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Mark Ferrulo: Crippling the Supreme Court

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Before the ink on newspaper headlines had even dried about the Feb. 13 passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said that the Senate should not consider any U.S. Supreme Court nominee until 2017, after a new President is sworn in. Since then, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has joined McConnell in his threat to block hearings and a vote on a new Justice. Considering it has never taken a Supreme Court nominee more than 125 days for…

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Fill judicial vacancies for a not-so-lame duck congressional session

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Congress has convened after the November elections to finish its business before the swearing in of a new Congress in January. This “lame duck” session is the time for our elected representatives to finish the business of the 113th Congress. The Senate has a great deal of important business left before the end of the year, but one of the most critical jobs is to give yes-or-no votes to President Obama’s judicial nominees pending on the Senate floor. The Senate…

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Mark Ferrulo: Bad judicial appointments can be harmful to your health

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Last month, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that consumers accessing Obamacare through state-run health insurance exchanges should not be eligible for tax credits under the health-care law. This is an eye-opening reminder of the profound impact that the courts can have on our daily lives. This ill-conceived decision also brought into the spotlight, once again, the failure of Gov. Rick Scott and Republican legislative leaders to expand health-care access to nearly a million working…

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St. Petersburg Red Light Cameras Second Year Analysis

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This is an analysis of the City of St. Petersburg’s red-light camera program and the second year report that was released by the city. There are many references to the city’s report in this analysis, and it is located here for you to download and look at as you read through the analysis. If you were just to read the summary of the report, you might think that adding red-light cameras dramatically improved traffic safety. There was a reduction in…

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Must read: The short yellow signal problems investigation continues in St. Pete

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Note: Before reading this, it would probably be a good idea to take a look at the last two reports on this subject: Short Yellow Signal Times in St. Petersburg Short Yellow Signal Problems Reveal Deeper Issues in St. Petersburg’s Traffic and Parking Department This update goes over what has happened in the last month and a half of my investigation into the short yellow signal problems in St. Petersburg. Specifically, the topics of faulty traffic signal controllers and the…

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