‘State & National News’ Archives
You don't hear much about it up here, but I know some locals are anxious to see if the Florida Legislature will pass a bill that allows "destination" casinos, casinos that would part of a resort complex. There also is a court case that they are watching. A Florida Senate bill sponsored by Sen. [...]
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has officially responded to President Barack Obama's "Jobs" speech. "Speeches without specifics won't fix our economy," said Scott in a press release. This is from the man who has promised 700,000 new jobs in Florida over the next seven years...without giving us many [...]
Former Florida CFO Alex Sink has established a new organization focused on the future of Florida. Here is the email I received from her: Friends, I am excited today to tell you about the launch of the Florida Next Foundation. The name really says it all -- what’s next for Florida? How [...]
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, and fellow Americans: Tonight we meet at an urgent time for our country. We continue to face an economic crisis that has left millions of our neighbors jobless, and a political crisis that has made things worse. This past week, [...]
The 2012 elections, Charles Koch warned in his followers, will be "the mother of all wars." Mother Jones has recordings that provide a behind-the-scenes look at how the Koch brothers and their comrades talk when they gather. They include a pair of keynote speeches and remarks by brothers Charles [...]
Congressman Michelle Bachmann's campaign may be in trouble. Over the weekend, her campaign manager Ed Rollins will be moving to a senior advisory role. His deputy, David Polyansky, is leaving the campaign. Rollins was the National Campaign Director for the Reagan-Bush '84 campaign. In December [...]
According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. more than 60 percent of those surveyed say they disapprove of the way the president is handling the economy and, what has become issue No. 1, the stagnant jobs situation. Just 43 percent now approve of the job he is doing overall, a new career low; [...]
A report by the Pew Research Center pointed out this week that 12 million people in the Horn of Africa are facing a hunger crisis and nearly a half million children are at risk of dying from malnutrition and disease. On July 20 the United Nations officially declared famine in the region—the first [...]
The Second to None campaign is national initiative to fight cuts to the defense budget. It sees the the military industrial complex as an integral part of our domestic economy. According to its website, "Second To None is a public education and action campaign funded by the Aerospace Industries [...]
And finally, here are this week's top 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. Read here.
Among this week's highlights: A fleeting budget surplus and dropping consumer confidence, a looming budget deficit for one agency and ongoing negotiations over the future of Medicaid. Read Florida Tribune.
St. Pete Times profiles today Steve McNamara, the man behind Gov. Rick Scott's new image. McNamara is Scott's Chief of Staff. Read more.