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    October 28, 2014

    Florida Medical Marijuana Is "Done," According to Latest Poll

    Last week, news broke that Amendment 2 was in serious danger of not getting the necessary 60 percent in order to pass. And now, with Election Day exactly one week away, another poll says it's still not looking great for medical marijuana legalization. Gravis Marketing, a PR firm based in Winter Sp ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014

    Anti-Medical Marijuana Group Attacks John Morgan and Loopholes on Billboard

    Anti-medical marijuana group Drug Free America Foundation has taken it up a notch on their "Amendment 2 has loopholes that will lead to legalized marijuana" talking point by putting up a billboard attacking John Morgan. Morgan, the Orland-based attorney and medical marijuana advocate who has poured ... More >>

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    August 12, 2014

    Anti-Medical Marijuana Group Insinuates Pot Cookies Will Be Used for Rape

    The anti-medical marijuana group called "No on 2" has made a lot of noise about the supposed dangers of legalizing medical weed in Florida. Some of its claims include that weed leads to gay sex and AIDS, weed has more cancer-causing compounds than cigarettes, weed causes more accidents and ER visit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Miami and Key West Same-Sex Couples File to Merge Lawsuits

    Since both their lawsuits challenge the state's ban on same-sex marriage, the six couples in the Pareto v. Ruvin lawsuit in Miami-Dade are hoping to join forces with the couple in Monroe County, Aaron Huntsman and William "Lee" Jones, in their continued fight to bring marriage equality to Florida. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Mike Pouncey Sued by Alleged Victims of Cameo Nightclub Assault

    About ten days ago, the victims of an alleged fight that took place at South Beach's Cameo nightclub July 11 said they planned to sue for damages. There had been a birthday celebration for NFL football players Mike and Maurkice Pouncey. (Mike is a Miami Dolphins offensive lineman.) Now the victims ... More >>

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    July 11, 2014

    Florida Judge Throws Out Republican Voting Maps

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    Top Five "Questionable Characters" Involved With Drug Free Florida

    Drug Free Florida, the group that is putting on the full-court press to get Floridians to vote against medical marijuana, has been active in getting its message out. Particularly with videos, and with big-time donors coming from the woodwork to finance the cause. But, as much as the group wants to ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014

    Broward Judge Ana Gardiner Disbarred by Florida Supreme Court

    Former embattled Broward Circuit Judge Ana Gardiner has been disbarred from practicing law by the Florida Supreme Court. Back in 2008, New Times broke the story of Gardiner's improper sexual relationship with then-prosecutor and Assistant State Attorney Howard Scheinberg during a death penalty tri ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    Bill to Legalize Charlotte's Web Marijuana Filed by Florida Representative Matt Gaetz

    The strain of marijuana known as "Charlotte's Web" is closer to becoming legal in Florida, after House Criminal Justice Chairman Matt Gaetz of Fort Walton Beach filed a measure to make it so. Last month, state representatives held a legislative hearing on getting Charlotte's Web legalized. The CW ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Medical Marijuana Will Kill Florida

    This November, throngs of Floridians will strap on their sandals and flop their way to the polls to cast ballots that may well be the end of Florida as we know it. That's right, folks. It's over. Kiss it all goodbye. Because on November's ballot is an amendment so evil and insidious that mere conta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Charlie Crist Says He'll Vote for Medical Marijuana

    Former Florida Governor and Currently Running To Be Florida Governor Again, Charlie Crist, says that he will vote for the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida. On Monday, the Florida Supreme Court approved to have a constitutional amendment to legalize medical weed be put on the ballot this ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    There's Only One Week to Sign and Mail in Medical Marijuana Petitions

    The push is on to make Florida the next state to legalize medical marijuana. Organizers have one month to get 700,000 signatures on a petition to get the issue on the November ballot. But since state laws require that the petitions be paper petitions that are mailed in via snail mail -- not online o ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    Seven New Year's Resolutions for Florida

    2014 is right around the corner, and with every new year comes the familiar ritual of broken promises known as "New Year's Resolutions." Sure, by January 3rd, we're usually back to eating chocolate and smoking cigarettes, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. And if there's one state in this grea ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    Marijuana Legalization Debate at Palm Beach State College: An Out-of-the-Box Score

    Last night's "Great Debate" at Palm Beach State College on marijuana legalization was informative, entertaining and, for the most part, fairly predictable. Who won? If audience reaction was any guide -- and the audience was by no means a crowd of freaks, more your typical American whitebread college ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    FPL Tax Rate Hike Challenge Goes to Florida Supreme Court

