Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, November 25

Nov 25, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Above:  Sun-Sentinel Editorial Cartoonist Chan Lowe weighs in on loss of famed hurricane gurus Klotzbach and Gray.


Hurricane gurus end a tradition

If every season was “above average,” why did we never have an “average” season?  Sun-Sentinel political cartoonist and humorist Chan Lowe weighs in.


Florida jobless rate drops to 6.7 percent

Although Florida’s working-age population has grown by 214,000 people in the last 12 months, the size of the labor pool has remained flat, adding just 1,000 people to a workforce of nearly 9.4 million in that time, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Florida Governor Rick Scott, agencies clash over spending priorities

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to cut taxes by $500 million next year, trim state agency budgets by $100 million and appeal to voters in an election year with another hike in school spending, Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet reports.


Dry season could bring water limits for South Florida

Watering lawns and golf courses, washing cars and irrigating fields soon may become limited luxuries in South Florida, William Gibson reports for the Sun-Sentinel.


More explosive fireworks could be sold in Florida

Legislation filed in the House and Senate would repeal Florida’s ban on fireworks sales, but would keep in place the ability to have local control over regulations, Florida Times-Union’s Matt Dixon reports.


Florida’s prison lockup rate higher than Cuba’s

Automatic sentences for drug offenses send inmates pouring into state’s prisons – engorging prison costs, Palm Beach Post’s Pat Beall reports.


Must-read profile of Charlie Crist’s new campaign manager

The individual behind the successful campaign of New York City mayor-elect Bill DeBlasio has now moved south – as the new campaign chief for former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist in his attempt to win back his old job as a Democrat in 2014,’s Phil Ammann writes.


Democratic CFO Candidate William Rankin Has Called 51 Addresses Home

The latest revelation in the flashy CFO campaign of Democratic candidate William David Rankin is his vagabond lifestyle over the past 30 years, Publisher Nancy Smith writes.

Email:  One day before resignation, Sally Bradshaw “stunned” at planned Common Core discussion

One day before Sally Bradshaw’s October resignation from the State Board of Education, she emailed Florida’s top education official to say she was “stunned” at the board’s planned discussion of education reforms now firmly planted at the intersection of politics and policy, Florida Times-Union’s Matt Dixon reports.


NAIC Goes Right to the Top; Tells Obama of Clashes with Federal, International Agencies

Top state insurance commissioners told President Obama in person that they are experiencing challenges and frustrations with federal and international agencies regarding the key differences between banking and insurance regulation, among other issues, Elizabeth Festa and Arthur Postal report for National Underwriter’s


National Insurance Crime Bureau:  Third Quarter Questionable Claims Increase 24% from 2011

The results of the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) latest analysis of questionable claims (QC) referrals have arrived, and it will likely come as no surprise that nearly all categories posted increases, Christina Bramlet reports for National Underwriter’s

Bermuda Monetary Authority Releases Trends and Information Report

In a new publication released today [Nov 24], the Bermuda Monetary Authority analyses key market trends in the fast-moving insurance linked securities market, reports.


Google Says Insurance About to Explode With Uses for Big Data

Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said new technologies that help companies analyze vast amounts of digital information have the power to bring change to the insurance, health-care and energy industries, Bloomberg’s Brian Womack and Trish Regan report for Insurance Journal.





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