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Parole Commission Could Help 'Prison Houdini' Escape Life Behind Bars

AP | BRENDAN FARRINGTON | Posted 12.17.2014 | Crime

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man known as the prison Houdini might finally see freedom after more than 35 years — this time without an elaborate esc...

Florida Man Sets House On Fire, Kills Responding Deputy

AP | BRENDAN FARRINGTON | Posted 11.23.2014 | Crime

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man who had made previous threats against police set his house on fire Saturday and ambushed the first sheriff's deputy w...

Paul Blumenthal

Where Campaign Finance Reformers Actually Won On Election Day

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Midterm voters boosted Republican power in Arkansas by electing all Republicans to statewide office, enhancing the party's control of th...

Left and Right Must Work Together to Battle Government Corruption

Charlotte Hill | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

Just as both parties are complicit in corruption, ordinary people from all across the political spectrum are fed up with it. We just express it differently.

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 ...

Secession Plans Pop Up In Florida

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harvard | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

South Miami officials have passed a proposal that would divide Florida into two states, the Sun Sentinel reports. Vice Mayor Walter Harris said he ...

Florida State Sexual Assault Survivors Face Extra Burden From Police

New York Times | Posted 09.15.2014 | College

After downing a double dose of NyQuil to fight a cold, the young woman woke in a man’s dormitory room with a vague memory of someone being on top of...

Road Trip! Head for the Heart of Florida on Route 27

Visit Florida | Posted 10.18.2014 | Travel
Visit Florida

If you like rustic and natural, then the stretch of U.S. 27 from just north of the tiny town of Havana south to Ocala is for you.

'Vote No on 2' Group Is Actually Helping the Amendment Work

Gary Stein | Posted 07.28.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

On behalf of all those who truly need MMJ to ease their suffering, I would like to thank VNO2 for "pulling a Microsoft" and giving our Legislature the tools that will make Amendment 2 a reality.

Medical Marijuana in Florida -- Don't Expect a New California

Gary Stein | Posted 07.22.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

I wholeheartedly agree with the legislators that are trying to create a Florida industry based on compassion. If this is to be Florida's industry, Floridians need to profit from it, not businesses from California, Colorado or Arizona.

Committee Chair May Stonewall Medicaid Expansion Bills Early in FL

Gary Stein | Posted 05.14.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

Considering the importance of the Medicaid expansion question, it's critical to allow discussion of any expansion bills. Otherwise, the Affordable Care Act will be, for the most part, yet another unfunded mandate that Florida cannot afford.

Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew Dies

AP | BRENDAN FARRINGTON and BRENT KALLESTAD | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew, who guided the state through a period of school busing to achieve integration in the 1970...

Heroes, Zeroes and Shills Battle in the Medical Marijuana Debate

Gary Stein | Posted 05.07.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

Reason and emotion are the two drivers of decision-making, so it is not surprising that advocates for and against medical marijuana try to appeal to both the head and the heart.

God Becomes a Passive Lobbyist for Medical Marijuana

Gary Stein | Posted 04.26.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

In many of the recent comments from officials and candidates, the word 'compassion' has been thrown around a lot. In years past, compassion rarely came up in the discussion over medical cannabis. To be honest, very little conversation about it occurred 'in the sunshine.'

Paula Witthaus, St. Pete Advocate and Activist for the Needyand Marginalized, Slain and Truly Missed

Gary Stein | Posted 04.20.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

When I introduced myself, every part of her face smiled at me from her eyes to her chin. My column is meant to raise Paula to the high level that she deserved.

Part 2: Legislation, a Constitutional Amendment Opens Doors to Medical Marijuana in Florida

Gary Stein | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Gary Stein

Any closed door can be opened. Such is the case of medical marijuana and the State of Florida.

New Florida Legislation Would Change Self-Defense Laws

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Florida state Sen. Greg Evers’ (R-Baker) controversial new “warning shot” bill unanimously passed the Senate Criminal Justice Committee Wednesda...

Baby Jesus and the Beer Pole?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Victor M. Feraru

It was six feet from the Nativity scene erected on government-owned property that three wise men appeared: a political blogger, an attorney, and a local pornography producer. They left behind a Festivus pole made of empty beer cans.

Football, Rape and National Media: Five Things to Keep in Mind Regarding the FSU Case

Shawna Vercher | Posted 01.25.2014 | Sports
Shawna Vercher

A bit of a disclosure here. I'm a woman, and I'm a football fan. I went to FSU, and I also happen to be a rape survivor

If Medicaid Is 'Broken' in Florida, Who Broke It?

Gary Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

The federal government may have established Medicaid, but it gave the states the job of running it. Each state has its own individualized program, with different rules and regulations, making federal oversight difficult, if not impossible.

Where Are all the Couch Potatoes and Welfare Queens?

Gary Stein | Posted 12.14.2013 | Miami
Gary Stein

There is a major barrier blocking legislators from Tallahassee to Washington, D.C. from doing their job.

Jason Cherkis

'What Do We Need To Get Congress Fired Up Enough To Think Of These Families?'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As she drove along the outskirts of Tallahassee, Fla., on Thursday, Kim Maxwell, 38, became overwhelmed with emotions. It had been nearl...

The View From Here: GOP Inaction on Medicaid Expansion Fires Up Progressives

Gary Stein | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Gary Stein

After a raucous 60-day session, the Florida House and Senate went home, leaving two irreconcilable health care bills and at least $5 billion on the ta...

Florida's Medicaid Expansion Drama Continued: It's Obamacare vs. Grouponcare, Part I

Gary Stein | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Gary Stein

It's too easy to just tell legislators that they are wrong. The harder path is to give them the facts and hope they don't ignore them. With only thre...

Florida Democrat's Vote Advances 'Anti-Religious Hate' Bill

Shawna Vercher | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Shawna Vercher

Democratic State Senator Geraldine F. Thompson cast a deciding committee vote in Tallahassee that advanced Bill 58, which national advocacy organizations have labeled the "Anti-Religious Hate" bill.