    Last November, Florida's Public Service Commission approved a $246 million annual rate hike for Florida Power & Light. The hike started hitting bills in January. But now, Florida's consumer advocate is asking the Florida Supreme Court to overturn the rate hike. At the time of the approval, the cos ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    Medical Marijuana Group Collects 100,000 Petitions

    Back in July, we told you about the United For Care Campaign, a group run by People United for Medical Marijuana, who took up the fight to get legalized medical marijuana on the ballot in Florida in November of 2014 as a Constitutional Amendment. The group needed to collect 68,314 signatures to tri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Witness to an Execution: State Rep. Dave Kerner Watches Murderer Die

    "Write what you know" is the cardinal rule of creative writing, and it would seem to be even more important in the writing of legislation. Bad literature can be ignored; bad law, not so much. State Rep Dave Kerner has taken that thought to heart. Kerner (D-Palm Springs) has played a major role ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Palm Beach County Absentee Ballots Altered by Printing Error

    With November 6 a mere four weeks away, Florida decided it's about time to do that thing where it screws up the election.LET'S DO THIS, FLORIDA! According to Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher, about 60,000 Palm Beach County absentee ballots that have already been mailed by the Palm Beach County Sup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Looking to Fight Off Rising Nuclear Power Costs for FPL Customers

    In 2006, the undaunted geniuses in the Florida Legislature came up with the Florida Renewable Technology and Energy Efficiency Act, a shady law that basically gives utility companies like FPL and Progress Energy Florida permission to charge customers for something that might be built or fixed, witho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    William Singbush, Slacker Judge in Marion County, Gets to Keep His Job

    A strong message was sent late last week to Florida judges who think it's OK to habitually show up late to court proceedings for no reason: Meh, it's cool.Ocala Circuit Judge William Singbush has been the subject of an investigation by the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission, which was lookin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    State Supreme Court Says New Broward, Palm Beach Senate Districts Unconstitutional

    ​In November 2010, Florida voters approved two amendments to the Florida state constitution that would ostensibly remove partisanship from the once-a-decade state redistricting process, the idea being that the House and Senate would no longer be able to draw their maps along partisan lines that fa ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Florida House Considering New Limits on Abortions

    One of two abortion bills under consideration in the Florida House of Representatives seeks to significantly reduce the amount of time women have to request an abortion, and if it doesn't contradict a Florida Supreme Court ruling, it certainly sidesteps it.HB 839, which passed the Civil Justice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    South Florida Earns a Spot on the List of "Judicial Hellholes" for the Ninth Year in a Row

    ​Another year has just about gone by, which means it's time for South Florida to appear once again on the American Tort Reform Association's list of "judicial hellholes."Now every year since 2003 -- when they actually just picked Miami-Dade County -- South Florida has maintained its spot among ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Disappointment: The Rick Scott Story

    ​Gov. Rick Scott's reaction on Wednesday to a former staffer for Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll being charged with illegally recording a conversation: "It is a disappointment." (He said that twice.)His reaction to the part of that audio recording in which Carroll's chief of staff said the governor isn' ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Rick Scott Uses an Executive Order to Complain About Florida Supreme Court Decision

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Rick Scott, "Worst Governor Ever" Electee, Confirms He'll Seek Reelection in 2014

    ​It's no surprise by any stretch of the imagination, but Gov. Rick Scott has finally confirmed to the News Service of Florida that he's going to run for reelection in 2014.His announcement comes on the heels of being polled at the highest approval rating of his governorship -- 37 percent.He's stil ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Manuel Valle's Lawyers File Another Petition With the Florida Supreme Court

    Florida Department of CorrectionsManuel Valle​The lawyers for South Florida cop killer Manuel Valle have filed a petition with the Florida Supreme Court over clemency proceedings for Valle and have asked the court to stay Valle's scheduled execution... again.Valle, 61, has been given a date to die ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    411-PAIN Catches Attention of Florida Bar​Several months after New Times raised questions about the 1-800-411-PAIN Referral Service, the Florida Bar is taking a closer look at the local company and its competitors.At its annual convention this summer, the bar held a public hearing on for-profit lawyer referral services. The b ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Maker of Drug Used in Florida Lethal Injections Asked Rick Scott Not to Kill People With It

