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State Attorney Willie Meggs said Wednesday that he will announce the results of his investigation into sexual assault allegations against Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston on Thursday....
Charlie Crist's newly-formed political committee, Charlie Crist for Florida, raised $2.1 million in its first month and, according to expenditures reported late Wednesday, spent only $137,538 -- most of it to the Florida Democratic Party, presumably reimbursing for consulting and fundraising expenses.
The former GOP governor turned Democrat has had an aggressive fundraising schedule, criss-crossing the state as well as ducking into other states to collect funds, his aides report. On Tuesday, for example, when news broke that Crist's newly named campaign manager, Bill Hyers, was stepping down, the former governor was in New York City recording the audio for his book to be released in February -- and raising cash....
Gov. Rick Scott, who pressed lawmakers to fund raises for all teachers this year, is again urging school districts to come through with the contract deals to make the raises reality.
Scott, facing a potentially tough reelection bid, sent a letter to superintendents Monday offering assistance to any district that is struggling to complete negotiations on the added pay, with the end of the first semester near. School teachers across the state continue to await the promise of teacher raises as local school boards and state officials struggle to improve a system that judges as many as two-thirds of the state’s teachers on the test scores of students they’ve never met or on subjects they don’t teach. More here. ...
To Fred and Emilie Moutran, there’s no dispute that the cracks in the walls of their Spring Hill home were caused by the shifting ground of a sinkhole deep below the surface.
The floor under the chimney has dropped three inches. A gash runs across their mantel. A crack extends the length of a hallway, and the ceiling over the garage has shifted so much that the Moutrans fear it will collapse....
To Fred and Emilie Moutran, there's no dispute that the cracks in the walls of their Spring Hill home were caused by the shifting ground of a sinkhole deep below the surface. The floor under the chimney has dropped 3 inches. A gash runs across their mantel. A crack extends the length of a hallway, and the ceiling over the garage has shifted so much that the Moutrans fear it will collapse. "We hear cracking and popping at night, sometimes all night long, and we're starting to get very concerned," said Fred Moutran, 31, who lives in the home with his 64-year-old mother, Emilie. ...
Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Jesse Panuccio pushed back in a letter to two Democratic legislators Thursday, saying that their allegations that the state's job incentives portal is incomplete was wrong.
The law "gives DEO a full year to compile information on completed projects,'' Panuccio said in a letter to state Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood and Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami. "I am pleased to report we are ahead of schedule."...
Two Democratic legislators from South Florida have scheduled a press conference tomorrow to demand that the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity comply with a new law that requires the agency's web site to tell taxpayers how their money is being spent in the high-stakes jobs recruitment business.
Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami, and Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, are asking that the state comply with the requirements of the new law by Jan. 1, 2014....
Call him Governor Congratulations.Gov. Rick Scott has added more than 18,000 Lottery winners to the list of Floridians who received congratulatory missives from him.11/19/13Elections
TALLAHASSEE — Call him Governor Congratulations.
For the past year, Gov. Rick Scott has asked for the names and addresses of lottery winners, Florida Bar candidates, professional license applicants, recent college graduates and even agency staff so that he can pen them a personalized note or an "attaboy."
Some get a handwritten recognition of a special achievement, a new family member, even a birthday wish. Most get a form letter of congratulations, studded with the talking points of the governor's re-election campaign....11/13/13 Blog
TALLAHASSEE _ Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston is under investigation for sexual assault on a woman in a Tallahassee apartment last year, the university and law enforcement sources said Wednesday.
Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi don't like the rising flood insurance rates threatening nearly 300,000 Florida homeowners so they're filing an amicus brief supporting Mississippi's lawsuit against the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program’s rate hike.
Scott and Bondi, however, have stopped short of putting Florida's muscle into the melee and have chosen not to join the lawsuit or file a companion challenge of their own....11/12/13 Blog
UPDATE: The Justice Department has reached an agreement to allow American Airlines and US Airways to merge, creating the world's biggest airline.
The agreement requires the airlines to scale back the size of the merger at Washington's Reagan National Airport and in other big cities, including Miami.
In August, the government sued to block the merger, saying it would restrict competition and drive up prices for consumers on hundreds of routes around the country. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and attorneys general from five other states joined to stop the sale. On Nov. 1, Bondi met with American Airlines CEO Tom Horton and later described the meeting as productive....11/08/13 Blog
President Obama arrived in Miami Friday afternoon to headline three Democratic Party fundraisers hosted by the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Florida’s newest high-profile Democrat, former Gov. Charlie Crist, was spotted at the Segovia Tower in Coral Gables at a $32,000-a-head fundraiser hosted by personal injury attorney Ralph G. Patino....11/07/13 Blog11/07/13 Blog
More than a dozen Florida community health centers — including seven in Miami-Dade County — were awarded $8.3 million in grants Thursday to expand their practices and hire more physicians, nurses, dentists, psychologists and other providers in an effort to increase Americans’ access to healthcare under the Affordable Care Act, federal officials announced.
The grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are part of a national effort by the federal government, which awarded about $150 million to 236 health centers in 43 states, including 16 centers in Florida....