Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Friday, August 25, 2017

Aug 25, 2017


25 Years Later: How Florida’s Insurance Industry Has Changed Since Hurricane Andrew

Andrew was responsible for the failure of at least 16 Insurers between 1992 and 1993.  Insurance Journal’s Amy O’Connor reports.


Facebook Friendship Doesn’t Disqualify Judge in USAA Breach of Contract Case

The Decision Rejected a Disqualification Request by a Firm that had Sued a Former Client, United Services Automobile Association, for alleged Breach of Contract and Fraud.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Saunders reports via

South Florida Drug Rehabs Focus On Relapse, Money, Not Sobriety

Rather than working to get people well, a growing number of unscrupulous Industry Players are focusing on getting Patients to Relapse so that Insurance Dollars keep rolling in, according to Law Enforcement Officials, Treatment Experts and people trying to beat their Addictions.  The Associated Press reports via


Sarasota Lawmaker Alex Miller Is Resigning From Legislature

Miller’s Resignation is Effective September 1.   Governor Rick Scott will call a Special Election to Replace her.  The Race already had a Candidate Thursday morning.  The Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Zac Anderson reports.


Feds Widen Hunt for Dirty Money in Miami Real Estate

On Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury Department announced it would extend and expand a Temporary Initiative designed to Uncover Criminals Laundering Money through Real Estate.  The Miami Herald’s Nicholas Nehemas and Rene Rodriguez report.


Major GOP Donor Quietly Wins Regulatory Fight With Local Governments

The Republican-Dominated House and Senate each Approved Bills this year that contained specific language Banning Local Governments from Passing or Enforcing Ordinances that impact advertising used by Franchisees that have Agreements with National Companies.   Matt Dixon reports for Politico Florida.


Scott Backs Corcoran’s Push To Eliminate Public Campaign Financing

On Wednesday, Corcoran and State Representative Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton) sent a Letter to the Constitution Revision Commission asking it to recommend Abolishing the State’s Public Campaign Finance System.  Matt Dixon reports for Politico Florida.

·         Corcoran Gets Quick Push-Back On Public Campaign Finance Repeal


Corcoran Creates Committee To Investigate Democrat’s Residence

The Miami Herald Reported in May that it appeared that Baez, a Democrat, does not Reside in House District 114 that she Represents but instead Lives in a Coral Gables House about half a mile away.


Ousted to Political Siberia by Corcoran, Kathleen Peters Sets Sights on Pinellas Commission

The Perks of Power in Tallahassee are a Coveted Chairmanship, a Capitol Office in a Prime Location and a Prominent Seat on the House Floor. Now Rep. Kathleen Peters has lost all three, but here’s the twist: Her trip to “Siberia” might actually help her reach the next step on the Tampa Bay Political Ladder.  The Tampa Bay Times reports via


Online is the Next Battleground in Florida Governor’s Race

Shortly after a “Liberal Jack Latvala“ Website Launched, an Anti-Adam Putnam/Richard Corcoran Twitter Account has started Tweeting Criticism of the Declared and Presumptive GOP Candidates for Governor. reports.


Democrats Look For Florida House Candidate In Special Election

Chandler, an Orlando Democrat who is the Subject of an Ongoing Lawsuit Filed by a Republican questioning his Residency, said in a Facebook Statement that his decision to withdraw from the October 10 Special Election in House District 44 was “Due to Circumstances from Outside of the Campaign.”  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via the Winter Haven News Chief.


Data Show Florida Has More Than 41,000 Pending Immigration Court Cases

New Data Compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a Research Organization out of Syracuse University which tracks Federal Agencies, show about 6,000 of those Cases are in Central Florida and the Tampa Area, with the Majority in Orange and Hillsborough Counties.  Miami-Dade County has 11,380 cases, the highest in the state, WMFE’s Renata Sago reports.


Suspect in Florida Auto Theft Arrested After Stopping to Watch Eclipse

Deputies say he stopped at a hardware store to purchase a welding mask for watching the Eclipse safely.  The Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal.


Uber Takes Its Ride-Hailing Aap To The Seas

UberBOAT began in late June in the luminous archipelago of Croatia’s Tourist-Choked Islands. Uber has previously run Boat Services around specific events in Miami.  The New York Times reports via Crain’s Miami.


US: At Least 16 Americans Affected By Health Attacks In Cuba

At least 16 Americans associated with the U.S. Embassy in Havana suffered Symptoms from Attacks on their Health in Cuba that have still not been explained, the United States said Thursday.  The Associated Press reports via the Washington Post.


Speech by Chair Yellen on Financial Stability a Decade After the Onset of The Crisis

At “Fostering a Dynamic Global Recovery,” a Symposium Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.  Jackson Hole, Wyoming




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