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Friday, June 9th, 2017

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Florida Competes says anti-discrimination bill would boost state economy by $5B

Monday, March 13th, 2017
Bills to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity would boost Florida’s economic output by more than $5 billion over the next 10 years according to a study touted by Florida Competes.
The anti-discrimination advocacy group pointed to the study as part of their push for bills banning discrimination against LGBT individuals.
According to the Thinkspot study, such legislation could boost the state’s standing among skilled workers, which could create about 36,000 new jobs over the next 10 years.
The jump in employment would increase state GDP by $3.46 billion over the decade, while Florida’s total economic output would jump by

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Kevin Rader files resolution to oppose United Nations Security Council decision

Monday, March 13th, 2017
Democratic Sen. Kevin Rader called on the Florida Senate officially oppose a United Nations resolution that would classify Israeli settlements in historically Palestinian areas as legally invalid.
“Filing this resolution hits very close to home,” Rader said. “It is personal because my family lives in Israel and I, my wife and kids constantly go back and forth. The safety of everyone involved is at stake, not only for my family members but also the people of Israel.”
UN Security Council Resolution 2334 states that “the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including east Jerusalem, has

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David Smith starts Florida House run with $25K loan; David Santiago, Mike La Rosa raise $21K

Friday, March 10th, 2017
Republican candidate David Smith has started his run for Florida House District 28 with a personal $25,000 loan to his campaign.
Smith, of Winter Springs, is running to replace state Rep. Jason Brodeur, who is term-limited out in 2018, in a district that covers east Seminole County.
The former Marine colonel and modeling and simulation business consultant faces student Devin Guillermo Perez, who reported no campaign money through the end of February, in the latest information filed with the Florida Division of Elections and posted Friday.
Smith raised more than $200,000 in a failed primary challenge to then U.S. Rep. John Mica

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Former Florida lawmaker charged with misusing campaign funds

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
Former Florida lawmaker Dwayne Taylor has been charged with wire fraud in an indictment that alleges he misused campaign funds.
The nine-count indictment made public on Thursday accuses Taylor of withdrawing money from his campaign fund and depositing that same amount in his personal bank accounts.
The federal indictment in Orlando says Taylor used the campaign money for personal expenses and then submitted false campaign expenditure reports to the state of Florida.
Federal prosecutors are seeking a return of the $62,000 they say Taylor obtained.
Taylor, a Democrat, represented a Daytona Beach House district from 2008 until last year when he made an

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Enterprise Florida names Mike Grissom interim CEO

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Enterprise Florida’s Executive Committee named Mike Grissom interim CEO Tuesday, a day after the embattled agency’s CEO abruptly resigned.
Former CEO Chris Hart IV resigned after serving only three months on the job.
Stan Connally, vice chairman of the Enterprise board of directors, hastily called the meeting Tuesday and nominated Grissom, who served as interim CEO last year. Grissom is the current executive vice president of the economic development agency.
“Mike Grissom served in the previous interim CEO role,” said Connally. “He has familiarity with the issues and it makes good logical sense to put him in that role again.”
Grissom served as

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Florida Senate convenes in Tallahassee, adopts compromise budget rules

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
The Florida Senate is in session.
Senators convened at 9:30 with a prayer and the traditional singing of the national anthem.
“They need wisdom, direction, and understanding,” Pam Olsen, president of the Florida Prayer Network said during the invocation.
“Keep their marriages strong” while the members are “here doing the people’s business,” she prayed.
“I know I’m asking for a miracle, but make this session end on time.”
There for the occasion were Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, plus members of the Florida Supreme Court.
“We understand you have a busy morning,” Senate

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House Rules Committee votes to kill most economic-development programs

Monday, March 6th, 2017
The House Rules committee voted, 15-3, Monday to kill state support for 23 economics development programs, including Enterprise Florida, but spared Visit Florida, the state’s tourism promotion organization.
The members then voted, 15-2, to subject Visit Florida to stringent oversight, comparable to contract, pay, and disclosure requirements that apply to state agencies.
“They take from the many and give to the few,” said Paul Renner, the Palm Coast Reopublican carrying the legislation for the House leadership.
The votes came the same day that Enterprise Florida CEO Chris Hart resigned, citing a lack of “common vision” with Gov. Rick Scott.
Cissy Proctor, who runs the

