February 24, 2014

WJCTWJCT News: Legislators Moving To Fix Flaws In Florida’s Sexual Predator Laws

“A tragic case from last summer has lawmakers moving quickly to make changes.

Last June, eight-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle was sexually assaulted and murdered after being kidnapped from a Jacksonville WalMart.”

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GimenezMiami-Herald:Budget battles scar Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez’s past year in office

Mayor Carlos “Gimenez will have an opportunity to reflect on the tumultuous year — and look forward to future challenges — on Wednesday in Hialeah, when he delivers his annual state of the county speech.”

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Don_Gaetz_Florida_Public_EmployeesSunSentinel: Make testing a part of school vouchers

“It’s an educational fix long overdue. So give Florida Senate President Don Gaetz credit for insisting that private schools that receive state-supported vouchers administer the same accountability tests as their public-school counterparts.”

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TheLedger.com: Florida Lottery Jackpot Rises To $14 million

“The jackpot in the Florida Lotto game has grown to $14 million after no one matched the six winning numbers in the latest drawing, lottery officials said Sunday.”

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WPLGWPLG 10 News:  3 kidnapped Florida boys reunite with dad
The Miami-Dade Schools Police Nationwide search leads to father being united with children taken by mother.
Lee_County_Florida_Public_EmployeesNews-Press.com: Lee County’s Florida Department of Health leader to retire
“Dr. Judith Hartner, who has overseen Lee County’s office of the Florida Department of Health for more than two decades, plans to retire in about two months.”
Social_Media_Florida_Public_EmployeesNews-Press.com: Editorials: Social-media privacy ought to be the law
“Last week the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee approved a proposal that would prevent employers from making workers or job applicants disclose their usernames and passwords to private social-media accounts.”
Attorney_General_Florida_Public_EmployeesMiami Herald: U.S. Attorney’s office fighting crime, forging partners in inner-city Miami

“The U.S. attorney tells them that he works for President Barack Obama and asks them what they want to be when they grow up.”

ruth perkins1Scallywag and Vagabond: Mother beats up daughter’s chemistry teacher over bad grades.
“Ruth Nathalie Perkins, 42  has been accused of beating and threatening to kill her daughter’s chemistry teacher over bad grades.

The attack came as the chemistry teacher, Elvira Tomlin was teaching a class of 20 students at Dr Philips High School, Orlando, Florida on Thursday.”

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Jeff_Clemens_Florida_Public_EmployeesNews-Journal: Out of touch’ Legislature fosters legal tug of war

“For the next two years, Clemens filed bills, including a comprehensive package in 2013 that also had a House sponsor. Clemens said the best he got was a discussion from Senate committee chairmen about holding a workshop on the bill.”

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Richard_Trumka_Florida_Public_EmployeesWisconsin Reporter: Big Labor, ‘looking for revenge,’ expects to dump $300 million into 2014 elections

Michael Podhorzer, political director of the AFL-CIO, in a New York Times piece last week said the nation’s labor unions look to spend at least $300 million going after Republicans in this fall’s elections.”

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