Pam Bondi

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    March 13, 2014

    Florida Medical Marijuana's Biggest Opponents and Threats

    Florida seems to be well on its way to getting medical marijuana legalized. Voters this November are going to be able to decide on their own whether weed should be made legal for folks with debilitating diseases, and a bill that would decriminalize the use of a strain of medical marijuana for kids w ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Florida Supreme Court Approves Medical Marijuana Initiative

    In the week the Super Bowl is being played by two cities (Seattle, Denver) in states that legalize pot, Florida just got that much closer to being a part of the blaze. The Florida Supreme Court has approved to have a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana be put on the ballot this ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    Signatures Verified -- Medical Marijuana WILL be on Florida Ballot Unless Supreme Court Nixes Language

    Advocates of medical marijuana met their goal -- they collected enough signatures to see that the issue gets posed to voters on this November's ballot. Elections officials announced today they they verified 710,508 signatures that were submitted -- enough to force a vote on a proposed constitutio ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    Rick Scott Says He'll Vote Against Medical Marijuana

    In what is pretty much the least shocking news item you'll read all day, Gov. Rick Scott says he'll vote against the legalization of medical marijuana should it make it to the 2014 ballot. And while 80 percent of Floridians are for the legalization of medical marijuana, and Scott's popularity is sl ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Medical Marijuana Advocates Beat Their Goal, Collect 1.1 Million Petitions

    The push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida is one step closer today, as the People United for Medical Marijuana (United for Care) are claiming that they have officially collected 1.1 million petitions. Last week, New Times reported that the group thought it had reached the 1.1 million mark. ... 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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    December 20, 2013

    Jameis Winston Accuser Is Begging Rick Scott to Investigate the Tallahassee PD's Handling of Her Case

    The Tallahassee Police Department screwed up the Jameis Winston rape case. This, according to Winston's accuser, who is now asking Gov. Rick Scott's office to open an internal investigation of the Tallahassee PD. According to a report from TMZ, the accuser's attorney, Patricia Carroll, says that th ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    Medical Marijuana Advocates Making Strides as Supreme Court Ponders a Ruling

    According to campaign-finance reports for November, lawyer and pro-medical marijuana advocate John Morgan has put more than $500 grand into the People United for Medical Marijuana campaign. All told, he's put in about $972,125, bringing this thing almost to a cool million. Meanwhile, United for Ca ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013

    Today: Supreme Court Hearing on Medical Marijuana

    Today is pretty much Super Bowl Sunday for the medical marijuana issues here in Florida, at least for the next year. The state Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday over the 75 words proponents want to include on next year's ballot, an initiative that would open the doors for doctors ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013

    Best Places in Florida to Hide Christmas Presents from Kids

    You did all your holiday shopping and now those boxes from Amazon are starting to roll in. Where to hide all that junk before you wrap it? Kids are sneaky. (I personally believe that babies know full well how to wipe their butts, but just fake it so they can poop on you.) They can find Xmas present ... More >>

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    November 27, 2013

    Florida Gun Sales at an All-Time, Record-Breaking High

    Florida sure does love its guns. So much so that's it's on pace to break some of its own records in gun sales. According to figures done by the state, around 800,000 background checks for guns will have been conducted by year's end. In 2007, that figure was around 400,000. HIGH FIVE, FLORIDA! LET ... More >>

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    November 12, 2013

    Sex Trafficking in Florida: Panel Meeting Tomorrow at FAU

    Putting teeth into the talk, the women scholars of FAU's Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies are turning from theory to practice tomorrow afternoon with the program, "Ending Sex Trafficking in the State of Florida." Florida Sen. Maria Sachs, for whom the issue is a major focus, will kic ... More >>

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    November 4, 2013

    Charlie Crist's Medical Marijuana Stance: Will Floridians Care About His Flip-Flopping?

    With the worst kept secret in Florida politics becoming official with Charlie Crist announcing his run for Florida's Governor (again!), the questions begin. Namely, now that he's a Democrat, where does he stand on things he stood against when he was a Republican? More to the point, where does he st ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    Encyclopedia of Medical Marijuana Laws: Your Tax Dollars at Work

    Everything you always wanted to know (but were too stoned to ask) about medical marijuana laws and marijuana use in the US of A is now available in a report from the good folks at a Florida official body called the Financial Impact Estimating Conference. For a government publication, it's a juicy ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    Florida's Supreme Court To Hear Medical Marijuana Legalization Debate

    Looks like medical weed will finally have its day, as the Florida Supreme Court has set a date to hear arguments about whether a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana should be put on the ballot next November. The arguments have been set for December 5. Florida GOPers, fo ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013

    Medical Marijuana Group Is "Hiding the Ball," Says Pam Bondi

    With 70 percent of Floridians approving the legalizing of medical marijuana, and a drive to get it on the ballot next November as a constitutional amendment garnering over 100,000 signatures, it's safe to assume that Florida is as close as it has ever been to becoming the 21st state to legalize weed ... More >>

