Allen West Should Take Over Secret Service, Washington Post Piece Argues

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Ever since South Florida voters booted him from office after realizing they'd accidentally elected not a serious politician but a self-interested sound-bite machine, Allen West has been looking for steady work. Sure, he can hop onto Fox News whenever he wants and say some treasonous malarkey, and the Tea Party rock-star status is good for the occasional campaign appearance. But no calling. A recent Washington Post piece, however, argues West is perfect for one job: running the Secret Service.

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The Ten Most Florida Halloween Costumes

Categories: Holidays

Yes, it's already time to start thinking about your Halloween costume -- the triumphant return of pumpkin-spice everything should have been your first clue that fall was fast approaching. Lucky for you, you live in Florida, where Halloween costume ideas practically throw themselves in front of your face every day.

Let's be honest, everyone is sick and tired of your vampire and zombie costumes; you have to do better than that if you want to stand out at a Halloween party. So why not take advantage of the plethora of costume ideas at your disposal? Don't pull that devil costume out of the attic! I have a few Florida-themed costume ideas that are much more fun and really easy to put together.

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Pam Bondi and Rick Scott Refuse to Lift Ban on Same-Sex Marriage, Despite SCOTUS Ruling

Categories: LGBT News

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to reject same-sex marriage appeals in several states earlier this week -- opening the door to lifting the ban in a total of 30 states -- the attorney general and Gov. Rick Scott are still sticking to their guns in trying to keep same-sex marriage banned in Florida.

Gay rights activist groups pounced on Bondi and Scott following the ruling, calling for them to cut out their political shenanigans and get with the times.

But Bondi's office has come out and said it will continue to fight against having the ban lifted, while Scott has remained silent on the issue.

See also: Supreme Court Rejects Gay Marriage Appeals: What Does That Mean for Florida?

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Florida Recognizes Deceased Woman's Same-Sex Marriage

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In August, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle ruled on Grimsley and Albu v. Scott that Florida's ban on marriage for same-sex couples was unconstitutional and, despite a stay on his ruling, ordered the State of Florida to issue a new death certificate for Carol Goldwasser, naming Arlene Goldberg, her partner of 47 years, as her wife.

Today, Arlene received that newly issued death certificate, making her and her late spouse among the first same-sex couples to have their marriage recognized in Florida and the first to receive an amended death certificate that reflects their marriage.

See also: Supreme Court Rejects Gay Marriage Appeals: What Does That Mean for Florida?

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Rick Scott Being Sued Over Failure to Disclose More Than $200 Million in Assets

Categories: Politics

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George Sheldon, the former deputy attorney general who's gunning for Pam Bondi's spot as the state's attorney general, has filed a lawsuit alleging that Gov. Rick Scott has not reported $200 million in assets on his state financial disclosure form. This would be a violation of the state constitution.

Sheldon filed the suit Wednesday morning, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Sheldon is asking a judge to force Scott to disclose all his assets and investments fully, as well as to declare the governor's "blind trust" unconstitutional.

Scott has used a "blind trust" for his assets since being elected governor.

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Bill Nelson and Fellow Senators to Witness Fort Lauderdale Flooding Due to Climate Change

Florida is pretty much sinking into the ocean. This is no longer in question. The real question here is, What the hell is being done about it?

For now, the only answer politicians seem to have is to look at the ocean, which is exactly what Sen. Bill Nelson and a bunch of other senators are coming down to Fort Lauderdale to do.

Nelson says he's bringing his colleagues to Las Olas Boulevard to watch the tide come in, just as the so-called King Tide is rolling into South Florida.

See also: Is Marco Rubio the Worst Climate Denier in Congress?

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Fort Lauderdale Commissioners Looking at Proposal That May Make It Tough for Churches to Feed Homeless (UPDATED)

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Update (Correction): The original post on this commission meeting incorrectly reported that the vote did not take place. The first reading of the proposal specifically covered rules for food handling, providing toilet facilities, hand washing areas, and requirements on how and when the food should be served, particularly for groups that service the homeless outdoors and in parks. Fort Lauderdale Commissioners did tentatively approve the ordinance that puts up restrictions on how churches and other groups can feed the city's homeless, with a second vote coming in two weeks.

Commissioners contend that passing the proposal would protect the homeless from illnesses caused by ill-prepared foods. Homeless advocates maintain that the ordinance will restrict them from doing what they can for the homeless. A second reading and final vote is scheduled to take place on October 21.

Original post: Fort Lauderdale city commissioners might be on the verge of passing even more stringent laws against the homeless in the city.

On Tuesday night, the City Council met to discuss a new ordinance that would limit homeless people being fed by churches or in parks.

Although the meeting never went beyond discussing the ordinance without a vote, due to some technicalities, the city could be close to adding more rules that many consider hate laws toward the city's homeless.

See also: Activists Call Fort Lauderdale's Proposed Ordinances "Homeless Hate Laws"

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Meet Caper, South Florida's Fastest Wiener Dog

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In case you haven't noticed, it's October. And -- in Florida -- that means sexy Halloween costumes, pumpkin-flavored everything, and the Sunshine State's take on that alcohol-fueled German festival known as Oktoberfest.

Last weekend, it was Oakland Park's turn. The two-day homage to the Germans' love of beer and phallic foods took place at Jaco Pastorius Park in Oakland Park (a city that loves beer almost as much as it loves throwing the word "park" at the end of things).

The two-day event boasted food, beer, live music, lederhosen, carnival rides, but -- most important -- dozens and dozens of adorably cylindrical dachshunds. You might know them as wiener dogs, or -- for the vegetarians -- carrot pups.

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Gay Wedding Commercial for Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau Needs Extras

Categories: LGBT News

Photo by Phillip Pessar via Miami New Times Flickr group

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is calling on anyone from all ages and backgrounds to come out and be extras as pretend guests at a pretend gay marriage on the beach.

Shooting starts at 9 a.m. Thursday.

See also: Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Supports Marriage Equality

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Amendment 1 Will Ensure Conservation Projects Get Funded

Categories: Environment

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For Florida's upcoming November elections, most of the buzz has been about Amendment 2 -- the proposal that would legalize medical marijuana via an amendment to the state constitution. But there's another proposed amendment on the ballot -- one that would dedicate funds for conservation projects.

Every time a person buys or sells property or files a deed, lien, or mortgage, the courts collect a small tax --- just 35 to 70 cents per $100 of the value. Funds collected from this documentary stamp tax have for decades, and under both Republican and Democratic governors, typically been used to fund conservation efforts.

But, says Will Abberger of the Tallahassee-based campaign Florida's Water and Land Legacy, "starting in 2009 with the recession, funding for conservation in Florida has been reduced by 95 percent" because legislators have poached this money and diverted it into the state's general fund, where it's been used on a host of projects -- but not conservation.

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