    Florida Department of CorrectionsManuel Valle, the subject of the current lethal-injection controversy in Florida.​Florida hasn't tested out the new lethal-injection drug it has planned to start using, but letters to Gov. Rick Scott from the drugmaker's president -- sent before Scott signed off on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Casey Anthony Attorney Cheney Mason in the Clear for Flippin' the Bird After Verdict

    mediaite.comCheney Mason giving was appears to be an unofficial legal opinion.​Casey Anthony defense attorney Cheney Mason is not facing a Florida Bar review after giving a celebratory middle-finger salute to the public shortly after the verdict was read Thursday.The Associated Press had reported ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Florida Law That Caps Medical Malpractice Damages

    askmen.comFlorida law is very concerned about insurance premiums.​According to Florida law -- and now the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals -- doctors' sometimes-deadly mistakes have a financial limit: $500,000.The law was being challenged by Michelle McCall, who the Associated Press reports died afte ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    High-Speed Rail Money Rick Scott Rejected Goes to Other States

    Our friends in New York, Chicago, Detroit, and California are now benefiting from the questionable fiscal decisions of Florida's Tea Party governor. Thanks, Governor, for sending money to our friends up north.​They're receiving a large portion of the $2.4 billion in federal funds for a high-speed ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Rick Scott Sure Gets You Riled Up (Misleading Supreme Court Judges Doesn't Hurt)

    ​It would appear that when a suspected fraudster gets elected governor and then uses questionable methods to achieve goals that he won't explain to anyone -- the man even refuses to use email so we won't know what he's thinking -- the public actually still cares. When Rick Scott does something fun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Judges Meet, Expect Florida Court Crisis To Soon Hit Broward

    Outgoing Chief Judge Victor Tobin called a closed-door meeting of all 90 Broward judges this afternoon to discuss a budget shortfall that is threatening to shut down courthouses across the state. During the meeting, the idea was raised to "call the bluff" of Rick Scott and the Florida House and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Another Big Law Firm Implodes

    Hometown phenom makes Final Four with UK​-- With all state schools now out of March Madness, you must do the right thing: Root for hometown boy and basketball prodigy Brandon Knight. abovethelaw.comAdorno​-- The Daily Business Review has an interesting story about the implosion of another l ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    Morning Juice: Police Hear Threat From Frankel; Rothstein Manager Denies Knowledge of Scheme

    ​End of the week. End of the month. Let's see what's in the local news.Hollywood Police now say that the fatal shooting Wednesday of 13-year-old Daniel Torres by a 14-year-old friend is believed to be an accident. Torres stayed home from school that day because he was being bullied by classmates. ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    Cheers to the New Bulldog Blog in Town

    Flickr user: sabianmaggyThere's a new bulldog in town.​After 30 years in the South Florida news business, Dan Christensen isn't about to let one small layoff stop him from mining the bottomless pit of Broward County corruption.The veteran Daily Business Review and Miami Herald reporter has launche ... More >>

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    July 24, 2009

    Then There Were Three (Candidates for U.S. Attorney in South Florida)

    The next U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida will be either David Buckner, Willy Ferrer, or Daryl Trawick. They were selected by the Judicial Nomination Commission following interviews this month of 16. All three finalists are members of Miami's legal community -- Buckner in private p ... More >>

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    April 7, 2009

    Grand Jury: The Sword and the Shield

    Retired Sun-Sentinel reporter Joe Kollin sent the Pulp this serious piece of righteousness about the state grand jury. I'm going to go ahead and call for it: Grand jurors should fire State Attorney Michael Satz as their "legal advisor" and hire an attorney who wants to do the job ... More >>

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    March 25, 2009

    Seminoles: Senate Version of Compact, Please

    The Florida House and Senate have both drafted legislation that would dramatically alter the games at Seminole casinos. Either the Tribe's profits will take a huge leap back or huge leap forward.The House version scales back the games that the Tribe can offer, eliminating card games so that the casi ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Floridians Brace for Boring Weather Conversations; Prisoner Escapes by Using Dullness

    South Florida is under a windchill warning, and while I'm not a weatherman, it is currently so cold outside that I'm issuing a Boring Weather Conversation Alert. You're probably not familiar with the aforementioned and recently invented alert, so here's how it works: When the weather in Florida is m ... More >>

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    July 10, 2008
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    September 13, 2007

    Judge and Jury

    Judge Lazarus takes justice into his own hands in the Keith Wasserstrom trial

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    March 29, 2007

    Wet Curtains

    Match Me Up

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    July 31, 2003

    Operation Baghdad

    A Senate hopeful on the lam is busy tracking Saddam

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    December 14, 2000


    Saving Private Smith

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    December 7, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters for December 7, 2000

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    June 22, 2000

    Let Me Kill Myself

    Before he dies of Lou Gehrig's disease, Phil Snaith wants to accomplish one final goal: force the state to allow assisted suicides

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    June 10, 1999
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