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New Florida bill would outlaw gender- and race-based abortions

With the beginning of session only days away, Florida legislators have been busy filing a slew of anti-abortion bills. Add yet another to the list: a measure outlawing race- and gender-based abortions. The bill was filed by state Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood.

ACLU of Florida director writes in op-ed ‘Religious Freedom’ amendment just about money

By | 10.26.11 | 11:28 am | More from The Florida Independent

This Thursday, a court in Tallahassee will hear a lawsuit filed by numerous educators, religious leaders and civil liberties advocates challenging the constitutionality of a 2012 ballot measure that would repeal Florida’s constitutional ban on taxpayer funding for religious


Americans for Prosperity: Almost all Fla. GOP legislators get A’s, Dems get F’s

By | 09.08.11 | 12:22 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Florida’s chapter of Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers-funded right-wing political organization, just released their “2011 Legislative Scorecard,” giving nearly every GOP member of the state Legislature an A or A+ and nearly every Democrat an F.

According More…

Fla. Senate debate includes call for repeal of ‘Obamacare,’ cuts to regulatory agencies

By | 08.21.11 | 3:18 pm | More from The Florida Independent

The candidates at Saturday’s U.S. Senate debate in Orlando spent most of the time agreeing with each other (some wraparound coverage of the debate can be found here and here). The four Republicans are all opposed to abortion (with some nuances), and they all More…

Florida ‘Religious Freedom’ amendment would let state outsource public services to faith groups

By | 05.10.11 | 12:59 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Last week the Florida Senate passed the “Religious Freedom Act” — a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would repeal language that bans using public funds to fund religious organizations. Coupled with the state legislature’s More…

Florida legislature ends session without gov comment, but with scores of unanswered questions

By | 05.09.11 | 11:02 am | More from The Florida Independent

Any hopes for a picture-perfect ending to the 2011 legislative session were dashed some time around 11 p.m. on Friday, when Gov. Rick Scott’s communications directors told reporters the governor was headed home for the night.

Lobbysits and legislative staff had already assembled around the velvet ropes where Scott was More…

Florida Rep. Scott Plakon not alone in support for taxpayer-funded crisis pregnancy network

By | 03.16.11 | 3:00 pm | More from The Florida Independent

State Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, is not the only House member who vocally supports Florida’s controversial taxpayer-funded crisis pregnancy center network. State Rep. Rachel Burgin, R-Riverview, serves as an “advocate” for the Pregnancy Care Center of Plant City, which receives state dollars. # More…

Florida state rep points out governor’s budget renews funding for crisis pregnancy network

By | 03.15.11 | 2:25 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Since Gov. Rick Scott unveiled his 2011-2012 budget proposal last month, questions have swirled about what his recommendations might mean for particular state programs. According to state Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, one controversial program — which provides taxpayer dollars to crisis pregnancy centers that have been More…

Abortion bills go to front of the line for Florida Republicans

By | 02.23.11 | 2:54 pm | More from The Florida Independent

mandatory-ultrasound bill is not the only Republican proposal that seeks to restrict abortion rights sure to come up in the state legislature during its upcoming session — limiting access to abortion is clearly a top priority for GOP legislators. #

Republicans have filed More…