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Judge Blocks Florida Law Requiring 24-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

A Florida judge on Tuesday blocked a new state law that requires Floridians seeking abortions to wait 24 hours before being able to undergo the proced...

Tax Cuts and Budget Vetoes Highlight Governor Scott's Shrinkage Victory Tour

Gary Stein | Posted 06.26.2015 | Miami
Gary Stein

They handed it to the governor so he could have his way with it and put his pen to paper, signing it into law with one hand and slashing it with his veto pen line item by line item with the other.

6 Degrees of Health Care Is No Idle Game

Gary Stein | Posted 06.16.2015 | Miami
Gary Stein

One of the great advantages of the universe as well as one of its biggest problems is that everything is connected to something. From the forces that act on the tiniest subatomic particle to the most massive of planets, nothing works apart from everything. Nothing exists entirely within a vacuum, completely unaffected by anything around it.

Florida House Rejects Plan To Expand Health Care For Hundreds Of Thousands

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics

The Florida House of Representatives voted Friday to reject a state Senate bill that would have expanded Medicaid for thousands, marking a victory for...

Florida House Republicans Give Up On Legislating, Leave Town Early

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics

Florida, man. The state House's Republican leadership didn't want to bring a Medicaid expansion bill that the Senate's Republicans support up for ...

His Royal Highness, Marco Rubio

Izak Pratt | Posted 03.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Izak Pratt

You can't have your cake and eat it too, senator. One can't favor rule by popular opinion or rule by court of law only when it's convenient for their cause.

Stuck Between Rick Scott and a Hard Place: Young and Uninsured Floridians Feel the Squeeze

Jessica Adair | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Jessica Adair

Newly reelected, Rick Scott should throw his weight behind closing the coverage gap, and build a coalition of conservative and liberal politicians to provide access to affordable health coverage for all Floridians.

Paul Blumenthal

Tallahassee Voters Said No To Big Money, Corruption In City Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After wealthy donors helped fuel the most expensive midterm election in history, voters in Tallahassee, Florida, passed a referendum to ...

Pam Bondi Wins Re-Election In Florida

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

Florida's Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi won re-election Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger George Sheldon and Libertarian nominee Bill W...

GOP Uses The 'War On Women' Meme To Hit Charlie Crist Over Strip Club Cash

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics

Republicans are using a Democratic motif to accuse former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist of perpetuating a "war on women" by accepting campaign donations ...

Pam Bondi Involves Herself In Faraway Court Fights

Tampa Bay Times | Michael Van Sickler | Posted 10.27.2014 | Miami

TALLAHASSEE — Earlier this year, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi opposed a ban on certain kinds of semiautomatic weapons. In Connecticut....

Voting in Absentia: Why I Would Cast My Ballot for Charlie Crist in Florida

Steven Kurlander | Posted 12.22.2014 | Miami
Steven Kurlander

I used to live in Florida. As I watch the contest between Florida Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist, I wish I could vote in the election in my former home like these foreign nationals do.

Florida Democrats Are Really Pushing Fan-gate

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics

Lest we forget the infamous "Fan-gate" incident of 2014, Florida Democrats are parlaying Gov. Rick Scott's (R) initial refusal to debate former Gov. C...

When It Comes to Clean Energy, What's Wrong With Florida?

Bob Keefe | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Bob Keefe

Instead of lagging behind relatively little states like Massachusetts, Florida ought to be neck-in-neck with big Sunbelt states like California, Arizona and Nevada when it comes to deploying solar energy.

Palm Beach County: Strong Schools, Strong Community

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

The Palm Beach County school district is known for educational excellence -- a reputation that didn't happen by chance!

Rick Scott-Charlie Crist Battle Tops $50 Million In Spending

Times/Herald Bureau | Marc Caputo | Posted 09.22.2014 | Miami

Another week. Another $10.4 million thrown in the fire we call television advertising. ...

Appointments Of Black Judges Nosedives Under Rick Scott

Tampa Bay Times | Steve Bosquet | Posted 09.15.2014 | Miami

TALLAHASSEE — After nearly four years, Gov. Rick Scott has appointed fewer African-Americans to Florida judgeships than either Charlie Crist or Jeb ...

President Obama Can Help Charlie Crist Win in Florida

John McAuliff | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
John McAuliff

Progresso Weekly has published an optimistic assessment of how Charlie Crist can regain the governorship of Florida as a Democrat, an important contest for Americans who want more rational relations with Cuba.

Samantha Lachman

GOP Congressman Held A Male-Only Fundraiser That's Straight Out Of 'Mad Men'

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics

The “small group of concerned men" invited to a Republican congressman's fundraiser were instructed to "tell the Misses not to wait up" so they coul...

Samantha Lachman

GOP Rep Says He Voted To Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act, Leaves Out Key Detail

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) isn't the only congressional Republican up for re-election who is touting his support for t...

Rick Scott's Staff Kept Records Secret For Mansion Project

Times/Herald Bureau | Mary Ellen Klas | Posted 08.28.2014 | Miami

TALLAHASSEE — The idea made sense: Create a "governor's park" around the Florida Governor's Mansion to spruce up the entrance by buying up shabby co...

Crist Wins Democratic Primary In Florida Governor's Race

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics

Charlie Crist has won the Democratic primary in the Florida governor's race, the Associated Press reports. Crist, who served as the Sunshine State'...

Samantha Lachman

This Week's Primaries Are An Amazing Collection Of Crazy

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican primary to succeed Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) will indicate whether voters wish to nominate a candidate that Brewer hers...

Oops! Rick Scott Campaign Does It Again

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics

It seems Florida Governor Rick Scott's (R) re-election campaign won't be shedding its bumbling reputation anytime soon. For the second time, the campa...

Group Suggests Medical Marijuana Will Lead To Date Rape By Pot Cookie

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics

There's been a lot of chatter about Florida's upcoming vote on medical marijuana legalization bill, Amendment 2. But No On 2, a campaign partially...