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Top MuckReads

Top MuckReads

And finally, here are this week's top must-read stories from MuckReads, ProPublica's ongoing collection of the best watchdog journalism. Anyone can contribute by tweeting a link to a story and just including the hashtag #MuckReads or by sending an email to MuckReads@ProPublica.org. Read here.

Florida Politics Week in Review

Among this week's highlights: A fleeting budget surplus and dropping consumer confidence, a looming budget deficit for one agency and ongoing negotiations over the future of Medicaid. Read Florida Tribune.

Man behind Scott’s new image

St. Pete Times profiles today Steve McNamara, the man behind Gov. Rick Scott's new image. McNamara is Scott's Chief of Staff. Read more.

State GOP chair resigns

Sun-Sentinel reports the state Republican Party chairman, David Bitner, is resigning because he has Lou Gehrig's disease. "Something I would never allow to happen on my watch is for the future of the RPOF to be called into question," Bitner wrote in a letter announcing his decision. "So, today, [...]

Jeff Miller speaks to National American Legion Convention (transcript)

Jeff Miller speaks to National American Legion Convention (transcript)

Our Congressman Jeff Miller, who is the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, addressed the 93rd The American Legion National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Here is the transcript of his speech: Thank you very much, National Commander Foster, for that gracious introduction, [...]

Sen. Nelson gets comments on Restore Act 2011

Press Release: Today, the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) coordinated a meeting of elected officials and staff from eight of Florida’s Panhandle counties to meet with Florida Senator Bill Nelson on the proposed Senate bill – Restore Act 2011.  The bill, sponsored by the ten U.S. Senators [...]

PeekScores: Perry soaring

The biggest story of the  PeekScore list is the  increase in PeekScore (and corresponding ascent up the chart) of Texas Governor Rick Perry. Perry’s public profile has been increasing dramatically – and his candidacy for presidency is taking the GOP base by storm – with a new poll in New [...]

Bachmann fact check: King Daddy Dogs of Energy

GOP presidential hopeful Michelle Bachmann said: With untapped oil reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and off the nation’s coasts, oil shale in Western states, and rich natural gas and coal deposits, “the United States is the No. 1 country in the world for energy [...]

Single? Living together? You are a criminal

Sun-Sentinel reports that cohabitation of unmarried people is currently a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by $500 or up to 60 days in jail. The law has been on the books since the late 1800s. Read more.

Gulf Power crews working near D.C.

Press Release: A Gulf Power storm restoration team of 65 employees began work in the Upper Marlboro, Md. area Sunday, helping electric utility Pepco restore power in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Upper Marlboro is located about 20 miles east of Washington, D.C. and is near Andrews Air Force [...]

Hasner in Pensacola today

U.S. Senate Candidate and former House Majority Leader Adam Hasner will be in Pensacola on Monday Aug. 29. According to an email I received last night, Hasner is on a listening and wants to hear your thoughts on how the federal government is affecting your business. 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. [...]

This Week’s Top MuckReads

From ProPublica: Here are this week's top 10 must-read stories from #MuckReads, ProPublica's ongoing collection of the best watchdog journalism. Anyone can contribute by tweeting a link to a story and just including the hashtag #MuckReads or by sending an email to MuckReads@ProPublica.org.  [...]

Booze & Oreos

The Daily Beasts writes about some of the crazier Hurricane Irene survival kits. Water and batteries can get you through the hurricane—but Oreos and booze may make it more fun! See the funniest photos from Twitter’s latest meme: unorthodox emergency supplies. Here

Behind the scenes on Prison Chief’s resignation

Miami Herald reports that Gov. Rick Scott’s pick to lead the state’s corrections department (nation’s third-largest prison system ) came to abrupt end this week when Edwin Buss resigned after run-ins with governor’s staff. What was Buss's big mistake? When the Legislature ordered Buss to [...]

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