May 27, 2014 Daily News Recap

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Naked_politics_florida_Public_employeesMiami Herald:  Supreme Court requires GOP consultant Bainter to release redistricting docs in trial

The ping pong over secret redistricting documents ended Tuesday as the Florida Supreme Court ruled that 538 pages of emails, maps and planning documents of a GOP political operative must be allowed into the record in the ongoing redistricting trial – but only if the courtroom is closed.

Ocala.com_florida_pubic_employees Ocala hurricane expert gives Florida 75 percent chance of a hit in 2014

An Ocala hurricane prediction service warned Tuesday that Florida has a 75 percent chance of getting hit with a hurricane in 2014 — a much higher probability than other forecasters see.



Sun Sentinel:  ’Turkeys’ list reveals secrets of Tallahassee

It’s turkey season in Tallahassee. In what has become an annual rite of spring, the business-backed think tank known as Florida TaxWatch has recommended a list of line items for veto in the state budget awaiting action by Gov. Rick Scott.



eNews:  ACLU Discovers Florida Spent Nearly $400,000 on Attorneys Pushing Gov. Scott’s Mandatory Urinalysis Cases

MIAMI, FL—(ENEWSPF)– May 27 – A public records investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida has found that the state of Florida has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on attorneys’ fees and legal expenses pushing for mandatory suspicionless urinalysis policies championed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, even after federal courts found the policies unconstitutional.


GOP_District_Maps_Florida_Public_EmployeesPolitical Fix Florida:  As state GOP staffer says he’s unsure how his maps were submitted publicly, expert says maps are ‘partisan gerrymander’

A top state GOP aide admitted for a second time Tuesday that redistricting maps he drew were submitted to the Legislature and portions of those ultimately became law, but he says he has no idea how that happened.



The Ledger:  Bump in Funds Not Enough for Polk County Schools

LAKELAND | The Polk County School District and Florida’s schools in general fared better financially in the proposed state budget, passed during the recently ended Florida Legislature session, than last year.



Tampa Bay Times: Steve Bousquet: Text messages to Gov. Rick Scott’s top aide show behind-the-scenes lobbying

Text messages that convey official business are public records in Florida, even when sent to a private phone. The Tampa Bay Timesreceived dozens of pages of texts to Hollings­worth’s phone, dating to when he began working for Scott in July 2012. Scott’s office determined which text messages were official business and therefore public record.


TBOTBO: Scott wants Veterans Affairs secretary to resign

In a statement Sunday, Scott said Horace J. Lalley’s case at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in Bay Pines illustrates problems experienced by veterans nationwide. The Tampa Bay Times published an account of Lalley’s case on Friday.





lynn_rosenthal_Florida_public_employeesNBC Miami:  Another Broward County Judge Arrested for DUI

Judge Lynn Rosenthal, of the 17th Judicial Circuit, was arrested after the incident in the parking lot at 201 Southeast 6th Street, Broward Sheriff’s Office officials said.


Broward_Charter_ConversionMiami Herald: Broward could make history with ‘charter conversion’

The situation at Fort Lauderdale’s Wingate Oaks Center is remarkably different now. Frustrated with their treatment by the school district, parents and teachers voted to split off from the school system and convert Wingate Oaks to a charter school.



CEO Pay Top 10Tampa Bay Times: The CEO got a huge raise. You didn’t. Here’s why.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pay for globe-trotting CEOs has soared to new heights, even as most workers remain grounded by paychecks that are barely budging.


Crack_Down_Bullies_In_The_WorkplaceNPR: States Consider Bills To Crack Down On Workplace Bullies

Bullying is a behavioral problem often associated with children in grade school, but according to a recent Zogby poll, more than a quarter of American workers say they’ve experienced abusive conduct at work.


Supreme_Court_Public_EmployeesMother Jones:  Will The Supreme Court Kill Public-Employee Unions?

Forget Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow union-bashing governors. Forget the partisan Republican attacks on organized labor. The gravest threat today to public-employee unions—which represent copsfirefighters, prison guards, teachers, nurses, and other city and state workers—is a Supreme Court case named Harris v. Quinn,……..


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