News & Public Affairs12/14/04
Today in Tallahassee was Day 2 of the Special Winter Session for the State Legislature, where again discussions were intense about the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program.
The big issues remain how long the school day would be Ã¢â¬â 3 hours, 4 hours, or as some would like it, 6 hours.
Florida House Democrat Jack Seiler, from Wilton Manors, says he doubts a 3 hour school day would be effective (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â¬?very wellÃ¢â¬?)
Fort Lauderdale Republican Ellyn B...Be the first to comment
A coalition of liberal political groups is launching a nationwide protest against Sinclair Broadcast Group, charging that the 62-station TV broadcaster, which was also the target of intense criticism during the presidential campaign, is misusing public airwaves with partisan news programming.
The groups, led by Media Matters for America, today announced a campaign to pressure Sinclair's advertisers with letters. But the groups involved are NOT calling for an advertiser boycott Ã¢â¬â no...Be the first to comment
The US justice department has announced they will be looking into the deaths of two unarmed black men in Jacksonville who were in police custody. Although the sheriffs office says the investigation is only to shine some light on the cases and he is sure no officers are guilty of excessive force, many in the community say the incidents are part of a larger pattern that has to be stopped, and point to the recent resignation of an officer as proof of a problem. Isaiah Rumlin is president of th...Be the first to comment
"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...Be the first to comment
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.
ACT Ã¢â¬ÅThe oil and gas...Be the first to comment
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...Be the first to comment
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...Be the first to comment
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...Be the first to comment
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 ...Be the first to comment
FLORIDA DEMOCRATS LOOK FORWARD TO INITIATIVES TO RE-DRAW DISTRICT LINES TO BECOME MORE COMPETITVE - Mitch Perry12/10/04
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...Be the first to comment