forgot to take out the … Read More

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Jan 11

Rick Scott’s State Of Denial Speech Spurs Brave FL Cop Into Political Action

(Cross-posted at Examiner.com) In delivering his 2012 Florida State Of The State address, Governor Rick Scott kept pitching for less taxes and regulations. He said the best thing government can do to help millions of still struggling Floridians is to … Read More

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Dec 20

Legislative Update

–Gun ban in government buildings and daycare centers, by Lori Berman. This one is so obvious, it’s hard to imagine how anyone who is sane could object: There’s currently a list in the Florida Statutes of 15 places where you … Read More

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Dec 14

Winner and Loser of the Day — Lewis/Florida’s Poor

Winner: Judge Terry Lewis — Correctly throwing the religious “freedom” amendment off the ballot (for now). Loser: Florida’s Poor — Unemployment compensation getting cut and being forced to be drug tested means that the Florida Republican assault on the poor … Read More

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Dec 13

Legislative Update for 12/13

-Pregnant Inmate Rules by Arthenia Joyner, which isn’t high priority, but is the right thing to do: Female inmates, with rare exceptions, who are pregnant, in labor, or in recovery would no longer be subject to shackling under legislation sponsored … Read More

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