Friday's Afternoon Update
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FL League of Women Voters: 'No' on all 11 proposed constitutional amendments
The League of Women Voters of Florida is advising voters to shoot down all 11 proposed constitutional amendments placed on the November ballot by the legislature. "From beginning to end, these amendments are bad ideas," Florida league president Deirdre Macnab said. "We are strongly opposing all of the 11 amendments on the ballots and we are encouraging voters to give them a thumbs down." For more, go to the League of Women Voters website. [Source: Palm Beach Post]
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» The Amendments
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
At BusinessFlorida.com, you'll find an interactive map of Florida with demographics by region. Stats include population, labor force, households, income, retail sales, airports, seaports and more.
Buchanan backer pleads guilty to illegal contributions
Tampa real estate developer Timothy F. Mobley, a campaign donor to U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, could face up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to funneling $94,300 to Buchanan's campaigns for Congress and the Republican Party of Florida. The Justice Department only identified the representative as “Federal Elected Official A.” But the Sarasota Herald-Tribune determined that the federal official is Buchanan, a Longboat Key Republican running for re-election in November.
Visit Florida's CEO hired as new chief of Brand USA
Chris Thompson, president and chief executive officer of Visit Florida, is taking a job on the national stage, as chief executive of Brand USA. Thompson was appointed Thursday as president and chief executive officer of the Corporation for Travel Promotion. The year-old public-private organization, which does business as Brand USA, was established by the federal government to promote and advertise the U.S. abroad as a travel destination. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
» FRIDAY PREVIEW:
Coming next week to FloridaTrend.com:
- Home grown: Profile of a real estate firm turned lending source
- Banks thinning ranks: Florida's going to lose at least another 70 banks
- Tax planning: What may happen if Bush tax cuts expire
- Dining: Caviar dreams of "roe, roe, roe" from Mote
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Today's Afternoon Update was compiled by Joyce Edmondson