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March 17, 2014
Tampa Bay Times: State: voucher advocates should register as lobbyists
TALLAHASSEE — For months, the top executives of Step up for Students, the non-profit that runs Florida’s tax credit scholarship program, have been leaning on state lawmakers to expand the program.
Miami Herald: Construction helps lead new job creation in South Florida, as the state outpaces the nation’s unemployment recovery
As condo towers rise and home-building picks up, new construction is creating job growth in South Florida, helping lead the state’s economic recovery as it continues to outshine the nation.
WESH ABC: Gov. Rick Scott announces unemployment rate drops to 6.1 percent
Scott said in a YouTube video that January’s unemployment rate hit 6.1 percent, the lowest since June 2008. December’s rate was 6.2 percent.
Tampa Bay Times: Charlie Crist says economic recovery began at the end of his watch
The Republican Party has tried to boil down the comparison between Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his rival, former Gov. Charlie Crist, with four words: “Crist crash, Scott surge.”
NaplesNews.com: Florida lawmaker wants all public officials drug-tested, results kept secret
HB 1435, or the Drug-Free Public Officers Act, sponsored by Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, requires public officers to be drug tested within 60 days of taking office or being re-elected. A public officer is defined in the bill as an individual holding federal, state or local office.
The Palm Beach Post: School voucher bill could triple money for politically connected group
TALLAHASSEE — A proposal expanding private school vouchers in Florida could pour millions of dollars into a politically connected nonprofit, creating what a rising chorus of Democrats, public school officials and business rivals are condemning as a taxpayer-financed monopoly.
Bradenton.com: Florida Gov. Rick Scott defends Department of Children & Families
Sun Sentinel: Politicians enjoy winter in South Florida – for raising money
“This is high hunting season in the fundraising business,” said Mark Foley, a Palm Beach CountyRepublican who served 12 years in Congress. “Why do they rob banks? They go where the money is. No question this is fertile ground.”
Orlando Sentinel: Orange mayoral race shaping up to be a partisan affair
The Washington Times: Gun-weiding Florida man dressed like ‘Rambo’ attacks bar patrons
A Central Florida man dressed like “Rambo” was arrested Saturday night after walking into a lounge and threatening customers with an assault rifle and two hunting knives.
PJN.com: Beer distributors, brewers fight over growlers in Florida Legislature
TALLAHASSEE — Florida allows craft breweries to fill and sell unlimited amounts of gallon- and quart-sized beer jugs, popularly called growlers. But half-gallon growlers, the most-popular size in the 47 other states that allow them, are banned.
FloridaToday.com: Letter: Urge state lawmakers to expand Medicaid
The good — what is working: In Florida, more than 381,000 individuals signed up for the Affordable Care Act through February and more than 124,000 newly eligible people were added to Medicaid as a result of the ACA.
The Ledger: Florida Legislature Might Give Family Arcades a Reprieve
TALLAHASSEE | Arcades like Dave & Busters and Chuck E Cheese will no longer be in violation of state law when they operate their coinless games under a bill that won unanimous support last week in the Senate Gaming Committee.
EL Nuevo Herald: DANIEL SHOER ROTH: ‘Avía una ves’
La supervivencia de un español correcto pierde esperanza. El choque con el inglés –y su combinación empobrecedora al margen de la norma –en el habla cotidiana y los medios de comunicación nos deja con un revoltijo fonético, un idioma intermedio que amenaza la robusta unidad de nuestra lengua, pensamiento e identidad.
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