Tuesday, January 06, 2009

FLORIDA DIGEST - January 06, 2009

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Steve Rothaus
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-Gay activist Niedwiecki qualifies for Oakland Park Commission race
Anthony Niedwiecki, a Nova Southeastern University law professor and gay rights activist, is officially running for the Oakland Park City Commission.
I wrote a profile of Niedwiecki and his partner, Waymon Hudson, in 2007.
Here's Niedwiecki's news release: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/


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-Cigarette tax hike just what Florida needs to fix ailing economy, public health
By Rep. James W. "Jim" Waldman
A recent letter to the editor regarding the proposed increase to the cigarette tax significantly mischaracterized the effect of my proposal (HB-11) to increase the state cigarette tax by $1 per pack, that being to save lives, reduce teenage smoking and reduce the state's long-term cost of providing medical care for smokers. The writer also postulated that many Floridians would choose to "smuggle" trailer loads of cigarettes in from bordering states with lower per-pack taxes or exclusively purchase at Indian reservation stores. Nonsense! No such evidence or studies have been presented to the Legislature. To say nothing of the fact that anyone living south of Tallahassee would first pay a fortune in gas to even get near the first Georgia or Alabama store.


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