Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Buzz

Debris removal from Irma going just fine, says top Florida official

Debris removal from Irma going just fine, says top Florida official

Florida's transportation secretary is giving his agency a passing mark for debris removal after Hurricane Irma.But with debris still along some roads, particularly in pockets of the Florida Keys, Department of Transportation Secretary Michael Dew sai...
Published: 11/17/17
Corrine Brown asks judge for ‘mercy’ in sentencing

Corrine Brown asks judge for ‘mercy’ in sentencing

JACKSONVILLE— Ex-U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown and her supporters asked a federal judge for "mercy and compassion" in his sentencing of her for fraud and tax evasion convictions.The Florida Times-Union reports that Brown told U.S. District Court Judg...
Published: 11/17/17
Senate lawyers up on sexual harassment and focus is on Latvala

Senate lawyers up on sexual harassment and focus is on Latvala

Sen. Jack Latvala will be the only senator to be investigated for sexual harassment claims by an outside law firm, according to the contract signed Nov. 13 by the Office of Legislative Services and the Tampa-based firm hired by the Florida Senate to ...
Published: 11/16/17
Updated: 11/17/17
Senate hires GrayRobinson firm for legal advice in Latvala investigation

Senate hires GrayRobinson firm for legal advice in Latvala investigation

Finding himself and the Senate in immediate need of legal help, Senate President Joe Negron enlisted the GrayRobinson law firm to help guide him through the investigation of Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater.Negron signed the Orlando-based firm to a ne...
Published: 11/16/17
Irma agriculture losses continue to mount

Irma agriculture losses continue to mount

From Jim Turner at the News Service of Florida:Florida's $2.5 billion request for federal disaster relief for its agriculture industry after Hurricane Irma might not be enough.Members of the House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedne...
Published: 11/16/17
Al Franken, accused of groping, no longer going to appear at fundraiser for Bill Nelson

Al Franken, accused of groping, no longer going to appear at fundraiser for Bill Nelson

Sen. Al Franken, who on Thursday faced allegations of groping and kissing a woman without her consent, is set to appear at a fundraiser Saturday for Sen. Bill Nelson.We've asked Nelson's team if the fundraiser, to be held at Alex Sink's home near Tam...
Published: 11/16/17
Murman again named Hillsborough chair two years after controversial ouster over transportation

Murman again named Hillsborough chair two years after controversial ouster over transportation

TAMPA — Two years after her unexpected ouster, Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman is once again the board's chairwoman.The seven-member commission chose Murman on Thursday over Victor Crist, who has never led the board during his sev...
Published: 11/16/17
Why have so few women gone public about sexual harassment in Florida Capitol?

Why have so few women gone public about sexual harassment in Florida Capitol?

As women across the country come forward and publicly call out sexual harassers, accusers in the Sunshine State have remained in the shade.At least six women have alleged that they are victims of sexual harassment by Sen. Jack Latvala, the Clearwater...
Published: 11/16/17
Rick Scott directs additional state help to Seminole Heights

Rick Scott directs additional state help to Seminole Heights

As Tampa officials struggle to solve the shootings that have plagued the Seminole Heights neighborhood, Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office announced additional help.Here's the release:To assist the Tampa Police Department's efforts to keep the Seminole...
Published: 11/16/17
Ross Spano files to run for Florida attorney general

Ross Spano files to run for Florida attorney general

State Rep. Ross Spano, R-Dover, has filed papers to run for attorney general in 2018.Spano, now in his third two-year term in the state House, becomes the fourth candidate to enter the Republican primary for the seat term-limited Attorney General Pam...
Published: 11/16/17