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Miami 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 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 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.
Tampa 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.
WTSP: 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.
Insurance 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 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.
Tallahassee 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 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.
News 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.
News 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.
NBC 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.
Sacbee: 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.
LongIsland.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.
Ark 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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