Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Yes, you can still have a backyard gun range in Florida

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 2:36 PM

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Remember a month or two back, when we told you about that nice young man who set up a gun range in his dad's yard in St. Pete? And by gun range we mean a huge pile of sand with wood pallets stuck to it?

Well, it turns out that range and others like it are still legal in Florida, and will be for the foreseeable future.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Ted Cruz announces official bid to scare more children; Democrats to anoint Florida Senate hopeful

Posted By on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 12:14 PM

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Texas Senator and Joe McCarthy reincarnate Ted Cruz announced on Twitter shortly after midnight he's officially running for the GOP U.S. Presidential nomination.

He spoke about his bid at Liberty University (yes, the one founded by Jerry Falwell) later today. We hope nobody brings small children.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Climate madness: A Cornell scientist talks climate change, sustainability and Florida leaders’ feigned ignorance.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 8:25 AM

NOT SO LONE WOLFE: David Walter Wolfe believes there are in fact “very, very few” climate change deniers.
  • NOT SO LONE WOLFE: David Walter Wolfe believes there are in fact “very, very few” climate change deniers.
The timing is impeccable for Cornell University horticulture professor David Walter Wolfe’s visit to Eckerd College, where he’ll give a public discussion on climate change and its impact on our food supply.

After all, even as sea levels rise and increasingly erratic weather patterns threaten Florida’s food producers, top state officials seem hell-bent on ignoring the phenomenon, if not denying it altogether. Allegations that Governor Rick Scott’s administration warned against using such terms as “climate change” and “sustainability” in official communications appalled environmentalists and made national headlines (and punchlines).

But don’t expect Wolfe, who has offered insights via national outlets like NPR’s All Things Considered, National Geographic and USA Today, to engage in debate over whether climate change is real. We’re well beyond that question, he says, even if Florida’s political leaders wish to pretend otherwise.

Wolfe talked with CL about the looming instability of our food supply and why politics needs to take a back seat to real science.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Senator Scott? President Trump? Welcome to the batsh*ttening

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 1:12 PM

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As the candidate rosters for the 2016 U.S. Senate and presidential races solidify, Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith is reporting that Governor Rick Scott has his beady little eyes on an election two years hence, the 2018 midterms.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Rep. Castor calls out PSC chair on crappy energy policy

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 6:29 PM

We already know Congressman Kathy Castor is cool.

The Democrat, whose district includes parts of Tampa and a solidly Democratic part of south St. Pete (gerrymander much?), further confirmed her kickassness Tuesday, when she did that thing...what's it called...where you call someone out for allowing power companies to rip off consumers while ignoring the looming threat of climate change.

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That was quick: Crist not running for anything next year, but this other guy might

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 3:36 PM

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Our dream of another Charlie Crist campaign in 2016 — Senate, House or otherwise — was a short-lived one. 

Last week the former governor floated the idea of a 2016 Senate candidacy as a Democrat, which would have been his third overall and first as a Democrat (he ran in 1998 as a Republican, 2010 as a non-party candidate). There had also been speculation that he might challenge Republican Congressman David Jolly, who won his seat in a tight race against Alex Sink just over a year ago in a special election to fill the late Congressman Bill Young's seat.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

HuffPost profiles the man behind a controversial Pinellas homeless shelter

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 4:49 PM

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If you've lived in St. Pete for more than a few years, have you ever wondered where all the homeless people go at night? 

If you were here a decade ago, you may remember seeing scores of people sleeping on the steps of City Hall and in numerous downtown parks at night, especially in Williams Park, which seems to be the epicenter of the city's homeless population.

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Driving and driven: A Tampa activist advocates for the program that helps her help others.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 7:47 AM

Like a lot of people who traverse the Howard Frankland Bridge on a daily basis, Olivia Babis can’t wait for self-driving cars to go mainstream.

She has an uncommon reason for such enthusiasm, though.

Babis, 38, was born without arms, a condition commonly referred to as a congenital amputation. Still, she drives a minivan across the bridge from where she lives in Tampa to her office just east of St. Petersburg’s Kenwood area.
STRAPPING YOUNG LASS: Olivia Babis hits the road in her customized minivan. - KEVIN TIGHE
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  • STRAPPING YOUNG LASS: Olivia Babis hits the road in her customized minivan.

She has worked as the top organizer for Florida Consumer Action Network, a nonprofit that advocates on social and economic justice issues, since last summer.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Crist for Senate 2.0?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 2:12 PM

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As Florida politicos look ahead to 2016 (holy shit, that's next year), Democrats will have to decide which candidates they will offer up to get beaten with a giant stick made of shredded up Koch brother dollars.

The kids over at the Cable News Network are reporting that among the wide-open field of potential Democratic contenders for a potentially open U.S. Senate seat in Florida is former Governor Charlie Crist, who unsuccessfully bid for the seat as a Republican-turned-Independent against boy wonder Marco Rubio in 2010.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Medicaid expansion bill clears committee, League of Women Voters pretty stoked

Posted By on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 11:19 PM

...Currently not an option for about a million of you. - QUICKMEME.COM
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  • ...Currently not an option for about a million of you.
A proposal to extend health care coverage in the state to more than a million people who aren't quite starving (except when they have medical bills) easily cleared a State Senate committee Tuesday, reports the News Service of Florida, but it faces a rough go in the State House.

The Senate Committee on Health Policy unanimously passed SB 7044, a bill that would use billions in federal money to implement an insurance marketplace program (but wouldn't be, as the Tampa Bay Times puts it, "straight Medicaid expansion"), which is something of an alternative to the Medicaid expansion that would occur under the Affordable Care Act.

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