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Federal judge rejects FEC motion against former Buchanan business partner

By | 11.16.11 | 2:14 pm | More from The Florida Independent


A federal judge has denied the Federal Election Commission’s motion to fine a former business partner of Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, over contributions made to Buchanan’s 2006 and 2008 campaigns.

Franken signs on to constitutional amendment to limit money in politics

By | 11.16.11 | 2:05 pm | More from The Minnesota Independent

Sen. Al Franken and 16 other senators are proposing a constitutional amendment that would return the authority to regulate money in political campaigns to state and federal governments, an ability that was partly undermined by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision.

Some Minnesota lawmakers in D.C. millionaires, but still not in top 1 percent

By | 11.16.11 | 9:36 am | More from The Minnesota Independent

Though none qualify as the “one percent,” at least three of Minnesota’s members of Congress are millionaires, a study by the Center for Responsive Politics released on Tuesday shows.

Florida congressman part of the 1 percent

By | 11.15.11 | 4:56 pm | More from The Florida Independent

According to new information released by USA Today, Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, is among America’s wealthiest 1 percent, currently under attack by Occupy Wall Street protesters.

Arizona immigration restrictionist explains his electoral defeat

By | 11.15.11 | 4:11 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Former Arizona Sen. Russell Pearce — one of the most recognized architects of that state’s immigration enforcement law S.B. 1070, and who recently lost a recall election — writes today that his defeat had nothing to do with S.B. 1070.

BIll to curb Congressional insider trading gaining national attention

By | 11.15.11 | 10:02 am | More from The Minnesota Independent

A little-noticed bill by Rep. Tim Walz is gaining national attention this week after CBS’ “60 Minutes” aired an exposé on insider training by members of Congress. Walz, along with Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York, introduced a bill to make the practice illegal in March.

New bill would ‘tweak’ pill mill legislation

By | 11.14.11 | 5:56 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Though the program was only recently implemented, state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, has filed a bill to tweak Florida’s prescription drug monitoring database, known as E-FORCSE.

GOP resolution to repeal net neutrality voted down in the Senate

By | 11.10.11 | 4:29 pm | More from The Florida Independent


The resolution to disapprove the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules was defeated in the U.S. Senate today.

(Video) Ellison challenger, known as anti-abortionist, releases anti-Muslim ad

By | 11.10.11 | 11:42 am | More from The Minnesota Independent

Gary Boisclair, an anti-abortion activist running in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District as a Democrat, launched an anti-Islam ad last weekend.

New Census Bureau measurement shows poverty greater than previously thought

By | 11.09.11 | 5:33 pm | More from The Florida Independent

The U.S. Census Bureau’s alternative Supplemental Poverty Measure — “a new measure of poverty to complement the official measure,” released this week — shows that 49.1 million Americans were poor in 2010, “more than the 46.6 million using the official definition of poverty.”