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    July 31, 2014

    Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Embarking On Brewery Tour

    Libertarian candidate for governor Adrian Wyllie wants the craft beer vote, as he makes his way around the state on a "Craft Brewery Tour" throughout the month of August. See also: In the Slow Lane: A New Brew Bus Tour Explores South Florida's Craft Beer Craze

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    May 16, 2014

    Hands Across the Sand 2014: Global Shout-Out for Clean Energy

    An annual green event that started in Florida in 2010 now spans the globe, uniting people of many lands in a cry for energy sanity and environmental preservation. See also: - Rick Scott Says "I'm Not a Scientist" as He Continues to Ignore Climate Change Issue Hands Across the Sand has grown -- by ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    Florida Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill: Three "Edibles" We Want to See Here

    While we're not exactly closer to legalizing weed in the state of Florida, earlier this week the Florida Senate passed a landmark bill that would allow for low-THC marijuana for medical purposes. The Charlotte's Web bill, which was sponsored by three Republicans, would make it legal for doctors to ... More >>

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    April 30, 2014

    Politicians Just Don't Understand Beer - The Passing Of Florida Senate Bill 1714

    The following is an op-ed, with some of my frustrations laid out. Holy hell, it actually passed. These were the thoughts that went through my mind Tuesday afternoon when controversial Florida Senate bill 1714 passed to a vote of 30-10, effectively signaling to the booming craft beer industry that t ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    Florida Beer Politics 101: HB 1329 Up For Committee, Another 64 Ounce Growler Bill, and More

    It's been a busy month in Tallahassee, and we've got some updates to the ongoing sausage making political debates happening that will have an effect on the Florida beer industry. With the release of Brewers Association data regarding the state of the craft brewing industry, the interest group who s ... More >>

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    March 10, 2014

    Florida Bill That Would Arm School Employees to Go Before Senate Panel

    Republican state senator in Florida Alan Hays is just a vessel of amazing ideas. The man who once filed legislation to keep public buses from stopping on streets because one time he got stuck in traffic behind one and who once called Sharia law a "dreadful disease" that needed vaccination, and who i ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Florida Senate Proposal Would Allow a Casino Built in Broward County

    Broward County could be opening at least one Vegas-style casino thanks to a new gambling proposal introduced via the Florida Senate on Monday. The new proposal would give both Broward and Miami-Dade counties one new casino each, as well as give other casinos across the state a boatload of new slot ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    Proposed Law Would Revise Sentencing for Oxycodone Trafficking

    A limited but significant revision of sentencing guidelines for certain nonviolent drug crimes will be taken up by the Florida Senate this week. Another crack in the wall of Stone Age attitudes about drugs and criminal justice -- even here in Florida -- the proposal has bipartisan support and a chan ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    Five Things You Need to Know About the Florida Bong Ban

    Today, the much ballyhooed Florida ban on smoking devices goes into effect. The legislation -- the brainchild of ardent antidrug Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg -- has been drumming up a lot of controversy since it was introduced at the start of the session. The original provision basically wan ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Hands Across the Sand: Enviros Against Offshore Oil, For Clean Energy, Hit the Beach Saturday

    It started out in Florida in 2010, born out of revulsion at the prospect of oil rigs in the near offshore. That February, more than 10,000 concerned citizens just said "no," linking hands on dozens of beaches across the state, drawing a literal line in the sand. Mere months later, in the aftermath o ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    Medicaid Expansion Bill "NegronCare" Passes in Florida Senate

    House Bill 7169, the Florida Senate's alternate legislation to provide 1 million Floridians with needed health coverage, was approved by the Senate on a 38-1 vote. The measure is expected to head back the House, where it was already rejected and probably will be again.

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    April 26, 2013

    EBT Cards Banned at Strip Clubs by Florida Senate

    The days of using your welfare card to make it rain on some fine ladies dancing on the pole, and then getting yourself some booze, is now officially a thing of the past. On Friday morning, with no debate, the Florida Senate unanimously approved the bill that will not allow the use of state issued e ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    Drone-Banning Bill Passes Florida Senate Unanimously

    Good news, everyone! It looks like it's going to be a little harder for the government to vaporize you with a drone, thanks to a 39-0 vote by the Florida Senate for SB 92. Sponsored by Sen. Joe Negron, who is the chamber's appropriations chair, the bill will keep local law enforcement officials fro ... More >>

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    April 2, 2013

    Internet Cafés Ban Passes Florida House

    Much to the harrumph of Florida senior citizens everywhere, it looks like internet cafés are closer to being no mas in the Sunshine State. On Tuesday afternoon, a Florida Senate panel voted unanimously to shutter internet cafés and senior arcades.

