Florida NAACP Members ‘Will Not Be Silenced’ By New Voter Laws

'The rules are setting up minority and young voters to fail,' University of South Florida NAACP President Vanity Shields tells MTV News. By Gil Kaufman, MTV TAMPA, Florida — It's fitting that 20-year-old University of South Florida junior Vanity Shields, 20, chose to speak to MTV's Power of 12 in the shadow of her campus' Martin Luther King Jr. memorial reflecting pond. Nearly 50 years after the Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed discriminatory laws that disenfranchised black voters thanks to the tireless work of the civil-rights giant, Shields is preparing for another voting-rights fight in her state. The president of the NAACP chapter on the USF campus and first-time voter is concerned that a new Florida law, ostensibly aimed at cutting down on voter fraud, might leave many young and African-American voters off the rolls this presidential election … [Read more...]

Florida man sues Montana deputies over gun arrest

By BEN NEARY, Associated Press via MIAMI HERALD CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- A Florida man has filed a federal lawsuit claiming Lincoln County sheriff's deputies violated his Second Amendment rights by arresting him while repeatedly asking him whether he was carrying a handgun. Robert Pierson, of Pensacola, Fla., contends in a federal lawsuit filed Friday in Cheyenne that he was pulled over while motorcycling through Lincoln County in August. Pierson claims in the lawsuit that Deputies Corry Bassett and Rob Andazola handcuffed him for 45 minutes while they repeatedly asked him if he had a gun. Pierson states he was released only after the deputies' supervisor arrived. Gary Ferguson, a South Jordan, Utah, lawyer who represents Pierson, said Pierson is a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and has hundreds of combat helicopter missions in Afghanistan. Read more here: … [Read more...]

Costa Concordia Victims File Lawsuit in Florida Seeking $460 Million

By JAMES SHILLINGLAW Victims of the Costa Concordia disaster have filed a lawsuit in Florida seeking up to $460 million, as a 17th body has been recovered from the wreck. Fifteen people are still missing, including one American couple. The lawsuit is the first in what is expected to be a number of civil filings by passengers against Carnival Corp., which owns Costa Crociere. Attorneys for six passengers filed legal paperwork in Miami’s federal court on Friday requesting $450 million in punitive damages and $10 million in compensatory damages. The complaint said plaintiffs were “in terror of catastrophic injury, death, drowning, having been placed in a situation where common sense said the vessel was sinking but the orders from the crew were to return to their cabins.” Read more: http://www.travelpulse.com … [Read more...]

PIP insurance fraud explained

Naked Politics, MIAMI HERALD Florida is one of the most expensive states for car insurance, according to the Insurance Information Institute. A fender bender can cost an insurance company tens of thousands of dollars. Walt Dartland was targeted in a staged accident years ago in Miami, but he knew immediately what was up. Dartland is a former Florida D deputy Attorney General and is now executive director of the Consumer Federation of the Southeast.  “All of a sudden they just plain stopped," said Dartland, "and because I was going so slow, I basically hardly touched them. They immediately got out of the car, and I tried to tell them we better call the police department and get a report on this. They said no. They pulled the car across the highway and walked right into a chiropractor’s office.” The way this works is a clinic owner will recruit a group of people to stage a … [Read more...]

Time short for Gingrich to close gap in Florida

By THOMAS BEAUMONT POMPANO BEACH, Fla.—Newt Gingrich slammed GOP rival Mitt Romney on Sunday for the steady stream of attacks he likened to "carpet-bombing," trying to cut into the resurgent front-runner's lead in Florida in the dwindling hours before Tuesday's pivotal presidential primary. http://www.boston.com/news/politics/articles/2012/01/29/time_short_for_gingrich_to_close_gap_in_florida/ … [Read more...]