Barack Obama took to the TV and told the world that Marco Rubio "has been a very positive force" in the immigration debate. Hmm.Obama is up to no good. He has to be. Why else would he suddenly be praising the GOPers' Goldeny Golden-Touch Golden Boy of the Golden Future Rubio? What say you, Admira ... More >>
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta unanimously ruled that a lower court's decision to halt the enforcement of Rick Scott's law that forced welfare recipients to take drug tests was good. Back in May 2011, Scott signed into law a bill requiring that Florida's TANF welfare recipients ... More >>
Shining Beacon of Light Marco Rubio called President Obama's first draft on immigration reform "dead on arrival" yesterday, saying that the president's bill "repeats the failures of past legislation" and that the bill will die as soon as it enters the hallowed halls of Congress just like every past, ... More >>
After he left the governor's office in 2008, Jeb Bush set up an education non-profit group, and last week, The Nation charged that Bush "could be using his education reform crusade for personal gain."The dust-up began when the union-affiliated research group In the Public Interest (IPI) us ... More >>
A group of eight Democratic senators and Republican senators have decided to stop it already with all the bickering and do some bipartisan work and have released an immigration reform framework that includes a "path to citizenship" for undocumented immigrants -- a day earlier than when Obama is supp ... More >>
Staring down the barrel of what's sure to be a brutal campaign to stay in the governor's mansion beyond 2014, Rick Scott is pushing out a variety of campaigns that seem aimed at scoring points with weary voters. On Wednesday Scott announced he's planning to give every public school teacher in Flor ... More >>
Over several weeks in early 2010, then-Governor Crist unleashed a series of tweets condemning President Obama's prospective health care reform bill. To Crist -- yes, the other Crist -- enacting ObamaCare would only constitute "the beginning." He said "Americans deserve better than this." He launched ... More >>
At first Rick Scott was all, NO HEALTH CARE FOR OUR STATE, EVAR! And then everyone started to hate him because they realized he's a beady-eyed pustule with dumb GOPer agendas and an affinity to eat people's souls (allegedly!). But now, all of a sudden as if by magic and wonderment, Scott is changi ... More >>
Arguments were heard in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta in Florida's appeal of a lower court Thursday on the decision halting enforcement of a 2011 state law mandating drug tests of applicants for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Basically, the law says that those w ... More >>
According to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a voucher plan for Medicare -- like the one Mittington Romnom RoboRomney and his young ward P90Ryan are proposing -- would cost Florida patients more than $100 million. But since the Mittbot is promising instant jobs to everyone as soon as he ... More >>
See also: Rick Scott's stranger-than-fiction smackdown of Obamacare and his defense of that decison.In 2009, at least 2.45 million people in Florida were enrolled in Medicaid, according to data from government agencies. Another estimate pegs the number at more than 3 million. That's over a tenth of ... More >>
It's an election year, and something good happened to the incumbent president. You know what that means: The opposition party is about to do a lot of yelling.We're dealing, of course, with the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to knock down Obamacare's individual mandate -- you know, the one that we're a ... More >>
See also Connie Mack Continues Stupid Health Care Posturing. We've seen plenty of posturing already from Republican U.S. Rep. Connie Mack -- now a candidate for Senate -- about the Affordable Care Act -- even last week, he was slamming his opponent, Bill Nelson, for supporting it.This came into part ... More >>
We had a four-story package a few weeks ago that looked at Arizona's SB 1070, the controversial law that would turn local law enforcement into immigration officials -- the controversial law that was just gutted by the U.S. Supreme Court.The court said this morning that Arizona was not allowed to mak ... More >>
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 >>
Making the state's poorest residents piss in a cup before qualifying to receive welfare benefits was going to save Florida up to $77 million, Rick Scott said when he was campaigning for governor. The goal of the drug tests was "to make sure we don't waste taxpayers' money," Gov. Voldemort added when ... More >>
Once again, the "Florida for Life Act" has been submitted in the Florida Legislature. The bill would ban abortions not related to medical emergencies and would make it a first-degree felony to perform or assist in the performance of an abortion.Rep. Charles Van Zant has filed the bill on the Hous ... More >>
Illustration by Miche RattoWho needs Husseinobamacare?Yesterday, Gov. Rick Scott made a visit to the Palm Beach Post editorial board and predicted that the challenge of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act raised by Florida and 25 other states would win in the U.S. Supreme Court.Argumen ... 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 >>
Illustration by Miche RattoWendell Potter -- a former health care insurance executive who most recently left his post as head of communications for CIGNA -- has been following up on the Pulp's post on Florida's newest HMO policy for state employees and agrees that the decision to allow just one H ... More >>
Hey there, Tea Party -- 50 percent chance of rain!In its second fax-bomb attempt in a matter of weeks, the South Florida Tea Party is asking its supporters to send a prewritten fax to Sen. John McCain of Arizona, requesting that the Maverick not urinate on them.They're apparently not too happy wi ... More >>
Now for Gov. Rick Scott's charade of the day -- making up a scientific study on drug use by welfare recipients on a nationally televised CNN interview.As you know, the governor signed H.B. 353 into law last week, requires Floridians on welfare to pass a drug test before they get their cash.On ... More >>
The Tea Party has demonized health-care reform -- or Obamacare, as it calls it -- to the point that the group seems to believe that it alone is going to destroy America. Tea Party signsThey've disrupted Congressional town hall meetings, screamed about sociali ... More >>
Do undocumented migrants steal jobs from American workers?
