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I was appalled to see Richard Corcoran's letter to Governor Scott today asking for the resignation of Sheriff Scott Israel for "incompetence and dereliction of duty" leading to the shooting at Parkland. I am appalled that a legislator that has failed to bring forth gun legislation despite the Pulse Shooting occurring under his tenure as Speaker is calling for resignation of anyone.
I have submitted the following letter to Mr Corcoran asking for his resignation for the sam
Healthcare as a human right, living wage for all, equal rights for everyone, stop global warming, end corporate rule, and end social and economic injustice. These sound like perfectly reasonable goals. They make sense. They make good sense. So why are these ideas progressive? At no point should wanting everyone to be treated equally be a progressive idea. At no point should not wanting individuals to suffer physically or financially because of poor health be considered progre
I am a mother and a wife. I'm an advocate for community service, equality for ALL, and common sense regulations. I support health care for all, Medicaid expansion, a living wage, and renewable energy. I am a no nonsense fighter for what I think is the morally right thing to do. There's a short bio about me already, but if you want a little bit more in depth, here it is... I was born and raised in Tampa. My father is an Army Vietnam Vet and a Certified Public Accountant. My mo
Imagine... You're young, in graduate school, healthy, exercise, eat right, and don't smoke. But you have a history of migraines. You control them with over the counter medication and diet control. You are no longer able to be on your parents insurance so you have to get your own. You make calls to get quotes. Only instead of quotes, you're told that you're uninsurable because of your migraines. Doesn't matter that you'd be willing to pay more, they simply won't even cover you
I saw an article from Tampa Bay Times in Twitter where they asked the Florida legislators to respond to 3 questions about gun control and safety in the aftermath of Parkland. One of the comments said "you should ask this to all of the candidates." So in the interest of openness, here's my answers... What solution do you have for this problem?
This is a multifaceted issue that requires a multifaceted solution. Banning assault weapons alone is not the answer just as better fu
Florida- AKA "The Sunshine State" We have an incredible resource right at our fingertips. The sad truth is that we aren't utilizing it like we should be. Florida is considered to have the 3rd best solar producing potential in the US. That means we should be a leader in using solar energy as an alternative energy source. Instead, we rank 12th in solar production. While other states are placing regulations that require energy providers to increase solar power by 2% a year for 1
This is not an easy post to write. I can't promise it will be the most eloquent post I make because at a time like this, I find words are simply failing to express my many thoughts and emotions. I'm going to give it my best effort. Wednesday, February 14th, was my birthday. I was enjoying a nice day at home with my husband and my son, playing and watching the Olympics. And then the breaking news of yet another school shooting. This time, in my state. This time, at the high sc
For the second time in 2 weeks, the government shut down last week. While it lasted only a few hours and was a shut down in name only, it highlights a very important fact about our elected officials: they aren't listening to what the people want. This budget bill passed without inclusion of a solution on DACA. For many democrats, this is unacceptable. While there may be a promise of bringing a DACA bill to the floor, without the pressure of funding the government, many wonder
I had a conversation with a gentleman the other day about the homeless population in the area. He was telling me about a strip mall near him that has a soup kitchen. He was explaining that at all times of the day, there are homeless individuals loitering in the area. With limited resources of soup kitchens, individuals will often stay in the area to make sure they are helped. He complained of the panhandling and how they would sleep in the area. This is a problem. It ca