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Florida residents buck proposed immigration detention center

By | 11.07.11 | 12:23 pm | More from The Florida Independent

About 250 southwest Broward residents attended a Saturday meeting in the city of Pembroke Pines to tell local and federal officials, as well as prison industry executives, that they don’t want an immigration detention center built in their area.

Florida man says his HIV-positive partner incarcerated in Georgia not getting proper treatment

By | 10.19.11 | 5:54 pm | More from The Florida Independent

John Edmonson, a businessman from Jacksonville, tells The Florida Independent that his HIV-positive partner has not received adequate medical treatment after being arrested in early April.


Lunchtime Links

By | 11.17.10 | 12:04 pm

Half of the members of Congress are millionaires.

Bristol Palin and The Situation teach kids about safe sex…

…and Palin’s fans rig the Dancing With the Stars voting system.

Salon ranks the sexiest men of 2010.

50 Cent’s “In Da Club” gets More…

Study finds high costs, questionable return for Virginia county’s immigration policy

By | 11.17.10 | 11:58 am

A new study on the impact of anti-illegal immigration policies in Prince William County, Va., found that the Latino population decreased substantially after the policy was implemented in 2007, with a 7,700-person drop in the non-citizen Latino population between 2006 and 2008. (That number accounts for legal and More…

Democratic donors still divided over the best approach to 2012

By | 11.17.10 | 11:57 am

Democratic donors and operatives gathered yesterday at the Mandarin Hotel for a conference hosted by the Democracy Alliance to talk about the past midterm elections and what they mean for strategy on various policy and electoral issues going forward. The event was closed to the press, but Politico managed More…

New report lays out failures that led to Deepwater Horizon explosion

By | 11.17.10 | 11:27 am

An interim report released today by the National Academy of Engineering lays out a series of failures that led to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill.

The report isn’t pretty. It points to “failures and missed indications of hazard,” “insufficient checks and balances” on safety and a More…

Unemployment benefits tied to tax cut debate, will likely lapse before deadline

By | 11.17.10 | 9:38 am

Democrats in Washington are catching on to the idea that they can’t capitulate to an extension of Bush-era tax rates for the rich without at least demanding something in return, and an extension of federal unemployment benefits, set to expire at the end of the month, is increasingly looking like More…

Patrick promises immigrant-friendly reforms in Massachusetts

By | 11.17.10 | 9:23 am

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), who won re-election earlier this month, announced yesterday that he hopes to use his next four years in office to pass a number of immigration reform measures, including driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants and in-state tuition for undocumented students who attended high school More…

Will Rockefeller’s proposal to delay EPA climate action get a lame-duck vote?

By | 11.17.10 | 9:11 am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) met late yesterday with Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) to discuss whether he would allow a vote on the West Virginia lawmaker’s proposal to delay the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions by two years.

Reid said yesterday before the meeting that More…

Giving up pet projects divides both GOP and Dems

By | 11.17.10 | 8:48 am

Yesterday’s vote among Senate Republicans to place a two-year moratorium on the practice of requesting earmarks looks like it’s shaping up to be the beginning, not the end, of a long debate about the issue. My article today describes the mixed feelings of many Republican senators signing onto the More…