Russell Pearce and other illegal-immigration populists rely on misleading, right-wing reports to scapegoat immigrants and terrify penny-pinched Americans.
via hubpages.comProof that journalism, even newspaper journalism, still matters: This Miami Herald article about readers' complaints that the word 'Obamacare' is a "pejorative" with partisan connotations. The Miami Herald changed the recent headline, "Obamacare arrives Thursday," to "Obama-led he ... More >>
Gary Kompothecras, a chiropractor based out of Sarasota, has been pressuring Department of Health official to turn over sealed immunization records. "Dr. Gary," as he's called, wants those records turned over to father-son duo, Dr. Mark and David Geier, crusaders for the "vaccinations cause au ... More >>
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
It's a felony, sure, but in the absence of real immigration reform, some young, assimilated illegal immigrants see it as their best path to citizenship
Joyce Tarnow (hearts) John TantonJohn Tanton's name is getting a lot of play. Depending on who you talk to, Tanton is either a raging pro-eugenics racist with a deep-seated animosity toward brown people -- or -- a beaming, professorial Renaissance man with an insatiable curiosity and an infallibl ... More >>
Support for AZ Sheriff Joe's draconian immigration enforcement.The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is under scrutiny in Lake Worth these days. As we reported yesterday, residents packed a small room at Monday night's CRB meeting to hear a presentation on local "hate groups," inc ... More >>
Is there anyone out there besides George LeMieux and his fellow Republicans in Congress who think that this health care issue hasn't been debated to death? To someone who was appointed to the U.S. Senate this past fall, it may seem like health care reform has sneaked up on Congress, but it's been p ... More >>
Everybody's still talking about Crist gaffe-ing (lying?) over the Obama appearance, but this quotable moment is, I think, much more precious. Let's pull out a portion of that Sarasota Herald-Tribune article, which asked for Crist's opinion of a Senate Democrat health care reform package that woul ... More >>
nytimes.comArtificial hip-hop and health care hysteria: all the rage at Sunrise LakesThey've still working do on destroying Obama's health care plan but in the opening moments of this New York Times video, Sunrise seniors dealt a death blow to hip-hop. Chilling video here.The accompanying a ... More >>
Flickr User: FrogMillerMidway through this morning's meeting of the North Broward Hospital District's board, Commissioner Robert Bernstein decided it was time to acknowledge the "white elephant in the room."A tantalizing prospect, because this room was positively teeming with white elephants. There ... More >>
Protesters say illegals take our jobs, bring in leprosy, and, grrr, sell ice cream from bicycles
A former Broward hospital CEO's trail of dubious expenses is just a drip in the bucket
101 Haitian refugees sailed north full of hope. They got screwed.
Radio host Joyce Kaufman wins fans by flaying a new enemy: undocumented immigrants
David Caulkett wants your $10 to help Uncle Sam in the fight against illegal immigration.
The INS screwed up when it let in the September massacre's mastermind
The INS had two chances to nab Mohamed Atta. It failed both times.
When terrorists knock, the INS is more than likely to fall down on the job
For a growing number of immigrants, detention by the INS comes down to a long and lonely stint in the Fort Lauderdale Jail
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