In 2008, the ban of same-sex marriage was voted into the Florida constitution, the end of a process that was kick-started two years prior, when then-Gov. Charlie Crist signed a petition to get that prohibition approved. Six years later, the LGBT advocacy group Equality Florida is taking the state ... More >>
A chorus of citizens in red greeted the Palm Beach County Commission yesterday. The Tea Party, some 80 strong, had come to warn the commissioners against Seven50, a regional planning initiative. See also: - Florida Tea Partiers: Urban Planners Are Using Mind Control, Tyranny in Sustainable Developm ... More >>
An organization is a terrible thing to waste. Especially if you're in the business of winning Florida elections and the organization is one that in six short months canvassed statewide and located more than 700,000 legally registered voters and got them to sign a petition to amend the state constitu ... More >>
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 >>
With all the flip-floppy talk that is sure to come at Charlie Crist in the coming year from Rick Scott and the GOP, there's one area where they might not be able to touch. The environment. Even before he changed parties and began changing his views from right things to left things, Crist had a pre ... More >>
In a statement released on Tuesday afternoon, former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush has officially taken a side in the upcoming gubernatorial race and endorsed Rick Scott. It's the least shocking news you'll read today, as Bush is, number one, a Republican and, number two, not a big fan of Charlie Crist ... More >>
So, Secretary of State John Kerry was traveling in Britain yesterday and when a reporter asked him at a news conference whether there was any way that Syria could now avoid being struck as retaliation for a chemical weapons attack on its own people. Kerry harrumphed, in a tone of yah, right, like it ... More >>
Several weeks, Channel 10's Bob Norman dropped a report showing that Broward County State Senator Maria Sachs' may not actually be living in a Fort Lauderdale residence -- which lies within her district -- but in a $1.5 million residence in Boca Raton, which would violate the state Constitution. Th ... More >>
Right Wing wild card Roger Stone may throw his hat in the ring of the 2014 Florida governor's race. The ace in his hole: marijuana. He wants to legalize it, and gay marriage. How serious is he? It's always a thin line with Stone, who so revels in outrage it's like he does things just because he ... More >>
Crazy Uncle Joe was campaigning in Charlotte on Tuesday and did that thing where he said stuff that makes Democrats smack themselves on the forehead. Speaking of Mitt Romney and how he and Paul Ryan would raise taxes on the middle class, Biden said, "How they can justify... raising taxes on the mid ... More >>
Charlie Crist is really taking this Republicans suck thing seriously. Coming on the heels of his endorsement of Barack Obama, the former Republican governor is now slated to be a speaker at the Democratic National Convention next week in Charlotte. Shocking? YES. Except that, no. Crist might be ... More >>
See also: Dear Dems, Please Do Not Run Charlie Crist for GovernorIn probably what is the least-shocking news ever, former Governor Charlie Crist might be switching over to Democrat this week. Saint Petersblog's Peter Schorsch tweeted out that a rumor is going around the Republican National ... More >>
When choosing the next president of the United States, one has to weigh many issues. There's the economy, health care, beer appreciation...President Barack Obama, for instance, likes his beer so much that he's brewing and bottling his own private-label stash at the White House.For more than a year, ... More >>
Bloomberg had an interesting scoop yesterday: The Mitt Romney campaign asked Gov. Rick Scott to tone down his bragging about Florida's economy because it was interfering with Romney's message of economic apocalypse under Barack Obama. The report also said Scott "was asked to say that the state's job ... More >>
Former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush has taken the brave and politically risky move of endorsing presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a long-shot candidate who is only 300 delegates ahead of his competition.Romney has won only 16 primaries, including Florida's, which was held almost two months ago.
