Now that Gov. Rick Scott’s contentious re-election is over, a lot of previously-requested information is making its way to reporters-- even though there is evidence some of the information was ready for release well before Election Day.
The head of a GOP consulting group forced by court order to release documents showing his company may have been illegally used to redraw political districts, including evidence the company tried to hide its involvement by using third parties, is defending his and the company's actions.
Documents containing memos, maps and emails from Gainesville-based Data Targeting regarding the state’s 2012 redistricting effort have surfaced. They show political consultants made a concerted effort to work around Florida’s gerrymandering ban.
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.
As a slew of gun-friendly bills move through the Florida Legislature, the state’s National Rifle Association (NRA) lobbyist has been aggressively trying to keep lawmakers in line—particularly when it comes to one controversial bill.