St. Pete Lawyer Asks for Criminal Investigation Into Whether Scott Violated Sunshine Law

St. Pete Lawyer Asks for Criminal Investigation Into Whether Scott Violated Sunshine Law

January 28, 2015

A Florida lawyer is asking a state attorney to conduct a criminal investigation into whether Gov. Rick Scott, as well as other members of the Florida Cabinet and staff, violated the state’s Sunshine Laws.

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Published in Blog, Government, Open Records, Politics

Florida Craft Brewers Gear Up For Another Fight

Florida Craft Brewers Gear Up For Another Fight

January 27, 2015

The country’s big beer companies have set their sights on craft brewers in the Sunshine State -- again.

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Published in Blog, Business, Government, Politics

DOC Official: State Employee Job Cuts Are Part Of Prison Problems

DOC Official: State Employee Job Cuts Are Part Of Prison Problems

January 23, 2015

As state lawmakers look into Florida’s troubled prison system, a high level official in the state’s corrections agency told legislators that personnel cuts are the root of many of the agency’s problems.

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Published in Blog, Government, Politics

Florida Inmates Are Caught In Political Crosshairs

Florida Inmates Are Caught In Political Crosshairs

January 21, 2015

After the resignations of top state officials in two departments, aggressive reporting by the The Tampa Bay Times and The Miami Herald is raising some questions about who is watching the watchers.

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

Another Wrinkle In Rick Scott’s Public Records Policy

Another Wrinkle In Rick Scott’s Public Records Policy

January 18, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott’s policy requiring state employees to act as the custodians of their own emails and text messages related to state business has created a tricky situation for workers leaving state government.

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Published in Blog, Government, Open Records, Politics

As U.S. Bids to Renew Relations With Havana, Heralded Cuban Diabetes Drug Off Limits

As U.S. Bids to Renew Relations With Havana, Heralded Cuban Diabetes Drug Off Limits

January 15, 2015

The developer of the medication, the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Havana, is forbidden to bring a nine-year-old drug, called Heberprot-P, to the United States for clinical trials and use.

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Published in Business, Economy, Government, Health

Tampa Bay Times: Longtime FDLE Chief Forced Out

Tampa Bay Times: Longtime FDLE Chief Forced Out

January 15, 2015

An investigation by The Tampa Bay Times/ Miami Herald shows campaign politics might be at the center of an abrupt high-level resignation at one of the state’s agencies.

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

Inmate Murder Trial Delayed After Miami Herald Report Raises Questions

Inmate Murder Trial Delayed After Miami Herald Report Raises Questions

January 14, 2015

The trial of a man who is accused of brutally murdering his cellmate in a Florida prison has been delayed after The Miami Herald recently raised some concerns over how officials handled the investigation of the death, which may have been a set up.

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Published in Blog, Government, Justice, Open Records

Lawmakers Want An Ethics Overhaul Of the State’s Utilities Regulator

Lawmakers Want An Ethics Overhaul Of the State’s Utilities Regulator

January 11, 2015

The same week state lawmakers filed legislation aimed at changing the relationship between the Public Service Commission and the utility companies it is supposed to regulate, Gov. Rick Scott attended the swearing-in of a political ally appointed to the panel.

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Published in Blog, Business, Government, Politics

Following FCIR Story, New Legislation Proposed as Citizens Awareness Foundation Suspends Operations

January 9, 2015

Two Florida legislators proposed bills that would amend the public records laws to protect private companies doing business with state agencies. Open records advocates say the bills as written would impede access to public records.

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Published in Government, Open Records

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