Friday, March 31, 2023

New standards for sex education pass House, wait for Senate approval

The House has approved a bill seen as an extension of last year’s legislation critics dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” law, expanding the prohibition against gender and sexual orientation instruction to pre-K through eighth grade and more strictly regulating the use of pronouns in schools.....MORE

The Environmental Justice Public Health Fair

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Full House nears vote on child rapist execution bill

A House bill that would lead to capital punishment for capital sexual battery on minors is ready for the floor.

HB 1297, a bill from Rep. Jessica Baker allowing for execution of child rapists without jury unanimity, a change clearly unconstitutional under current Supreme Court precedent, cleared the House Judiciary Committee by a 16-7 vote. That was its second and final committee stop.


Matt Gaetz's Legislative Aide is a Convicted War Criminal

Creator: Gage Skidmore

Derrick Miller, who works on military policy for Rep. Matt Gaetz, served eight years for shooting an Afghan civilian in the head during an interrogation.....MORE

Sue ME? Well, Sue YOU!

HB 991 aims to make it easier to sue journalists for defamation, but legal experts say the impact would be more wide-reaching.

Two bills moving through the Florida Legislature aim to make it easier to sue journalists for defamation, but legal experts say it’s more than just reporters who would be impacted.


Trump's Attacks On Alvin Bragg May Violate Federal Law

According to legal analyst and former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, Donald Trump's brazen attacks on Alvin Bragg could actually be a violation of federal law. Kirschner recently explained that a federal law - 18 U.S. Code Section 875 - along with New York state law that prohibits intimidation against a prosecutor or legal representative. Trump could be facing additional legal problems, but Bragg is unlikely to actually pursue those, as Ring of Fire's Farron Cousins explains.

Bernie Sanders grills former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz over allegations of union busting

Sen. Bernie Sanders grilled former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on Wednesday, claiming Schultz made efforts to stop employees from unionizing to keep profits high and prevent a wage increase. 

"Starbucks has waged the most aggressive and illegal union-busting campaign in the modern history of our country," Sanders, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee said during the hearing on Capitol Hill.

 The Starbucks’ founder is denying allegations that the company’s management engaged in any union busting, maintaining that the company "has not broken the law." 

Nearly 300 of the company’s 9,000 U.S. stores have voted to unionize, but more than a year into negotiations, none has reached a contract agreement with the company.

Why charges against Trump don’t prevent him from running for president

Donald Trump became the first president on Thursday to face criminal charges – an indictment that comes several months after the former president announced he’s running for reelection. 

Saikrishna Prakash, a law professor at the University of Virginia’s School of Law, explains that the Constitution does not offer any disqualifications for candidates seeking the presidency if they’re either indicted or in jail.


New College alumni continue to express concern, following release of Trustee Spalding’s texts

The College Hall, New College of Florida. Alaska Miller/Wikimedia

Recently released text messages suggest New College of Florida Trustee, Matthew Spalding, coordinated efforts behind the scenes to overhaul the institution’s leadership. Alumni have said this news raises legal and ethical concerns.....MORE

Stephen Colbert on DeSantis

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Gasparilla Music Festival 2023

Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, featured in 'Tiger King,' to close

Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks Springtime Art & Craft Festival

APRIL 22, 2023 AT 10 AM
Sponge Docks

JENerational Change; Workers Strike Back: We Need Labor Solidarity Across Political Factions

FRAUD: Trump’s Manhattan grand jury indictment isn’t just porn star payoff crimes

Donald Trump faces more than 30 counts related to business fraud in an indictment from a Manhattan grand jury, according to two sources familiar with the case.....MORE

The Mouse Roared: Disney has quietly foiled De Santis's Plan to control its Florida businesses

The Mouse roared so quietly that no one heard it, until now. That sound you are hearing are MAGA’s Tears: HERE

Nickelback - When We Stand Together

The Market: Earth Day Celebration

SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2023 AT 10 AM – 3 PM
Water Street Tampa

2023 Women's History Month Celebration: St. Pete City Employees

Trump indicted in Stormy Daniels hush-money case

Former President Trump was indicted on criminal charges in New York on Thursday for his role in organizing hush money payments made to an adult film star during his 2016 campaign, according to a source familiar with the proceedings.

The history-making indictment marks the first time a president has been charged in a criminal matter and comes as several law enforcement entities are investigating Trump’s conduct in numerous probes.


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Mother’s Day Reggae Festival in St. Pete

Jane Goodall visits Tampa Bay are in hopes to inspire environmental action

Florida bill would make restrooms exclusive to males, females

A bill filed in the Florida House and Senate would make it a crime if a person refuses to leave a bathroom that does not match their sex assigned at birth.

CS/HB 1521, dubbed the “Safety in Private Spaces Act,” would make it a second-degree misdemeanor for people 18 years or older to use a restroom or changing facility designated for the opposite sex if they refuse to immediately leave when asked.


Rep. Maxwell Frost SLAMS Republicans Over This Pathetic Failure

With A Lawsuit, A Black Church Aims To Bring The Proud Boys To An End

Photo by Anthony Crider

Over the course of their violent, seven-year history, the Proud Boys have faced plenty of consequences: They’ve been slapped with criminal charges throughout their ranks, admonished by Congress, labeled as domestic terrorists in two countries, and publicly scorned. Yet they continue to mobilize, committing acts of bigoted political violence and leading a surge of extremist activity across the country.

Now, a historic Black church community in Washington, D.C., is hoping its $22 million lawsuit against the far-right street gang will finally bring an end to their campaign of terror.


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Legislation to make School Board races partisan prepped for final House approval

A measure that would have voters decide whether the Florida Constitution should be changed to make School Board races partisan is ready for a final vote.....MORE

Universal Orlando launches all-new ticket offer for Florida residents

As if Floridians didn’t need more of an excuse to visit Universal Orlando Resort, the theme park just announced an all-new ticket offer just for Sunshine State residents.

The new “Buy a Day, Get 2 Days Free on a 2-Park, 1-day Park-to-Park Ticket” offer allows guests to enjoy three days of theme park thrills for the price of one.


Why DeSantis 'really stepped in it' on abortion issue