Posts Tagged ‘Jesse Panuccio’

Before deaths, Gov. Rick Scott and Hollywood nursing home owner were chummy

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Before Gov. Rick Scott and South Florida healthcare mogul Dr. Jack Michel began pointing fingers at each other after elderly patients baked to death in Michel’s now-closed Hollywood nursing home, the two men were pals of a sort.
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Jesse Panuccio taking job with Donald Trump administration

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Jesse Panuccio, the former head of the state’s jobs agency, is taking a job with President Donald Trump‘s administration as “the third-highest ranking official” at the Department of Justice, according to sources familiar with the hire.
Panuccio, reached as he was boarding a plane to Washington, D.C., declined comment.
But sources tell FloridaPolitics.com that Panuccio, now with the Foley & Lardner law firm, accepted an offer to become Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General.
The position is “the third-highest ranking official at the Department of Justice,” according to the department’s website.
That role “supervises the work of five of DOJ’s large litigating components – the Antitrust, Civil, Civil Rights, Tax, and Environment and Natural Resources Divisions – as well as DOJ’s grant-making components,” the site says.
The job was most recently filled by Bill Baer, who left at the end of the Obama Administration.
Before his recent stint in private practice, Panuccio was head of the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), starting in 2013 under Gov. Rick Scott.
He also served as Scott’s general counsel. He quit in December 2015, telling Scott it was “time to begin a new chapter in my career and life.”
At Foley & Lardner, the magna cum laude Harvard Law grad has a regulatory and appellate practice consisting of high-stakes litigation.
 
 
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Gov. Scott to get first state Supreme Court pick

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Florida Supreme Court Justice James Perry announced Monday he is stepping down Dec. 30, which will give Gov. Rick Scott his first opportunity to begin reshaping a court that has frustrated Republicans on issues ranging from political maps to protecting doctors from lawsuits.
Perry, 72, is forced to leave the court because he’s reached the mandatory retirement age. Scott will almost certainly appoint a more conservative justice to replace him, though he didn’t give details about what he will look for in a justice.
“What I do is try to find the candidate that I believe will uphold the law and be humble in the process,” said Scott, who repeated several times that he wants a justice to “uphold our existing laws.”
Republicans have seen the current court throw out several priorities in recent years, including caps on medical malpractice lawsuit awards, caps on lawyer fees in worker’s compensation cases, an effort to protect developers from lawsuits, and congressional and state Senate political maps approved by the GOP-dominated Legislature.
The court also told Scott he overstepped his boundaries by ordering state agencies to freeze rulemaking and submit planned regulations to his office for review and approval, and earlier this year it put a 24-hour waiting period for abortions on hold while it reviews the law.
“I’m pleased that a conservative governor is in a position to be able to move the court more toward the right,” said Republican Sen. Rob Bradley of Fleming Island. “We’ve seen some activist decisions over the past three years that are very concerning to many of us in the Legislature.”
Perry was appointed by then-Gov. Charlie Crist to the state Supreme Court in 2009. He was the fourth black justice appointed to the court.
Florida law requires that justices retire once they turn 70, although they can serve out their term if

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Jac Wilder VerSteeg: Tom Brady and deflated unions

Monday, September 7th, 2015

You have heard, no doubt, that unions are a dying vestige of the days when people knew who Pete Seeger was. As Labor Day 2015 comes and goes, there are two examples to show that labor unions still have a few niches. Ironically, those niches benefit the rich and/or powerful.
Start with that poor, mistreated middle-class worker Tom Brady. The NFL superstar, backed by the players union, overturned in federal court the four-game suspension NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had imposed for Brady’s role in Deflategate.
Because his union rescued him, Brady and family will not find themselves penniless and on the streets.
However, no union has come to the rescue of John Jastremski and James McNally, the two underlings his team suspended indefinitely for their role in the scandal. “I certainly feel terrible for them that they’re not able to be with us right now,” Brady told reporters. “But I think right now for me, I’ve got to think about what I need to do to help this team win.”
How’s that for sticking up for the little guy?
Meanwhile, last week in Broward County, there was a huge outcry when an Arby’s worker allegedly refused to serve a Pembroke Pines police officer  who was in the drive-through lane.
The incident involved a 19-year-old worker named Kenneth Davenport and a 22-year-old manager named Angel Mirabel.
Details are a bit murky, but it appears that during a rush period Mirabel told the officer, Sgt. Jennifer Martin, that Davenport didn’t want to serve her because she was a police officer. But Davenport’s story is that he was so swamped he couldn’t process her credit card and asked Mirabel for help. It was joke that went horribly awry, according to Davenport.
Police union officials went ballistic. Arby’s fired Mirabel and suspended Davenport. Arby’s CEO Paul Brown flew to Broward County to

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Jesse Panuccio: Florida workers have much to celebrate this Labor Day

Friday, September 4th, 2015

As we join family and friends at barbeques, pool parties, and picnics this weekend, it is worth reflecting on Florida’s remarkable economic turnaround. This Labor Day, Florida’s workforce is presented with pathways to prosperity that were unthinkable just a few years ago. The Great Recession hit Florida hard. Our unemployment rate skyrocketed to 11.2 percent, we lost 913,000 private-sector jobs, job demand plummeted, tourism faltered, our historic net inflow of new residents dried up, our real GDP declined, our housing market collapsed, and consumer confidence tanked. In short, during the recession, there was little for Florida’s workforce to celebrate on Labor Day each year.
Today, the economic picture for our workforce is quite different. From day one, the Scott Administration has worked hard to enact policies that would reverse the state’s negative trajectory and jumpstart the economy. We started from a simple premise: lasting prosperity arises when businesses and families live and work in an environment that promotes and rewards hard work, innovation, and investment of time and resources. That’s why the Scott Administration has supported tax cuts and the elimination of unnecessary regulations. That’s why state agencies now treat families and businesses as partners rather than as adversaries. That’s why we’ve invested record amounts in infrastructure, education, and workforce training.
The result? Over the last few years, Florida has had an economic turnaround that has defied predictions. Our unemployment rate has fallen more than five points, our private-sector has added more than 917,000 jobs, our GDP is growing again, our job demand is at record levels, tourism is setting records, and our housing market is recovering. Today, businesses and families are again making the choice to move to Florida. They again see Florida as an opportunity economy. Our population is growing and consumer confidence is at its highest level in years.

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