Miami Herald Reporting Prompts Policy Changes In Florida Prisons

August 21, 2014

After months of scathing reports, Florida’s Department of Corrections announced it will begin implementing a series of reforms within the state’s prisons. The changes are aimed at improving how guards treat mentally-ill inmates, as well as increase transparency in instances where things go wrong.

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Published in Blog, Government, Justice, Politics

Treasure Coast Newspaper Delves Into Scott’s Environmental Record

Treasure Coast Newspaper Delves Into Scott’s Environmental Record

August 20, 2014

A Scripps-owned newspaper covering Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties published an in-depth look at Gov. Rick Scott’s environmental record during the past few years. The report looks at the effect of deregulation on the state’s ecology.

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Published in Blog, Environment, Government, Journalism, Politics

Judge Orders Information On Private Emails Used By Scott, Staff

Judge Orders Information On Private Emails Used By Scott, Staff

August 14, 2014

There is more public records news here in the Sunshine State. This week a judge ruled Google and Yahoo will have to turn over some information about private email accounts used by Gov. Rick Scott and his staff. The ruling is part of a lawsuit claiming Scott’s administration has been skirting the state’s broad public records laws.

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Published in Blog, Government, Open Records, Politics

GOP-Led Legislature Passes New Congressional Maps, But Challenges Likely To Follow

GOP-Led Legislature Passes New Congressional Maps, But Challenges Likely To Follow

August 14, 2014

The Florida Legislature’s special session to redraw the state’s congressional districts has ended now that lawmakers passed a new set of maps. However, Democrats and others, argue the maps still mirror Florida’s actual political makeup.

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Media Organizations File Amicus Brief In Public Records Case

Media Organizations File Amicus Brief In Public Records Case

August 11, 2014

Fourteen media organizations have filed an amicus brief backing the Brevard County Clerk in a case regarding whether a local public/private economic development agency’s documents are subject to the state’s public records laws.

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Published in Blog, Government, Journalism, Open Records

Rick Scott Offers Environmental Plan That’s A Stark Departure From Years Past

Rick Scott Offers Environmental Plan That’s A Stark Departure From Years Past

August 7, 2014

After years of dealing blows to state environmental agencies and regulations, Gov. Rick Scott recently announced an ambitious environmental agenda aimed at protecting Florida’s land and water.

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Published in Blog, Environment, Government, Politics

State Lawmakers To Begin Redrawing Unconstitutional Congressional Maps This Week

State Lawmakers To Begin Redrawing Unconstitutional Congressional Maps This Week

August 5, 2014

Last Friday, Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ruled that members of the Florida Legislature need to immediately redraw two congressional districts he deemed unconstitutional. Lewis ordered state lawmakers to submit a revised map by Aug. 15. He also ruled the secretary of state propose a special election plan for the affected congressional districts.

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Billionaire Gives Money To Campaign To Oust Gov. Rick Scott Over Climate Change

Billionaire Gives Money To Campaign To Oust Gov. Rick Scott Over Climate Change

August 4, 2014

Money aimed at ousting Gov. Rick Scott because of his views on climate change has begun trickling into Florida’s gubernatorial race.

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Florida Lawmakers Won’t Talk About Hunting Trips With Big Sugar

July 31, 2014

The Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald published a great investigative story this week about the secrecy surrounding a series of hunting trips frequented by state lawmakers that were almost completely paid for by sugar companies.

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

Voting Groups Want New Election Schedule, Judge Is ‘Skeptical’

July 25, 2014

The Florida League of Women Voters and others asked Leon County Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis to push back August primaries in Florida, so the state’s congressional map can be redrawn. However, this week, Lewis informed the plaintiffs that he was “extremely skeptical” of that plan.

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Published in Blog, Government, Politics

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