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Crist bashing part of GOP debate (corrected)

Crist bashing part of GOP debate (corrected)

You have to love how Florida Republicans debate. They have to find someone to bash so that they can deflect any attention on their personal records. Rick Scott ran against Barack Obama, not Alex Sink, and was very successful. The same thing is happening the GOP U.S. Senate race as Republicans [...]

Putnam not running for Governor 2014

Some Republicans have already begun looking for someone to run for Florida governor in 2014, someone other than Rick Scott. Adam Putnam, a rising star and currently Commissioner of Agriculture, is one whose name keeps popping up. According to the Florida Current, Putnam has said he has no [...]

New Florida Laws

About 160 Florida statutes go on the books today. Here are few: HB 353 requires welfare applicants to take drug tests at their own expense. If they pass, they will get reimbursed. If they fail, they cannot get benefits for at least a year and could face child abuse charges. HB 7095 sets [...]

Scott met with Koch brothers

Scott met with Koch brothers

It was a gathering of GOP conservative wizards. Miami Herald reports Gov. Rick Scott flew to Colorado over the weekend to attend a secretive policy retreat hosted by powerful conservative donors Charles and David Koch. He joined Republican Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Bob McDonnell of Virginia. [...]

Pink slips sent to 1600 state workers, not Scott

Pink slips sent to 1600 state workers, not Scott

Florida Tribune reports at least 1,600 state workers have been told they are losing their jobs at the end of this week. But the Department of Management Services reported on Tuesday that a third of those laid off have found employment elsewhere. More.

Smoke from Alabama park fills west side

Mobile Press Register reports Gov. Robert Bentley plans to visit Gulf State Park today, as firefighters work to control a roughly 700-acre conflagration that has burned for more than four days. Light rain and calm winds Tuesday morning and evening helped dampen the swamp floor, lessening the [...]

One more step towards casino at dogtrack

One more step towards casino at dogtrack

Mobile Press register reports the U.S. Department of the Interior eased restrictions earlier this month on Indian tribes setting up casinos far away from their reservations. The casino still would need state approval, but Poarch Creek Indian admit that a casino off their reservation is a long-term [...]

Sunday editions: Florida Papers

The Sunday editions of the Florida newspapers cover more casinos, disappearing energy rebates, Casey Anthony trial and property appraisers being under fire. Miami Herald reports on the possibility of more gambling coming to Florida. The key words are "destination resorts." Read Casino [...]

Offshore drilling is back on the table, Gaetz opposes

Drilling platforms off the beach may be in Pensacola's future, if Senate President Mike Haridopolos and Gov. Rick Scott have their way.  State Sen. Don Gaetz appears to be in disagreement with the party leaders. He told the St. Pete Times: "I do not detect a strong appetite even among those [...]

Crist’s wife sells condo for $3.5 million

Crist’s wife sells condo for $3.5 million

What? Former Gov. Charlie Crist is still married? Sun-Sentinel reports Carole Rome Crist has sold her sold her four-bedroom, four-bath Fisher Island condo for $3.5 million. Fisher Island is an exclusive Miami area development, that's only accessible by boat. Read more.

Sesame Street Eviction

Sesame Street Eviction

Our June 23 cover and the story on the impact of Gov. Rick Scott's cuts to WSRE and WUWF have attracted attention. Our art director Samantha Crooke did a great job drawing the cover. Read story.

Scott shakes up staff

Scott shakes up staff

Mary Anne Carter, the chief policy advisor to Gov. Rick Scott, turned in her resignation letter a day after Gov. Rick Scott announced his chief of staff, Mike Prendergast, is leaving his job to become executive director of the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Steve MacNamara, who currently works [...]

Obama speech: 10K troops coming home (full text)

President Barack Obama says 10,000 troops will come home from Afghanistan by the end of this year as the U.S. mission shifts from combat to support after nearly 10 years of war. Here is the full text of President Barack Obama's speech that he gave Wednesday night on Afghanistan: Good evening. [...]

Slutwalk: International phenomenon (photos)

"Slutwalk" protests are demonstrations against sexism, rape, sexual crimes and the injustice of blaming the victim rather than the rapist or abuser. The first one was a small protest in Toronto sparked by comments from a Canadian police official who told female students that "women should avoid [...]

Judge says jury should decide death penalty

U.S. Federal District Judge Jose Martinez ruled that Florida's death penalty is unconstitutional because juries, not judges, should be the ones to determine ‘aggravating factors’ in sentencing criminals to die. According to the Miami Herald, the landmark ruling does not strike down [...]

Redistricting meetings for Panhandle

Press Release: Florida Legislature to Hold First Round of Public Redistricting Meetings in Florida’s Panhandle The Florida House and Senate redistricting committees will hold their first round of joint public meetings in Florida’s Panhandle. Meetings will take place in Tallahassee, [...]

Local governments scramble on FRS deduction

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater may have moved up the state's payday to June 30 to avoid a new law that mandates state workers, teachers and other public employees pay 3 percent of their salary to cover pension costs. However local government workers may still have part of their June salary [...]

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