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Occupiers arrested in Florida; protests continue against investor conference (UPDATE)

Posted on: January 24th, 2012 by The American Independent 2 Comments

An Occupy Miami poster (source: Facebook)

Updated 5:15 p.m., with video footage of the arrests.

Three protesters from the Occupy movements of Palm Beach and Miami were arrested Monday evening after they blocked the Camino Real bridge in Boca Raton to protest the 2012 GAIM conference, a major investor industry event. (more…)

Florida casino supporters, opponents face off in the media

Posted on: December 5th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

State Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale (Photo:'s Office)

Supporters and opponents of the controversial casino bill filed by GOP state legislators are taking their messages to the media.

The bill filed by state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, and Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, would, according to The Miami Herald, allow three “full Las Vegas-style games” in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

The Miami Herald reported over the weekend:

Associated Industries of Florida, the lobbying group that is working this year for the pro-casino “destination resorts” bill, has launched an ad promoting the effort today, running for two weeks.

The ad, which sources say is a media buy that exceeds $100,000, is scheduled to run on cable and news stations in North Florida. One primary target — Florida legislators — who will be in town next week for a very busy committee week.

According to the Herald, Florida House and Senate committees will discuss the bill this week.

Associated Industries also launched an online campaign, More Jobs for Florida, ”dedicated to the destination resort issue.”

According to More Jobs for Florida, “as a result of the current recession,” Florida “has to consider new ways to grow its economic base to provide new jobs and a more stable economy” — something destination resorts will accomplish. counts among its supporters the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Attractions Association, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Florida Retail Federation and the Florida Sheriff’s Association.

No Casinos has already launched two ads that call on viewers to tell Bogdanoff and Fresen “to stop playing games” and call casinos ”the wrong answer for Florida.”

According to No Casinos, “the bill would hand casinos a 10 percent tax rate and a one-time license fee of up to $50 million, a figure that insiders say is embarrassingly low.”

The Bogdanoff/Fresen proposal has also earned the opposition of a South Florida pastor Mark Boykin, who called on Bogdanoff  “to take the bill off the table,” saying, “In its place, let’s build a stronger Florida, that is family-oriented.”

“Rather than the Joan of Arc of conservative values she has become the Lady Godiva of high price gambling,” Boykin, the senior pastor of Church of All Nations in Boca Raton, said.

Prominent pastor in South Florida calls on Cain to retract ‘electrified fence’ comments

Posted on: October 18th, 2011 by The American Independent 1 Comment
Mark Boykin, senior pastor at Church of All Nations in Boca Raton, is calling on GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain to retract his comments “calling for an electrified fence on the country’s border with Mexico that could kill people trying to enter the country illegally.”


Bacteria concerns cause no-swim advisory in Palm Beach

Posted on: September 19th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

A “no-swim” advisory has been issued at Jupiter’s Carlin Park Beach, over fears of high fecal bacteria levels. The advisory is in place until Mon., Sept. 26.


Trump, West, Hasner, Kaufman, et al. to team up for South Florida Tea Party Tax Rally

Posted on: April 15th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

The South Florida Tea Party has a doozy of a lineup scheduled for its “Tea Party Tax Rally” in Boca Raton tomorrow: Donald Trump; Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale; controversial talk radio star Joyce Kaufman; potential U.S. Senate candidate Adam Hasner and others. Check out the flyer after the jump. #

Trump is, of course, the business mogul-turned-TV star who is now questioning whether President Obama was born in the U.S. #

West, meanwhile, has said that a Muslim colleague in the House of Representatives represents the “antithesis of the principles upon which this country was established.” #

Kaufman, West’s original choice for his chief of staff, resigned after numerous controversial statements of hers emerged, including, “If ballots don’t work, then bullets will.” #

Hasner is currently exploring a run for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate next year. In a statement to a tea party group last week, he linked “Sharia-compliant Islam” to the word “progressive.” #

The rally sounds like a fun time for everybody. Here’s the flyer: #