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Florida legislators derailing democracy

Voters approved amendments to protect voting rights and prevent political gerrymandering, but legislators are stalling their implementation.

Arrested for feeding the homeless

As police officers here arrested four people for distributing food to the homeless in an Orlando park, June 8, a crowd chanted, "Food is a right, not a privilege!"

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New Florida election rules would disenfranchise many

In Florida, a state that only a few decades ago was officially segregated, some people think this possible disenfranchisement is no accident.

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Anti-immigrant bill could hurt Florida tourism

Criminalizing undocumented immigrants might make good politics, especially for Republicans supported by the tea party movement, but it would cripple the state's economy.

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Miami protests anti-immigrant bills

Opponents say if Republicans get their way on immigration in Florida, social, civil and even economic life in Miami and around the state could be severely disrupted.

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Floridians to governor: You’ve got a fight on your hands

The first day of the legislative session saw "Awake the State"demonstrations in 32 cities across the state, aiming to stop Gov. Rick Scott's "skeleton budget."

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Florida congressman stokes Islamophobia

Rep. Allen West became unhinged at a recent town hall meeting in South Florida, where he told a Muslim questioner who defended Islam, "Don't try to blow sunshine up my butt!"

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Unemployment compensation could add billions more to Fla. economy

Unemployment compensation acts as one of the most efficient stimulus programs, pumping more than $9 billion into the local economy.

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Fort Mose: early marker in African American freedom movement

The fight for African American freedom reaches back hundreds of years, even before the arrival of the British.

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Teamster rack up four organizing wins

The Teamsters racked up four organizing wins in late September and early October, including the first-ever union win under new voting rules.

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