Happy birthday, Gitmo! Saturday, January 11, marks the 12th anniversary of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility -- the 12th anniversary of indefinite detention without charge or trial. Protestors from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Amnesty International USA, and some 20 other ... More >>
As we have documented over and over again, Gov. Rick Scott is hellbent on purging Florida voters because of Rick Scotty reasons. And now, he's all set to take his crusade on the road when he conducts public roundtable discussions with 67 supervisors of elections, including in Ft. Lauderdale
It looks like Gov. Rick Scott has decided to get back on that voter purge of "noncitizens" horse again, thanks to the Supreme Court's ruling gutting Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Scott went on his mostly ineffective, mostly arbitrary voter purge last year after state officials sent local elec ... More >>
Medical marijuana activist John Tracey was arrested (see video, below) in the parking lot of Cruzan Amphitheatre before Wednesday night's Black Sabbath concert in West Palm Beach. He was attempting to gather signatures for a petition to allow a referendum on medical marijuana on Florida's 2014 ballo ... More >>
Dream Defenders, an organization committed to confronting inequality, are busing college students to Gov. Rick Scott's office Tuesday to demand that he calls a special session to review the "Stand Your Ground" law and enact anti-racial-profiling training for law enforcement officers. Through its pe ... 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 >>
At DeSoto County High School in Arcadia, freedom of speech doesn't extend to silence. Amber Hatch, 15, sued its principal, its dean of student, and the local school board last week in Fort Myers federal court, claiming she was suspended last year after school administrators tried to coerce her from ... More >>
A quarter century ago, my old, good buddy Mike Lacey came to Miami and decided to start a weekly paper. He wanted to move here, but a mugger and a prudent wife convinced him cocaine-fueled Miami wasn't the place to raise a family.Today, Lacey bowed out. Along with his partner -- and another guy I co ... More >>
A lot has been said about the Supreme Court challenge to "Obamacare," the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. One thing, though, that's gotten lost in the shuffle is that the case is called Health and Human Services v. Florida -- it was filed by Florida's then-attorney general Bill McCollum, ... More >>
Believe it or not, the Council on American-Islamic Relations might actually have something in common with tea party members. It's about last year's National Defense Authorization Act, which a federal judge ruled last week is vague enough to potentially allow for the indefinite detention of American ... More >>
Last Wednesday, Congressman Allen West took to the House floor to commemorate Black History Month. As the first black congressman from Florida since Reconstruction, he was in a unique position to do so. West had hundreds of years of history he could have talked about, including 51 years of his ow ... More >>
floppingaces.netIt looks like Gov. Rick Scott never met a constitution he couldn't violate.This time, it was likely the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, according to a federal judge who temporarily blocked the state's new welfare drug-testing law the governor loves so much.The lawsuit o ... More >>
memegenerator.netWhy you mad, though?After the Florida Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Rick Scott's executive order to suspend rulemaking in the executive branch agencies was unconstitutional, he decided to issue a new executive order to complain about the decision.The court had ruled 5-2 that it's ... More >>
msnbc.comRick Scott, happy to be here.When the subject of Rick Scott comes up on the typically left-leaning MSNBC network, it's typically to be berated on Rachel Maddow's nighttime show.Invite him onto Morning Joe with former Republican Florida Congressman Joe Scarborough, however, and the govern ... More >>
fark.comThe new philosophy from the South Florida Tea Party apparently includes taking handouts and accepting bailouts.As you may know, the South Florida Tea Party has been trying to weasel its way out of paying the bill for a rally they held for Donald Trump in Boca Raton.Yesterday, Donald Trump ... 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 >>
Screw the 15th Amendment. This is Florida.Florida's legislative attack on voter rights easily passed the House last week and looks like it will surely sail through the Senate to become law. We're not alone, though. Our state's attempt to disenfranchise a massive amount of its citizens is actuall ... More >>
via Chris KasurakCartoon of cyberbullying, free speech's evil tug-of-war partner.Where is the line between cyberbullying and free speech? If one exists, it's wide, gray, and quite cloudy, and Katherine Evans walked it for two years as she sued her former Pembroke Pines Charter High School princip ... More >>
NBC Nightly News with Brian WilliamsAllen West at a Constitutional Rights Rally in August.Allen West, Florida's controversial and tea-party-backed candidate for Congress, was accused recently by NBC News of being connected to the Outlaws motorcycle gang.The Huffington Post reported Monday that We ... 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 >>
Somebody really important slept hereIf you happened to be a highly prominent person of color visiting West Palm Beach in the first half of this century, chances are you would have stayed at Haley Mickens's house at 801 4th Street. Mickens and his wife Dr. Alice Frederick Mickens, a well known ci ... More >>
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Local homeowners say they don't want basketball played at night in Jefferson Park because it disturbs the peace. The players say the real reason is even uglier: race.
The story of a freedom-loving teen who posted a screed by one of the Littleton killers on his Website. The authorities were not amused.