In The News Today – January 8, 2016

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FLORIDA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

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WJCT:  Lawmakers Try Again On State Worker Health Plan Changes

In previous legislative sessions, lawmakers have failed to make changes to the state employee group insurance. The issue is expected to come up again this session.

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Florida Politics: ON GOV. SCOTT’S RECENT APPOINTMENTS TO THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RELATIONS COMMISSION

What I do know about Bax I learned in a news release announcing his appointment by Gov.Rick Scott to the Public Employees Relations Commission, which was created to assist in resolving disputes between public employees and public employers.

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WTSP: Critics say public records bill threatens all Floridians

TAMPA BAY, Florida – One little word could make a world of difference for government transparency in Florida.

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ABC News: Polk county school superintendent under investigation following employee complaint

BARTOW, Fla. – Polk County School district confirmed Thursday that a preliminary investigation is ongoing regarding an employee complaint filed against Superintendent of Schools Katheryn LeRoy by Associate Superintendent Greg Rivers.

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WGCU: Top Issues Of The 2016 Florida Legislative Session

The Florida legislature will convene on Tuesday, Jan. 12 for the start of its annual, 60 day session. The top priority is ironing out a state budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. But to get there, lawmakers will have to address dozens of other issues.

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Florida Politics: MATT SHIRK SEEKS 3RD TERM: “I’VE OWNED UP TO MY MISTAKES … MOVING FORWARD”

Humbled, contrite, and saying he’s found Jesus, 4th Circuit Public Defender Matt Shirk is forging ahead with a campaign for a third term, despite a grand jury urging him to quit after scandal plagued his tenure in office.

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Central Florida Future: Sentinel’s ‘influential leaders’ have ties to UCF

The Orlando Sentinel recently launched its latest editorial collaboration, the Central Florida 100, composed of the “most influential people in government, politics and culture.” Among those chosen are four who hail from the east side of town, with their roots at UCF.

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Pacific Standard: America’s Grand Wage Experiment

Most economists agree that this is a damn good thing. A 2014 Congressional Budget Office report found that raising the national minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $10.10 (a plan proposed by President Obama in his State of the Union address that year) would benefit some 16.5 million Americans, …

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FCIR: 6 FCIR INVESTIGATIONS THAT HAD IMPACT IN 2015

FCIR broke the news that state officials in the administration of Gov. Rick Scott had been warned not to use the terms “climate change” and “global warming.”  Our story — which ran in six Florida newspapers and on Florida’s NPR member stations, as well as NPR’s “Here and Now” program — found that the unwritten policy went into effect after Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011.

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NPR: How Florida’s New District Maps Could Give Democrats An Edge

There was an unusual scene at Florida’s Capitol building in Tallahassee this week. To comply with a court order, legislative staffers used a computer program to randomly assign new numbers to Florida’s 40 state Senate districts.

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