Published on 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.
Published in Blog, Government, Open Records
Published on 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.
Published in Blog, Government, Justice, Politics
Published on 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.
Published in Blog, Government, Open Records, Politics
Published on 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.
Published in Blog, Government, Journalism, Open Records
Published on 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.
Published in Blog, Government, Health, Open Records, Politics
Published on October 17, 2014.
Eric Barton was a guest on “Here and Now” to discuss his story FCIR “Florida’s Toll Lane Boom.”
Published in Blog, Government, Journalism, Transportation
Published on 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.
Published in Blog, Business, Politics
Published on 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.
Published in Blog, Business, Economy, Government, Open Records, Politics
Published on October 10, 2014.
A news organization seeking information about foreclosure policies in Florida got slammed with a prohibitively high fee for its public records request.
Published in Blog, Government, Journalism, Open Records, Politics
Published on October 9, 2014.
Over the last decade, Florida has shed thousands of state jobs and it is evident throughout a host of state agencies that these staff reductions have prevented Florida’s government from doing its job effectively.
Published in Economy, Environment, Featured, Government, Health, Politics