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Sinkhole insurance rates go up

July 28, 2011

The daily newspaper reports that Pensacola residents are upset about sinkholes. The problem is surfacing just as the board that oversees Citizens Property Insurance unanimously approves massive increases to sinkhole premiums. Sinkhole premiums would rise by…

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SunRail groundbreaking today

July 18, 2011

After years of debate and delay, construction on Central Florida’s SunRail commuter train is finally ready to start. Orlando Sentinel has a nice spread on the project. SunRail Q&A: Groundbreaking is today near downtown Orlando |…

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Rubio: GOP VP nominee 2012?

July 15, 2011

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is being touted as the best addition to the Republican presidential ticket in 2012. By who? Fox News’ Dick Morris….oh, forget it. Who listens to Dick Morris? Read more.…

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ALEC tied to Florida anti-union bill

July 14, 2011 has found a link between the conservative think tank ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) and Florida House Bill 1021. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Chris Dorworth (R-Lake Mary) prohibited public employers from deducting any amount…

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False GOP Narratives

July 12, 2011

Last fall, I had lunch with Peter Beinart at the Acme Oyster Bar in New Orleans. He is one of the brightest young journalists on the national scene. Peter is associate professor of journalism and political…

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Bo’s Bridge is broken

July 11, 2011

St. Pete Times zeroes in on the Garcon Point Bridge, commonly known in other parts of Florida as “Bo’s Bridge” because for Florida House Speaker Bolley “Bo” Johnson pushed its funding through the state legislature in…

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GOP buys online praise ads for Scott

July 9, 2011

The ads proclaim “Gov. Scott. Getting Florida Back to Work!” They appear on the GOP-leaning sites like According to the Herald Tribune, the Republican Party of Florida has paid for an Internet ad campaign that…

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Rick Scott’s income jumped in 2011

July 7, 2011

Miami Herald reports Gov. Rick Scott earned last year $11.5 million from investment income, interest and consulting fees—nearly 40 percent increase over the previous year, although his net worth dropped by $115 million in 2010. His…

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League to honor Crist

July 5, 2011

Not everyone wants to bash former Gov. Charlie Crist. The League of Women Voters of Florida will present Crist with its “Making Democracy Work” Award in honor of Crist’s contributions to Florida’s elections system while in…