Category

State & National News

State & National News

Panel picks 2012 presidential debate sites

November 1, 2011

The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced the schedule for 2012 presidential debates. Here’s the schedule: First presidential debate: Wednesday, Oct. 3 University of Denver, Denver Vice presidential debate: Thursday, Oct. 11 Centre College, Danville, Ky.…

State & National News

First Smoking and Now This

October 31, 2011

According to a report in the Politico Herman Cain has sexual harassment issues in his past. At least two female employees in the 90’s complained of behavior “that made them angry and uncomfortable” in the 90’s…

State & National News

Gaetz serious about job creation

October 26, 2011

State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) is serious about job creation and wants to hold accountable those corporations that got fat incentive checks for creating jobs. He wants the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to release information…

State & National News

Smoking man endorses Cain

October 26, 2011

The latest Herman Cain ad is getting a lot of attention. The former Godfather’s CEO has caught fire as the next possible GOP candidate to block Mitt Romney’s selection as the party’s 2012 presidential nomination. This…

State & National News

Obama succeeds again

October 21, 2011

The image of a bloodied Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi offered further vindication of President Barack Obama’s War on Terrorism. While the GOP right wing wants to portray the president as weak on foreign policy and defense, the…

State & National News

Lawmakers get 100 different district plans

October 21, 2011

State Senator Don Gaetz announced yesterday that the Florida Legislature has received its  100thcitizen-generated redistricting plan. According to Gaetz, Florida isn’t relying on maps created by special interest groups or politicians, but has opened to the…

Education State & National News

UWF salaries online

October 18, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott has published on his floridahasarighttoknow.com the salaries of all the staff at the state’s public universities. The info is in a huge Excel spreadsheet. Fortunately, the Sarasota Herald Tribune has a searchable database…

Education State & National News

FCAT scoring could get tougher

October 12, 2011

Just as Escambia County public schools had climbed back up to an overall B average, the state is considering toughening the scoring system for the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test (FCAT). The Sun-Sentinel reports that proposed new…

State & National News

Welfare drug testing a money loser

October 11, 2011

In today’s New York Times, A. G. Sulzberger reported only 32 temporary assistance applicants in Florida failed their required drug tests while 7,030 passed. That’s a 0.4% fail rate. Based on the NYT estimate that the…

State & National News

Trade agreements could be boon for Florida

October 10, 2011

Congress is voting this Wednesday on trade agreements for Columbia, Panama and South Korea. The agreements would phase out duties on products the three countries trade with the United States. The administration calculates that the agreement…