FLORIDA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
Palm Beach Post: Commentary: Florida’s school vouchers constitutional, cost-effective
Florida’s school choice tax credit law benefits taxpayers and tens of thousands of low-income students. Both groups stand to lose if the state’s largest teachers union wins its legal challenge.
NPR: Republicans May Lose Grip On Florida Panhandle House Seat
One of the tightest congressional races in the country is in Florida. For Democrats, it appears to one of the few bright spots in a difficult election year. Newcomer Gwen Graham is challenging incumbent Tea Party Republican Steve Sutherland in a conservative-leaning district.
Tampa Bay Times: A second term for Gov. Rick Scott would bring huge tests
Supporters of Gov. Rick Scott say that if you liked his first term in office, you’ll love his second. But critics say that if Scott is liberated from having to face voters again, he’ll revert to the divisiveness that marked his first year in office.
Tampa Bay Times: Governor vs. Governor: A data comparison of Florida’s Rick Scott, Charlie Crist
The Times/Herald has made a side-by-side comparison of their records in a range of areas, from public school spending to property insurance premiums; from the number of executions to the number of civil rights restoration cases; from the size of the state workforce to the expansion of assistance programs for the poor.
TBO: Hispanic voters a key to election
In a February meeting with Gov. Rick Scott, the Legislature’s Hispanic caucus did not hesitate when asked its top priority for the upcoming legislative session: In-state tuition rates for undocumented students.
Sun-Sentinel: Past aside, Broward schools need repair funds
It doesn’t help that the campaign had a poor kick-off, with specific needs identified only after the School Board voted to place the bond referendum on the ballot. It doesn’t help that board members have been divided on the question.
Tallahassee Democrat: Cotterell: Public workers have a lot at stake in November
“Our goal is to educate, educate, educate our members,” said Wynn, who is up for re-election to a fifth four-year term as state president of AFSCME. “Our people understand what’s been happening in Tallahassee and they have to spread the word in their communities.”…
The News-Herald: Florida prison officials hire ombudsman
The ombudsman will work with about 1,000 inmates with severe mental illness who are admitted to inpatient units. Secretary Mike Crews said the agency also is beefing up crisis intervention training to help guards working with mentally ill prisoners.
Washington Post: Fred Malek’s pursuit of success includes stops at West Point, White House, Marriott
Then there are people like Fred Malek, whose 50-year career spans many worlds, from hotels (Marriott president) to airlines (Northwest Airlines chief executive) to sports (former partner in baseball’s Texas Rangers).
News Advance: Federal officials cast doubt on Ebola travel ban
Top government health officials said Sunday that they are opposed to placing a ban on travelers from Ebola-infected countries, warning that shutting down borders could impede efforts by aid workers to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
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