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    September 24, 2013

    Pam Bondi Is Sorry She Delayed an Execution So She Could Throw a Party

    A few weeks ago, we told you about how State Attorney General Pam Bondi had the execution of a convicted murderer postponed because it got in the way of her reelection kickoff party. Well, now Bondi has come out with a "mea culpa" (or a "my bad," if you prefer) and has apologized for having Marshal ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    Pam Bondi Gets Execution Rescheduled So She Can Hold a Fundraiser

    GOPers sure do love them death penalty executions. Especially here in Florida. Except, of course, when they get in the way of fundraisers, like one did for State Attorney General Pam Bondi. The state was set to execute Marshall Lee Gore on Monday for the 1988 raping, strangling, and stabbing of 30 ... More >>

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    September 4, 2013

    Pam Bondi Wants Young Adults to Be Able to Buy Guns in Florida

    What kind of country do we live in where 18-year-old kids aren't allowed to buy themselves a gun? Because that's exactly the battle Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is fighting, as the Supreme Court grapples with a decision to overturn a law that poops all over the Second Amendment and says kids ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    Florida Sues BP and Haliburton Over 2010 Oil Spill

    Florida got the Earth Day festivities kicked off early with some good old fashioned litigation. Over the weekend, Florida joined Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana is suing BP and Halliburton over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The suit, filed by State Attorney General Pam Bondi in United S ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    Obama Got It All Wrong With California Attorney General; Florida Attorney General Is Way Hotter

    President Barack Obama called California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday night to apologize for calling her "by far the best-looking attorney general in the country" during a Democratic National Committee fundraiser on Thursday afternoon in Atherton, California. And rightly so. Obama ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Rick Scott and Joe Abruzzo Challenge the NCAA to Arm Wrestling Match

    The local personalities, egos, and public figures who swung through the news cycle this week, ranked by New Times' crack research department using a highly scientific algorithm (i.e. picnic, lightening.)

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    February 21, 2013

    University of Miami Scandal: Sen. Joe Abruzzo Asks Florida Attorney General to Investigate the NCAA

    State Sen. Joe Abruzzo has jumped headfirst into the NCAA-versus-UM fracas.

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    October 26, 2012

    Former Kaplan University Employee Says Recruiting is as Aggressive as Ever

    A few months ago, we detailed the questionable behavior of the state's for-profit colleges, and how they were under state investigation for deceptively luring students into educational programs of questionable value.Key to the schools' success is an aggressive sales policy, in which "admissions" rep ... More >>

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    June 30, 2012

    Leap Second to Be Added Today; Will Florida Resist?

    In yet another example of gross government overreach and excessive bureaucratic regulation, officials have announced that today, June 30, will be one second longer than a normal Earth day. At 11:59:59 p.m. tonight, the officially recognized time will receive an extra second before rolling over to mi ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Obamacare Individual Mandate Upheld; Take That Florida Republicans

    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 >>

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    June 21, 2012
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    June 21, 2012

    June Clarkson Was Just Another Pissed-Off Neighbor After Being Sacked From AG's Office

    One day in November, June Clarkson stepped out her front door in Hollywood to see a Local 10 news van parked outside. They were filming a public-nuisance story on the property next door to hers, which had been in foreclosure for around two years and was now covered with unsightly, invasive air-p ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    More Complaints Filed Against Connie Mack for Mailers

    Last month, MAOS blogger (and new Sunshine Brigade member) Chaz Stevens submitted a complaint to the Federal Election Commission after we questioned whether Rep. Connie Mack's $18,000 postcard "mistake" actually constituted an illegal campaign contribution.Mack, who today announced an endorseme ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Arizona's Immigration Enforcement Law: Florida's Stances on Both Sides of SB 1070

    This week's issue includes a four-story special report from Village Voice Media about SB 1070, the Arizona immigration law that both casts criminal suspicion on anyone who looks Latino and transforms local law enforcement officers into immigration investigators. It's featured nationally because it i ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    A Heartwarming Update on Rick Scott's Dirtiest Deeds

    Scott can't even get his dirty deeds enforced.​Four months ago, we brought you a sobering catalog of Rick Scott's dirtiest deeds as chief executive of this fair state. There were a dozen items on the list --  gems like outsourcing prisons to political donors, slashing funding for public educa ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Attorney General's Office Accuses Hallandale Company of Running Hurricane-Shutter Scam

    Broward Sheriff's OfficeRobert Hoffman, the owner of Rolladen, was arrested last week on fraud charges.​Apparently Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi doesn't take kindly to people running scams on people under the guise of natural disasters.Bondi announced yesterday that her office has filed a law ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Rick Scott and Cabinet's Decision for Ex-Con Voting Hurdles Seems Bogus, Study Implies​As much as Gov. Rick Scott likes to make the rules, it looks like his Cabinet's idea for making new hurdles for ex-convicts to have their civil rights restored was pulled out of their collective asses, according to implications from a recent study by the Florida Parole Commission.The s ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Federal Judge Declares Florida Death Penalty Unconstitutional; Casey Anthony Fans Hopeful​We'll sum up U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez' 94-page ruling in Evans v. McNeil for you: Florida's death penalty is unconstitutional.The crux of his ruling was a 2002 U.S. Supreme Court ruling -- Ring v. Arizona -- which found that a jury must agree on the aggravating ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Revised 'Pill Mill' Bill Approved By House Committee

