Weekend News Recap: April 6, 2014

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WEEKEND RECAP

April 5, ana 6, 2014

Daily_FinanceDaily Finance: Best Insurance Companies: 2014 Customer Satisfaction Rankings

USAA, State Farm and Farmers earned the highest scores from both auto and home insurance customers in Insure.com’s annual customer satisfaction study. It is USAA’s third year as the highest-rated auto and home insurer in the survey.

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Tallahassee.com_florida_Public_employeesTallahassee.com:  State-worker raises an ‘uphill battle’

State employees hoping for a general pay raise will have to wait until the final days of the legislative session to find out whether they’ll get one.

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Rick_Scott_Travels_JetTampa Bay Times: The plane truth: Florida Gov. Rick Scott travels in wealth, stealth

Scott’s air travel reflects not only his wealth, but his preference for stealth. Despite his oft-stated support for transparency, Scott keeps his flight itineraries off tracking websites and even blacks out arrival and departure details on official schedules after the fact, citing the need for security.

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Naked_politics_florida_Public_employeesMiami Herald:  Latvala rains on Weatherford’s pension reform parade

One reason why is that Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, who announced his support for the compromise last week, backed off and downgraded its chances for success.

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Miami Herald: Broward Teachers Union on mend after bruising election

After a bruising internal election, the Broward Teachers Union is moving forward -– with incumbent President Sharon Glickman successfully holding on to her post.

Current_florida_public_employeesFlorida Current: House panel approves pension overhaul

A House committee voted along straight party lines to close the Florida Retirement Systemto elected officials and top state managers Friday, despite impassioned arguments that Republicans are letting “the wolves of Wall Street” devour the pensions of hundreds of thousands of state and local government employees.

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TBOTBO: Legislature reviewed at its halfway point

Florida lawmakers have crossed the midpoint in their 60-day march to craft new laws, amend existing ones and agree on a roughly $75 billion budget for the next fiscal year.

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Tampa Bay Times: Attorney says missing emails prove Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office violated records laws

TALLAHASSEE — A Tallahassee attorney engaged in a bitter property fight with the state is accusing Attorney General Pam Bondi of destroying emails, failing to retain text messages and violating the state’s public records laws.

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News-Press_florida_Public_EmployeesNews-Press: Three multimillionaires among Southwest Florida congressional candidates

Release of congressional candidates’ personal financial disclosures—the required annual report showing income sources and financial holdings—instigated one Republican primary candidate’s call for others to create a blind trust for their investments, if elected.

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Palm_Beach_Post_florida_public_EmployeesPalm Beach Post: Republicans float new plan to limit Florida Retirement System’s traditional pension

TALLAHASSEE — The traditional pension offered by the Florida Retirement System would be closed to newly hired senior managers, and other workers would have to wait longer to be eligible for a traditional pension, under legislation that cleared a House panel Friday on a partyline vote.

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