Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, February 24

Feb 24, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Home and condo sales, prices continue climb but flood insurance hikes halt some areas’ growth

Total sales and prices of existing homes and condominiums rose statewide in January, continuing Florida’s slow recovery from the 2008 housing bust, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Could Medicaid expansion debate turn into an immigration issue?

Without expanded Medicaid coverage in Florida, legal immigrants will have access to insurance subsidies denied to some U.S. citizens, Miami Herald’s Julie Appleby and Patricia Borns explain.


Home Stretch of Pre-Session Meetings

Before lawmakers returned to their districts for the last week before the 2014 legislative session begins, they capped off a week of discussions about living arrangements and homecomings, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Brandon Larrabee reports via


Bad news week for Florida’s middle class . . . and the GOP?

Last Wednesday, the nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute released “The Increasingly Unequal States of America,” with a dedicated section called “Lopsided income Growth in Florida,” Peter Schorsch reports for


After unemployment system fiasco, jobs agency director faces long road to confirmation

Senate President Don Gaetz thinks Department of Economic Opportunity executive director Jesse Panuccio and other appointees of Governor Rick Scott deserve the benefit of the doubt when it comes to Senate confirmation, but that doesn’t mean the process will be swift or sure, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Erik Fresen Has a Fight on His Hands With Daisy Baez

Money is flowing into South Florida as a leading Republican Florida House member is gearing up to face a major Democratic opponent, Jeff Henderson reports for


Governor Scott in D.C. for Republican Governors, National Governor’s Association

Gov. Rick Scott headed to Washington for the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association, Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports for the “Naked Politics” blog.


Examining Alex Sink’s record as Florida’s CFO

Democrat Alex Sink often tells Pinellas voters that if they send her to Congress, she’ll seek common ground with Republicans as she did when she was Florida’s chief financial officer, Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet explains.


Tennessee Bills Seek Change in Coverage for Sinkhole Losses

Bills have been introduced in the Tennessee House and Senate that would make various changes concerning insurance coverage of sinkhole losses and subsequent structural repair, Steven Meyerowitz reports for National Underwriter’s


Sandy Victim Beats Shady Public Adjuster in Court

Soon after Megastorm Sandy struck New Jersey in October 2012, unsavory contractors and public adjusters began coming out of the woodwork to reap the riches from stricken homeowners and their insurance companies, Dennis Jay reports for National Underwriter’s



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