The Florida Ethics Commission has dismissed two conflict-of-interest complaints against Gov. Rick Scott, both stemming from his ownership stake in Solantic, a chain of clinics now being sold. Scott transferred his interest in Solantic to his wife's revocable trust before taking office in January. Dr. Arthur Palamara, a Hollywood physician, alleged Scott had a conflict and improperly benefited because Solantic has donebusiness with the state and that Scott's policies could create more state business for the company. The other complaint, by Clearwater activist David Plyer raised similar accusations.
Democrat wins tight race
Alvin Brown is the winner by a razor-thin majority Wednesday in the Jacksonville mayoral race. He is the first Democrat to be elected mayor in a generation, the Florida Times-Union reported and will be Jacksonville's first African-American mayor. He beat Republican Mike Hogan by 1,627 votes out of more than 192,000 cast in the conservative stronghold of Duval County.
Early voting cut challenged
A candidate for Miami-Dade County mayor is challenging a decision to cut back on early voting. Marcelo Llorente alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that county officials canceled early voting for Sunday to comply with state legislation that hasn't yet been signed into law. The election is Tuesday. The Legislature has passed a bill that reduces early voting. County Elections Supervisor Lester Sola said that state election officials told him Gov. Rick Scott will sign the bill before Sunday. Llorente argues even if signed now it cannot be applied to a previously scheduled election.
Floridian diesin Afghanistan
Pvt. Lamarol J. Tucker, 26, of Gainesville was among four soldiers killed Monday in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said. They were killed by an improvised explosive device in Zabul province, the government said.