Archive for December, 2005

BlogWood Exclusive: Leaked Memo Maps Schools Strategy

December 29, 2005

According to untrustworthy high level school board sources, the recent revelation that Governor Jeb! Bush feels that evolution need not be included in any future statewide science standards combined with the upcoming fight over the future of sex education in Hillsborough County Schools have spurred this anonymous internal memo, apparently written by a conservative School [...]

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Storms does Bay Area proud

December 21, 2005

(Note: Yes, this is the post that I promised to put up yesterday. Yes, it is late. For those of you who have been waiting with baited breath, I apologize, and I will fully refund the cost of your subscription upon request.) Howls of derision from the usual sources are accompanying Ronda Storms’ (R – [...]

Posted in Florida, Hillsborough Homophobia, Legislature, Politics, Tampa | 3 Comments »

Run, Ronda, run!

December 20, 2005

Later today: Ronda Storm’s would do the Bay Area proud as State Senator. Find out why, later this afternoon at BlogWood!

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E-voting: Flawed Florida systems unsafe says Sancho

December 16, 2005

Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho started testing his e-voting system earlier this year. He quickly determined that an insider, or someone who gained access to the inside, could easily manipulate vote totals. Now, with a decision to scrap the old system in favor of a new model, Sancho has tested some more, allowing [...]

Posted in Civil Liberties, Florida, National, Politics | 2 Comments »

Don we now our gay apparel

December 14, 2005

Joe Redner has a holiday gift for Ronda Storms and Killer B. Brian Blair. Joe Redner, king of the strip clubs, says he’s gay. The disclosure came in his federal lawsuit against Hillsborough County commissioners, who recently banned the county from acknowledging or participating in gay pride events. The longtime activist who has made millions [...]

Posted in Hillsborough Homophobia, Tampa | 3 Comments »

Schiavo forms PAC

December 8, 2005

Michael Schiavo is back. The husband of the Pinellas County woman who became the focus of a national end-of-life controversy has started a political action committee to keep the heat on politicians who tried to intervene in the case and fight his efforts to remove her feeding tube. “The easiest thing would be to move [...]

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Vote and bare it: Antinudity ordinance may dance onto Nov. ballot

December 8, 2005

On Wednesday, Ronda Storms had a premature referendum. “I may be dead wrong,” Storms told her colleagues. Her proposal caught commissioners off guard. They said it’s premature to call for a referendum. …… Hagan and other commissioners said they support Storms’ desire to put the ordinance to a vote and could place it on the [...]

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Al-Arian acquitted

December 7, 2005

The most telling moment of the Al-Arian trial came when his lawyers opted to put on no defense. They simply declined to answer what they said was insufficient evidence presented by the government to prove their client’s guilt. Apparently, the jury agreed. Once billed as a major strike in the war on terrorism, the case [...]

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AMERICAblog: Call to action

December 5, 2005

Ford Motor Company is regressing toward the philosophy of its founder. Background: In a nutshell, the rabid homophobes at the American Family Association threatened Ford with a boycott earlier this year because they were advertising in the gay press. Suddenly in June the AFA called off their threatened boycott because local Ford dealers had contacted [...]

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Faith based Medicaid reform bodes ill for patients

December 5, 2005

In Tallahassee, as Legislators gather for a special session, Jeb! is saying ‘Trust me,’ but some are actually questioning the wisdom of assuming a Bush has a good plan and the intent to earnestly implement it. Medicaid reform is on the table. The agency that has been working on Jeb!’s plan says it’s too hard [...]

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