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News groups ask appeals court to protect American’s Freedom of Information Act rights

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Accusing the FBI of years of dishonesty in handling Freedom of Information Act requests, a legion of news organizations and support groups asked a federal appeals court Monday to protect Americans’ rights under the law.
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SolarCity’s questionable business practices a warning for Florida solar debate?

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

A familiar narrative in the debate over solar energy in Florida follows a “David and Goliath” theme.
Cast as Goliath are the state’s largest utilities; playing David are “little guy” rooftop solar companies trying to make it in the utility’s shadow.
However, a recent New York Times article rejects that account, exposing some of the “diminutive” players in Florida’s solar industry for what they really are – billion-dollar, for-profit corporations which engage in highly questionable business practices to lure consumers.
In one case, these practices echo big bank mortgages from a decade ago, methods which led to the financial crisis and Great Recession of 2008.
SolarCity, the nation’s leading installer of rooftop solar panels – and a favorite in the renewable energy sector – promotes itself to investors with a single idea; a 20-year lease for those signing up for its solar panels.
Reporters Danielle Ivory and Diane Cardwell found dozens of homeowners who, over the last three years, entered such long-term solar panel agreements shortly before (and sometimes after) defaulting on mortgages. More than a dozen homeowners were already in default, or with other liens on the property, by the time SolarCity submitted paperwork to the government.
The situation got to the point where Mohammed Ahmed Gangat, an attorney for SolarCity, had to file documents and a New York State court asking for an extension after the company was, as the Times reports, “inundated with hundreds of lawsuits in New York, and thousands across the country, all of which have named SolarCity as a defendant in a residential foreclosure action.”
Later, a statement from SolarCity representatives clarified Gangat’s statement, saying that there were only 139 cases out of “more than 305,000 installed customers.”
Either way, the figures pose a problem: If the attorney (who SolarCity pointed out was not an employee) cited incorrect figures in his filing,

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Shad Khan: No to Muslim Ban, Yes to HRO

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

In Houston for the Superbowl, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan broke with the city’s right wing on two hot-button social issues.
Khan, a Muslim immigrant from Pakistan, came out against the controversial Donald Trump immigration/travel ban from seven destabilized majority-Muslim countries.
And, for good measure, he expressed — to a national publication — his support for the expansion of Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance to include protection on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression at work, in housing, and in public accommodations in businesses that aren’t churches or small businesses.
That HRO support was known around Jacksonville; however, discussing it nationally should be seen as a signal.
This bill has its first committee stop on Monday morning. And Khan expects the politicians he’s been working to deliver in committee and when the full council votes on the measure on Feb. 14.
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On the Muslim ban, Khan broke with Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry in a significant way.
“The bedrock of this country are immigration and really a great separation between church and state,” Khan told the New York Times, describing the ban as “not good” and “sobering” for him personally.
Curry had said, meanwhile, that “when the federal government moves to protect [American citizens], that’s the right move. The Trump administration is trying to protect [Americans] from terrorism.”
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On the HRO, meanwhile, Khan said he had “no remorse over supporting it.”
Indeed, Khan and his lobbyist, Paul Harden, have been making calls on behalf of the legislation — and Khan has been known to say that he can’t believe this issue is unresolved in Jacksonville.
Curry has said previously that expanding the Human Rights Ordinance would not be “prudent,” but has pledged to review legislation if presented to him by the city council.
The mayor, who values his relationship with the Jaguars owner, has not pledged a position on the current bill beyond that.

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Personnel note: Audra Burch to NYT

Monday, January 16th, 2017

The Miami Herald’s Audra Burch is departing the newspaper to join the New York Times as a Miami-based national enterprise reporter.
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The Random Pixels blog last week shared a staff memo about Burch’s hire.
Burch, whom Herald editors called their “extraordinarily talented enterprise reporter,” collaborated with Carol Marbin Miller on 2014’s Innocents Lost.
The Herald’s series “painstakingly examined 477 deaths of children who perished despite being under the protective umbrella of the Florida Department of Children & Families,” the memo said. “The series led to an overhaul of DCF’s leadership, new legislation, and won a boatload of prestigious awards.”
Burch “came to the Herald in the mid-1990s after stints at the Sun-Sentinel and the Gary Post-Tribune,” according to the memo.
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Martin Dyckman: Spreading fake news, a dangerous bell that can’t be unrung

