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BP: Top funders of ALEC

August 9, 2011

Off-shore drilling is a coming to Florida. You can count on it. The fix is in. BP and other oil companies were big sponsors of the annual meeting of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that was recently…

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On John Batchelor Show

August 8, 2011

Tonight I was on the John Batchelor Show. We talked about the stock market crash. Across the nation, retirees panicked over the worldwide economic crisis. It will days, maybe weeks, before we understand the impact on…

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Tolls to be used to fast track roads

August 7, 2011

The past few years the Florida Legislature has balanced the state budget by raiding the Transportation Trust Fund—funds collected that are to dedicated to road construction and other transportation needs. Gov. Rick Scott wants to use…

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Richburg reaches settlement with NWF State

August 6, 2011

Daily News reports former Northwest Florida State College President Bob Richburg and his criminal defense attorneys will receive more than $1.2 million to settle legal actions against the school. The college’s board of trustees voted 7-1…

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ALEC meets in NOLA, you pick up tab

August 4, 2011

Miami Herald reports that state lawmakers are being wined and dined in New Orleans at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. And who’s picking up part of the tab? Taxpayers and…

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Gov. Scott reappoints Lewis

August 2, 2011

Press Release: Governor Rick Scott today announced the reappointment of Jeffrey E. Lewis of Pensacola as Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel for the First District Court of Appeal. “During his four years as Regional Counsel,…

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State Pensions: lack of transparency

July 31, 2011

The St. Pete Times has done a special report on the Florida State Board of Administration and how it manages the state pension funds. Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Chief Financial Officer Jeff…

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Who is Adam Hasner?

July 30, 2011

Adam Hasner (age 41) is a candidate for the GOP nomination to run against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson for the U.S. Senate. He served until 2010 as a State Representative for District 87, which includes parts…

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Veterans Hall of Fame controversy

July 29, 2011

The Herald Tribune reports that the state has abandoned its original list of 22 prospective inductees for the new Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame after questions arose about the lack of diversity. The list included six…

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State drug law unconstitutional

July 29, 2011

A federal judge has declared Florida’s drug statute unconstitutional as it lacks the element of intent. If upheld on appeal, the decision could spring hundreds, possibly thousands, of people accused of drug crimes. U.S. District Judge…