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    April 1, 2013

    Florida Head Shop Owners Unite Against Bong Ban

    As Florida legislators bat around a proposed bill that would ban the sale the bong and glass smoking devices, head shop owners aren't loafing around while the business is legislated out from under them. An effort is cranking into high gear to challenge the proposal on the hill before it hits the rev ... More >>

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    February 19, 2013

    Florida Domestic Partnership Bill Scrapped

    Ay yay yay, Florida. Why do you work so hard at being terrible? The domestic partnership bill that would have created a domestic partnership law, which would have given unmarried couples some of the same rights married couples have in Florida, has officially been scrapped. The Florida Senate commi ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    Tea Party Shows Up to Florida Senate Committee and Vents About Obamacare

    Even though a good portion of its candidates were booted out of office in November, and even though Floridians shot down Amendment 1, and even though Obama not only won the election but also won Florida, the Tea Party is still insisting that the government do what it says, because of loud angry reas ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    Unexpected Losers of 2012 Legislative Session: Bankers and Charter Schools

    ​Once in a blue moon, even the most cynical among us find cause to celebrate. This year's legislative session in Tallahassee provided some unexpected victories for the little guys and defeats for the corporate interests that normally enjoy free rein in Florida. Two of the most shocking losers of 2 ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Florida Prayer In Schools Bill Passes Another Committee, Going to House

    Math class​We told you earlier this month about SB 98, a bill that passed the Florida Senate that would allow prayer in Florida's public schools. It would have to be approved by both the Florida House and Gov. Rick Scott to become a law, and at the time nothing had happened in the House to indicat ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Florida Senate Bill Would Give Developers Immunity for Building Busted Neighborhoods

    "Not our problem." -- Company whose problem it should be​Update: In a new post, we lay out the details on the bill's author receiving substantial contributions from the construction and real estate industries.If SB 1196 passes this session, homebuyers looking at new developments should look much, ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Florida's DWI Law Revision Could Lead to Conviction of Sober People

    ​Under proposed revisions to Florida law, drivers could be hit with DWI charges even if they were totally sober while they were driving, according to an interpretation by a Broward County DWI lawyer.SB 1810 is sitting in several Florida Senate committees and would revise the state's law regarding ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Five Supreme Court Cases That Say Florida's Prayer in Schools Bill Is Bunk

    Imagine you're at a high school pep rally: The football players are in their jerseys, the cheerleaders are yelling, and the students are getting ready for the school spirit contest. But first, a student is invited to the microphone to give an inspirational message."Let us pray," he says. Some of the ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Mark Oxner, Florida Congressional Candidate, Releases Terrifying Anti-Obama Ad

    ​Though the new Florida congressional district lines haven't been finalized, candidates for office in what will be the new 27th District are starting to mobilize -- former Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson, who was booted out of his District 8 office in 2010, raised more than half a million dollars bet ... More >>

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    December 6, 2011

    Florida Senate Hard at Work: Bill Filed to Replace "Winter Break" With "Christmas Break"

    Sen. Steve Wise ​Well, this gentleman to our left doesn't want to leave the "Christ" out of any title designating time off from school.If anyone's ever looking to argue that the Florida Senate wastes its time on things that aren't relevant to Florida, or planet earth, point to Senate Bill 1136 ... More >>

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    November 30, 2011

    Broward GOP Claims Supervisor of Elections Is Trying to "Disenfranchise" Republican Voters

    ​The Broward Republican Executive Committee released an open letter to Brenda Snipes, the county's Supervisor of Elections, claiming it's unfair that there aren't any early voting sites in Republican State Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff's district.Republican State Rep. George Moraitis doesn't have an early ... More >>

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    November 22, 2011

    Nan Rich Now Weighs in on Super Committee Failure, Scolds Rick Scott, GOP Policies

