This is our regular feature where every day I do a quick post with the top posts/stories that I think people should read from the previous day.
2. Memorial Day: Man or Maniac? – Memorial Day Tribute, St. Petersblog – Never stop remembering to never forget, BlueHerald 2.0 – No Holiday, Interstate4Jamming2 – Pride Of A Small Community…Not Just On Memorial Day, BlueHerald 2.0 – Memorial Day, South Florida Daily Blog – Memorial Day 2008, Morning Martini – Memorial Day 2008, Smashed Frog – My Southern Soldier Boy, Talk to Me – With Honor, Incertus (Brian) – Memorial Day, 2008, Pensacola Beach Blog – Memorial Day 2008, The Spencerian – Thank a Soldier this Memorial Day, and Adam4PD – Memories on Memorial Day.
3. Our Congressional Delegation: NWF Progressives – Miller Split with Bush?, Samm Simpson – YouTube: I’m Running Because…, Ybor City Stogie – Human Rights Campaign Endorses Ron Klein, Think Progress – Wasserman-Schultz on arresting Rove: ‘Well, if that’s what it takes,’ Truman’s Conscience – Three members of the First Coast Congressional Delegation vote “nay” to military pay raise, Truman’s Conscience – First Coast Congressional Delegation By The Numbers, Grassroots Supporters for Joe Garcia – Mario Diaz-Balart Votes Against GI Bill for our Veterans, Joe Responds, Grassroots Supporters for Joe Garcia – Republican Party out of Touch on Cuba Policy, Flablog – Feeney’s north end problem, Discourse.net – Local GOP Candidates Back Out of Debates, Robin ‘Roblimo’ Miller – Former senator (also former governor) Bob Graham endorses Christine Jennings (video), Robin ‘Roblimo’ Miller – Christine Jennings talks to Manatee County Democrats, and FLA Politics (Kimw) – John Mica’s Poor Judgment.
4. Our Legislature: Dan Gelber – Remember the crisis in children’s health care? It didn’t go away, Interstate4Jamming2 – Looking At Another Commuter Rail Option, Progress Florida (Alan Farago) – Public education and the social engineers, Incertus (Brian) – Your tax cuts at work, Smashed Frog – Dan Gelber: NIMBY, Change in Tallahassee – Florida Lawmakers Put The Burden of School Tax’s On The Tax Payer, Dan Gelber – Joe Garcia: Our Troops, and Pam’s House Blend – Florida: convicted GOP pottysex-trawling Bob Allen appeals conviction.
5. FLA Politics (mentelibre) – It’s a matter of priorities: “The sympathy shown the victims of public education budget cuts by the editorial writers of The Miami Herald is touching but rings hollow. In ‘Schools can’t avoid painful cuts this year’ genuine consternation is expressed for hard times and difficult choices but The Herald still insists that certain conventions must be observed, budgets must be balanced and buildings must be built. A like editorial from 1955 might read, ‘Ms. Rosa Parks, we feel badly over your plight and the hard times your people must endure under Jim Crow, but the law must be observed, pay the fine and go home, resistance is futile’ Your call for ‘courageous leaders’ to take away the jobs of school bus drivers and clerical workers begs a question. Why do you insist on talking about cuts to public education outside the context of the choices made by cowardly leaders?”
6. Eye on Miami (Genius of Despair) – Top 10 Air Polluters in Miami Dade County: “An ill wind doth blow: hopefully in your direction and not mine (I am glad I don’t live in Hialeah). Air pollution particles fall on the ground and in our water so Turkey Point and the rock mines really trouble me. Here are the Top Ten Air Polluters in Miami-Dade County (according to Planet Hazard’s data from EPA)…”
7. Miami & Beyond – Of litmus tests and Cuba: “If we were to make the dismantling of socialism in Cuba the ultimate litmus test by which all possible American policy approaches should be measured, then one thing follows logically: the embargo must be eliminated, since it’s the one singular policy that has failed to be the ‘magic bullet’ that brings down the Castros for over 47 years.”
8. TM Willingham – The Learning Moment: “Of all the discoveries I’ve made while homeschooling my three children over the last seven years, that of what I like to call ‘the learning moment’ is one of the most delightful and useful.”
9. the 13th juror – Wrong-way walking stops by police stir racial profiling concerns: “Civil rights leaders are pressuring the Bradenton Police Department to end the practice of stopping walkers at night in one part of the city for not using sidewalks and for walking on the wrong side of the road.”
10. Progress Florida (Alan Farago) – More, on the social engineers: “Isn’t it interesting, how the party of fiscal conservatism– Republican– has lost all credibility on that core issue: fiscal prudence? But what about conservation, itself?”
