September 30, 2014

Government/Politics & Law

Spending big on lobbyists in Florida

A list of last year's biggest spenders... Read more »
Published on 4/30/2014

Cashing in at BP's expense

Are businesses in Florida taking money they don't deserve from an oil spill settlement program, or did BP just rush into an agreement it now regrets? Read more »
Published on 4/30/2014

Florida Consumer Sentiment Index declined in April

Consumer sentiment among Floridians declined by one point in April 2014 to 79. Among the five components that make up the index three decreased and two increased. Read more »
Published on 4/29/2014

Florida's crime rate drops to a 43-year low

Governor Rick Scott was joined by Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey, Florida sheriffs and police chiefs to announce Florida's crime rate dropped 4.7 percent compared to 2012, putting Florida at a 43-year crime low. Read more »
Published on 4/23/2014

Budget Watch: Comparing Florida's House & Senate Budgets

Florida TaxWatch "Budget Watch" report reveals many significant differences between the House and Senate spending plans, which will have to be ironed out in the last two weeks of session. Read more »
Published on 4/18/2014

Florida legislative tax cut proposals have big differences

The competing House and Senate tax cut proposals have many differences that need to be worked out, but there are beneficial provisions in both plans. Read more »
Published on 4/2/2014

Stetson University's student investors beat performance benchmarks

While their parents may not trust them to invest the family's money, students in Stetson University's George Investments Institute are responsible for the program's $3.2-million endowment. Read more »
Published on 3/31/2014

Florida's Budget

Florida lawmakers expect to have at least $1.5 billion more to spend than they did last year. Read more »
Published on 2/28/2014

Gambling in Florida: Don't bet on it

Florida's gaming laws are a mess, but in an election year, with powerful interests on all sides, lawmakers may not try to make comprehensive changes. Read more »
Published on 2/28/2014

Marian Johnson is a political 'guru'

For many candidates, Marian Johnson's offce at the Florida Chamber is the frst stop on the campaign trail. With 50 years of experience in Florida politics, Marian Johnson knows the voter registration statistics and demographics of practically every county in the state. She delights in dissecting polls, scanning the data for insights that can help her “figure out messaging” during campaigns. Read more »
Published on 1/31/2014

Contempt of court: Florida's unruly lawyers

The state's judiciary system steps up its efforts to discourage unprofessional behavior. By the late 1980s, complaints about rude and unprofessional behavior among Florida lawyers had become so frequent that the Florida Bar created a task force to study the problem. After seven years of research, the committee issued a report that described the state of professionalism among lawyers as being in “steep decline.” Read more »
Published on 1/31/2014

Governor Scott announces Carlos Lopez-Cantera as Lieutenant Governor

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that he is appointing Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera as Lieutenant Governor. Read more »
Published on 1/14/2014

Blockbuster law cases with lasting significance

Some of the most significant law cases in Florida in 2013. Read more »
Published on 1/2/2014

A Fixture in Apopka - Florida's longest-serving mayor

John Land, was first elected mayor of Apopka in 1949. He lost an election in 1967 but returned to win in 1970 and has been re-elected continuously since. Read more »
Published on 12/23/2013

Wet Suits: Scuba diving lawyers

David Black was 7 the first time he saw someone pull on a wet suit and jump into the Atlantic Ocean. Read more »
Published on 12/20/2013

Data driven: Brecht Heuchan makes data-crunching software for lobbyists

Brecht Heuchan, a lobbyist and political consultant, has developed a data-mining tool that takes much of the guesswork out of the political money chase. Heuchan's web-based software system, Contribution Link, combines 400,000 publicly available state-level donor records with layers of other demographic, geographic and marketing data to help candidates and their fundraising professionals create strategically targeted fundraising lists. Read more »
Published on 12/17/2013

The Effect of Changes in the National Flood Insurance Program on Florida

Last year, the U.S. Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act, which extends the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years and makes changes to the program's major components, including flood insurance, flood hazard mapping, grants, and management of floodplains. [November 2013] Read more »
Published on 11/20/2013

Kitchen is the mission for Florida's top chef

From promoting Florida's bounty abroad to teaching kids about healthy eating, state chef Justin Timineri has a full plate. Read more »
Published on 11/15/2013

PACE setters: Agencies that handle PACE programs in Florida

All of the PACE programs in Florida handle the applications from property owners and determine whether the applicants are eligible. Read more »
Published on 11/4/2013

What the Government Shutdown & Debt Ceiling Crisis Mean to Florida

The general downside of the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis is that it may cause a drop in revenue collections, a risky situation for Florida's upcoming budget projections. [October 2013] Read more »
Published on 10/15/2013

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