"WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS" author Thomas Frank. In his best selling book Frank writes that low and moderate income people in his home state of Kansas have increasingly shown a loyalty to the Republican Party. He says this defies their class interests but is consistent with their views on such things as abortion, homosexuality and and social issues. Frank says that with the support of low and moderate income people, the GOP has dominated Kanas politics for many years but has failed to del...
Despite promises by the President that he is opposed to opening up the gulf of Mexico to exploration for oil and gas, The chairman of the energy committee has written a letter to the secretary of the secretary of the interior, to ask for FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s land in the gulf of Mexico to be opened up to gas drilling. But Florida Senator Bill Nelson heÃ¢â¬â¢s not about to let the gulf be opened up. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.
Ã¢â¬ÅThe oil and gas...
Joe Murphy is an organizer with the Sun Coast Sierra Club. He said that Floridians SHOULD be concerned about the possibility of Oil drilling off FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s Gulf Shores now that President Bush AND Governor Bush no longer need to be elected again in the sunshine state (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â¬?to FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s coast lineÃ¢â¬?)
Last year, led by Nelson and outgoing Senator Bob Graham, Congress killed a provision that would have inventoried gas and oil reserves off Florida's coast, fo...
The proposal for the Scripps Research Institute in Palm Beach County got more interesting late last week.
The organization Ã¢â¬â a world leader in developing medicines and cures is expected to create tens of thousands of jobs from spinoff ventures and companies that relocate to be near Scripps' labs.
But Palm BeachÃ¢â¬â¢s problem is that the proposed site Ã¢â¬â Mecca Farms - is in a rural area that will need hundreds of millions of dollars in road and utility improvement...
State lawmakers are expected to
consider a change to the state's subsidized health insurance
program for minors.
Parents enrolling their children in the KidCare program would
need a tax return and some form of I-D under the change.
Lawmakers earlier this year put new eligibility proof
requirements in place for the program to rein in costs.
Lawmakers hoped to prevent parents who make too much money from
enrolling their children. Advocates say eligible fam...
TARA BRAY SMITH, author of West of Then, was born and raised in Hawaii. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University, she lives and writes in New York City. Her literary debut, WEST OF THEN: A Mother, a Daughter, and a Journey Past Paradise is an emotionally raw, eloquently written memoir about home, family, and the ghosts that haunt our lives. Against the backdrop of that paradise called the Hawaiian Islands, Smith tells of her struggles to find and save her mother, a homeless ...
After last monthÃ¢â¬â¢s Election, the Florida Legislature has become even more Republican in party identification.
Republicans took three more House seats away from the Democrats to expand their total to 84, leaving Democrats with just 36 seats in the 120-member chamber. Not since the early 1970s, when Democrats controlled the House, have the numbers been so lopsided.
In the Senate, there are now 26 Republican and 14 Democrats. But before Democrats consign themselves to perhaps p...
Hillsborough county schools superintendent Earl Lennard was scheduled to appear at the Tamp tiger bay club this afternoon, Lennard couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t be there; but in his place was Dr Jim Hamilton, the chief of staff for the county schools. Hamilton defended the schools against statistics that show the Almost 200,000 students in the Hillsborough county public schools are not scoring as high on achievement tests as private schools.
Ã¢â¬ÅWe gotta take every kid that walks in the do...
Since this past July, The Hillsborough county commission has been fielding complaints about excessive noise coming from concerts at the ford amphitheatre at the Florida State fairgrounds. The commission had warned the operator and promoter of the concerts, clear channel entertainment, that fines would be levied if they let the music get too loud, and the number of complaints had been going down. But After an especially loud concert this week by the rock group Korn, the countyÃ¢â¬â¢s envir...
The Florida High Speed Rail Authority will NOT be be handing over its work to transportation officials as requested by Governor Jeb Bush.
The rail board voted today against giving the two contracts it's
overseeing to the Department of Transportation to handle.
The contracts are to finish reports and plans needed for federal
approval of the project.
But the Florida High Speed Rail Authority also agreed not to
meet again until after state lawmakers have a chance...