11. Eye on Miami (gimleteye) – Lowes Home Improvement–destroying the Everglades one two by four at a time: “Don’t shop at Lowe’s. There are plenty of other places to buy your hardware. But not at a store willing to wreck the Everglades one two by four at a time.”
12. Interstate4Jamming2 – To Remember Our Progressive Friend Marlene Young: “As I noted here yesterday, a true progressive and dear friend of all Polk Countians, former Winter Haven City Commissioner and Polk County Commissioner Marlene Duffy-Young died early Thursday as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Lake Howard Drive, Southwest in Winter Haven. The thoughts and rememberances from throughout the area and well beyond have poured in, and plans to remember the longtime public servent have been made.”
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14. Smashed Frog – Cyber Big Brother: “Today is National Missing Children’s Day, a day dedicated to making child protection a national priority. Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum has chosen this day to promote to promote ‘Take 25,’ a national campaign designed to encourage parents to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety. In today’s tech-savvy environment, CyberSafety is one of the most important aspects of keeping our children safe. Agreed. Talk to your kids, parents. You protect your children, not the government. What caught my eye this morning was Florida Today’s front page headline, Brevard officers patrol Internet for sex predators.”
15. Ybor City Stogie – Tomato Pickers Win Victory With Burger King: “BKC has agreed to pay an additional net penny per pound for Florida tomatoes to increase wages for the Florida farm workers who harvest tomatoes. To encourage grower participation in this increased wage program, BKC will also fund incremental payroll taxes and administrative costs incurred by the growers as a result of their farmworkers’ increased wages, or a total of 1.5 cents per pound of tomatoes.”
16. Incertus (Brian) – One less Wal-Mart, for now: “It’s a small piece in the Sun-Sentinel, a story about how plans for a Wal-Mart Supercenter in North Lauderdale have fallen through for a variety of reasons, but it made me think, and since I blog, that means you get to read about it. Sorry. My first thought was ‘yay!’ I’m not alone in disliking everything Wal-Mart stands for and the effect a Supercenter opening has on the local economy, but my dislike has deepened over the years.”
17. Incertus (Brian) – Shorter Stanley Fish: “If universities are so liberal, why are there so many conservatives?”
18. Miami-Dade Dems – Club News: Introducing Liberty City Democrats: “A first communication from the a-forming Liberty City Democratic Club says they are rising into action.”
19. Progress Florida (Alan Farago) – Conservative commentators in full retreat: “It’s not just the dramatic change in the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, featuring Thomas Frank and opinion pieces from the likes of Senator Joe Biden: right wing commentators who derided Al Gore and John Kerry, huzzahing two terms of George W. Bush as president, have vanished like soldiers of a defeated army into the general population as occupying troops arrive. And so, let revisionist history begin. That’s how I read a column today by syndicated columnist Cal Thomas, expressing empathy and support for Senator Ted Kennedy, in The Miami Herald. The Thomas editorial appeared on the same day as news that the Cuban American National Foundation warmly received Senator Barack Obama in Miami. Across the spectrum of policy issues, a majority of Republicans know that two terms of George W. Bush have done incalculable damage to America, and especially the area of most concern to them: the reeling US economy.”
20. Robin ‘Roblimo’ Miller – Sarasota-Manatee Young Democrats leader Kevin Sanderson…: “…explains why he is a Democrat in 20 seconds flat.”
21. Recount: Pensacola Beach Blog – Short Film Review: “Recount,” Naked Politics – Stone’s role in Miami-Dade recount disputed, Workbench – ‘Recount’ Stars Voting Machine That Doomed Gore, Avery Voice – Thoughts on watching, reliving “RECOUNT” on HBO, and Progress Florida (Mark Ferrulo) – Recount: How I was forced to get HBO.
22. 2008 Netroots Awards: Smashed Frog – The 2008 Florida Netroots Awards!, Adam4PD – Nominated for Writing, Florida Citizens for Science – Nominated, becoming change… – becoming change nominated for award…, Blast Off! – 2008 Florida Netroots Awards: vote early and often, Rick’s Blog.biz – Vote for Rick’s Blog, TinyLittleDots – They like me?, Eye on Miami – We are being considered for two more awards. This time by Netroots: Is this the Emmy of the Florida Blogosphere?, Interstate4Jamming2 – And The Award Goes To…, South Florida Daily Blog – Holy Cannoli!, Ybor City Stogie – 2008 Netroots Awards: Vote!, Incertus – We’ve been nominated!, and Shakesville – Quite An Honor.
26. Finally, check out our national coverage at our new blog, Florida Speaks.