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With role on the line, NCCI insists: We’re not ‘an evil empire unto itself’

Monday, March 6th, 2017
The National Council on Compensation Insurance will take no position on a Senate bill that would require workers’ compensation carriers to propose their own rates to the Office of Insurance Regulation.
“We don’t have an opinion in it. We operate in both environments,” Susan Donegan, chief regulatory services officer for NCCI, said in a telephone interview Monday.
SB 1582 would shift Florida from a “fully administered” state to a “loss cost” system. That means that instead of proposing premium levels for most of the carriers in the state, as NCCI does now, the companies would compete with each other on rates.
NCCI would have

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Florida needs teachers, but high schoolers aren’t interested

Friday, March 3rd, 2017
As Florida legislators consider ways to get more high-achieving charter schools into the state, school districts have another concern: getting more teachers into the state.
The national teacher shortage is hitting Florida hard. Hillsborough County alone could use another 500 teachers. Advocacy group Teachers of Tomorrow identifies Florida as one of the top five states struggling to find educators, with a 5,708 teacher shortfall.
The Florida Department of Education’s 2016-17 report on what subjects are in greatest need of more instructors identified critical shortage areas in general sciences, physical science, education, mathematics, English for speakers of other languages, reading, and exceptional student

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Richard Corcoran says philosophy, facts drive his EFI, VISIT Florida axe

Friday, February 24th, 2017
Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran made it clear Friday he is sticking to his drive to abolish Enterprise Florida Inc. and VISIT Florida saying  the moves are right in philosophy and in facts.
“I’m telling you we’re right. We’re absolutely right,” Corcoran declared in a speech before the Central Florida Urban League.
Corcoran described Enterprise Florida as an organization that serves the top 1 percent of companies and most of them did not deliver, and  belittled VISIT Florida for paying for Pitbull‘s video that he said essentially declared, “Come to Florida and have sex.”
“Here is what we know about VISIT Florida and

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Rick Scott to court: Throw out Richard Corcoran’s Lottery lawsuit

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
Gov. Rick Scott‘s administration is asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by House Speaker Richard Corcoran.
A Leon County circuit judge held a brief hearing Thursday over Corcoran’s lawsuit that maintains the Florida Lottery broke the law when it approved a more than $700-million contract with IGT Global Solutions to help run lottery games.
Corcoran’s lawsuit contends the contract is illegal because it exceeds the department’s authorized budget.
Barry Richard, an attorney hired to represent the state’s lottery secretary, argued the agency followed the law because the contract states it is contingent on state funding.
Richard told reporters after the

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House Transportation and Tourism panel begins vetting member projects

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
The House Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee began voting on nearly $500 million in member project bills Wednesday, as its chairman warned that the panel’s approval does not guaratee a project will make it into the final House budget bill.
“Our point here is to try to vet these to the extent we can in the time that we have,”  Rep. Clay Ingram told committee members.
“As we pass or don’t pass them, it doesn’t mean they are going to be in the House bill, but it makes them eligible,” he said. “I think we’ve had in the neighborhood of 300 bills

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Senate may balk at Rick Scott’s plan to hit hospitals over charity care

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Gov. Rick Scott‘s proposal to cut Medicaid rembursment payments to profitable hospitals that stint on charity care may run into trouble in the Senate.
During hearings Wednesday before the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, members including chairwoman Anitere Flores raised objections.
“The governor’s office has made some assumptions, based on the fact that some hospitals are very profitable, that they can afford a cut,” Flores said following the meeting.
“I’m hearing very different things from our local hospitals,” she said. “I think you heard from other members that they have some concerns, as well.”
Scott’s $83.4 billion spending plan would save $298

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Lawyers for the state tell Senate committee they need pay raises, too

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
State attorneys and public defenders face off in court, but they agreed on one thing during a meeting Wednesday of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice: Their staff attorneys need pay raises.
Trouble is, committee chairman Aaron Bean isn’t convinced there’ll be enough money to pay for that, as much as he sympathizes.
“The secret is that there’s just not going to be enough money to cover everybody’s requests,” Bean said following the hearing. “That’s why we triage.”
Representatives of an array of state agencies that field attorneys begged the panel for pay raises. Other than state attorneys and public defenders,

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‘Groveland Four’s” haunting 1949 injustice addressed in resolutions

