Sheriff’s Office adds policing advisor

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is taking a closer look at its policing practices, as a measure to maintain transparency and openness in dealing with citizens. To do so, the agency has appointed general counsel Lindsay Moore as its first constitutional policing advisor. As part of her new role, Moore’s primary duties are to to ensure the agency follows best practices and procedures in the … [Read more...]

Bondi asks court to clarify same-sex marriage ruling

Saying she's trying to correct the exact situation she originally tried to avoid, state attorney general Pam Bondi is asking U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle to clarify his August ruling that some say would make Florida the 36th state to allow same-sex marriage. Both sides of the controversial issue are battling over what appears to be ambiguity in Hinkle's ruling, which ordered a Panhandle … [Read more...]

Pasco won’t issue same-sex marriage licenses Jan. 6

Florida is set to become the 36th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriages just after the new year starts. But don't expect Pasco — or even neighboring counties — to join in. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene in a Florida case, where U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle struck down laws banning same-sex marriage in August, saying the state's ban violated the 14th Amendment of the … [Read more...]

Castor wants to restore voting rights to felons

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor has sent a letter to outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, urging the Justice Department to conduct an inquiry related to civil rights restoration in Florida. The state sees most non-violent offenders never regaining their civil rights and voting rights, due to multi-year and bureaucratic requirements imposed by the Florida Clemency Board, Castor said. “I believe … [Read more...]

Florida first state to demand a single-subject Constitutional convention

The first step in many to call the nation’s first Constitutional convention in nearly 230 years is on its way to Washington D.C., after a proposal from state Sen. Wilton Simpson earned approval from both the Florida House and Florida Senate. S.M. 368 calls for an Article V Convention — named for the section of the U.S. Constitution that allows states to start the amendment proposal process. … [Read more...]