    ​Now that Florida's Senate minority leader has released a statement responding to Gov. Rick Scott's comments on the Super Committee's failure to compromise on how to make $1.2 billion in spending cuts, it's getting a little ridiculous.Nan Rich, a Weston Democrat, issued a response to the governor' ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Casey Anthony Gets a Committee in Florida Senate

    Orange County Sheriff's OfficeCasey Anthony, causin' committee.​In case you haven't been subjected to enough moronic things that have been done in the wake of the Casey Anthony saga, we've got another one for you.Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos announced today that he's creating a select ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    Nan Rich: Florida Republicans Only Take Federal Funds if it Promotes "Extreme Agenda"

    thoughttheater.comThis nice chastity belt is apparently a better investment than preventing child abuse​Florida's Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich isn't too happy today about the state's Republican leadership rejecting $50 million in federal funds to protect people like at-risk kids and senior ci ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Ruth's Chris Ex-CEO Plans Senate Run

    ​Though his political aspirations have so far remained unsuccessful, Craig Miller is still vying for a Florida Senate seat next year.Before taking the top slot at Ruth's Chris, he served as CEO for Uno Restaurant Holdings. He was pushed out of his Ruth's Chris position in 2008 after

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    April 1, 2011

    "Frantic" Tallahassee Battle: School Board Thwarts State Control

    When the Florida Senate prepared earlier this week to take direct oversight of the dysfunctional Broward County School Board earlier this week, the board's lobbyist, Georgia Slack, went into overdrive. Slack​Slack wrote in an email to Board members that she began "frantic lobbying" and engage ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Republican To Privatize $600,000,000 Worth of Florida's Prisons, Could Fatten Contributors' Pockets

    Alexander.​As reported in today's Herald, the Florida Senate on Monday "quietly inserted language into its newly proposed budget ... that seeks to give corporations a chance to run correctional facilities in 16 counties." These corrections contracts are worth some $600,000,000.Though this "quiet i ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Ain't No Sunshine on State Spending: Florida Gets a D For Transparency

    ​While Florida's Senate Majority Leader makes misleading statements about a government spending measure currently moving through the legislature, the entire state government received a D grade for disclosure of how it spends taxpayer money, according to a recent report from the U.S. Public Interes ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    New Florida Senate Bill Officially Defines "Sexting"

    ...all the kids are doing it...​If a new Florida Senate bill becomes law, the Sunshine State will finally have a legal definition of "sexting" - sending sexual advances or photos via text message. That may sound like a silly thing for the state legislature to be working on during a period of such ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Anti-Evolution Bill Hits State Senate

    Great apes. Which one did you elect?​In a perfect world, we'd have no reason to pause over the language of Florida's Senate Bill 1854, which reads, in part:Members of the instructional staff of the public schools... shall teach efficiently and faithfully... the following: (a thorough presentation ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    Tea Party Lawyer Marianne Moran Campaigns for Power to Repeal Federal Laws

    Moran at a Tea Party protest against Charlie Crist's U.S. Sugar "bailout."​Marianne Moran is a lawyer in West Palm Beach and a member of Tea Party in Action and Balance Our Budget Now. Through her work on the Florida Senate, she met Randy Barnett, a Georgetown law professor who is credited with de ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    The Timeliest, Most Entertaining, Mudslinging Ad We've Seen This Halloween Season

    ​Both Halloween and the election are fast approaching, making  this a very spooky week, with unexpected twists and turns lurking ahead. Far in advance of the October 31 holiday, Christine O'Donnell, the Tea Party candidate for Delaware Senate, revealed "I am not a witch" (provoking awesome pa ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    Morning Juice: Prison for Bev Gallagher; Oil Nears Panhandle

    ​Here's a glance at what's in the local headlines:It's not quite the Miracle on the Hudson, but a small plane made a safe emergency landing in a field just short of the Fort Lauderdale airport's runway. It narrowly missed hitting a home. [WPLG-5]Broward County School Board member Beverly Gallagher ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    Morning Juice: Retired Football Stars Tackled by Legal Woes; Experts Divided on Oil Spill's Effect on Florida

    ​It's Thursday. Here's what's in your local news:In what could be a major step toward fighting corruption in Broward County, the sheriff's office will be collaborating with the FBI to bust crooked politicians. [Daily Pulp]Poor Sapp: Retired NFL All-Pro and ex-Miami Hurricanes star Warren Sapp is o ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    UPDATED: Florida Bong Ban Passes (Does Not Puff Puff)​Despite organized opposition from smoke shop owners across the state, the Florida Senate passed a bill that will effectively shut down most headshops in the Sunshine State. Under the so-called "Bong Bill," the only shops allowed to sell water pipes will be stores where the sale of tobac ... More >>

