‘State & National News’ Archives
The New York Times: Several years after the financial crisis, which was caused in large part by reckless lending and excessive risk taking by major financial institutions, no senior executives have been charged or imprisoned, and a collective government effort has not emerged. This stands in [...]
Recent financial statements show the state-owned Citizens Property Insurance, has enough money to withstand a replay of the 2004 and 2005 storms without triggering the need for a bailout, according to the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Citizens' financial situation contradicts comments by many state [...]
St. Pete Times: Gov. Rick Scott's reluctance to make a legal claim against BP irks a cast of Floridians, including Tampa attorney Steve Yerrid, who served as the state's special counsel on the matter. Read more.
The Republican Party of Florida raised in the first quarter of 2011 four times more than the Florida Democratic Party and over $1 million more than the state Republican party did at this point in the last presidential election cycle. Of the $4.9 million, what came from Pensacola? [...]
Thank God, Pensacola didn't make this list published by Forbes. Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach shared in the dubious distinction. Read more.
From Business Insider: Paul Ceglia is the man who sued Mark Zuckerberg last July, claiming that, way back in 2003, Zuckerberg had agreed to give him a 50% ownership in the project that became Facebook. He's back with a new law firm and a tons of evidence. Read more.
PolitiFact Florida has compiled promises that Rick Scott made during the 2010 campaign and is tracking their progress on its Scott-O-Meter. The St. Pete Times knows how to do this better than anyone. Read more.
These two stories of corruption in local government caught my eye. The first one is by the Miami Herald "Robaina at center of Hialeah’s ‘shadow banking’: Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina has played a central role in the city’s ‘shadow banking’ world, where loans get made at double-digit [...]
Orlando Sentinel has an AP story on the Twitter battles between governor's office and capitol press corps. Read more.
The sale of Brownsville Middle School failed to make the April agenda for the Escambia County School Board. In January, George Hawthorne and Superintendent Malcolm Thomas announced the the school that had been closed since 2007 would be sold to Hawthorne's company for $1 million. In November 2010, [...]
While ARC Gateway Pensacola is laying off staff and eliminating in-home support, day care and supported living services. State Rep. Clay Ingram's fertilizer bill, HB 457, keeps chugging along. Rarely in the annals of Escambia County politics have we had a lawmaker so openly dedicated to manure, as [...]
"Today, Scott is a four-letter word to many Florida voters, but political popularity can change with time," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The experience of Scott's predecessor, Charlie Crist, who had 70 percent approval ratings at this [...]
Former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, who served for 16 months after he was appointed to finish the term of Mel Martinez, announced this morning that he will seek the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Read more.
Florida Tribune: Florida's new performance pay law would put in place a evaluation system that has been questioned nationally. The teacher evaluation portion of the bill turns on a statistical method that has been called into question – by teachers and economists alike -- in more than one recent [...]
Something you won't find in the local daily today: The Observer reported in its Sunday edition that Wachovia Bank laundered billions of dollars for the Mexican drug lords. A 22-month investigation by agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and others [...]
New York Times: Revitalizing the Religious Right was the agenda for a special meeting held in Iowa last month. The program, sponsored by the Iowa Renewal Project, featured four possible Republican contenders for president. It was the latest of dozens of free, two-day conventions in at least 14 [...]
Miami Herald: Florida Republicans are on pace to dismantle regulations, cut jobs and adopt significant changes to Medicaid and abortion rights — because they have the votes. Read more. Sun-Sentinel: Since state privatized child welfare, pay for top executives has climbed, Florida's [...]