Best Of The Blogs: Laying Waste

Progress Florida Education Center’s Best of the Blogs for the week ending 4-12-13
Best of the Blogs is featured weekly as part of Progress Florida Education Center’s popular free Daily Clips service.

2013 Florida legislature keeps whipping away at working families
By Daniel Tilson
West Palm Beach Liberal Examiner
Yesterday, while most middle class Floridians remained firmly focused on meeting another week’s worth of work and family obligations, Republicans in the State House of Representatives were busy passing two bills that would make those efforts a lot harder.

Martin Luther King Jr. and St Augustine
By Kartik Krishnaiyer
The Florida Squeeze
Today is the 45th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and this week was the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de León’s landing.

Solar panels could destroy U.S. utilities, according to U.S. utilities
By David Roberts
Solar power and other distributed renewable energy technologies could lay waste to U.S. power utilities and burn the utility business model, which has remained virtually unchanged for a century, to the ground.

How The Right Wing Manufactured A Fake Controversy Over Planned Parenthood’s ‘Infanticide’
By Tara Culp-Ressler 
Think Progress
On Wednesday, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus published an editorial lambasting the mainstream media for “covering up” Planned Parenthood’s “support for infanticide.”

The absolute worst story (and video) about standardized testing
By Valerie Strauss 
The Answer Sheet
I recently ran a post about how the state of Florida was forcing a 9-year-old blind boy who was born with a brain stem but without most of his brain to take the state’s standardized test, known as the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.