Archive for June, 2005

Anyone but Ferlita Vote for Cope!

June 30, 2005

Ferlita Plans County Commission Bid Tampa City Councilwoman Rose Ferlita announced Wednesday that she is running for the Hillsborough County Commission seat held by Kathy Castor, who is running for U.S. Congress. Ferlita, a pharmacist who owns Rose Drugs, said her “experience as a city-wide councilwoman will help me establish a more regional focus about [...]

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Connecting the Harris / MZM dots

June 30, 2005

Thanks to Josh Marshall, BlogWood readers are up on the developing Katherine Harris / Duke Cunningham / MZM scandal. In a nutshell, Cunningham is under investigation for some shady real estate deals with MZM executives. Harris received $50,000 from MZM related entities during the 2004 election cycle. Now, no one has accused Harris of any [...]

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Jeb! and Eli Lily make two wrongs

June 28, 2005

Jeb! and Eli Lily are fighting over money and the losers are Floridians on Medicaid who rely on the state funded insurance for their daily meds . Florida’s 2.2 million Medicaid recipients will find it more difficult next month to obtain the antidepressant Prozac, as well as a commonly prescribed drug for treating schizophrenia. …… [...]

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Palm Beach Pol calls bullshit on Jeb!

June 27, 2005

Last week, Gov. Jeb Bush made clear his opposition to using embryonic stem cells for medical research as scientists gathering Tuesday for the world’s largest biotechnology convention said stem cells could provide cures for a variety of diseases. “I think taking a life to create a life is a huge contradiction morally,” Bush said during [...]

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St. Pete tolerates 35,000 for Pride Parade

June 26, 2005

35,000 people gathered in St. Pete for the annual Gay Pride Parade yesterday, and Ronda Storms (R – Homophoburbia) was a hot topic. The most conspicuous presence at the St. Pete Pride street festival on Saturday was not drag queens wearing rhinestone tiaras and sequined gowns, or thousands waving rainbow flags and beads, but the [...]

Posted in Hillsborough Homophobia, Tampa | 2 Comments »

Ronda Storms’ Hillsborough Homophobia goes national

June 26, 2005

One of the problems with living in a region with so many elected Ronda Storms types who feel they must legislate their version of morality whenever some innocuous element of modern life intrudes upon their consciousness is that their preposterous proposals inevitably attract the curiosity of people from more enlightened places and those people naturally [...]

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St. Pete NAACP joins chorus of tolerance

June 25, 2005
St. Pete NAACP joins chorus of tolerance

Uncle Tom Scott, the only black person on the Hillsborough BOCC, was happy to second Ronda Storms’ declaration of war against gays. Uncle Tom says that he is not a bigot, and besides, even if he is, it’s not the as bad as slavery. Thankfully, Thomas Scott does not speak for the St. Petersburg NAACP. [...]

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Mad Cow confirmed

June 25, 2005

Another mad cow has been found in the US. Oh, wait. That’s not the right link. Try this one . The United States has what may be its first homegrown case of mad cow disease, confirmed a full seven months after officials first suspected the animal might be infected. Despite the delay in reliable results, [...]

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Under Construction!

June 25, 2005

CAUTION! BlogWood is undergoing some much needed maintenance tonight. Expect some strangeness off and on as new things are tested. Things may change minute to minute, so if you’re having trouble with the site, wait a couple of minutes and try again. Thanks!

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Pride is Back

June 24, 2005
Pride is Back

From the mailbag: Dear Friends: Your – OUR – efforts are paying off. A very well-placed source and friend, who has been working behind the scenes (and who was instrumental in ensuring the “Gay” issue was brought up at today’s Chamber of Commerce meeting) has given me some feedback: “keep the pressure on — the [...]

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