Yesterday, a private group called the Florida Nativity Scene Committee was installing a manger display in the Capitol in Tallahassee. The Miami Herald reported that another group, Reclaim Christ for Christmas, intends to add the Three Wise Men. The ACLU warned that by allowing private groups to se ... More >>
For years now, it's been easy to see if a sex offender lives near you -- an online database of registered offenders addresses has been publicly available since 1997. Now, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has also made it easy to see if a sex offender is going to school with you -- or volu ... More >>
Former players for a Cuban baseball team were scheduled to have a special reunion game at FIU's baseball stadium on August 10th and 11th. But, the game was abruptly canceled. An anti-Castro group calling themselves "Vigilia Mambisa" claimed responsibility for the cancellation, saying that they had ... More >>
Even though George Zimmerman is back on the streets, pulling a surprise Superman act, the predictable fallout from this month's trial in the Trayvon Martin shooting has set in: once again, Florida's the national ashtray. All your late night TV jokes, bitter speculation and serious commentary, stick ... More >>
If you enjoy cannabis from time to time and appreciate your freedom, we advise you to treat your time in Florida with care. If you enjoy cannabis from time to time, appreciate your freedom and happen to be black, treat Miami-Dade County as if it's herpes because, odds are, it will leave you marked ... More >>
That GOP need to build bridges to the nation's Hispanic community? The need party elders have talked so much about since Barack Obama was re-elected largely due to Hispanic support? The need that's propelled Florida's own Marco Rubio to preeminence in the early scouting reports on the GOP 2016 presd ... More >>
Oh hey, lookit. A bill that would allow armed guards to walk around your kid's school has been introduced to the Florida House, because the state legislature is a fantastic entity of profound and wondrous ideas. It's called HB 1097. And it's gonna cure all our nation's ills. The answer t ... More >>
Administrators at Florida Atlantic University didn't have the gumption to stand up to a propaganda assault from the Christian right and investigate communications instructor Deandre Poole's report of threats from a disgruntled student. They chose instead to hang Poole out to dry in the idiot wind. A ... More >>
Unappeased by Friday's charade of a "public forum" with FAU President Mary Jane Saunders, students opposed to the school's pimping out naming rights to its athletics stadium to private prison operator GEO Group are using spring break to plan a spring offensive.See also:-FAU Is a $6 Million WhoreIn a ... More >>
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta unanimously ruled that a lower court's decision to halt the enforcement of Rick Scott's law that forced welfare recipients to take drug tests was good. Back in May 2011, Scott signed into law a bill requiring that Florida's TANF welfare recipients ... More >>
Bayli Silberstein wanted to start a Gay-Straight Alliance Club at her school, Carver Middle School in Leesburg, Florida. Basically the 14-year-old wanted to create a school club where her friends who had been "bullied for their sexual orientation"could have a place to talk about such things, and g ... More >>
Friends in the Palm Beach Chapter of the ACLU recently asked us if we had any suggestions whom they might grace with its 2013 Harriette Glasner Freedom Award, "for a Palm Beach County resident whose life and work embodies the values and ideals of the Constitution and the ACLU." When do we ... More >>
Arguments were heard in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta in Florida's appeal of a lower court Thursday on the decision halting enforcement of a 2011 state law mandating drug tests of applicants for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Basically, the law says that those w ... More >>
Making the state's poorest residents piss in a cup before qualifying to receive welfare benefits was going to save Florida up to $77 million, Rick Scott said when he was campaigning for governor. The goal of the drug tests was "to make sure we don't waste taxpayers' money," Gov. Voldemort added when ... More >>
With the way campaign-financing laws are going these days, this may not even be surprising -- the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and a 17-year-old girl from Boca Raton are challenging a state law that prohibits minors from giving as much money to state and local political candidates as ... More >>
Racism? Not here.To: U.S. District Court From: Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning We're having a small problem with voting down here in Florida. In May, our Legislature passed some brilliant new requirements designed to crack down on unnecessary voters -- specifically, people who are poor, ... More >>
flickr.comHey, wasn't Cool Hand Luke a nonviolent offender?Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is the latest to sign GOP group Right on Crime's Statement of Principles. It's being framed as a conservative approach to reforming the criminal justice system.Other conservative backers include Newt Gingrich, ... More >>