You probably read recently, maybe even here on County Grind, that Megadeth's Dave Mustaine has a hankering for some Rick Santorum. We were kind of grossed out by the whole affair, but after some tossing, turning, and musing, we let the sitch lie. However, someone brilliant over at Mother Jon ... More >>
Somewhere in the history of politics, a candidate stopped for a bite to eat and was spotted by his adoring public... That was probably the watershed moment that began the tradition of restaurant stops. After all, nothing says "I'm one of the people" like a politician with ketchup on his tie ... More >>
It hasn't passed either chamber of Florida's Legislature yet -- so it's not official -- but memorial bills filed in the House and Senate suggest that Osama bin Laden's death was a good thing.Ranking somewhere around Sen. Stephen Wise's "Christmas break" bill as far as importance is concerned, the ... More >>
Americans for Prosperity Foundation Florida, part of the Koch brothers' political-funding machine, announced yesterday that it's going to be "providing essential educational tools to Floridians in advance of the upcoming 2012 elections."Among the "influential leaders" AFP Florida is bringing on t ... More >>
Forget Kevin Bacon, the Florida Democratic Party is playing the "Six Degrees of Rick Scott."How do you play? Well, apparently by launching a website identifying the state's "Rickpublicans."Sure enough, hometown favorite Rep. Allen West landed a Bacon Rick number of one, with a direct connection t ... More >>
Texas Rep. Ron PaulIn our poll yesterday, around 42 percent of our readers thought that the Tea Party audience made the most outlandish comment at Monday night's CNN/Tea Party Express Republican debate.Texas Rep. Ron Paul was asked a hypothetical question during the debate by moderator Wolf Blitz ... More >>
worstgovernorever.comFlorida governor and two-time election winner Rick Scott.Gov. Rick Scott has officially been crowned Worst Governor Ever.The Transport Workers Union of America found a way for people to vote for Scott again, as he beat out Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and Wis ... More >>
Rep. Allen West would prefer to be insulted to his face but pulls his punches via email or at Tea Party gatherings.Rep. Allen West decided to insult Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz again over the weekend, but in spite of his angry email tirade to her saying Wasserman Schultz "doesn't have the guts" ... More >>
fourfour.typepad.comI don't think that's what he meant.Florida officials have been working on a list of people to nominate for the Florida Veterans' Hall of Fame -- a list that originally included Gov. Rick Scott and six Confederate soldiers as well as 15 others.The list of all-white, military ve ... More >>
Parks and trees? Who needs 'em!Remember the environmental apocalypse Rick Scott was supposed to create?While campaigning for governor, Scott called the Department of Community Affairs, the state agency charged with overseeing local development projects, a "jobs killer." He said he'd heard complai ... More >>
fark.comThe new philosophy from the South Florida Tea Party apparently includes taking handouts and accepting bailouts.As you may know, the South Florida Tea Party has been trying to weasel its way out of paying the bill for a rally they held for Donald Trump in Boca Raton.Yesterday, Donald Trump ... More >>
Marco RubioRepublican presidential candidates are going to need an incredible campaign strategy to dismantle President Obama in the 2012 election.Two of the biggest challenges are winning large swing states, like Florida, and figuring out how to get Hispanic voters to pick in their favor.The answ ... More >>
Got Damage? Pop quiz.You're a legislator, and you've got a chance to vote on a bill that would protect kids from deadly brain injuries at no additional cost to the state.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz(Note: This is the second part of a blog post, and I'm picking up en media res. If you haven't read the first bit, you probably won't understand what follows. Read the first part here.)Despite the ominous tone of Matt Brooks' letter, J Street isn't some kind of Arabic th ... More >>
David Geier, (not an) MD.Two weeks ago, the Pulp published a small item about Mark and David Geier -- a father-son team of self-proclaimed autism experts who treat the condition with a powerful chemical castration agent called Lupron. They're from Maryland, but their interests run deep in Florida ... More >>
State lawmakers want to keep people from having sex with animals. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson wants to keep lawmakers from screwing voters.Although it seems like Gov. Rick Scott will make the bold and progressive move of banning bestiality, he still plans to screw voters. The election overhaul bill, wh ... More >>
Allen West, writing to the chairwoman of the subcommittee on state, foreign operations, and related programs, CC'ing Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy, Hesarling, Rogers, Ros-Lehtinen, and McKeon:Dear Chairwoman:...It is not unreasonable for the American people to question. If Osama bin Laden was living ... 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 >>
I guess it was only a matter of time before "Michael the Black Man" made his mark on this election season. On page 9B of the Sun-Sentinel is a sixth-page advertisement headed: "GOOD BLACK PEOPLE SUPPORT GOOD CANDIDATES LIKE: Allen West ..." The ad -- which has no disclaimer --als ... More >>
Sen. George LeMieux will call off his hunger strike, or sit-in, or whatever he was planning to do next if Barack Obama didn't send more skimmers to the Gulf of Mexico. Nobody knows whether LeMieux's highly misleading rants about the need for skimmers had anything to do with the Obama administration' ... More >>
Flickr user: SEIU InternationalGuess who's not coming to dinner.Dennis Kucinich, the Ohio congressman known for his love of television cameras and his quixotic presidential bids, will no longer be the keynote speaker at this Saturday's Palm Beach County Democratic Party dinner. He canceled the gi ... More >>
Maybe Rush Limbaugh doesn't spend enough time in his Palm Beach home. Because clearly, there's no path back to political relevance for the Republican Party that does not include winning back Florida. And yet the two figures who have the most credibility on that front, governors Jeb Bush and Charlie ... More >>
When House Republicans caucus, I'll bet it looks something like this: Star Wars-Imperial March - Click here for more amazing videosAmid all the other state budget crises, it's not getting nearly enough attention, but the Florida Legislature is on the brink of giving the heave-ho to $444 million in f ... More >>
Ali Elhajj, a 35-year-old software engineer who lives in Weston, grew up Muslim in Lebanon. Eight years ago, he converted to Christianity. He found peace in his new religion, but he was also alarmed by how American Christians spoke of circumstances in Palestine. "I find ... More >>
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