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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…

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Jeff Miller for U.S. Senate

July 28, 2011

Senate President Mike Haridopolos suggested to the Orlando Sentinel that Congressman Jeff Miller would be a good candidate to challenge Democrat Bill Nelson in 2012 for the U.S. Senate. Haridopolos also proposed former Gov. Jeb Bush.…

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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

InTheseTimes.com 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…