In The News: March 17, 2014

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March 17, 2014

Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa 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.

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Construction_South_FloridaMiami 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.

Rick_Scott_unemployement_rateWESH 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.

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Charlie_CristTampa 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.”

Read Article  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.

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Palm_Beach_Post_florida_public_EmployeesThe 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.

Read Article  Florida Gov. Rick Scott defends Department of Children & Families

The Department of Children & Families has been under fire — and not for the first time — for a spate of child deaths in families that had come to the attention of the child welfare agency. DCF is charged with protecting those children. It has one of the hardest jobs in Florida government.

Sun_SentinelSun 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.”

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Orlando_SentinelOrlando Sentinel: Orange mayoral race shaping up to be a partisan affair

The Orange County mayor’s race between incumbentTeresa Jacobs and Val Demings is officially nonpartisan, but Demings is having none of that.

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Daytona_Rambo_ArrestedThe 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.

Read Article  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.

Read Article 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.

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The_LedgerThe 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.

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Miami_Herald_florida_public_employeesEL 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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