menwithfoilhats.comIn the fourth recent lawsuit targeted at policies of Gov. Rick Scott, the Florida Education Association is now suing over a 3 percent pay cut to the salaries of teachers and other school workers.According to a news release from the union, the lawsuit was entered today in circui ... More >>
personalmoneystore.comThe governor may have just found out it could take 30 days to get any THC out of his system.If you're a state employee -- not in the Department of Corrections -- you don't have to detox quite yet to get those doobies out of your system.Gov. Rick Scott sent out a memo to agen ... More >>
Now for Gov. Rick Scott's charade of the day -- making up a scientific study on drug use by welfare recipients on a nationally televised CNN interview.As you know, the governor signed H.B. 353 into law last week, requires Floridians on welfare to pass a drug test before they get their cash.On ... More >>
aclufl.orgACLU of Florida's Howard SimonThe American Civil Liberties Union says Florida is "ground zero" in their fight for civil liberties -- which explains why it filed two lawsuits in three days against Gov. Rick Scott-approved legislation.The ACLU filed two federal lawsuits last week -- o ... More >>
Palm Beach County cops went all Johnny Depp in three schools.Back when Johnny Depp played an undercover cop on 21 Jump Street, it seemed that gangs were the big problem in schools. Depp's character regularly infiltrated some murder-hungry group with the intention of bringing them down from the in ... More >>
FlickrThe Constitution allows Terry Jones to burn the Qu'ran, but it also gives you the right to call him a flaming asshole.The September 11 Qu'ran burning at the Dove World Outreach Center places the American Civil Liberties Union in an awkward but familiar position: Its desire to protect the fr ... More >>
Flickr: livingonimpulseCityPlace: Where they deliver lattes to the picket lineDo you have an issue close to your heart, but don't want to go anywhere scary to protest it? Do you define "scary" as any place without valet parking? Then have we got news for you! For the low, low fee of permanent yup ... More >>
You could theoretically travel around the world for twelve months attending gay pride festivals, from Melbourne in January to Manila in December. Blackman: Getting wet at tomorrow's PridefestThe big US celebrations, in New York and San Fransisco, are scheduled to coincide with the historic Stone ... More >>
CityPlace lawyers didn't like the smell of protest.It all depends on what your definition of free is. A decade ago, just as CityPlace was planning its grand opening in downtown West Palm Beach, lawyers and developers were debating just how much democracy, in the form of public speech, the new li ... More >>
Bates, expressing himselfWhen is a city not a city? When it's a shopping center disguised as something "reminiscent of an Italian town center." Note that word reminiscent. As West Palm artist Bruce Kevin Bates found out, you may be able to set up your easel at the Villa d'Este in Tivoli or next ... More >>
courtesy euthisnthat.comACLU wants graduation day to look more like this. The ACLU filed a class action lawsuit Friday on behalf of Palm Beach County students and parents, naming Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, House Speaker Larry Cretul, Senate President Jeff Atwater, and Florida Commissioner of E ... More >>
Well, it's worth a try anyway. Here's what's going on in Broward and Palm Beach counties:The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the state for its failure to provide Floridian family with a quality education -- a point for which the Palm Beach County School District drop-out rat ... More >>
FlickrJeb BushYour former governor was in Atlanta recently, earnestly pretending to be a frontrunner for the 2012 Republican nomination for president. Or maybe he was testing a theory about mind control: that if you keep telling people something that's false, maybe they'll come to believe that it ... More >>
We'll be seeing a lot more of this in the next three years Ruh-roh. Just when you thought you'd finally stuffed all those pesky gay people back into the closet where they belong, along comes an organization like the Tides Foundation, which has just awarded a $150,000 grant to "educate and train ... More >>
Hey kids, good news! If you want to create a Facebook page that declares some teacher "the worst teacher in, like, the world," and then you are suspended for that, the Florida chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida will sue the damn school to protect your First Amendment rights, as ... More >>
Fort Lauderdale city employees'wearing gags
Sure, it was the year of Bush/Kerry. But here are South Florida's really big stories.
The folks who are "reclaiming America for Christ" are pushing an agenda for a Taliban-like state where Scripture is law
Florida's ban on gay adoption is not only unjust; it's downright homophobic
Lloyd Shank is a poster boy for free speech. The Jews are to blame.
Do those who bury loved ones in Boca Raton's public cemetery have the right to decorate graves and erect markers? Apparently not.
When the City of Hollywood told an accountant he'd have to take a drug test, he told the city: See you in court.
The ACLU will file suit against Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle for his proposed prayer meeting in the city commission chambers.