Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Apr 21

From the Inbox: Rep. Scott Randolph Offers Amendments Aimed At Protection of Voting Rights?

Representative Scott Randolph (D-Orlando) offered the following comments regarding his unsuccessful attempts to amend the elections bill (CS/HB 1355) last night on the House floor: “I presented several common-sense amendments that would protect voting rights in our state. The Republican … Read More

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Apr 21

From the Inbox: Elections Bill Is An Assault on Voters, say HB1355 opponents?

A massive rewrite of Florida’s elections laws to be debated today in the Florida House of Representatives is drawing harsh criticism from nonpartisan voter groups, grassroots political organizers, election supervisors, and several members of the Florida House Democratic Caucus. At … Read More

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Apr 21

From the Inbox: Rep. López Cantera and Sen. René García commit to vote against Arizona laws

Representative Carlos López-Cantera and Sen. Rene Garcia, members of the Miami-Dade delegation in Tallahassee, are expressing their opposition to Arizona racial profiling laws in Florida andhave pledged to vote against the different versions that are currently progressing in the legislative … Read More

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Apr 19

From the Inbox: Florida Democratic Party Denounces ‘Voter Suppression’ Bill Being Pushed By Republicans?

Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Scott Arceneaux released the following statement reacting to the ‘Voter Suppression’ bill, HB 1355, Republican politicians are ramming through the Legislature: “After pushing an extreme agenda that does real harm to the quality of life … Read More

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Apr 19

From the Inbox: Minority Groups Ask DOJ for Preclearance of FairDistricts Amendments?

Today, Democracia and the Florida NAACP sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) urging swift preclearance of the FairDistricts Amendments. With preclearance, the amendments (overwhelmingly passed by a 63% vote) will be cleared for implementation and the Legislature … Read More

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Apr 19

From the Inbox: Rep. Wilson Blasts Governor Scott on Rolling Back Rights for Ex-Felons

Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-17) today issued the following statement after a meeting between the Florida congressional delegation and Governor Rick Scott in which Rep. Wilson pressed the Governor on his decision to roll back voting rights for ex-felons: “It took … Read More

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Mar 15

From the Inbox: Three-Day Hearing in Innocence Case in Bradenton, FL Innocence Project Attorney’s Litigate for New Trial for Derrick Williams

Derrick Williams’ attorneys from the Innocence Project of Florida (IPF) will litigate a motion to vacate his conviction based on new DNA test results that demonstrate Mr. Williams’ innocence of a 1993 Palmetto, Manatee County, Florida kidnapping and rape. Additonally, … Read More

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Mar 11

From the Inbox: Dangerous Arizona copycat bills moving fast in Florida Senate

Despite recent public statements from Florida Legislators insisting that they are backtracking from Arizona-style racial profiling bills, the most alarming bills were filed in the Legislature this week and were dubbed “the worst of the worst.” On March 5th, Sen. … Read More

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Feb 25

Sen. Democratic Leader Pro Tem Arthenia Joyner to Attorny General Pam Bondi: Automatic Restoration of Rights Works Just Fine; Leave It Alone

Senate Democratic Leader Pro Tempore Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) on Friday called on the attorney general to rethink her decision to halt automatic restoration of civil rights for certain ex-felons. Such a decision, the senator said, not only flies in the … Read More

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Feb 10

Everything You Need to Know About Rick Scott’s Budget (Literally)

*Saunders: Scott’s budget is toast – Central Florida Political Pulse – Orlando Sentinel House Democratic Leader Ron Saunders said Thursday that Gov. Rick Scott’s$56.9 billion budget proposal was so politically unpalatable his Republican brethren would have little choice but to … Read More

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Jan 05

A Closer Look At Rick Scott’s Executive Orders

EO11-01: This one stops all state government rulemaking in Florida and requires the governor’s office to approve any new rules before they can be pursued Thoughts: -This is micromanaging at its worst, since none of the agencies affected by this … Read More

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Dec 02

Florida’s Congressional Delegation on Civil Rights

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights recently released its scorecard on how members of Congress voted on key civil rights bills in the 111th Congress. Here’s how the Florida delegation voted, with the number representing the percentage of … Read More

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Dec 02

Florida State Senate Unleashes Dog Of War

(Cross-posted @ Examiner.com) Senator Mike Bennett (R-Bradenton) is a leading figure in the new self-proclaimed “hard right-wing conservative” Florida State Legislature. He’s considered a top dog under the command of Senate President Mike Haridopolos. And if you’ve ever heard the … Read More

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Oct 31

Voting Against 2011-2012 Florida Republican Agenda

  (Cross-posted at Examiner.com) Got a friend, family member, co-worker, neighbor, facebook or other cyberspace pal who’s obviously or seemingly unplugged from this year’s election? This would be a good time, in the final days before Election Day, to reach … Read More

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