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    May 4, 2010

    Sen. Mike Bennett's Porntastic Day in State Senate Chamber

    Apparently, Sen. Mike Bennett's friends send him nudie pictures, which are to be opened only on the floor of the Florida Senate, while Dan Gelber is talking about an abortion bill. Bennett, a Republican from Bradenton, clicked off the image immediately.Then he turned on some dog porn, it appears. Or ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    Bogdanoff: Get Real, Texting While Driving is Least of our Problems

    Mars and Venus appear to distract differently​Florida House Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff (R-Fort Lauderdale) isn't in favor of passing a law against texting while driving despite overwhelming support for the bill in the Florida Senate. The Senate voted 34-4 today to ban the practice.Bogdanoff told the Sun ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Morning Juice: Palm Beach Teachers Are Art Critics; Panthers, Heat Heading in Opposite Directions

    ​Your daily glance at what's news in South Florida:More friction between Palm Beach County teachers and district Superintendent Art Johnson. The union is threatening a work slowdown, asking its members to work only the seven and a half hours called for in the contract rather than the extra unpaid ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Kendrick Meek Looks to Diversify Voting Bloc by Sponsoring Race Car

    Flickr: jd06Mike Wallace, driving in the 2009 Daytona 500.​NASCAR races aren't known for their racial diversity. And the traditional good ol' boy fan base isn't known for voting for Democrats. But maybe it's a place where an African American Democrat can score a few swing votes in Florida's U.S. S ... More >>

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    August 12, 2009

    Another Judy Stern-Backed, Born-Again Democrat Launches Campaign in Broward

    Barbra Stern, the daughter of Democrat strategist Judy Stern, today followed through on her long-rumored campaign for Florida House district in Fort Lauderdale vacated by Ellyn Bodganoff, who's running for Florida Senate. Barbra Stern was originally a Democrat but she had a fling with the Republican ... More >>

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    July 20, 2009

    Cash Dries Up in Key Races for Dems

    house.govA painting of Bill Young, whose congressional career may have pre-dated the invention of still photographyOn paper, the congressional district of Rep. Bill Young of St. Petersburg would seem to be one of the best chances for the Democratic Party to pick up a seat. Although Young has kept th ... More >>

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    May 12, 2009

    Crist Jumps Into Senate Race

    Flickr User: CABridgesThe would-be future senator with the soon-to-be past Sen. Martinez.Now we got ourselves a bona fide political jamboree. Charlie Crist will seek Florida's U.S. Senate seat on behalf of the Dixiecrat, I mean the Whig, I mean the (could this be right?) Republican Party, even thoug ... More >>

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    April 24, 2009

    Florida Budget Talks: Like Watching a Game of Chicken Between Two Buses Full o' Kids

    It's Friday, and I can't with a clear conscience inflict the kind of stress on you that will surely come with describing the current condition of the state budget -- at least not without the proper caveat. So if you have high blood pressure, or if there's a history of heart attacks in your family, p ... More >>

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    March 26, 2009

    Legislators Pay Lip Service to Dreaded Compromise

    Compromise is what distinguishes the effective, conscientious governments from the dysfunctional ones, and the lack of it has been a drag on the Florida Legislature for some time. One would think that this year's gaping, $6 billion budget hole would make compromisers out of the stubbornest souls. In ... More >>

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    March 4, 2009

    Senate Dem From Weston Lands Gig for 2010

    There has never been a female leader of the Florida Senate's Democratic Caucus -- and there won't be till 2010, when Sen. Nan Rich, the Weston Democrat, assumes the role. She will get the formal designation at a press conference in Tallahassee at 10:30 this morning."It's long overdue," said Rich of ... More >>

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    September 5, 2006

    Vote the Bastards In

    It's Election Day. Here's a quick rundown of the races the Pulp is sort of interested in. I don't know if these are endorsements or predictions or a bit of both: -- Jim Davis over Rod Smith (stick it to Big Sugar). -- Jeremy Ring over Graber in Florida Senate District 32 (Graber's too mealy-mo ... More >>

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