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Two competing solar amendments could be on Florida’s 2016 ballot

Update on 22 October 2015: Today the Florida Supreme Court approved the ballot summary for the Floridians for Solar Choice proposed amendment. According to AP, “the group still needs about 500,000 of the 683,149 voter signatures to make the ballot. The deadline to collect them is Feb. 1.” There might be two solar power amendments… Read more »

Ron DeSantis delivers conservative Tea Party rhetoric at town hall meeting

Tea Party endorsed and 2016 US senate candidate, Representative Ron DeSantis of Florida, showcases his political platform. Last Saturday afternoon at a Brandon bakery, DeSantis stumped for about 30 minutes to his his backers, tea party-aligned residents and customers. DeSantis talks straight about his disdain of inside the beltway politics and how he’ll fix it… Read more »

ACLU of Florida on redistricting and “prison Gerrymandering”

During the recent special session to re-draw Congressional districts, the Florida Legislature did not end up agreeing on maps; but during the discussion there was renewed focus on how prisoners affect the population of districts and who represents communities. For example, Congress member Corrine Brown said if her district is re-drawn heading west from Jacksonville… Read more »

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“Biking While Black” citations decline in Tampa

Update from Friday, August 28: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has announced the creation of a Citizens Review Board to review issues related to the Tampa Police Department.  The number of citations Tampa Police are issuing to bicyclists has sharply declined over the past three months; during a presentation to Tampa City Council Thursday morning the… Read more »

Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig may run for president on clean elections platform

Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig has launched an exploratory campaign to run for President of the United States in 2016; his main issue is to give individual voters more power in elections by reversing the tendency of big money in elections. Each election cycle, it seems, sets a new record for campaign spending, breaking the record of… Read more »

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Regulate Florida pushing ballot initiative to legalize marijuana

There’s a new effort to make marijuana legal in Florida – nope, not just medical marijuana. We’re talking legal recreational use of marijuana by adults; a new group will announce its new voter initiative this week. It’s called Regulate Florida and it is an effort to amend the state constitution to legalize and regulate marijuana… Read more »

Devan Cheaves, BAAC. WMNF News.

Preview of Know Your Rights workshop in St. Pete

In the twelve months since Michael Brown was shot dead by police in Ferguson Missouri renewed attention has been paid to interactions between police and residents of the communities they monitor, especially people of color; a group called the Bay Area Activist Coalition (BAAC) is hosting a workshop in south St. Petersburg Friday evening to… Read more »