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Insta-Loophole: In Florida, High-Cost Lender Skirts the Law

News Despite a ban on high-interest car loans, the nation's largest title lender is growing its business in Florida By Paul Kiel, ProPublica | 9/3/2014
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California environmentalist puts money behind anti-Gov. Rick Scott ads

News Political committee linked with West coast tycoon Tom Steyer takes to TV to target climate-change skeptics By Dara Kam and Brandon Larrabee | 9/3/2014
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Democrats embark on muted "Unity" tour

News In primary dismount, everybody tries to look like friends; most succeed By Billy Manes | 9/3/2014
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Ashtray thieves and a police chief goes to OIA with a gun

News A selection of crime reports from the Orlando Police Department By Erin Sullivan | 9/3/2014

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  • John Morgan on the weed (or at least remembering when he was). HILARIOUS FRIDAY NSFW POST! (video)

    The generally amazing SaintPetersblog.com has given us this gift for the end of a hellish week: John Morgan going blue on the green. You can read the story here, but we’re mostly in it for the video, presented below. (There was some non-blog reporting here). Here’s a snippet though that’s too good to pass up: At the 2:30 mark, though, he really tells it to them straight. “You lazy pieces of … you know what … if you motherfuckers don’t get out and vote … fuck it all … we can’t win, I’m telling you that.” “If you don’t get out of your goddamn beds and vote,” he added. “We will lose.” Morgan then gets serious, asking  the audience to listen to this “old gray motherfucker.” And without further adieu, the man in action:

    The post John Morgan on the weed (or at least remembering when he was). HILARIOUS FRIDAY NSFW POST! (video) appeared first on Orlando Weekly Blogs.

  • Voting-rights groups want Supreme Court to hear redistricting case

    By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A coalition of voting-rights organizations and individual voters wants the Florida Supreme Court take up the legal battle over the state’s congressional districts. In a notice of appeal filed Friday with the 1st District Court of Appeal, the groups – which include the League of Women Voters of Florida – also said they were giving up on having the lines changed in time for this year’s congressional elections. That had emerged as a major flashpoint in the battle between the Republican-led Legislature and the voting groups about whether congressional districts violated the anti-gerrymandering Fair Districts constitutional amendments approved by voters in 2010. In July, Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis found that a congressional map approved by lawmakers in 2012 violated the constitutional requirements. That led lawmakers to hold a special legislative session and redraw portions of the map. Lewis upheld the new map, despite arguments from the voting groups that it continued to violate the constitution. Lawmakers and elections officials said it’s too late to try to hold elections under the redrawn lines in 2014 and that a new vote couldn’t be scheduled until at least spring. Lewis agreed with the […]

    The post Voting-rights groups want Supreme Court to hear redistricting case appeared first on Orlando Weekly Blogs.

  • Why Labor Day matters: We still don’t have a living wage, sick time, or much else here in Florida

    As we all prepare our vodka-melon balls and pour oil into our Jet-Skis and make certain three days are three VERY IMPORTANT DAYS for the maintenance of our personal well beings, it’s important to note that you wouldn’t have weekends, or a lack of unfair child labor or even a solid minimum wage (not to mention benefits, rights, etc.) if those who came before us didn’t FIGHT to make life a livable thing, while still including the fact that we should all work to do our part. We’re not on a socialist soapbox here (though, surely some of you will think so — and have in the past), but sustaining a society isn’t all Jesus and roses and city council meetings, you know? Anyway, at the risk of ruining your pool party, here is a brief history of Labor Day from the internetz. And here is a song: Yes, we’re mentioning unions. Which, even in this right-to-work state, are doing as much as possible to hold your employer to some standard, even if that employer is making you operate more like an automaton than you are comfortable with being. Why? Because, in Florida (and many other places, actually), people can’t […]

    The post Why Labor Day matters: We still don’t have a living wage, sick time, or much else here in Florida appeared first on Orlando Weekly Blogs.

  • Rachael Ray’s Shelter Cats are Beautiful tour is coming to Orlando

    Rachael Ray's 'Shelter Cats are Beautiful' tour is coming to Orlando to take attractive photos of cats up for adoption at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

    The post Rachael Ray’s Shelter Cats are Beautiful tour is coming to Orlando appeared first on Orlando Weekly Blogs.

  • Win free tix to Maker Faire at Skycraft Parts and Surplus this Saturday

    Maker Faire Orlando organizers will dole out five pairs of free tickets to the event that blows the roof off the Orlando Science Center each year.

    The post Win free tix to Maker Faire at Skycraft Parts and Surplus this Saturday appeared first on Orlando Weekly Blogs.

