Daily News: April 18, 2014

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April 18, 2104


Florida Watch Dog:  Alleged scammers burn Miami-Dade fire department from within

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — South Florida is no stranger to insurance fraud.

But a recently exposed scam involving public workers is sure to leave taxpayers seething and give Miami-Dade’s bravest a black eye.



Ocala.com: Judicial system goes electronic with transition to e-filing

Florida judicial system enters the digital age, where case files will now be housed in an online portal rather than on shelves collecting dust


LEE_County_WhistleblowerNaples News: Another Lee County employee files whistle-blower lawsuit

In a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court, Fort Myers, Michael Campbell claims he was fired for speaking out against Lee DOT’s mismanagement of funds, gross inequities in personnel decisions and extensive age discrimination.


Palm_Beach_Post_florida_public_EmployeesPalm Beach Post:Should Florida elected officials have to undergo drug testing? –

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to discuss in private conference whether to hear Gov. Rick Scott’s case for state employees to submit to mandatory drug testing – which he calls a “common-sense means of ensuring a safe, efficient and productive workforce.”


Miami_Herald_florida_public_employeesMiami Herald:  Scott’s office: Ask employees for records, not us

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The administration of Gov. Rick Scott is making a unique legal argument when it comes to handing over public records: Get it from the employees, not us.


Miami_Herald_florida_public_employeesMiami Herald: Former Hialeah mayor’s Ferrari deal grabs spotlight at tax-evasion trial

For his birthday in 2004, Julio Robaina’s business partner gave him a silver Ferrari. But was the luxurious Italian sports car a personal gift or income from their real estate company?


Flood_InsuranceTampa Bay Times:  Lloyd’s of London dramatically lowers its flood insurance rates in Florida

Lloyd’s of London and other private insurers have muscled into the market, picking up customers stunned by rate hikes under the National Flood Insurance Program.


Crist-Rich_DebatePost On Politics: Rep. Ted Deutch: Crist-Rich Democratic primary debate would be ‘worthwhile’

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, isn’t taking sides in the Democratic primary for governor between Charlie Crist andNan Rich.


A man chants outside Wal-Mart during a protest for better wages and working conditions during Black Friday in San Leandro, CaliforniaREUTERS:  U.S. Chamber says non-union groups could reshape labor relations

The biggest U.S. business lobbying group is warning the nation’s employers that labor relations could be reshaped by non-union labor groups that are backing high-profile efforts to raise wages and mandate paid sick leave


Cjarlie_CristSunshine State News:   Charlie Crist’s Revolving-Door Staff Underlines GOP’s Attacks

Conrad is a committed liberal Democrat. He worked for Enroll Florida, spreading the message of Obamacare. Conrad was a staffer for the Florida Democratic Party and an old Barack Obama hand. His commitment to the Democratic Party and left-of-center politics can’t be questioned.


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