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
Two South Florida lawmakers are hoping to get Florida to make some amends for one of the darkest moments of the racist Jim Crow days, with bills seeking exoneration for the so called “Groveland Four,” young black men and teenagers killed or imprisoned over false 1949 rape charges.
State Rep. Bobby DuBose and state Sen. Gary Farmer, both Democrats from Fort Lauderdale, introduced resolutions seeking exonerations and pardons for Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd, and Ernest Thomas, and apologies to their surviving families.
The quartet’s long-overlooked story was brought to national light in Gilbert King‘s 2012 Book “Devil In The

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No matter the issue, Donald Trump knows a guy

Sunday, February 12th, 2017
President Donald Trump knows a guy.
No matter what issue Trump is addressing, he seems either to know somebody with a relevant personal experience or he’s got a firsthand tale to recount.
When he met airline CEOs on Thursday, Trump said his own pilot — “who’s a real expert” — had told him about problems with obsolete equipment.
When he met business and economic experts a week earlier, Trump cited the difficulties his friends in business were having borrowing money from banks as he spoke about the need to reduce financial regulations.
When he approvingly sized up Britain’s vote to leave the European

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House panel approves new cause of action for abortion negligence

Thursday, February 9th, 2017
Legislation cleared a House committee Thursday to create a new cause of action for women who suffer injuries or emotional distress during abortion procedures as a result of the doctor’s failure to provide informed consent.
HB 19, by Vero Beach Republican Erin Grall, specified that women would not be bound by restrictions imposed under Florida’s medical malpractice laws, which impose a two-year statute of limitations and mandatory arbitration, among other burdens to bringing lawsuits.
Women would have 10 years to file suit. That the doctor obtained a signed medical consent form would be no bar to the courthouse.
The Civil Justice & Claims Subcommittee

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House budget panel weighs raids on trust funds, Visit Florida’s future

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
A House budget panel debated sweeping money from housing, transportation and economic development trust funds to meet spending cuts imposed by House leaders.
The House Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee also entertained a suggestion that Visit Florida, the state’s tourism promotion arm, operate on local tourism taxes, instead of state general revenues.
Rep. Mike La Rosa, a St. Cloud Republican, came up with the idea as a way out of the contretemps between Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran over the wisdom of spending state tax dollars to promote economic and tourism development.
“Have it funded locally, so there’s a secured funding mechanism

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Rick Scott accuses House leadership of playing politics on economic development

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
Gov. Rick Scott accused House leaders Tuesday of political posturing on Florida’s economic- and tourism-development programs.
“It’s pretty clear. If you don’t care about people’s jobs, you must be caring about something else,” Scott told reporters following a Cabinet meeting.
“What else can it be? How can anybody say, ‘We don’t want to help a poor family get a job?’ How can anybody say, ‘Oh, this investment where we get a significant return, we don’t want to do that?’ ” Scott said.
“The only thing this could be would be politics. You would never think this way in business.”
Legislation introduced in the House last week

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Jeff Brandes: Legislature needs educating about flood risk

Friday, February 3rd, 2017
A state senator proposing legislagtion to mitigate flood risk said Friday that lawmakers in Tallahassee don’t fully appreciate the extent of that risk.
“I think my colleagues in the Legislature don’t quite understand the gravity of the situation — much like Congress,” said Jeff Brandes, a St. Petersburg Republican. “They do not understand how serious the risk is.”
But that’s understandable, Brandes said — their constituents don’t, either.
“Most folks don’t understand how important the issue of flood insurance is. Most Floridian think flood is part of their home owner’s insurance. It isn’t. They also think, ‘Oh, I don’t live in a flood

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Jeff Atwater delivers frank advice at Chamber’s Insurance Summit

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
Jeff Atwater delivered some frank advice Thursday when he warned insurers they need to present hard facts to the Legislature before they can expect help in solving problems with the workers’ compensation system and other priorities.
Speaking at the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Insurance Summit in Miami, the state’s Chief Financial Officer called for “honesty and transparency with an abundance of data that makes the case that a legislator, when weighing the evidence, can make a solid choice between what is out there today and where we go forward.”
He told insurance representatives that their industry has not always helped itself — as when, two years

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Saying voter intent ‘ignored’ on medical marijuana, Tampa Bay Times is just plain wrong

