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Sarasota GOP launches petition to pass Arizona-style immigration law in Florida

By | 04.24.12 | 12:29 pm

The Republican Party of Sarasota County has launched a petition supporting the passage of an Arizona-style immigration enforcement law for Florida.

West raises cash off comment about 80 House Democrats being communists

By | 04.13.12 | 10:32 am

Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, is standing by comments he made during a town hall a few days ago, in which he claimed up to 80 U.S. House Democrats are members of the Communist Party.

Labor to Obama: Colombia has not done enough to combat anti-union violence

By | 04.13.12 | 9:23 am

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, and Leo W. Gerard, international president of the United Steelworkers, have called on President Obama to not certify the Colombia Free Trade Agreement during the sixth Summit of the Americas that will take place this weekend in Cartagena, Colombia.

Allen West: There are ‘up to 80′ communists in the U.S. House

By | 04.11.12 | 12:30 pm

Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, told mostly supportive members at a town hall meeting yesterday that he has heard “up to 80 U.S. House Democrats are Communist Party members,” The Palm Beach Post reports.

Seniors to rally against Buchanan today

By | 04.11.12 | 9:27 am

A group of seniors will gather today to protest Congressman Vern Buchanan’s plan “to end Medicare” in Sarasota.

Residents, activists stage Stations of the Cross to oppose immigration detention center

By | 04.09.12 | 10:59 am

As part of a permanent campaign to protest a proposed immigration detention center in South Florida, more than 60 residents and immigrant advocates gathered Saturday to stage the Stations of the Cross.

Report: Florida sponsor of telecom bill received over $50K from industry

By | 04.09.12 | 8:10 am

Maplight, a group that describes itself as “a nonprofit, nonpartisan, research organization that reveals money’s influence on politics,” released a report Friday that highlights the role of Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Ocala, as one of the nine sponsors of a telecommunications bill in Congress who has received significant amounts of money from industry stakeholders.

Allen West tells town hall attendees he agrees with parts of health care reform

By | 04.05.12 | 3:53 pm

Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, told attendees at one of his town halls this week that he agrees with some key provisions in the health care reform law. President Obama’s Affordable Care Act has been one of the rallying forces for the Republican Party, which has been vehemently against the law since it was first discussed.

Reps from Florida take positions on Arizona’s immigration enforcement law

By | 04.05.12 | 12:27 pm

In the ongoing legal battle over Arizona’s S.B. 1070 immigration enforcement law, which will be taken up by the Supreme Court later this month, members of Florida’s congressional delegation have signed court briefs on both sides of the issue.

In deposition, ex-employee charges Florida congressman with wide variety of misdeeds

By | 04.05.12 | 8:00 am

In a deposition given on Jan. 9 and obtained by The Florida Independent, a former employee of Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, alleges that he reported Buchanan to the U.S. government in 2008 for tax evasion and conspiracy to evade U.S. income tax, and that he has been in contact with federal officials about Buchanan.

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