Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Friday, October 26

Oct 26, 2012


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


There are no Florida insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Insurance-Related News


Opinion:  Insurer gambles our money

Some people are high rollers – when they are using your money.


Patriot National continues expansion in southeast region

Patriot National Insurance Group, a Florida-based provider of workers’ compensation solutions, has added Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi to its southeast region.


Florida-based Crawford Insurance strikes deal with AssuredPartners

Florida-based AssuredPartners Inc. acquired Crawford Insurance in a deal that will keep the long-standing Crawford name intact and allow family members to remain in charge of the agency.


Blog:  Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation files new legal challenge

A Hardee County rehabilitation facility that serves people with head injuries has renewed a legal challenge against a state order to discharge 50 residents, according to documents filed in the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings.


Florida Supreme Court Gets Another Tobacco Question

An appellate court wants the Florida Supreme Court to resolve a question on punitive damages in cases involving sick smokers.


The All-Out Battle to Fix Florida Elections

For the average voter in the state of Florida, questions about the legitimacy of the election process are about as common as candidates’ specific platforms or policies.


Blog:  What’s the significance of over 1 million Floridians having already cast an absentee ballot?

Florida voters as of Thursday had returned more than 1 million absentee ballots, with Democrats making some headway against a traditional strength of the Republican Party.


Campaign Profile:  House District 89 race pits incumbent against former House Speaker

Former Democratic House Speaker Tom Gustafson is trying to unseat Representative Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton.


Blog:  Future Florida House Speaker Dorworth tries to fend off Democratic challenger

Whether there is a close race for House District 29 in Seminole County – the home turf of future Republican House Speaker Chris Dorworth – depends on whom you believe.


Collier, Franklin counties balk at joining oil spill consortium

Collier and Franklin counties have refused to join 21 other Gulf Coast counties in forming a consortium to determine how fines from the 2010 oil spill should be spent.


Blog:  Regulators look for a buyer for Heritage Bank

The state Division of Financial Institutions said it may close Lutz-based Heritage Bank of Florida and appoint the FDIC as receiver, according to the Tampa Tribune.


Kudos, caution in reactions to Florida Governor Rick Scott’s 2013 education agenda

Governor Rick Scott issued a wide-ranging agenda for education Thursday that calls for replacing Florida’s math and English tests with “common core” standards, giving teachers debit cards to buy classroom supplies, and ending enrollment caps on charter schools to give parents more school choice.


U.S. election is pivotal for future of Neal bill

A new survey released Monday by Leadership Florida finds that property insurance is now a greater concern than property taxes for Florida residents.




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