FLORIDA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
WSVN: Crist, Scott lay out campaign platforms at So. Florida stops
With a looming Democratic primary on Aug. 26 and the general elections 13 weeks away, Republican incumbent Rick Scott and Democratic candidate Charlie Crist regard South Florida as ground zero for the Nov. 4 showdown
Washington Post: The tricky racial politics of undoing gerrymandering in Florida
When a circuit court judge in Florida threw out the state’s congressional map, ordering that it redraw the lines bounding two districts by the middle of this month, it seemed like a victory for opponents of gerrymandering.
Sun Sentinel: 11 Broward School Board candidates compete
Eleven candidates are vying for five seats on the Broward School Board this year, as the district pushes for an $800 million bond to repair or replace aging buildings.
Miami Herald: Miami-Dade commission race between Lynda Bell and Daniella Levine Cava turns partisan
Miami-Dade County Commission seats are nonpartisan, but that’s hardly apparent in the bitter contest between incumbent Lynda Bell and challenger Daniella Levine Cava, which has likely become the most expensive commission race in county history.
Miami Herald: Fred Grimm: Florida lawmakers can’t be trusted to put public interests over their job security
After the 2000 census, a Democratic consultant (who happened to be the brother of a California congressman) took charge of redrawing the state’s district maps. He charged incumbents $20,000 each to load up districts with friendly voters.
Business Journal: 5 things you won’t see in Florida’s medical marijuana regulations
There’s been a lot of talk about what theFlorida Department of Health will do with proposed medical marijuana regulations — but what will Florida not do in its proposed laws?
Orlando Sentinel: Broward judge overturns Florida’s gay-marriage ban
A state circuit judge in Broward County today made history, ordering the state of Florida to recognize gay marriages performed in another state.
Ocala.com: Sheriff’s salary study shows low beginning pay
Sheriff Chris Blair repeatedly has maintained that low starting pay is the major impediment to recruiting and retaining the patrolmen and jailers he says he needs to make the community safer.
News Press: City holds off on billing taxes pending state ruling
The future of Cape Coral’s fire services assessment remains unclear, leaving portions of the budget for important city projects in limbo. As they enter a new budget season, City Council decided Monday to set a ceiling on how much the city may collect if the Florida Supreme Court rules in favor of the assessment methodology.
WSJ: SpaceX to Launch Commercial Rockets in Texas
Brownsville doesn’t get much national attention, and when it does, it can be an unflattering reference to drug smuggling or illegal immigration. But soon, this Texas city across the Rio Grande from Mexico hopes it will be regarded more positively as a gateway to the stars.
REFILE-U.S: Treasury to put public pensions under scrutiny
Public pensions had $4.89 trillion in assets in the first quarter of 2014, the highest on record, according to data from the U.S. Federal Reserve. But they also had the largest liabilities on record going back to 1945 – $5.03 trillion – and their funding gap has widened since the 2007-2009 recession.
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