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TBOTBO: Florida sheriffs pick Latvala as “Legislator of the Year;” state pension support noted as reason

The group recognized Latvala “for his tireless work to support Florida’s sheriffs and all law enforcement across the state,” said Polk County Sheriff and association president Grady Judd.


Orlando_SentinelOrlando Sentinel:  Here’s a guide to Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday

It’s time for back-to-school shopping, and Florida families will get a break on sales tax this weekend when they buy clothing, supplies and computers.


florida-public-employees-flesh-eatingbeachesABC News:  Warm Water Sparks Flesh-Eating Disease Warning in Florida

Florida health officials are warning beachgoers about a seawater bacterium that can invade cuts and scrapes to cause flesh-eating disease.


The_LedgerThe Ledger:  City Needs Long-Term Perspective

The past 18 months have not been easy for the city of Lakeland. A grand jury presentment stemming from questions about the Police Department’s adherence to Florida public records laws was followed by revelations of widespread inappropriate conduct among Lakeland police officers and a female employee.


florida-public-employees-Charlie-CristWINK News:  Crist announces first day policies if elected

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Former Gov. Charlie Crist says he will sign five executive orders on his first day back in office if he’s elected in November.


News_Florida_Public_EmployeesTech Dirt: Florida State Attorney’s Office Demands $180,000 To Release Records Pertaining To A Questionable Suicide

With the advent of freedom of information laws came a series of guidelines meant to encourage government agencies to follow not just the letter, but the spirit of the law. There’s always been a gap between the public and their public servants, and these open records laws have attempted to bridge that by giving people the power to demand transparency from government agencies. In theory, it’s great.





florida-public-employees-huffington-postHuffington Post: Taiwan Follows in the Scientific Footsteps of Florida State Park

In 2009 two Taiwanese national-park employees arrived at my doorstep in Sarasota, Florida, determined to learn everything about the canopy walkway built in nearby Myakka River State Park. This unique treetop walkway has not only inspired research discoveries but doubled (or even tripled) visitors to the park.


Washington_Post_Florida_Public_EmployeesWashington Post: There’s a gender gap in bullying — watch it widen as kids grow up

Every other year, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is required to collect data on “key education and civil rights issues in our nation’s public schools.” A few years ago, the survey grew to include reports of bullying and harassment.


florida-public-employees-robert-mcdonald-VAMy FOX: Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary,


florida-public-employeesMain-Democrats-Women_VotesPortland Press Herald:  Democrats try to mobilize Maine women’s vote

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, headlined a rally in Portland on Monday to mobilize Maine women voters on behalf of the state’s candidates for Congress and governor.


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