Tag Archives: Florida

The Public Shaming of Unwed Mothers: Regarding Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Florida’s 2001 “Scarlet Letter” Adoption Law

By Elaine Magliaro On Tuesday, Laura Bassett of Huffington Post brought attention to Florida’s 2001 “Scarlet Letter” adoption law. According to Bassett, the controversial law required single mothers who did not know the identity of the fathers of their children … Continue reading

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Regarding Money in Politics: Why the Koch Brothers and Americans for Prosperity Are Not So Popular with Some Republicans These Days

By Elaine Magliaro Who’d a thunk it? The Koch brothers, two of the world’s wealthiest men who have spent millions of dollars to help fund “both political campaigns and a network of right-wing propaganda” in this country aren’t so popular … Continue reading

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Bicycling While Black Can Land You in Trouble with Police in Tampa, Florida

By Elaine Magliaro Alexandra Zayas and Kameel Stanley reported recently that a Tampa Bay Times investigation had found that the Tampa police were “targeting poor, black neighborhoods with obscure subsections of a Florida statute that outlaws things most people have tried on … Continue reading

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Florida Deputy Ignored 911 Call from Dying Woman So He Could Have Lunch

By Elaine Magliaro Yvan Fernandez, a Lee County deputy who has been accused of going to lunch instead of responding to a 911 call for help, is now out of a job. Last month, WZVN broke the story that the sheriff had … Continue reading

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Fort Lauderdale Police Officers Fired Over Racist Text Messages and Video

By Elaine Magliaro WSVN reported today that the FBI “is launching an inquiry into the Fort Lauderdale Police Department’s internal affairs investigation that led to the firing of three police officers over racial slurs’ that they used in personal text … Continue reading

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A Little Sunday Night Humor: Florida Lawmaker Mocks Rick Scott Official for Refusing to Use the Term “Climate Change’ While Testifying Before the State Legislature (VIDEO)

By Elaine Magliaro A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article about Governor Rick Scott of Florida. It appears that after Scott took office in 2011 officials of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) had “been ordered not to … Continue reading

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Florida Church Loses Tax-Exempt Status for Hosting Naked Paintball Parties and Lingerie and Pajama Slumber Events

By Elaine Magliaro The Panama City News Herald reported some sad religious news last week. It appears that a local church has lost its tax-exempt status. The Life Center: A Spiritual Community, a church in Panama City, Florida, is now … Continue reading

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From Governor Rick Scott’s “You-Can’t-Say-That Land”—Employees of Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection Were “Unofficially Banned” from Using the Terms “Climate Change” and “Global Warming” in Their Official Communications

By Elaine Magliaro Yesterday, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR) reported that officials of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) had “been ordered not to use the terms “climate change” or “global warming” in any official communications, emails, … Continue reading

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LYNCHING IN AMERICA: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror—A Report from the Equal Justice Initiative

By Elaine Magliaro Earlier today, the Equal justice Initiative (EJI) released a report of a multi-year investigation titled Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror. EJI discovered that lynchings in this country were more extensive than had been … Continue reading

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File This Under “You Gotta Be Kidding Me”: Backyard Gun Ranges Are Legal in Florida

By Elaine Magliaro Last February, the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board wrote an op-ed about backyard gun ranges being legal in Florida. That’s right–you can build a gun range in your own yard in the state of Florida and nobody can … Continue reading

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