First Amendment Foundation Asks Gubernatorial Candidates to Weigh-In On Sunshine Laws

First Amendment Foundation Asks Gubernatorial Candidates to Weigh-In On Sunshine Laws

October 31, 2014

Following a tough couple of years for the state’s robust public record laws, the First Amendment Foundation asked Florida’s two gubernatorial candidates to answer a few questions regarding Florida's sunshine laws.

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Published in Blog, Government, Open Records, Politics

State Agency Loses Almost Two Years Worth Of Public Records

State Agency Loses Almost Two Years Worth Of Public Records

October 30, 2014

After a year of press inquiries, Florida’s Department of Corrections (DOC) told the Scripps-Tribune Capitol Bureau this week that “e-mails from January 2007 through September 2008 were destroyed.” The news of the massive public records loss, which an information officer with the agency called a “significant loss of data,” comes at a time when the DOC is under significant scrutiny.

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Published in Blog, Government, Open Records

Pam Bondi’s Work With A Corporate-Backed GOP Attorneys General Group Under Scrutiny

Pam Bondi’s Work With A Corporate-Backed GOP Attorneys General Group Under Scrutiny

October 29, 2014

The Tampa Bay Times/ Miami Herald and New York Times reported this week on Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's work with the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), and the influence of the group's corporate donors.

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Published in Blog, Government, Justice, Politics

Gov. Rick Scott A No-Show For Private Emails Deposition

Gov. Rick Scott A No-Show For Private Emails Deposition

October 24, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott skipped out on a deposition Friday that is part of a lawsuit concerning his alleged use of private emails and texts to conduct state business. Instead, Scott—who is currently locked in a heated and closely contested re-election bid— attended a fundraiser.

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Published in Blog, Government, Open Records, Politics

Florida Newspaper Wins Open Records Lawsuit

Florida Newspaper Wins Open Records Lawsuit

October 23, 2014

The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville recently won a legal battle over Sunshine laws. According to the paper, city officials improperly held private meetings regarding pensions.

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Published in Blog, Government, Journalism, Open Records

New York Times: Tallahassee Police Bungle Another Case Involving An FSU Football Player

New York Times: Tallahassee Police Bungle Another Case Involving An FSU Football Player

October 22, 2014

Tallahassee law enforcement made national news again for failing to properly investigate criminal cases involving Florida State University football players.

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Published in Blog, Justice

Child Death Stats In Florida Don’t Tell The Whole Truth

Child Death Stats In Florida Don’t Tell The Whole Truth

October 20, 2014

Despite reform efforts aimed at creating more transparency surrounding the death of children the state is monitoring, those deaths are still being undercounted, according to The Miami Herald.

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Published in Blog, Government, Health, Open Records, Politics

Eric Barton Discusses Florida’s Controversial Toll Lane Projects on NPR Show

Eric Barton Discusses Florida’s Controversial Toll Lane Projects on NPR Show

October 17, 2014

Eric Barton was a guest on "Here and Now" to discuss his story FCIR "Florida's Toll Lane Boom."

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Published in Blog, Government, Journalism, Transportation

Medical Marijuana Foes Are Making Gains In Florida

Medical Marijuana Foes Are Making Gains In Florida

October 16, 2014

A couple of months ago polls suggested Florida’s medical marijuana ballot measure was going to sail through to passage this year. However, after well-funded attacks on the measure, its passage is now less than a sure thing.

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Published in Blog, Business, Politics

Times/Herald: Economic Incentives Program Still Troubled

Times/Herald: Economic Incentives Program Still Troubled

October 14, 2014

A state program that shells out big bucks to private companies in the hopes they will create jobs in Florida is under scrutiny, again. The Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald reports the program isn’t getting the return on investment taxpayers were promised.

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Published in Blog, Business, Economy, Government, Open Records, Politics

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