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Insta-Loophole: In Florida, High-Cost Lender Skirts the Law

Insta-Loophole: In Florida, High-Cost Lender Skirts the Law

News: Despite a ban on high-interest car loans, the nation's largest title lender is growing its business in Florida By Paul Kiel, ProPublica 9/3/2014
California environmentalist puts money behind anti-Gov. Rick Scott ads

California environmentalist puts money behind anti-Gov. Rick Scott ads

News: Political committee linked with West coast tycoon Tom Steyer takes to TV to target climate-change skeptics By Dara Kam and Brandon Larrabee 9/3/2014
Democrats embark on muted "Unity" tour

Democrats embark on muted "Unity" tour

News: In primary dismount, everybody tries to look like friends; most succeed By Billy Manes 9/3/2014
Ashtray thieves and a police chief goes to OIA with a gun

Ashtray thieves and a police chief goes to OIA with a gun

News: A selection of crime reports from the Orlando Police Department By Erin Sullivan 9/3/2014
Duke Energy sucking customers dry?

Duke Energy sucking customers dry?

News: Reader comments and letters to the editor By Orlando Weekly readers 9/3/2014
Bar-BQ Sauced: An oral history of Bar-BQ-Bar

Bar-BQ Sauced: An oral history of Bar-BQ-Bar

News: The beloved downtown dive is closing; here's what its owners, staff and longtime patrons have to say By Ashley Belanger 8/27/2014
Orange County Commission mulls charter switch

Orange County Commission mulls charter switch

News: Considers making some offices appointed rather than elected By Billy Manes 8/27/2014
Gov. Rick Scott touts environmental record

Gov. Rick Scott touts environmental record

News: Despite criticisms about his cuts to environmental programs, Scott says he’s looking for solutions By Billy Manes 8/27/2014
We’ll miss you, Mount Vernon Inn

We’ll miss you, Mount Vernon Inn

News: Letters to the editor By Orlando Weekly readers 8/27/2014
Winter Park’s Mount Vernon Inn slated for redevelopment

Winter Park’s Mount Vernon Inn slated for redevelopment

News: Unicorp wants to build luxury apartments and a retail complex at the site By Justin Braun 8/20/2014
Vote smart: Why the Aug. 26 elections are important

Vote smart: Why the Aug. 26 elections are important

News: Your vote matters, and here’s why By Billy Manes 8/20/2014
Voting is sexy!

Voting is sexy!

News: Three reasons you should be hot and bothered enough to vote on Aug. 26 By Dave Plotkin 8/20/2014
Police Beat: Incidents reported by the Orlando Police Department

Police Beat: Incidents reported by the Orlando Police Department

News: A stolen cement mixer, man is ambushed on his way to meet a friend, police seek help searching for serial arsonist By Erin Sullivan 8/20/2014
Is Disney making kids gay?

Is Disney making kids gay?

News: Ridiculous column pulled from Tampa Tribune after public outcry By Billy Manes 8/20/2014
Rick Scott’s private email scandal

Rick Scott’s private email scandal

News: Attorney sues over possible violation of Sunshine Laws in governor's office By Billy Manes 8/20/2014
Megamalls = megaheadaches

Megamalls = megaheadaches

News: Reader comments and letters to the editor By Orlando Weekly readers 8/20/2014
Commissioner Regina Hill’s aide gets arrested

Commissioner Regina Hill’s aide gets arrested

News: Movie theater incident calls into question police behavior By Erin Sullivan 8/13/2014
Showdown on county charter amendments at Tiger Bay

Showdown on county charter amendments at Tiger Bay

News: Commissioner Fred Brummer and Tax Collector Scott Randolph trade barbs; Brummer disappears By Billy Manes 8/13/2014
Pam Bondi pulls the brakes on marriage equality

Pam Bondi pulls the brakes on marriage equality

News: Beleaguered attorney general asks court to hold off for national ruling in order to save state money By Billy Manes 8/13/2014
City signs suspicious new deal for soccer stadium

City signs suspicious new deal for soccer stadium

News: Black Business Investment Fund gets city money while still owing city money By Billy Manes 8/13/2014
Map quest: More on the redistricting ruckus

Map quest: More on the redistricting ruckus

News: Letters to the editor and reader comments By Orlando Weekly readers 8/13/2014
Judge orders Florida legislators to draw new congressional maps

Judge orders Florida legislators to draw new congressional maps

News: Legislators have until Aug. 15 to submit new maps to judge; this is what happens when you don’t read the instructions By Billy Manes 8/6/2014
Police Beat

Police Beat

News: A freelance TV salesman, an assault with a bicycle and a 50-year-old lady thief in pink Spandex feature in our weekly roundup of local crime By Erin Sullivan 8/6/2014
How can we help the homeless?

How can we help the homeless?

News: Ever get the feeling we’re not particularly nice to the homeless in this town? By Dave Plotkin 8/6/2014
Best of Orlando: Pawsitive Shelter Photography

Best of Orlando: Pawsitive Shelter Photography

News: Letters to the editor and reader comments By Orlando Weekly readers 8/6/2014
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