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Progress Florida Education Center's Best of the Blogs for the week ending 5-24-13
Best of the Blogs is featured weekly as part of Progress Florida Education Center's popular free Daily Clips service.

Florida Progressives need to make environmental issues a bigger priority
By Kartik Krishnaiyer
The Florida Squeeze
Last year a coalition of Environmental Groups launched a petition drive to place a constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot that would guarantee a consistent source of money for environmental protection.

Exonerated Inmates: Florida Bill To Speed Up Executions Would Have Cost Us Our Lives
By Nicole Flatow
Think Progress
Several exonerated men whose innocence of murder was proven years after they were sentenced to death are imploring Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) not to sign a Florida bill that would set automatic timelines for imposing the death penalty, and likely would have resulted in the execution of these and other innocent people.

Thinking about water and conflict
By Gimleteye
Eye on Miami
Taxpayers view cheap, affordable water as a right. We pay the water utility bill and expect copious clean water to drink, flush and clean.

Falling in love with another girl lands Florida teen in criminal jeopardy
By Joan McCarter
Daily Kos
Florida teen Kaitlyn Hunt, 18, is seeing her young life turned upside down and her future jeopardized simply because she fell in love.

Michelle Rhee's Pattern of Deceptive Marketing
By Bob Sikes
Scathing Purple Musings
Just days after PBS reporter John Merrow blew the door off Michelle Rhee's cover-up of widespread cheating that occurred on her DC watch, she looked for a like-minded crowd of education reform partisans for comfort and affirmation.

 

Progress Florida Education Center's Best of the Blogs for the week ending 5-17-13
Best of the Blogs is featured weekly as part of Progress Florida Education Center's popular free Daily Clips service.

If Rick Scott Is Serious About Creating Jobs And Cares About Florida Families, He Should Prove It
By Martha Jackovics
Beach Peanuts
If Rick Scott is truly serious about creating jobs in Florida, he should call for a Special Session on Medicaid expansion.

How The GOP Is Putting America's Safety Net Hospitals At Risk Of Bankruptcy
By Sy Mukherjee
Think Progress
In light of Republican-led states' entrenched opposition to Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, safety net hospitals around the country have expressed fears that they could go bankrupt as their government funding gets cut.

Koch Brothers proposed Tribune Co newspaper takeover a major problem for Florida progressives
By Kartik Krishnaiyer
The Florida Squeeze
As has been reported for several weeks, the ailing Tribune Company may be the buyer for eight daily newspapers around the country.

Update on Florida teen arrested for doing science while Black
By Terry Pinder
Daily Kos
I'd previously written about Kiera Wilmot, the inquisitive Polk County Florida teenager arrested and expelled for a science experiment gone accidentally wrong.

The EPA and Miami-Dade County fumble on climate change
By Gimleteye
Eye on Miami
On climate change adaptation, the rubber meets the road in the most highly developed areas of Florida that are also flood prone and virtually at sea level.

 

Progress Florida Education Center's Best of the Blogs for the week ending 5-10-13
Best of the Blogs is featured weekly as part of Progress Florida Education Center's popular free Daily Clips service.

Governor Rick Scott should veto HB 655

By Kartik Krishnaiyer
The Political Squeeze
Governor Scott made an effort publicly to expand Medicaid coverage in Florida but as we learned recently he made little effort to push the House to his position on this issue.

Florida Legislature Refuses To Extend Medicaid Coverage To One Million Low-Income People
By Tara Culp-Ressler
Think Progress
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), an ardent Obamacare opponent, surprised health care reform advocates earlier this year when he endorsed expanding his state's Medicaid program.

Florida's Lawmakers Test the Null Hypothesis on Medicaid Expansion
By Gary Stein
Huffington Post
In science and statistical analysis it is called "Testing the Null Hypothesis."

Florida Legislature "Lets Liberty Ring" With More Gunshots
By Martha Jackovics
Beach Peanuts
The 2013 session of the Florida legislature dealt with 15 gun bills.

Florida Springs; Alexander and Silver Glen
By Dell-Roy
Phillip's Natural World 2.0
Separated by less than 20 miles along Highway 19 in Florida's Ocala National Forest are two of Florida's first magnitude (more than 100 cubic feet per second flow) springs.

 

Progress Florida Education Center's Best of the Blogs for the week ending 5-3-13
Best of the Blogs is featured weekly as part of Progress Florida Education Center's popular free Daily Clips service.

The Florida GOP And Sick-Time: "Small Government" Hypocrites
By Martha Jackovics
Beach Peanuts
Conservative Republicans claim to be the party of fiscal responsibility, and yet Rick Scott threw away taxpayer dollars along with stimulus money and the promise of jobs when he rejected high-speed rail, a project that was years in the making.

Florida House GOP Wants Poor People To Pay Three Times More For Health Care Than State Lawmakers Do
By Sy Mukherjee
Think Progress
The GOP-controlled Florida state house on Friday passed a Medicaid "expansion" bill that would substantially burden the state's budget by rejecting any federal funding.

Debriefing Parent Trigger's Defeat in the Florida Senate
By Bob Sikes
Scathing Purple Musings
Perhaps Senator Bill Montford said it best in this quote he gave Palm Beach Post reporter Dara Kam:

Medicaid Expansion in Florida: It's Obamacare vs. Grouponcare (Part 2)
By Gary Stein
Huffington Post
In the Florida House session day last week on Thursday, April 25, as the House Healthcare Bill was to be debated, one lawmaker quoted those sages known as the Rolling Stones by stating, "You can't always get what you want."

Deal makers and breakers in final days of 2013 Florida legislative session
By Daniel Tilson
West Palm Beach Liberal Examiner
As the clock wound down on the 2013 Florida legislative session yesterday, the wheeling and dealing wound up and into high gear as Governor Rick Scott and GOP legislative leaders all "gave some to get some"; to each other at least, if not to more than a million impoverished, working poor and middle class Floridians suffering without health insurance coverage.

 

Progress Florida Education Center's Best of the Blogs for the week ending 4-26-13
Best of the Blogs is featured weekly as part of Progress Florida Education Center's popular free Daily Clips service.

Who opposes the Florida nuclear tax? Florida seniors!
By Sara Barczak
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Did you know that, according to a recent poll by the Florida AARP of its members (see page 3), a majority of seniors agreed that raising electric rates for new nuclear reactor proposals that may never be completed is bad business?

Paid Sick Leave: A Reform that Makes Sense
By Laura Reyes
AFSCME
Paid sick leave would help millions of American families, would reduce the high cost of health care and would eliminate an unnecessary drag on our country's economic recovery.

Has Jeb Bush's Foundation Created a Faux Parents Group to Support Parent Trigger?
By Bob Sikes
Scathing Purple Musings
Scathing Purple Musings discovered last August that Jeb Bush's Foundation for Florida's Future (FFF) had created a petition to support its efforts to pass Parent Trigger.

Will House Democrats Stick Together In Final Weeks of Session?
By Kartik Krishnaiyer
The Florida Squeeze
As we enter the home stretch of the legislative session concerns are abound about the cohesion and discipline of the House Democratic Caucus.

What The Frack Are Scott And The Legislature Thinking....Or Drinking?
By Martha Jackovics
Beach Peanuts
Today Rick Scott added Illinois to the list of states he's trying to lure businesses from, by sending out letters filled with flowery optimism to business owners in the Land Of Lincoln.

 

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