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
The Tampa Bay Times is just plain wrong about something, and it has stuck in my craw for nearly a week now.
Last Thursday, a Times headline read: “Voter intent on medical marijuana ignored.” Two days later, columnist John Romano followed suit with virtually the same narrative.
“Ignored?”
The clear inference of the editorial – notably, the word “ignored” – utterly fails to acknowledge reality.
“Ignored” clearly and purposefully claims the will of those who voted for the constitutional amendment has been intentionally disregarded or not considered. Whether you agree or disagree with the direction things are headed, clear evidence suggests Amendment 2

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Bank moves on BBQ biz associated with Jacksonville councilor

Monday, January 30th, 2017
Last week, Ameris Bank moved for a Summary Judgment against KJB Specialties, one of the troubled businesses associated with Councilwoman Katrina Brown (a member of the council’s Finance Committee.)
Back in 2007, KJB Specialties borrowed $50,000 from Ameris Bank. Payments were made as agreed until March 2015, during the time when Councilwoman Brown was running for office.
Brown, running as one of Corrine Brown‘s “quick picks” against an experienced political veteran in Pat Lockett-Felder, scored a victory some would have called an upset in the May 2015 election.
However, as the councilwoman’s electoral and political fortunes rose, KJB went AWOL on its loan and other financial obligations.
Principals

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Visit Florida defenders swarm Senate Appropriations Committee hearing

Thursday, January 26th, 2017
Tourism business owners flocked to a Senate committee room Thursday to plead the case for Visit Florida, the state’s embattled tourism promotions agency.
Representing both large operations and independent hotels and restaurants, they urged members of the Appropriations Committee to let the agency continue to sell Florida to potential tourists in the United States and overseas.
Sheldon Suga, a manager at Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key, brought 1,000 letters from hotel housekeepers and desk clerks, charter boat captains, and other tourism employees.
“Individuals who rely on tourism in this state,” he said. “They don’t have the ability to bring tourists to this

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House subcommittee looks into state courts’ caseload backlogs

Thursday, January 26th, 2017
The percentage of the Florida Supreme Court’s caseload still pending after 180 days doubled after the U.S. Supreme Court upended the state’s death penalty system last year, a court representative told a House panel looking into court delays on Thursday.
In Hurst v. Florida, the justices in Washington invalidated Florida’s death penalty because the law gave too much discretion to judges instead of juries in handing down death sentences. The court in Tallahassee is still weighing a response.
“That has completely held up the death penalty cases in Florida,” said John Tomasino, clerk of the Florida Supreme Court.
The court has set

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Agencies propose spending cuts to House budget subcommittee

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
The Department of Revenue would trim its tax collection, auditing, and criminal investigation efforts to meet budget cuts sought by House leaders.
The Division of Administrative Hearings would close workers’ compensation appeals courts in Ft. Meyers, Port St. Lucie, and St. Petersburg.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation would cut gambling prevention.
Representatives from those agencies and others presented their plans Wednesday to meet budget cutting targets set by House leaders this year.
“It doesn’t eliminate the program, but it would reduce it by 21 percent, DOR executive director Leon Biegalksi told members of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Operations and Technology of his agency’s cuts

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Bill to ban hydraulic fracking attracts bipartisan support

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers have endorsed proposed legislation to ban extraction of oil and gas via hydraulic fracturing in Florida.
“This bill is concise and straightforward. It bans fracking of all types in Florida,” Senate sponsor Dana Young said Tuesday during a news conference outside the Senate chamber.
“As a sixth generation Floridian and avid outdoorsman, I believe we must act quickly and decisively to to protect our fragile environment from incompatible practices.”
Present at the news conference  to discuss SB 442 were Sens. Gary Farmer, Jack Latvala, and Linda Stewart; House Minority Leader Janet Cruz, and House member Mike Miller.
“Just this collection of

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Black Americans weep for the Obama era and uncertain future

Thursday, January 19th, 2017
On the night in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected the country’s first black president, many black Americans wept. Eight years later, they weep again for the end of an era some thought they would never live to see — and for the uncertain future they face without him.
In Obama, many African-Americans felt they had a leader who celebrated their culture and confronted their concerns. In his wife, Michelle, they saw a national role model who epitomized style and grace with brown skin.
Now some regard the election of his successor as the price of black progress and the culmination

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