In The News Today – December 1, 2015

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Sun Sentinel:  Broward might let felons keep quiet on job applications

Have you ever been convicted of a crime?

Broward County could join the ranks of employers who no longer ask that question to people applying for jobs.

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Tallahassee Democrat: League of Cities wants to change firefighter and fracking bills

On the League’s 2016 agenda is to stop preemption of local authority and unfunded mandates along with a call for lawmakers to deal with rising sea levels.

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WPLG:  FLL not screening workers daily despite terror attack concerns

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Florida Politics:  JAGUARS LOBBYIST PAUL HARDEN MANSPLAINS, THROWS SHADE AT JAX ETHICS OFFICE

A delightful #jaxpol subplot has been the continuing controversy over what gifts are acceptable outlays from the Jacksonville Jaguars to Jacksonville’s City Council members and members of the executive branch.

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My Palm Beach Post: Editorial: Give Florida’s Commission on Ethics real powers

It is time to put some teeth into the Florida Commission on Ethics. The organization that is supposed to investigate ethics violations by elected officials in this state has been so limited, that few Floridians likely know that it exists. One small change could put this underused agency to work. It is time to let the commission investigate corruption without requiring a formal complaint.

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Bradenton Herald: Department of Children and Families report exposes more flaws in Florida’s child-protection system in wake of Janiya’s death

Some of the fault lines in Florida’s child welfare system cracked open last week with the release of a highly critical report from the state Department of Children and Families about the many failures in a Manatee County case. The agency laid the blame on the mishandling of the Janiya Thomas abuse case on terrible mistakes by child protection officials, citing failures to follow common practices, policies and statutes.

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Sun Sentinel: Ex-U.S. State Department worker sentenced for downloading child porn

A former U.S. Department of State security specialist, whose nickname was “Porno Pete” when he worked on navy submarines, was sentenced to six years in federal prison Monday after admitting he downloaded child pornography.

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Sun Sentinel: Ex-schools chief allowed to testify in activist’s trial on extortion charges

Two former Palm Beach County school superintendents will testify that a longtime community activist pressed them for a combined $1.4 million in separate extortion attempts, after a recent court order.

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Miami Herald:  Florida senators who could go under oath for redistricting trial include Flores, Diaz de la Portilla

Two Miami senators and a long list of Republican political operatives join Senate President Andy Gardiner and Senate redistricting chairman Bill Galvano as potential witnesses in the week-long Senate redistricting trial that begins Dec. 14.

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TBO:  GOP supports voting in Florida education commissioner to reverse Common Core

A growing faction of Florida Republicans are supporting the move to make the state education commissioner an elected position, a proposal designed to reverse the state’s adoption of Common Core standards.

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Phys.org: Changing labor laws may hurt public employees’ clout in presidential election, study finds

Changed labor laws—with some states curtailing collective bargaining rights—may lessen political participation by teachers and other public employees, traditionally cornerstones in the election of Democrats, a Baylor University study has found.

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Pensions & Investments: Milliman finds public pension plan funding rose in 2014

The aggregate funded status of the 100 largest public pension plans rose 4.3 percentage points last year because of strong market gains, said Milliman’s annual public pension funding study released Monday.

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The Hill: As public pensions shift from hedge funds, hedge funds look to Main Street

Institutional investors took notice last year when CalPERS, the giant California public employee pension fund, declared that it would no longer invest in hedge funds. Disappointed with the high fees it was paying and the mediocre performance it was getting, the pension fund announced its plans to pull $4 billion from the 24 hedge funds and six hedge fund-of-funds in which, on the recommendation of financial advisers,….

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