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Bondi investigating for-profit colleges

Florida Clarion reports Attorney General Pam Bondi joined a multibillion lawsuit against Education Management Corporation this month and reportedly is continuing an investigation into several other schools operating in Florida. The suit, brought by the Department of Justice and three other [...]

Perry leads GOP field

The latest Gallup poll of Republican voters showed Texas Gov. Rick Perry leading Mitt Romney by a double-digit margin—29% to 17%. It also found that Michele Bachmann got no significant bounce from her victory in an Iowa straw poll, dropping three percentage points, to 10%, since the previous [...]

New home sales expected to continue to drop in July

Bloomberg reports the the purchases of new U.S. homes probably fell for a third straight month in July, pointing to lingering housing market weakness two years into the economic recovery. Sales fell 0.6 percent to a 310,000 annual pace, the slowest in four months, from a 312,000 rate in June, [...]

Obama re-election bid may be in trouble

A new Gallup survey shows all four top GOP presidential candidates — Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry — within the margin of error against Obama. Romney leads by 2 percent and Perry is tied, while the two House members trail narrowly. The Washington Post blog believes [...]

Scott may follow Rick Perry model on higher education pay

Orlando Sentinel reports that Gov. Rick Scott is looking at how Texas compensates its professors. Scott is looking at changing the way professors are paid and moving toward a merit-pay system with limits on tenure. Texas has been considering tying professor pay to how many students they teach and [...]

Gulf Power rate hike goes before board today

Gulf Power rate hike goes before board today

The Public Service Commission will consider today approving Gulf Power Co.'s interim rate hike request of $38.5 million. The request is part of a $93.5 million permanent rate hike requested in July by Gulf Power, which will boost the monthly electric bill for the average residential customer by [...]

Scott appointee had to drop lawsuit against state

Miami Herald reports that Tom Grady had to withdraw from a million dollar lawsuit against the State Board of Administration before he could be appointed by Gov. Rick Scott as the head of the Office of Financial Regulation. Grady, a Naples attorney and big GOP fundraiser, and Tampa lawyer Guy [...]

GOP hopeful Perry’s record

ProPublica has the best reading on Texas Gov. Rick Perry to help you cut through the horse-race coverage and get oriented. Read here.

Scott’s transition team emails missing

Scott’s transition team emails missing

Miami Herald report the email accounts of Rick Scott and most of the governor-elect’s transition team were deleted soon after he took office, potentially erasing public records that state law requires be kept. All the staff can remember is hearing the governor yell "Evanesco." Read more.

Murdoch scandal grows

The Daily Beast: Clive Goodman was called a 'rogue' hacker at News of the World, but in a newly revealed letter he says the paper’s top editors condoned it. William Underhill on the possible smoking gun. Read more.

Emails on Libyan rebellion

Libyan rebels continue to fight to close in on Tripoli and overthrow Gaddafi. A friend shared these emails with me. They are from an Libyan immigrant whose family is in the war-torn country: On Aug 8, 2011 12:47 PM, wrote: I am helpless to help so all I can do is pray and ask you all to [...]

$1.0 billion in new lending for small businesses

Press release: Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and U.S. Senator Bill Nelson announced the approval of Florida’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) application. Florida’s planned use of the SSBCI funds will help create new private sector jobs and spur more than $977 [...]

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