    ​So much for the governor's pill mill "strike force." Florida just may get a prescription drug-monitoring program after all.  Today, the House Appropriations Committee approved a revised bill, (HB 7095), that scraps Gov. Rick Scott's proposal to repeal the drug tracking system, which also rec ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Rick Scott Goes Straight Up George Bush On Pill Mills: Launches 'Strike Force'

    Will Gov. Scott's strike force take down pill mills like Sosa's hit squad took out Tony Montana? ​These pill mill doctors may have misunderestimated Gov. Rick Scott but he's gon smoke em out. And he doesn't need no Office of Drug Control or a geeky little database to track dealers of mass destruct ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    Felon Voting Laws, Racism, Rick Scott, and Pam Bondi, Part II

    Florida Attorney GeneralYou really think justice is colorblind, Ms. Bondi?​The Florida Clemency Board's decision last week to reinstate an archaic felon voting ban has set off a storm of protest. The new rule, which requires nonviolent felons to wait five years after completing their sentences to ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    Why Felon Voting Rights Matter, by the Numbers (Rick Scott's Worst Nightmare)

    Rick Scott was elected by a very small margin -- one that ex-felons could destroy.​We've told you about Rick Scott's new ban on felon voting rights, which returns Florida to a racist era of stamping out African-American votes. Many people have suggested that by prohibiting felons from voting for f ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    Foreclosure Firm Ben-Ezra & Katz Is Latest Addition to Attorney General's Investigation

    via floridaforeclosurehelp.netThe state foreclosure fraud investigation expands.​Fort Lauderdale law firm Ben-Ezra & Katz is the most recent subject of the state attorney general's mortgage fraud investigation. The firm "appears to be fabricating and/or presenting false and misleading document ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Federal Pill Mill Raid Shuts Pain Clinics Across South Florida

    Commercial Medical Group, one of the raided businesses.​The feds have taken note of South Florida's illegally run "pill mills," and a yearlong undercover investigation culminated in an early-morning raid today. It focused on mills that flouted prescription laws. Rounded up in the sweep was Zvi Per ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    Carl Hiaasen, Pam Bondi Weigh In on "Bath Salt" Drug Scare

    Erowid.orgNot your mama's bath salts.​What's off-white, crumbly, sold in gas stations, and goes up your nose? Hint: You're not actually supposed to take a bath with it. The party drug MDPV, marketed as "bath salts," packs the anxiety-laden punch of a vat of coffee and the comedown of a mild meth t ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    Dave Aronberg, Pam Bondi's New Pick to Fight Pill Mills, Has His Work Cut Out for Him

    Disarming pain clinics with a single smile.​Now that Rick Scott has nixed the state Office of Drug Control, which was instrumental in getting anti-pill-mill legislation passed, the duty to try to curb the illegal pill-mill industry falls on whoever will take it.Enter Pam Bondi, your new Republican ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Concede? Hell No. Secede!

    ​It just happened. Florida has officially elected the man who oversaw the greatest Medicare fraud in U.S. history as its governor. You might think I would welcome this sort of thing. I remember when I covered the 2000 recount thinking at the end of it, after the U.S. Supreme Court gave t ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Election Day Notes

    Let's start this thing off with a couple of blog votes. On Amendments 5 and 6, it's pretty easy: If you like gerrymandering, vote against them. As for me, it's a yes vote on these two. On the judicial race between John Fry and John Howes for County Court Judge in District 1, I've made a decision. T ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Friday Morning Hits

    -- Remember those shady attack ads aimed at Florida Attorney General candidate Dan Gelber accusing him of being "toxic to Jewish education"? Pam Bondi Campaign Gelber and Bondi at last night's Univision debate.​Initially, it didn't appear that Gelber's opponent, Pam Bondi, ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Anatomy of the Gelber Attack: From Amway To Huizenga

    Sometimes  negative campaigning lives up to its bad name. The weekend attack on Florida Attorney General candidate Dan Gelber is a perfect example of the kind of sleazy negative campaigning that should make your skin crawl. In the ads sent out this week ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Photo Fun

    This photo of Gov. Charlie Crist and Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter could be a classic someday​. They look so darned happy. Inside see more. 

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    October 15, 2010

    Last School Board Leak Cost Taxpayers Big

    Wild Art: Fox News-loving Republican Attorney General candidate Pam Bondi at the firing range​The apparently illegal leak of classified FBI information regarding Broward County School Board Member Phyllis Hope isn't the first time the school district has been caught in a political ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Fort Lauderdale Tea Party Declares Victory

    ​When David Gould, a 26-year-old Fort Lauderdale man showed up at the corner of Oakland Park Boulevard and Federal Highway -- the spot known to local tea partiers as "the corner" -- he expected some sort of confrontation. He's pretty liberal and this is, after all, the location of the self-proclai ... More >>

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