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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 [...]

Poll: Romney wins Florida

Poll: Romney wins Florida

The Aug. 18-22 Sachs/Mason-Dixon poll has President Barack Obama trailing Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, 51 percent to 43 percent, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry 46 percent to 45 percent. Obama narrowly edges Minn. Congressman Michelle Bachmann 46 percent to 44 percent, the poll [...]

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.

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