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Miami_Herald_florida_public_employeesMiami Herald: Miami Republicans vie for chance to go up against Rep. Joe Garcia

The latest twist in the bizarre Republican race for Florida’s 26th congressional district came last week when some voters received automated phone calls from the candidate who’s supposedly no longer campaigning for the seat.


Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times: PolitiFact Florida: Nan Rich makes claims about state’s economy, taxes

Nan Rich has been portraying herself as the real Democrat in the race as she challenges former Gov. Charlie Crist for the party’s nomination to run against Gov. Rick Scott in November.


Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times:  Florida first lady Ann Scott enters campaign fray 

Of late, Ann Scott has been bounding from Amelia Island to the Panhandle to South Florida, attending an average of three events each week. Oftentimes, reporters are invited along.


Florida-public-employees-virtual-schoolsTampa Bay Times: Pasco officials question new Florida Virtual School rule on final exams

A small change to the Florida Virtual School’s grading policies has irked Pasco County school officials, who hold the second-largest district-run FLVS franchise in the state.


florida-public-employees-Will-WeatherfordWTSP: Florida poised to revise congressional districts

Confronted with ajudge’s ruling to swiftly redraw the state’s congressional districts, Florida’s House speaker disclosed extraordinary plans late Sunday to convene a rare summer special session to devise a new map.


News_Florida_Public_EmployeesInsurance Net:  Dems see potential in District 67 

Term-limited Rep. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater, who won in 2012 with 53 percent of the vote, is leaving the seat. With two young Republican candidates in the Aug. 26 primary, Democrats see an opportunity to gain a foothold in this district that encompasses a large section of Largo and Clearwater.


Sun_SentinelSun Sentinel: Single-member districts don’t make much sense

Four of our seven school board seats are up for election in the Aug, 26 primary. Many decisions are tough. Take District 4, an open seat after the incumbent decided not to run. Believe activist parents are the way to go? Vote for Erica Whitfield. Want to put a front-line teacher on the board? Vote for Justin Katz. Want one of the county’s most successful leaders of a non-profit? Vote for Larry Rosensweig. Want someone who makes a case for charter schools? Vote for Thomas Sutterfield.


florida-public-employees-Leon-School-Board-RaceTallahassee Democrat:   School board race pits district veteran with classroom teacher

Forrest Van Camp says his passion for education and his long career with the Leon County school district make him the best candidate for the School Board seat in District 1.


Gainesville.comGainesville Sun: Democrats have uphill climb in attorney general race

The Democratic candidates for attorney general strongly back two high-visibility issues that are supported by a majority of Floridians heading into the fall elections.


florida-public-employees-Teacher-Sues-ScottNews Press: East Lee County High teacher sues Gov. Rick Scott

A Lee County high school teacher filed a lawsuit Wednesday contesting how lawmakers “log rolled” a series of education issues — by including an expansion of a controversial school vouchers program — into a single bill that passed in the waning hours of the 2014 legislative session.





Florida-Public-Employees-Lynchburg-PoliceNews Advance: Lynchburg police tell neighbors: Don’t be alarmed; it’s only a drill

An emergency drill for police, firefighters and paramedics – six months in the making – will take place this week at Sandusky Middle School.


florida-public-employees-Cop-Saves-LifeNBC News: Cop Pulls Speeder Over, Saves His Life After Heart Trouble

A Maine police officer is credited with saving a man’s life after pulling him over just before the driver went into cardiac arrest, NBC affiliate WCSH reports. Kennebunk Police Officer Matthew Harrington, a former emergency medical technician, pulled 84-year-old Gavin Falconer from the car and started doing chest compressions, and then used a defibrillator to treat the stricken man.


News_Florida_Public_EmployeesSacbee: Change to public employee annuities spurs exodus

Officials at the Indiana Public Retirement System project about 9,700 retirements in 2014 from the Public Employees Retirement Fund, also known as PERF, and the Teachers Retirement Fund.


florida-public-employees-Cuomo-public-workersLongIsland.com: Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Protecting More Public Workers from On-The-Job Assault

Albany, NY – August 4, 2014 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomotoday signed legislation to better protect two types of public employees from assault while on the job, offering them similar protections to that of police officers, firefighters and others. Now, school crossing guards as well as employees of the New York City Housing Authority will benefit from similar, more enhanced protections and penalties.


Floirda-Public-Employees-Shreveport-Public-WorksArk Latex:  Shreveport Public Works employees a no-show on Monday

Rod Richardson, Director of Communications for Mayor Cedric Glover’s office, tells NBC 6 News a large portion of Public Works employees in the solid waste collection and disposal services did not show up for work on Monday morning.


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