08/21/14 State Roundup
TALLAHASSEE — The governor's race on Thursday turned into a contest to see who would spend more on education.
Days after Democratic frontrunner Charlie Crist pledged to boost the education budget while touring the state in a yellow school bus, Republican Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a plan to raise school spending to a record high next year.
Scott called upon the state to spend $7,176 for each student in the public school system — a $232 increase over the current level and a $50 increase over the high-water mark set in 2007-08....
Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday announced a plan to raise per-student spending to a record level next year.
Scott's proposal calls for $7,176 for each student in Florida -- a $232 increase over the current school year and a $50 increase over the record high from 2007-08.
"I am proud to announce that in the upcoming legislative session we will propose an increase in Florida’s per-pupil spending to the highest level in our state's history," Scott said in a statement. "We already have the highest total spending in K-12 this year and gave every teacher the opportunity for a pay raise. Because we were able to get Florida's economy back on track, revenues are now projected to stay at a strong enough rate to support historic investments in education."...
As thousands of students went back to school on Monday, the state Board of Education voted to close three failing charter schools.
One of the schools, Florida International Elementary Academy, has been in the news before.
Republican Gov. Rick Scott visited its sister middle school, Florida International Academy, just days after taking office in 2011. While touring the Miami-Dade campus, he and former Washington D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee announced a plan to increase the number of charter schools statewide....
Traveling on a yellow school bus, Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist toured the state last week to tell Floridians that public schools would fare better under his watch than that of Gov. Rick Scott.
Along the way, Crist battled the weather, competed with Scott supporters at several campaign stops and repeated his attacks on Scott’s education budgets....
08/16/14 State Roundup
TALLAHASSEE — Traveling on a yellow school bus, Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist toured the state last week to tell Floridians that public schools would fare better under his watch than that of Gov. Rick Scott.
Along the way, Crist battled the weather, competed with Scott supporters at several campaign stops and repeated his attacks on Scott's education budgets.
"The notion that Rick Scott would get into office and cut education by $1.3 billion is unfathomable," Crist told teachers and fellow Democrats on Thursday at Al Lopez Park in Tampa, a message he trumpeted often on his three-day education bus tour through Florida....
The yellow school bus carrying Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist was about to leave Orlando on Thursday — and then it got clipped by a gray Dodge.
Nobody was injured.
The driver of the Dodge had to leave, but gave the bus driver her business card.
The campaign team, meanwhile, stuck around and waited for the Florida Highway Patrol.
When the driver of the Dodge came back about 90 minutes later, Crist and his running mate, former Miami-Dade Democratic Party chairwoman Annette Taddeo, went outside to meet her. Crist gave her a hug....
Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist and his team are in Lake Buena Vista this morning, preparing for the second day of their statewide bus tour.
The theme: education spending.
The (fitting) mode of transportation: a yellow school bus.
Crist has been hammering incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott for cutting $1.3 billion from the state education budget during his first year in office. Crist has also been pressing to make education the focus of the 2014 gubernatorial race....
08/12/14 State Roundup
With early voting already under way in several counties, Democratic candidate for governor Nan Rich has a new mailer out.
One side includes an endorsement from former Democratic Gov. Buddy MacKay.
The other highlights Rich's experience in the Florida Senate, where she served for eight years, and stresses her progressive credentials.
"Nan has always been a leading progressive advocate for children, women, seniors and social justice issues," the mailer reads. "Her successful efforts to expand support for home and community-based care programs for seniors has allowed thousands of Florida's frail elderly to remain in their own homes instead of moving into nursing homes."...
Days after billionaire climate-change supporter Tom Steyer blasted Gov. Rick Scott in two ads, the Republican Party of Florida is hitting back.
On Monday, the party released an ad denying claims that Scott had accepted campaign contributions from the Dan A. Hughes Co., a Texas oil company accused of conducting unauthorized drilling activities at its Collier County site....
A Miami Beach publicist won't be on the ballot in Florida House District 113, a judge ruled Friday.
Republican Laura Rivero Levey was disqualified from the race last month after a check she submitted to the Florida Department of State bounced.
The bank accepted responsibility for the returned check, and Levey sued to have her candidacy reinstated. But on Friday, Leon County Judge Charles Francis said he could not extend the qualifying deadline for her....
08/07/14 State Roundup
TALLAHASSEE — A prominent Tallahassee public relations firm is suing the family of a paralyzed Broward County man, saying the family owes $375,000 for services rendered over the course of four legislative sessions.
Sachs Media Group says it had a contract with the family of Eric Brody — and worked overtime to ensure the passage of a 2012 claims bill that awarded the Brody family $10.75 million in damages....
A prominent Tallahassee public relations firm is suing the family of a paralyzed Broward County man, saying the family owes $375,000 for services rendered over the course of four legislative sessions.
The firm, Sachs Media Group, says it had a contract with the family of Eric Brody — and worked overtime to ensure the passage of a 2012 claims bill that awarded the Brody family $10.75 million in damages....