EVERYTHING YOU ALREADY KNEW ABOUT STAND YOUR GROUND BEING HORRIBLE IS TRUE. ALSO, AL SHARPTON MEDIA BLITZ!: “More than 1,000 marchers joined the Rev. Al Sharpton, the parents of Jacksonville teen Jordan Davis and Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin and others Monday calling for changes to Florida’s hotly contested Stand Your Ground law. Marchers who traveled to Tallahassee from across the country made their way from the Leon County Civic Center to the Capitol to again urge lawmakers to address the 2005 law. ‘It’s a flawed law,’ Sharpton said. ‘Because you don’t need an actual threat. All you’ve got to do is believe a threat and you can use deadly force.’ Sharpton said raising the issue through the protest and during the legislative session could form opinions heading into the November election when Floridians will vote for governor and state lawmakers. ‘I think raising it this year will tip the political scales,’ he said. ‘We may end up deciding in a close election who the governor and the state legislature are on this particular issue.’” (via Tallahassee Democrat)
ON THE OTHER HAND, WATCH OUT FOR WAYWARD POP TARTS: “A piece of legislation dubbed the "Pop-Tart bill" that's meant to keep children from getting in trouble at school for pointing a finger or something else in the likeness of a gun passed the Florida House Education Committee on Thursday. The bill was inspired by a case out of Maryland in which a 7-year-old boy was suspended for chewing a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun. Florida hopes to make its zero-tolerance policy less stringent by allowing students to play with toy guns, wear clothes with guns depicted on them, pretending a finger or pencil is a gun or the like, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The student could still face disciplinary action if there are extenuating circumstances. Essentially, the bill is meant to keep students from getting in trouble for minor, harmless actions. Now that the bill has been approved in the Education Committee, it is ready to be debated by the full House. A companion measure to the bill has to be approved in two more committees before it can be debated by the Senate, according to The Palm Beach Post. (via Orlando Sentinel)
HEY, A BUNCH OF NEW NUMBERS INDICATING THAT OBAMACARE IS WORKING AND THE NUMBER OF UNINSURED IS AT A FOUR-YEAR LOW! “As the chart above shows, the uninsured rate was 17.1 percent at the end of 2013, down from a peak of 18 percent. Two months into 2014, it now sits at 15.9 percent–the lowest level since the first quarter of 2009. That decrease may not look like much, but it represents millions of people getting health insurance who previously weren’t covered. The decrease also represents a marked departure from the trend of rising levels of uninsured over the last several years. This good news only gets better by taking a closer look at the numbers. ‘The uninsured rate for almost every major demographic group has dropped in 2014 so far,’ wrote Gallup researchers. And the groups who have seen the sharpest decreases in uninsured rates so far this year have been among those most at risk from lacking insurance coverage — low-income and black Americans. In fact, in the first two months of 2014, the percentage of uninsured African Americans has reduced from 20.9 percent to 18.3 percent, a 2.6-point drop. And among those earning under $36,000 per year, the rate of uninsured went from 30.7 percent to 27.9 percent.” (via Think Progress)
HEY GUYS, WHICH ROAD IS THE MIDDLE?: “Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Monday announced a multi-part plan to stimulate the economy that included expanding private sector access to the government-controlled wireless spectrum, new legislation to limit regulation of the Internet and another to encourage cooperation in cutting edge research between government agencies and the private sector. During an hour-long talk at the Washington headquarters of Google Inc., Rubio also called for tracking the economic cost of government regulations, repealing a ban on crude oil exports and easing government restrictions on energy pipelines. The free-market proposals drew applause from conservatives gathered at the event, hosted by Google and the Jack Kemp Foundation. The 42-year-old Rubio is mentioned frequently as a possible 2016 presidential candidate. But the Florida senator has lost favor with conservatives in part because of his efforts last year to pass immigration reform legislation, which conservatives complained would lead to amnesty for those in the country illegally.” (via Washington Post)
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