Daily News Recap – June 16, 2014

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Florida_Public_Employees_Districting_MapsWINK: Florida judge given opposing views on map trial 

A Florida judge is being given starkly different versions of what happened when state legislators drew new political maps for Congress.


Florda_Public_Employees_Escambia_Jail_ExplosionSacBee:  Employee smelled gas before Florida jail explosion

A Florida jail employee says the gas smell was overwhelming in the hours before a deadly explosion that killed two inmates and injured nearly 200 other people in April.


Florida_public_employees_qualifying_electionsFlorida Today:  Qualifying for Florida elections starting

Candidates seeking statewide and local offices can officially qualify for the ballot starting at noon on Monday. Qualifying closes at noon on Friday.


Florida_Handbook_Public_EmployeesFCN:  The Florida Handbook returns after hiatus

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford has announced that the House will resume publishing “The Florida Handbook” after printing of the publication stopped in 2012.


Palm_Beach_Post_florida_public_EmployeesPalm Beach Post:  Who wins in 2014? Dem demographics or GOP midterm turnout

Demographic trends favor Democrats but turnout patterns favor the GOP in Florida as Republican Gov. Rick Scott and likely Democratic challenger Charlie Crist try to extract votes from the sparse landscape of a non-presidential election year.


Floirda_Public_Employees_Rick_ScottMiami Herald: Gov. Rick Scott’s stake in oil company tied to Collier drilling riles environmentalists

Gov. Rick Scott’s six-figure stake in a French energy company is angering environmentalists because the firm is involved in oil drilling in Collier County, near the Everglades.


Miami_Herald_florida_public_employeesMiami Herald:  Center to introduce new citrus varieties to Fla.

LACROSSE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will open a new, 20,000-square foot facility north of Gainesville that will introduce new citrus varieties to the state.

TC Palm:  As Florida cuts cash for civil legal aid, questions rise of how to serve those in need
Lawyers have a duty to work a certain number of “pro bono” cases, representing the poor for free. Legal aid societies first sprang up over a century ago, many depending on a mix of volunteerism and private benefactors.


Florida_Public_Employees_Politics_Local_RacesNews Journal:  Party politics infuse local races

Monday, as qualifying begins for races on the 2014 midterm ballot, party politics figure to remain a significant factor in local elections, even as governments in Volusia County have avoided Democratic and Republican labels.


Florida_Public_Employees_Clearwater_ParkingTBO:  Proposed garage could ease Clearwater Beach parking

The scene is familiar — and not just during spring break or on holiday weekends — in what a USA Today poll last year concluded is “Florida’s best beach town.”


Florida_Public_Employees_Sheriff_SpendingSun Sentinel:  Sheriff’s Office spending blamed for budget crunch

Paying for Palm Beach County‘s increasing law enforcement costs threatens to leave roads and other public facilities crumbling, according to county officials facing another budget squeeze.





Florida_Public_Employees_Koch_Brothers_MeetingKPBS:  Secret Summit: 24 Hours With The Koch Brothers

Over the weekend and into Monday, the billionaire Koch brothers and supporters converged on the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. This columned, luxury compound, a little more than an hour north of San Diego, has 400 rooms, a spa, a golf course, a private beach and six restaurants. Staff confirmed the entire hotel — including food and beverage service — had been bought out for a special event.


Florida_Public_Employees_DC_Charter_SchoolsWashington Post:  D.C. officials seek stronger oversight of charter schools after recent fraud allegations

Recent fraud allegations against leaders at two D.C. public charter schools have illuminated what city officials are calling a gap in their ability to effectively oversee the financial dealings of the fast-growing charter school sector.


Florida_Public_Employees_PensionsLancaster Online: General Assembly: Now’s the time to fix our public pensions

All the legal protections in the world mean nothing if a pension plan is insolvent. Retirees in Detroit just found this out. If our commonwealth is to avoid this hard lesson, we need to act with a political resolve that has been lacking too long.


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