‘State & National News’ Archives
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater may have moved up the state's payday to June 30 to avoid a new law that mandates state workers, teachers and other public employees pay 3 percent of their salary to cover pension costs. However local government workers may still have part of their June salary [...]
The Daily Beast has the inside scoop on why Newt Gingrich's top aides bolted en masse Thursday, leaving his campaign in tatters. Peter J. Boyer reports on staffers’ complaints about Gingrich’s rogue inclinations, the Greek cruise with wife Callista that was the final straw—and whether the [...]
The GOP presidential primaries could be a lot of fun, especially as the candidates try to out do each in catering to the Tea Party and play the game "Who is the biggest political insider?" Washington Post reports the camps of Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann have already started. Read more.
Is Gov. Rick Scott taking credit for jobs that he did little for the that to land? St. Pete Times thinks so. It reports Gov. Rick Scott makes job creation look easy. Phone a CEO. Support tax cuts. Attend a news conference. His zeal to count every new job in Florida toward his campaign promise of [...]
LA Times: Skeptical questions from three federal judges in Atlanta suggest they may be ready to declare unconstitutional all or part of the healthcare law promoted by the Obama administration and passed last year by Congress. A top Obama administration lawyer defending last year's healthcare law [...]
The St. Pete Times Buzz reports that the two (Republican) candidates running for Miami-Dade mayor sought in a debate Tuesday morning to distance themselves as much as possible from Gov. Rick Scott. The two, Julio Robaina and Carlos Gimenez, said that they supported Bill McCollum for the GOP [...]
The latest polls are showing that the bounce in the polls that Obama received after the death of Osama bin Laden in early May has disappeared. He is now in a dead heat with GOP hopeful Mitt Romney. Read more.
The Florida Times-Union reports that Department of Transportation officials, Sen. Greg Evers and others knowingly allowed a billboard company to build signs without necessary permits. The newspaper also reports that information regarding the signs was withheld from a public records request. [...]
Sarasota Herald Tribune reports that the state budget which goes into effect on July---the one Gov. Rick Scott has proclaimed as the jobs budget-- will result in the loss of thousands of jobs: Some 4,500 positions in state government will be eliminated; roughly half of those jobs are open, but [...]
Think Progress writes that Bush tax and the Iraq War attributed to half of the National Debt. Read Some Inconvenient Truths About National Debt
Although the 2012 presidential election is over a year away, Republican candidates – possible, presumed, and announced alike – have already begun to emerge as the stage is being set for the first primaries early next year. This entry is the start of what will be a new regular feature here on [...]
Email from State Sen. Don Gaetz: The Florida Legislature began its 113th session in the worst of times – a historically sour economy producing $3.8 billion less in revenues than the previous year, record joblessness, a deeply depressed housing market and a widespread belief that over-reaching [...]