State of Florida sued over its solitary confinement policy

Suit: Florida solitary confinement policy excessive, cruel By BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Department of Corrections is being sued over its use of solitary confinement in a complaint filed Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Florida Legal Services and the Florida Justice Institute. The federal class action lawsuit alleges… Read more »

Florida Bar won’t dismiss complaint over Rep. Gaetz tweet

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Bar disciplinary investigation will continue into a tweet sent by Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz about President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen. Gaetz is a strong supporter of the president. Bar officials said in a statement Wednesday the matter is being examined by a grievance committee. Gaetz represents… Read more »

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Custodians rally against privatization at Hillsborough School Board

On Tuesday afternoon custodians from Hillsborough County Schools rallied outside the school district’s building in downtown Tampa. They were there during the School Board meeting because they’re upset about a proposal to let private companies bid to do their work instead. Custodians and their allies rallied outside the school district building Tuesday morning as well…. Read more »

Compost Versus Waste on the Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program we had two guests talking about compost versus waste. Joining us was Joseph Jenkins, author of the Humanure Handbook, that was first published in 1994 and today the 4th edition of the bestseller is being released. Joe has traveled the world teaching others to make gardens instead of sewage. Also,… Read more »

The Stonewall Anniversary + A Conversation With m1nk on Life Elsewhere

June 28, 2019, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which is considered the most significant event in the gay liberation movement, and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States. Drawing from the New York Public Library’s archives, The Stonewall Reader is a collection of first accounts, diaries,… Read more »

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Environmentalist gives Florida governor an “F” on conservation lands promise

During his campaign for governor and after he was elected, Ron DeSantis promised Floridians he would be a champion for conservation lands. His website says he “will work with Florida’s legislative leadership to ensure proper funding is put toward conservation and preservation.” But a conservation advocate grades the governor as low as an “F” on… Read more »

Florida legislature expands arming teachers who want to carry

Florida lawmakers pass bill allowing more armed teachers By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — More Florida classroom teachers could carry guns in school under a bill passed Wednesday by state lawmakers. It’s the latest response to last year’s mass shooting at a Parkland high school. The Republican-led House voted 65-47 on Wednesday… Read more »

Bob Ross. Binoy Kampmark. Monica L Smith. Verdigrls. on Life Elsewhere

Bob Ross on Avengers: Endgame “I’m not interested in seeing, Avengers: Endgame!” Says the usually moderately-toned, Bob Ross, who then launches into an atypical commentary on the reasons why he believes Superstar-packed, mega-movies are a symptom of the fake news era. “There’s a lot of mass psychosis going on in the country today. People do… Read more »

What has the Florida Legislature done in the last 2 days?

A lot. Florida’s legislature has 60 days (though special sessions can, and are often, be called) to make lots of laws. In odd numbered years, like 2019, the session begins the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March. This year our legislature is in session from March 5, 2019, through May 3, 2019. Let’s… Read more »

Home Energy Conservation on the Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program we started out talking with the marketing staff for a net zero energy Smart Home community in Manatee County. They only have one model home open, which has solar power and is LEED Platinum Certified. The community plan includes common areas and an electric ferry; but apparently is going to… Read more »

The symbols and meaning of Good Friday on Morning Energy

Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. Additionally,  the Five Holy Wounds that Christ sustained during the crucifixion represents the purchase of our healing and salvation. On Morning Energy we are going to dive deeper into the topic of Good Friday to include: exploring the history of Good Friday, discussing Good… Read more »

Full text of Mueller’s questions and President Trump’s answers from the Mueller Report

From the AP CNN has a link to the redacted Mueller Report here.  Robert Mueller’s 448-page investigative report into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election includes 23 unredacted pages of Mueller’s written questions and Donald Trump’s written responses, the only direct exchange between the special counsel’s office and the president. Mueller’s team… Read more »