Tea Party of Fort Lauderdale to Protest Charlie Crist's Broward Office Opening

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The Fort Lauderdale chapter of the Tea Party is planning to protest Charlie Crist's new Broward field office, which is opening this weekend.

On Monday, it was announced that the Crist field office at 320 S. University Drive in Plantation will have its opening at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The office is to be the central hub for what is the most Democratic county in the state.

But on Tuesday, the Fort Lauderdale Tea Party sent out an email alert to its members to gather at the office to protest the former Republican governor.

See also: Charlie Crist's First Field Office to Open in Broward This Week

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Charlie Crist's First Field Office to Open in Broward This Week

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The Charlie Crist campaign has announced that it will open an office in Broward County this upcoming weekend.

The field office, which will be located at 320 S. University Drive in Plantation, is the first Crist field office to open in Florida as the former governor preps for another go at Tallahassee.

The Broward office's grand opening will be held on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and will be the central hub for the most Democratic county in Florida to start its push to get the once-Republican governor back into office as a Democratic governor.

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Jeb Bush Getting Pressure From GOP Donors to Run for President

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Anthony Cave
It would appear that major GOPer donors just aren't thrilled with the chances of a Chris Christie, a Rand Paul, or even a Marco Rubio taking back the White House for the Republicans in 2016. So, they're willing to go all-in with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as their latest savior.

According to a report by the Washington Post, some of the bigger moneybag GOPers are now working behind the scenes to draft Jeb into the 2016 presidential race.

Jeb, for his part, has remained coy about his intentions to run, saying he'll decide later this year if he'll throw his hat into the ring.

See also: Jeb Bush Speaks in Texas Today; Should He Change His Name?

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Tea Partiers Cancel Their Health Insurance to Protest Obamacare

Everett Wilkinson, Palm Beach Gardens' Tea Party czar, does not want Obamacare, nor its birth control coverage.

Wilkinson, the Chairman of the National Liberty Federation (formerly the South Florida Tea Party), told the New Times that he dropped his health insurance Jan. 1 because of rate increases.

"I don't need birth control, I don't need free mammary exams," Wilkinson said. "We don't need a drug plan."

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-- Everett Wilkinson, Fringe Tea Party Extremist

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Florida Is Becoming an Unlikely Obamacare Success Story

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Despite Florida Republicans pretty much doing everything within their power to derail Obamacare,
more than 440,000 Florida residents have already enrolled Affordable Care Act through the federal marketplace website.

According to a report by the AP, the state is expected to blow projections out of the water by the time enrollment closes on March 31.

Florida GOPers, meanwhile, have done everything to block navigators -- workers hired to help people enroll -- from getting into county health departments, and offering no financial help for groups looking to help the nearly 3.5 million uninsured Floridians get enrolled.

See also: Broward County to Have Obamacare Navigators, Despite Rick Scott's Crusade to Ban Them

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Introduced as "Future President," Jeb Bush Says That's "Over-Exaggerated"

Categories: Broward, Politics

Anthony Cave
Bush and Jackson
Jeb Bush briefly spoke in Spanish, called illegal immigrants "risk takers" and touted Common Core standards while giving a keynote speech at the sixth annual Broward Workshop's State of our County Forum at Signature Grand in Davie Friday morning.

His talk had all the makings of a campaign speech, but, like the model of the Broward Workshop (a business networking group), he remained fairly non-partisan throughout his address in front of about 1,000 local business leaders.

The only presidential items, besides some circulated 2016 campaign stickers, came from his introducer, AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson. He introduced the former Florida governor as "a future president of the United States," to which Bush deflected the "over-exaggerated introduction."

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Anti-Immigration Group: Don't Let Illegal Immigrants Pay In-State College Tuition Rates

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From the left, Rep. Dana D. Young, and Rep. Jeanette M. Nuñez
A group calling itself Floridians for Immigration Enforcement (or, FLIMEN) is putting on the full-court press to get legislators to derail HB 851, a bill that would allow all students who have studied in Florida for three consecutive years the opportunity to pay in-state tuition at a state college or university, regardless of immigration status.

On Thursday, the bill was approved by the House Appropriations Committee by a 19-7 vote. The bill has also had overwhelming support from the Higher Education and Workforce Subcommittee, chaired by Miami Republican Rep. Jeanette Nuñez, the Education Appropriations Subcommittee, and even Gov. Rick Scott.

FLIMEN, however, is calling on its members to get on the horn with their representative, senator or Governor Scott, and urge them to stop a bill that FLIMEN says will hurt legal citizens, take away jobs and depress wages, by helping illegals.

See also: The Anti-Immigration Group Targeting Marco Rubio Doesn't Want to Talk to New Times or Any Other "Liberal Opinion Media"

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Reubin Askew, Former Florida Governor, Dead at 85

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Arguably the most important governor this state has ever had has died. Reubin Askew, who served Florida as the state's 37th governor from 1971 to 1979, died early Thursday after suffering through various ailments, including a stroke, a former aide has confirmed. He was 85.

In his time as governor, Askew guided Florida through school desegregation with buses.

A Democrat, Askew helped overhaul Florida's tax laws and led the crusade for ethics legislation, open government, and environmental protection.

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Florida GI Bill Unanimously Passes Senate, Heads to Rick Scott

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Hey lookit, everybody! The state Senate actually agreed on something! Unanimously, even.

The Florida Legislature has passed the "Welcome Home" bill on Tuesday. The bill will make Florida veterans eligible for in-state tuition and will provide scholarships for members of the state's National Guard while reducing education costs for military veterans.

Sen. Garrett Richter, a Vietnam vet who won a Bronze Star in that war, says he wants to make sure veterans look to Florida as the place for them to build their lives.

"We want to encourage them to make Florida their home over any other state," he said.

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Broward College Adjunct Professors Make Maximum $16,000 a Year; They Are Now Unionizing, May Strike


Broward College administration must be brought to account for paying starvation wages to its faculty.

I have taught American government and American history, primarily at Broward College, as an adjunct professor since 2004. Due to unannounced circumstances this semester, and as has been done many times to me in the past, my income was cut in half this term due to arbitrary scheduling of professors at the various campuses. Having been assigned a half load means I earn roughly $200 per week, as opposed to the normal $400 per week I make when I teach a full load. Either way, this is a travesty.

Even when teaching the maximum load of four classes per term, an adjunct can at most make $16,000 per year teaching both the fall and spring terms (the normal full year for full-time professors). This is half of the median income in Broward County.

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