Will Weatherford

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    #FanGate Reactions Dominate Post-Debate Spin by Politicians

    The room was cluttered with a dizzying array of voices. Bodies crushed in together. Lights flashed. Cameras buzzed. The so-called post-debate Spin Room -- the designated area where politicians go and talk to the media about how their candidate won the debate -- was a steaming goulash of pant suits, ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    Stephen Ross Buys the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale

    Stephen Ross doesn't want to spend his own money to renovate Sun Life Stadium because he's apparently too busy buying hotels. Specifically, Ross' New York-based Related Cos. Related Fund Management is dropping a reported $90 million to buy the W Hotel & Residences in Fort Lauderdale. The group say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    GOP Refusal to Expand Medicaid Costs Florida 68,000 Jobs

    We know that Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford's stubborn, hypocritical decision not to expand Medicaid in Florida (aided and abetted by Governor-for-the-Moment Rick "Robot" Scott) is costing the state $50 billion in federal aid over the next ten years -- and likely resulting in the deaths of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Rick Scott Signs Ethics Reform Bill into Law

    Florida is apparently not as corrupt as it once was, and now it just might be getting even less so after Gov. Rick Scott signed the Government Ethics bill on Friday. The bill -- SB 846 -- is designed to make incremental changes and improvements to Florida's ethics laws, including annual ethics trai ... More >>

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    June 9, 2014

    Rick Scott Signs In-State Tuition Bill for Undocumented Students

    On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott signed the DREAM Act bill into law, which will allow in-state tuition for the children of illegal immigrants in Florida. According to the bill, undocumented immigrants must meet a certain number of conditions to qualify that include attending a secondary school for at lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    Watchdog Groups to Call on Florida Legislature to Come Through with Ethics Reform and Open Government

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Florida Banned The Internet, Claims Cafe Owner Lawsuit

    Remember that bill that was recently passed that outlawed Internet cafes? Well, apparently, one cafe owner is suing the state because, as he puts it, the bill basically makes smartphones, computers, and pretty much the entire internet illegal in Florida. Consuelo Zapata, owner of Incredible Investm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Five Most Important Florida Bills That Failed

    The Florida Legislature is kind of like that family friend who comes and crashes your pad for two weeks, rearranges everything in your cupboards, tells you exactly what kind of person you are, and then leaves so you can live in the mess they just created. After two more quick months of politicking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Palm Beach Tea Party Sounds Alarm on Medicaid Expansion; Rep. Mark Pafford Disputes Its Take

    Fire Ant tries to be charitable in assessing the Tea Party. Confused, fearful people in a confusing, frightening age, they're mere pawns in the games of the rich and powerful. But when organized stupidity denies medical care to people in need, stupidity must be called to account. Take the Palm Bea ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    Florida Medicaid Expansion Pretty Much Killed By Senate Panel

    On Monday afternoon, a Senate select committee rejected moving forward with an expansion of the Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act, even after Gov. Rick Scott expressed a desire to see it expanded, and even though state hospitals and business wanted to see it expanded and even th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    Florida House Panel Rejects Medicaid Expansion

    Even with Gov. Rick Scott reversing course on the good ship SS Teabaggery and supporting the expansion of Medicaid (even though he wanted to control how it would be privatized), his fellow Florida GOPers stayed the course. See also: -Rick Scott Now Supports Medicaid Expansion And by "stayed the co ... More >>