Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Tag: Florida

What threatens Florida more, hurricanes or the rich?

Florida’s state government doesn’t call the shots. Florida’s rich do, and the continuing immensity of their after-tax incomes has turned out to matter far more to state policy than the well-being of Floridian families of modest means.

Parkland school shooter gets life in prison without parole

Jurors in the Fort Lauderdale courtroom "found that mitigating factors, such as disorders described by witnesses as stemming from his biological mother's substance abuse during pregnancy, outweighed aggravating factors," therefore, decided against the death penalty.

How Ron DeSantis blew up Black-held congressional districts and may have...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made Florida’s congressional map far more favorable to Republicans. Did this violate the state constitution?

The shadowy network of right-wing money and influence behind Moms for...

The group, which claims to be about “parent rights,” has ties to the January 6 insurrection and is expected to provide “foot soldiers” for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Florida’s deadliest hurricane in years may worsen inequality, homelessness amid DeSantis’s...

Are Republicans like Governor DeSantis “more concerned about sticking it to Joe Biden than actually making sure that they can take care of their people?”

Florida approves extension of field trial of GE mosquitoes despite concerns

But scientists, environmental groups and public health experts warned that the Florida Department of Agriculture's (FDAC) approval for Oxitec's continued field trial came despite major health and ecosystem concerns.

‘A win for Civil Rights’: Federal judge blocks Florida GOP’s anti-protest...

"We are glad the court has agreed to suspend enforcement of this key provision while we continue to advocate to ensure that protesters in Florida can safely exercise their right to speak out against injustice."

A dangerous moment for academic freedom

Florida officials say they want to promote “intellectual freedom” — by using political surveys to target university funding.

Florida cop charged with DUI in marked patrol car

“We are emergency suspending him."

House Ethics Committee opens investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz

The House Ethics Committee announced that Gaetz is currently under investigation in response to allegations of sexual misconduct and other illicit activities.

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Ultimate rightwing transgression: the mockery of politics as a preposterous joke 

The Big Lie is "yoked to an older deception, without which it could not survive: the idea that American politics is a joke," attackable without consequences.

Tax the rich? We did that once

A little history might just inspire us to try that taxing again.

Does Elon Musk have a right to destroy Twitter?

Do we really think that the super-wealthy should be allowed to control so much wealth and wield so much influence?

Right-wing SCOTUS majority signals support for anti-LGBTQ+ reactionaries

"It does not bode well for the future of civil rights law that Gorsuch believes a state imposes 'reeducation training' on employers when it reminds them how to comply with nondiscrimination rules," said one court observer.

Puerto Rican cities sue fossil fuel companies in major class-action, climate fraud case

Municipalities aim to hold industry liable for damages from catastrophic 2017 hurricanes.