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

So Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring out of a Northwest Washington restaurant. Imagine that.
Actually, someone did. The fake “news” then raced around the internet like chicken pox through a kindergarten.
But who could possibly believe such trash?
Actually, people did. The restaurant and its neighbors were besieged with death threats.
And Sunday, a man from North Carolina barged into the restaurant with an assault weapon to search for the children he believed were being held there. He reportedly fired at least one shot as everyone fled.
No one was hurt — this time.
The nation is on notice now that the clamor over fake “news” on the internet is more than much ado about nothing.
Our nation abounds with fools who are willing to believe anything they see, no matter where they see it, especially if it caters to their prejudices.
Internet fakery contributed to Clinton’s defeat — to what extent, we may never know.
The worst of it is not personified by Edgar M. Welch, the 28-year-old from North Carolina who took the sex ring slander seriously and whose two children may have to visit their father in prison for a long, long time.
No, the worst of it is the people who have duped so many folks like him. They belong behind bars even more than he does, but can’t be put there.
Where they definitely don’t belong is in public offices like that of the president-elect’s national security advisor-to-be, retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn.
Both he and his son, Michael G. Flynn, have used Twitter and other social media to spread some of the lurid stories associating Clinton with sex rings and other crimes. On Nov. 2, for example, the general posted this to Twitter:
“U decide — NYPD Blows Whistle on New Hillary Emails: Money Laundering, Sex Crimes w Children, etc. … MUST READ!”
You

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Joe Henderson: Not just papers; it’s #LoveMyWebsite day, too

Monday, December 5th, 2016

On Sunday afternoon, a man carrying an AR-15 assault rifle walked into a popular pizza place in northwest Washington D.C. and began shooting.
No one was hurt, thank goodness and the gunman was arrested.
What he said after being taken away, though, should be a warning to us all. He said he came to “self-investigate” whether Hillary Clinton was using the restaurant as a front for a child sex trafficking ring. Just before the election last month, that story had made the rounds among crazy people who frequent conspiracy-theory websites and believe what they read.
Normally, such a thing would be limited to charter members of the Tinfoil Hat Society. But after the ironically named “fake news” became real news for its impact on the recent elections, I guess we can’t afford to assume people can tell the difference – although I do think a few well-publicized libel judgments against sites that deliberately lie on the scale we just saw might give these miscreants a moment of pause.
I mention this because the hashtag #LoveMyNewspaper was trending Monday on Twitter. That gives me a warm feeling. I worked for about 45 years in the newspaper industry, including nearly the last 42 at the Tampa Tribune before it was bought and closed in May by the Tampa Bay Times.
This is not to lament that day because my attitude is to look forward, not backward. Besides, we know the business side of the newspaper industry overall sucks. The website newspaperdeathwatch.com lists 15 large papers that have closed since 2007 and details cutbacks and layoffs at many others, including the venerable New York Times.
Let’s all just take a deep breath, though. The need for detailed and accurate information doesn’t go away – maybe now more than ever, as the story in Washington shows. That’s where legitimate media

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Joe Henderson: Not just papers; it’s #LoveMyWebsite day, too

Monday, December 5th, 2016

On Sunday afternoon, a man carrying an AR-15 assault rifle walked into a popular pizza place in northwest Washington D.C. and began shooting.
No one was hurt, thank goodness and the gunman was arrested.
What he said after being taken away, though, should be a warning to us all. He said he came to “self-investigate” whether Hillary Clinton was using the restaurant as a front for a child sex trafficking ring. Just before the election last month, that story had made the rounds among crazy people who frequent conspiracy-theory websites and believe what they read.
Normally, such a thing would be limited to charter members of the Tinfoil Hat Society. But after the ironically named “fake news” became real news for its impact on the recent elections, I guess we can’t afford to assume people can tell the difference – although I do think a few well-publicized libel judgments against sites that deliberately lie on the scale we just saw might give these miscreants a moment of pause.
I mention this because the hashtag #LoveMyNewspaper was trending Monday on Twitter. That gives me a warm feeling. I worked for about 45 years in the newspaper industry, including nearly the last 42 at the Tampa Tribune before it was bought and closed in May by the Tampa Bay Times.
This is not to lament that day because my attitude is to look forward, not backward. Besides, we know the business side of the newspaper industry overall sucks. The website newspaperdeathwatch.com lists 15 large papers that have closed since 2007 and details cutbacks and layoffs at many others, including the venerable New York Times.
Let’s all just take a deep breath, though. The need for detailed and accurate information doesn’t go away – maybe now more than ever, as the story in Washington shows. That’s where legitimate media

