News & Public Affairs04/14/05
THE UNINSURED IN AMERICA: Life and Death in the Land of Opportunity. Reaching beyond statistics and prevalent assumptions, the new book Uninsured in America goes to the heart of why more than forty million Americans are falling through the cracks in the health care system, and what it means for society as a whole when so many people suffer the consequences of inadequate medical care. Based on interviews with 120 uninsured men and women and dozens of medical providers, policymakers, and advoc...Be the first to comment
There were 100,000 reported cases of child abuse in Florida in 2004. Today was the annual Child abuse Awareness luncheon, held by Joshua House, a local residence for abused children. Don Wallace is with Lazy Days RV center, the main sponsor of the annual fundraising luncheon
ACT Ã¢â¬ÅI didnÃ¢â¬â¢t sleep well last nightÃ¢â¬Â¦cause I was thinking about what those kids go through to have the people that all of us love abuse you how much shame they grow up with they feel like they...Be the first to comment
Eddie Tabash is a constitutional lawyer in Beverly Hills, California. He is member of the board of directors of the Council for Secular Humanism and Chairs the Council's First Amendment Task Force. He is considered a leading expert in First Amendment law as it applies to free speech and to the separation of church and state. He discussed a recent conference in Washington DC in which leading conservative and Christian activists called for the impeachment of judges who do not adhere to a rel...Be the first to comment
This morning in Tallahassee, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 1996, known as the Ã¢â¬ÅThe Petition Fraud and Voter Protection ActÃ¢â¬? that would make it much more onerous for citizens to collect petitions to get a Constitutional Amendment on the Florida Ballot.
Critics say the proposed law creates 8 different ways to invalidate signatures collected by petition, including threatening jail time for Floridians with jail time up to 5 years for not turning...Be the first to comment
Dade studies switch to paper ballots
In 2001, Hillsborough County spent $12 million dollars to install touch screen voting systems. Virtually every other county in the state did as well, in the aftermath of the 2000 Presidential Election in Florida.
Now, the biggest County in the state to use touch screen Ã¢â¬â Miami Dade Ã¢â¬â has been asked to study eliminating the system in favor of paper-based balloting.
Miam Dade spent twice the amount of Hillsborough - $24 and a half m...Be the first to comment
Thousands of members of the US military are in Tampa this week, learning how they can make their operations more environmentally sound and sustainable. This morning, at the joint Services Environmental Management conference, supporting the war fighter was the theme of Dr Paul Mayberry, The deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Readiness. Mayberry said that the armed forces is facing the challenge of needing a variety of larger environments to train in, both urban and natural, hot and cold we...Be the first to comment
Alex Busansky, the executive director of the national commission discussed the upcoming hearings in Tampa, the first in a series. The bi-partisan commission will look at violence, sexual abuse, crowding and staffing at the nation's prisons and make recommendations about reform.Be the first to comment
Al From, the CEO of a conservative wing of the Democratic Party- the Democratic Leadership Council is warning that MoveOn and Michael Moore have become the wrong "public face" of the Democratic Party. From says the party must be a big tent but that the the left-wing activists are turning off mainstream people. He says the party should re-focus efforts not on registering/turning out new voters- but capturing "frequent voters".Be the first to comment
Over the weekend, St Pete Times published an extensive report that finds Tax breaks given by State and local governments to businesses relocating to Florida often cost the state more than they bring in. This morning, in an announcement unrelated to the times report, the Tampa Chamber of Commerce has launched a new initiative to better serve local businesses that already exist. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer reports.
ACT Ã¢â¬ÅWe spend a lot of time and effort recruiting new businesse...Be the first to comment
INTRO: Congressional District fiveÃ¢â¬â¢s Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite Held a Press conference today in Homosassa Springs today to announce new sexual offender legislation. House Resolution 1505, the Ã¢â¬ÅJessica Lunsford ActÃ¢â¬?, would change existing laws by requiring released offenders to respond to more than one mailer sent out by probation officers; failure to do so would result in a one hundred thousand dollar fine, and one year of prison time. A second offense would result in ...Be the first to comment