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Report: Florida ranked among 10 worst states for child homelessness

By | 12.13.11 | 4:29 pm | More from The Florida Independent

According to a report released today by the National Center on Family Homelessness, Florida has one of the worst rates of child homelessness in the country.

House GOP bill links payroll tax cut to oil pipeline approval, cuts to unemployment benefits

By | 12.13.11 | 12:52 pm | More from The Florida Independent

A GOP bill that would cut payroll taxes for American workers and approve an oil pipeline also contains changes to federally funded unemployment compensation programs set to expire Dec. 31.

VIDEO: Polis questions AG Holder on medical marijuana

Colorado Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) wasted no time in taking advantage of his appointment to the Judiciary Committee. Polis questioned Attorney General Eric Holder last week during an oversight hearing on the Department of Justice and asked whether the Ogden memo was still in effect.

Report: Funding for nation’s community health centers at a seven-year low

By | 12.09.11 | 5:35 pm | More from The Florida Independent

A new report shows that states all around the country have cut funding for community health centers — bringing funding for them to a seven-year low.

VIDEO: Ron Paul defends Occupy movement

By | 12.05.11 | 6:34 pm | More from The Colorado Independent

For most of the Republican presidential contenders, Occupy Wall Street and its assorted spin-offs such as Occupy Denver are bad news. Occupiers have been characterized essentially as lazy bums and their message as a cry for class warfare.

Economists urge White House, Congress to protect more public lands

By | 12.02.11 | 5:06 pm | More from The Colorado Independent

Protecting public lands can be a boon for the private sector, attracting companies and workers to the communities that border them, more than 100 economists wrote in letter to President Obama this week.

The letter (PDF) , signed by Texas A&M professor Douglass Shaw, urges the president to invest More…

VIDEO: OCCUPIED amendment would overturn ‘Citzens United’

By | 12.01.11 | 6:20 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, appeared on MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan Show yesterday to discuss a newly proposed amendment to the Constitution he introduced to reform campaign finance in the U.S.

The Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democracy (OCCUPIED) Amendment would “amend the U.S. More…

American Airlines parent company files for bankruptcy

By | 11.29.11 | 2:22 pm | More from The Florida Independent

AMR Corporation — the parent company of American Airlines, which provides a large number of South Florida jobs — filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 today.

According to The Miami Herald:

Unable to cut costs enough to fend off creditors, American and its parent company, AMR Corp., filed


Free Market Sugar Act sponsor says high sugar prices have caused ‘outflow of jobs’

By | 11.29.11 | 12:07 pm | More from The Florida Independent

The high costs of American sugar, coupled with quotas that make it near-impossible for the product to be imported, have led two congressmen to file a bill that would overhaul the way the industry does business. One of the bill’s sponsors, Danny Davis, D-Ill., tells the Independent


VIDEO: Florida’s homeless children rate reaches epidemic proportions

By | 11.29.11 | 9:53 am | More from The Florida Independent

60 Minutes aired a program this weekend shedding light on one of the little-discussed but heartbreaking aspects of the country’s persistent economic woes: an epidemic of homeless schoolchildren. The subject of the program was Seminole County, Fla., a county with 1,100 homeless students.