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Joe Henderson: Not just papers; it’s #LoveMyWebsite day, too

Monday, December 5th, 2016

On Sunday afternoon, a man carrying an AR-15 assault rifle walked into a popular pizza place in northwest Washington D.C. and began shooting.
No one was hurt, thank goodness and the gunman was arrested.
What he said after being taken away, though, should be a warning to us all. He said he came to “self-investigate” whether Hillary Clinton was using the restaurant as a front for a child sex trafficking ring. Just before the election last month, that story had made the rounds among crazy people who frequent conspiracy-theory websites and believe what they read.
Normally, such a thing would be limited to charter members of the Tinfoil Hat Society. But after the ironically named “fake news” became real news for its impact on the recent elections, I guess we can’t afford to assume people can tell the difference – although I do think a few well-publicized libel judgments against sites that deliberately lie on the scale we just saw might give these miscreants a moment of pause.
I mention this because the hashtag #LoveMyNewspaper was trending Monday on Twitter. That gives me a warm feeling. I worked for about 45 years in the newspaper industry, including nearly the last 42 at the Tampa Tribune before it was bought and closed in May by the Tampa Bay Times.
This is not to lament that day because my attitude is to look forward, not backward. Besides, we know the business side of the newspaper industry overall sucks. The website newspaperdeathwatch.com lists 15 large papers that have closed since 2007 and details cutbacks and layoffs at many others, including the venerable New York Times.
Let’s all just take a deep breath, though. The need for detailed and accurate information doesn’t go away – maybe now more than ever, as the story in Washington shows. That’s where legitimate media

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Donald Trump aide suggests he wants no Hillary Clinton probe

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

The Latest on Donald Trump’s transition to the presidency (all times local):
8:45 a.m. – A top adviser to Donald Trump is suggesting that the president-elect is going to help Hillary Clinton “heal” and not pursue a probe of her private email server.
Kellyanne Conway said on MSNBC on Tuesday that Trump is setting a tone for congressional Republicans by refraining from calling for more investigations. She says that “he doesn’t wish to pursue these charges.”
Days earlier, Trump told CBS’s “60 Minutes” that he wants to think about whether to look more into Clinton’s homebrew email server and the Justice Department’s decision to not recommend charges against her.
Now Conway says that, “if Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that’s a good thing.”
Trump during the campaign vowed to put his Democratic presidential rival “in jail” over the matter.
8:30 a.m. – President-elect Donald Trump has abruptly canceled a meeting with The New York Times. He accused the organization of changing the conditions for the session “at the last moment.” The newspaper denied the charge and said Trump’s aides tried to change the rules.
He’d been scheduled to meet Times reporters, editors and columnists and did not give details of his complaint, saying in a morning tweet only that “the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment. Not nice.”
Eileen M. Murphy, the newspaper’s senior vice president for communications, said the paper “did not change the ground rules at all.”
She said Trump’s aides asked for a private meeting only, with nothing on the record, after having agreed to a meeting that would consist of a small off-the-record session and a larger on-the-record one with reporters and columnists.
Republished with permission of the Associated Press.
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New York Times is free online through the election

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

The New York Times‘ website is dropping its paywall through the election.
Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Editorial Page Editor James Bennet announced the move Sunday in an email to readers.
“We believe that everyone, without exception, deserves a deeper understanding of the candidates, the issues and the results of this unprecedented election,” they wrote. 
“So we have decided to open our digital platforms to all — without charge — on Nov. 7, 8 and 9,” they added.
“… No matter who prevails on Tuesday, we will continue to work hard to bring you everything you need to understand this historic moment and all that follows.”
Generally, NYTimes.com visitors can read 10 articles for free per month, before having to subscribe.
Deals vary, though a basic subscription advertised Sunday for unlimited access to the main website and all NYT apps costs 99 cents for the first four weeks, then $3.75 a week.
In June, New York Times CEO Mark Thompson said the company would soon offer “a new online subscription that would have no advertising,” according to Fortune magazine.
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Two new Florida polls show Donald Trump closing strong

