A Florida judge took the GOP and their redrawn congregational district maps from 2012 to the proverbial woodshed on Thursday, when he ruled that the maps were drawn up illegally. Second Judicial Circuit judge Terry P. Lewis called the maps a mockery to the rules of transparency when he ruled that F ... More >>
A City Fort Lauderdale measure asking commissioners to openly support marriage equality and gay rights is in danger of not having enough votes to pass Tuesday. The measure, sponsored by openly gay Commissioner Dean Trantalis, is nonbinding. However, it would speak loudly for city officials to open ... More >>
A bill that would've allowed people to walk around with concealed guns -- even if they do not have concealed weapons permits -- during riots or natural disasters was killed in the Florida Legislature last week. And the NRA is upset. Had it passed, SB 296 would have made it cool for anyone -- even ... More >>
Environmental groups made up of 350 South Florida, 350.org, Sierra Club, and CREDO will hold a news conference outside of Florida Sen. Bill Nelson's office Monday to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline. Congress is a mere four votes away from passing a bill that would approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. ... More >>
On the heels of the Legislature's working on laying out harsher punishments for hit-and-run suspects and the trial of Axel Inostroza (a man who allegedly ran over a cyclist before dumping him in the woods), and this weekend's Fort Lauderdale Critical Mass comes the sad news of yet another cyclist be ... More >>
We've already written about how, according to a recent study, the Florida Legislature's failure to expand Medicaid coverage to an estimated 1.27 million low-income Floridians will result in as many as six otherwise avoidable deaths a day in the Sunshine State. See also: Florida Dems: GOP Failure to ... More >>
A Florida watchdog coalition, headed by the nonprofit group Integrity Florida, is scheduled to hold a news conference in Tallahassee on Wednesday morning to remind lawmakers of their promises to bring ethics reform and transparency to the Sunshine State's government. Joining Integrity Florida will ... More >>
President Barack Obama left South Florida on Thursday night after attending a fund raiser at the home of former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning, but not before being greeted by dozens of people protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline. Protesters, some wearing costumes representing everything that's wro ... More >>
Protesters dressed in scuba gear, a polar bear costume, and as various sea creatures are gathering in Pinecrest near former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning's house Thursday afternoon. President Obama is scheduled to have a fundraiser at Mourning's home, and members of groups like 350 South Florida, ... More >>
A group calling itself Floridians for Immigration Enforcement (or, FLIMEN) is putting on the full-court press to get legislators to derail HB 851, a bill that would allow all students who have studied in Florida for three consecutive years the opportunity to pay in-state tuition at a state college o ... More >>
Sen. Jeff Clemens and Rep. Joe Saunders introduced the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act Monday afternoon. The bill, named after Florida Cannabis Action Network President and ALS patient Cathy Jordan, is a more encompassing bill than the recently introduced Charlotte's Web bill, a bipartisan initiat ... More >>
In a statement released on Tuesday afternoon, former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush has officially taken a side in the upcoming gubernatorial race and endorsed Rick Scott. It's the least shocking news you'll read today, as Bush is, number one, a Republican and, number two, not a big fan of Charlie Crist ... More >>
Alan Williams, a Florida legislator and a supporter of the Dream Defenders -- the protesters who staged a sit-in in Gov. Rick Scott's Tallahassee office over the controversial Stand Your Ground law -- has filed legislation to repeal the law. Williams, a Tallahassee Democrat and outspoken critic of ... More >>
Florida has come a long way in the past few years when it comes to gay marriage and marriage equality. According to the latest Public Policy Poll, a whopping 75 percent of Florida voters support gay marriage. This is a seismic shift from not long ago, when the majority of Floridians didn't want ga ... More >>
Florida state Sen. Jeff Clemens introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow patients with certain qualifying medical conditions to privately and legally possess medical marijuana. The bill, named after Florida Cannabis Action Network President and ALS patient Cathy Jordan, would allow patients to ... More >>
AARP has 2.8 million members in Florida, and a good number of them want people to stop it with all the texting and driving already. Mostly because they're not sure what texting is. Is it for sex? We kid, we kid. It's really dangerous, and people shouldn't text and drive. The question is, should i ... More >>
Well. It's here. The 2012 Election is finally, coming to a slow and merciful end. Time to close the polls, tally the votes, and hope that Florida didn't screw things up too badly. Keep it here as we update the winners, and losers, and tell you who's President, who won the Senate race, who won wha ... More >>
