Charlie Crist endorsed Barack Obama in one of Florida’s best-read newspapers on Sunday. The former governor and former Republican will address the Democratic National Convention next week, according to CNN.
Crist, after serving as governor of the Sunshine State, left the GOP and ran as an independent for the U.S. Senate, a race he lost to rising Tea Party star Marco Rubio.
Republican officials, after calling a rain delay for Monday, released a revised schedule for their national convention this week on the Florida Gulf Coast.
The rain delay was forced by forecasts for Tropical Storm Isaac, which late last showed the storm developing into a hurricane with Tampa in its potential path.
UPDATE: Convention officials announced early evening Aug. 25 that the GOP convention would convene on Aug. 27 but immediately recess to Aug. 28 due to severe weather forecasted with Tropical Storm Isaac.
TAMPA — A crew of gay Republicans is in Tampa Bay, Fla., making final preparations for the Republican National Committee’s welcome party on Aug. 26, as well as a series of Log Cabin Republicans events.
The same-sex couples challenging California’s anti-gay marriage amendment this week asked the U.S. Supreme Court to let them marry as soon as possible by letting an appeals court ruling on the issue stand.
The plea came in a brief filed by attorneys with the American Foundation for Equal Rights and on behalf of two same-sex couples challenging California’s Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot amendment that defines marriage in the state as the union of a man and a woman.
We’re heavier in pounds and hotter by degrees than Americans of old. We’re starting to snub our noses at distant suburbs after generations of burbs in our blood. Our roads and bridges are kind of a mess. There are many more poor, and that’s almost sure to get worse.
The oddly American obsession with picking up and moving on – “this spectacle of so many lucky men restless in the midst of abundance,” as Alexis de Tocqueville noted nearly 200 years ago – has given way to the un-American activity of going nowhere. But check back tomorrow.
The two-year prison sentence handed down to punk rock band Pussy Riot for a provocative protest inside a Moscow cathedral called attention to just how hard President Vladimir Putin is clamping down on minor displays of dissent.
But Russia isn’t the only country where people are punished for offenses that many in the West might consider trivial. People can spend years in prison for insulting the king in Thailand, slaughtering cattle without government permission in Cuba, selling land to Israelis in the West Bank and having gay sex in Ethiopia. A British man was sent to jail for stealing a bottle of water.
It’s called the Great Minnesota Get-together, but this year marriage equality advocates and anti-gay, right-wing Christians are taking the debate over a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage to the Minnesota State Fair, right along with the state’s prize hogs and blue-ribbon jams.
The campaigns both for and against the amendment debuted their booths on the fair’s opening day Thursday, turning the event into the Great Minnesota Debate. Expected to draw 1.7 million visitors this year, the fair has long been a must for political candidates and caucuses as its late August and early September dates coincide with the fall campaign kicking into high gear.
A play that revolves around the turbulent life of a gay man in Uganda is being staged in the East African nation, where three years ago a parliamentarian wrote a bill seeking the death penalty for gays.
This is the first time a play exploring homosexuality is being performed in Uganda, and the British playwright and producers say they hope their work can help “normalize the gay character” in this conservative country.
A former gay stripper has been convicted of trafficking teenagers as prostitutes in Atlanta.
A jury in Douglas County, Ga., has convicted Steven Douglas Lemery, 38, of human trafficking, aggravated child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes and pandering by compulsion.
TAMPA — An estimated 50,000 people are assembling over the weekend for this upcoming Republican National Convention, which will be delayed a day due to Tropical Storm Isaac.
Many attendees arrived to the Gulf Coast city on Aug. 25, settling into their host hotels – Wisconsin delegates are staying at the Hyatt Regency Tampa – with credentials and swag bags.
Every year, Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., releases its Mindset List to give a snapshot of how the incoming freshmen class views the world.
Most students entering college for the first time this fall were born in 1994. For these students, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead.
More than sunshine, cigars or the rollercoasters at Busch Gardens, Tampa is known for its naked ladies.
Tampa and strip clubs are often mentioned together, like New York City and the Statue of Liberty. Or San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Or St. Louis and the Arch.