February 26, 2015

Government/Politics & Law

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

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

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

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

Tax advice for Floridians and businesses

With fewer tax-cut expirations on the horizon, there's less uncertainty. High-wage earners are facing higher taxes. Read more »
Published on 10/2/2013

Developing Story

A 20-year legal battle over a water management district's condition for development is over — sort of. Read more »
Published on 9/24/2013

Florida's ties to Israel

Florida is stepping up efforts to attract Israeli firms. Read more »
Published on 9/17/2013

State Capital: Florida's millionaire lawmakers

The net worth of Florida's wealthiest senators and representatives. Read more »
Published on 9/9/2013

Crime & punishment: Changes at Florida Dept. of Corrections

The Smart Justice movement has spurred criminal justice overhauls in some states, including Georgia. In Florida, reform is happening in fits and starts. Read more »
Published on 8/12/2013

Priorities for Eugene Pettis, new president of the Florida Bar

Eugene Pettis hopes to impart a sense of service through his presidency of the Bar. Read more »
Published on 8/7/2013

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