Back in March, the non-profit watchdog group Integrity Florida put out a study that said Florida was number one in terms of being the most corrupt state in the U.S. Their study found that a whopping 1,762 of Florida's public officials have been convicted of public corruption since 1976. From 2000 ... More >>
This might be the most Rick Scott thing ever. During a meeting of the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday, Scott stepped up to give an update on the fungal meningitis outbreak the state has recently been dealing with. But Scott screwed up and gave out the wrong number for the meningitis hotline, which was ... More >>
As we've recently pointed out, Rick Scott's been going around bragging about how unemployment numbers have gone down while he's been in office. Of course, what he hasn't mentioned is that the numbers are deceiving since the reason they are down is because people have flat out given up looking f ... More >>
A few weeks ago, we wrote about Rick Scott's suddenly realizing that the FCAT was bad (mostly because his approval numbers were taking a bit of a tumble). Governor McCreepypants released an ad that said he was listening to parents and teachers and that, as a result of all that listening, they were ... More >>
Eric Brody was 18 years old when a speeding off-duty Broward Sheriff's deputy T-boned his car on Oakland Park Boulevard and left Brody in a coma. The officer was later fired for falsifying police reports in an unrelated incident; Brody woke up six months later with permanent brain damage.A jury a ... More >>
Fourteen years after a speeding Broward Sheriff's Office deputy left 18-year-old Eric Brody with permanent, debilitating brain damage, it looks like the Florida Legislature is getting close to paying Brody's family the money it's owed -- OK, actually about a third of the money it's owed.A co ... More >>
It hasn't passed either chamber of Florida's Legislature yet -- so it's not official -- but memorial bills filed in the House and Senate suggest that Osama bin Laden's death was a good thing.Ranking somewhere around Sen. Stephen Wise's "Christmas break" bill as far as importance is concerned, the ... More >>
UPDATE: In a report filed with the state on December 5 -- two weeks after New Times broke this story-- Biden is listed as president of Mavericks in Education Florida, and Attkisson is vice president.Nov. 25, 2011: Since we first introduced you to a Fort Lauderdale charter school chain headed by V ... More >>
New voting laws passed in 14 states -- states that control 171 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win a presidential election -- could make voting "significantly harder" for more than 5 million people who are actually eligible to vote, according to a new study.As many as 1 million of those peop ... More >>
The Dream Act would help immigrant students.A bill that would make college more affordable for undocumented immigrants has recently been filed in the Florida Legislature.If passed, the Dream Act would allow undocumented immigrants who attended three or more years of high school in Florida to qual ... More >>
State lawmakers want to keep people from having sex with animals. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson wants to keep lawmakers from screwing voters.Although it seems like Gov. Rick Scott will make the bold and progressive move of banning bestiality, he still plans to screw voters. The election overhaul bill, wh ... More >>
Looks like state employees aren't the only ones who will have to pee in a cup before they get a check.On Thursday, a bill that would require welfare recipients to pass a drug test before they could receive state benefits advanced in the Florida Legislature. The proposed law also requires that tho ... More >>
Michele Bachmann can't be bothered with mere factsAfter Charlie Sheen injected tiger blood and seven-gram rocks into the national discourse this week, you may be numb to subtly absurd political gaffes. But let's take a few minutes to look at the congresswoman currently visiting Florida, who is kn ... More >>
Jailamony used to race at Mardi Gras. Now she sits around looking adorable. Live greyhound racing in New Hampshire ended swiftly this week with a new state bill that allows the two tracks there to have simulcast betting without having to run dogs on the premises. Similar bills have been propo ... More >>
Proof that he didn't make it past Mario's second level.I'm in line at Gamestop the other day, breaking down and finally buying the much-hated NCAA Football '09, when I hear the clerk ask the guy in front of me for his fingerprints. He's returning a game, and the clerk breaks out some kind of form. H ... More >>
She's got three kids, 650,000 constituents, and millions of watching eyes. Debbie Wasserman Schultz can't keep them all happy.
Mad Dog Merkel The Sun-Sentinel is such a trembling leaf of a newspaper it's surprising it hasn't floated to the ground and started to decompose. Once again, it sided with keeping its readers in the dark over reporting the details of a news story. This time it happened in a story out of Wellingt ... More >>
You say you want United Auto Insurance to pay your medical bills? Be ready to go to war.
Gov. Bush's Scripps gamble is sucking up state funds -- and the Everglades with it
Save 'em from slaughter; end the travesty:
Florida's first law to protect farm workers from pesticides died a quiet death, but now it's back
Forget Joel Daves. Lois Frankel rules.
Wisecracking Democrats in Tallahassee were steamrollered during the presidential contest. But they didn't take it lying down.
When the City of Hollywood told an accountant he'd have to take a drug test, he told the city: See you in court.