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Two polls released Sunday show that there is a very good chance that Florida could choose Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton on Election Day.
A NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll of 990 likely voters, conducted Oct. 25 – 26, shows Clinton up by just one point over Trump.
Clinton comes in with 45 percent, while Trump gets 44 percent.
Third party candidates lag in the low single digits: Libertarian Gary Johnson garners 5 percent; the Green Party’s Jill Stein gets her customary 2 percent.
In the two-way variant of the NBC poll, conducted Oct. 25-26, Trump and Clinton tie at 46 percent — an indication that those inclined to vote third-party may see their vote as a referendum on Clinton, and may be persuadable to vote for Trump.
Clinton is ahead with those who have already voted, according to the NBC survey: 54 percent to 37 percent. Of those yet to vote, however, Trump leads Clinton 51 percent to 42 percent.
The NBC poll also had good news for Marco Rubio, as the senator is up 51 to 43 percent over Rep. Patrick Murphy in his re-election bid.
A New York Times/Siena phone poll of 792 likely voters, which was conducted from Oct. 25 -27 and released Sunday, shows Trump up by 4 points over Clinton, 46 percent to 42 percent. Gary Johnson lags behind at 4 percent.
The NYT/Siena poll is notable for its indication that Republicans are “coming home” at the right time for Trump; it shows that 86 percent of Republicans surveyed support the nominee, an indication that fissures created during the fractious primary season may finally have been caulked with party unity.
Both of these polls were conducted before the FBI expressed renewed interest in Hillary Clinton‘s emails, after an investigation of Anthony Weiner revealed further room for inquiry on that front late last week.
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Two new Florida polls show Donald Trump closing strong

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Two polls released Sunday show that there is a very good chance that Florida could choose Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton on Election Day.
A NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll of 990 likely voters, conducted Oct. 25 – 26, shows Clinton up by just one point over Trump.
Clinton comes in with 45 percent, while Trump gets 44 percent.
Third party candidates lag in the low single digits: Libertarian Gary Johnson garners 5 percent; the Green Party’s Jill Stein gets her customary 2 percent.
In the two-way variant of the NBC poll, conducted Oct. 25-26, Trump and Clinton tie at 46 percent — an indication that those inclined to vote third-party may see their vote as a referendum on Clinton, and may be persuadable to vote for Trump.
Clinton is ahead with those who have already voted, according to the NBC survey: 54 percent to 37 percent. Of those yet to vote, however, Trump leads Clinton 51 percent to 42 percent.
The NBC poll also had good news for Marco Rubio, as the senator is up 51 to 43 percent over Rep. Patrick Murphy in his re-election bid.
A New York Times/Siena phone poll of 792 likely voters, which was conducted from Oct. 25 -27 and released Sunday, shows Trump up by 4 points over Clinton, 46 percent to 42 percent. Gary Johnson lags behind at 4 percent.
The NYT/Siena poll is notable for its indication that Republicans are “coming home” at the right time for Trump; it shows that 86 percent of Republicans surveyed support the nominee, an indication that fissures created during the fractious primary season may finally have been caulked with party unity.
Both of these polls were conducted before the FBI expressed renewed interest in Hillary Clinton‘s emails, after an investigation of Anthony Weiner revealed further room for inquiry on that front late last week.
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The New York Times backs Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

The New York Times is weighing in on Florida’s U.S. Senate race.
The New York Times encouraged Floridians to support Rep. Patrick Murphy in an editorial released Saturday. The editorial backing Murphy over Sen. Marco Rubio comes just days before in-person early voting begins in more than four dozen Florida counties.
“Mr. Murphy’s positions on climate change — an issue that Mr. Rubio seems deeply ignorant about — gay rights, gun control and comprehensive immigration reform make him by far a superior representative for Floridians,” wrote the New York Times editorial board. “Mr. Murphy has also challenged Mr. Rubio’s obstinate support for the failed embargo on Cuba, which puts him on the right side of history and, increasingly, public opinion in Florida.”
The Times noted Rubio was once seen by “Republican establishment as one of its best hopes for taking back the White House.” Instead, Murphy is in striking distance of defeating Rubio in his re-election bid.
Calling the race “the most consequential among several in Florida in which Republican incumbents find themselves in unexpectedly tough fights,” the editorial board said the plight of Florida Republicans is a result of the name on the top of the ticket — Donald Trump. However, the editors write the “changing Latino electorate” is also a significant factor in this year’s election.
The newspaper noted “many voters have become alienated by (Rubio’s) hard-line conservative positions on issues such as gay rights, reproductive rights, gun control and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and by his shifting stance on immigration reform.”
“Of course, the Trump factor is substantial, too. Mr. Rubio, who once called Mr. Trump a “con artist” wholly unfit to be president, now backs him. Many former Rubio supporters find that galling and indefensible,” according to the editorial.
“For these reasons, Florida voters should support Mr. Murphy. But defeating Mr.

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