A Hillsborough County Judge today ruled that members of the Tampa City Council DO have to give depositions in the trespassing case against activist Terry Neal.
But the Judge, Joelle Ober ruled that Councilmembers could do so by telephone, and not be ordered into CourtÃ¢â¬Â¦
City Attorney David Smith argued in Judge OberÃ¢â¬â¢s Court this morning against having Council members provide sworn testimonyÃ¢â¬Â¦..He returned to the City Council meeting to inform the Council that...
Today at the Tampa City Council, the Iorio Administration took another step towards what they hope will help preserve MacDill Air Force Base from being considered for closure later this year.
Next month the The Federal Government begins BRAC- the Base Realignment and Closure ProcessÃ¢â¬Â¦..Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will make closure recommendations to the CommissionÃ¢â¬Â¦The Commission will then deliver its recommendations to the President in September, where he will appro...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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".