Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Thursday, August 28, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
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10:00 a.m.–Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurance Guaranty Association Audit Committee meeting. Tallahassee, Florida. To view the meeting notice, click here.
A Palm Beach County condominium association’s $5 million hurricane damage claim was rejected and the case dismissed in favor of the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association, Adolfo Pesquera reports for the Daily Business Review.
Seven out of 10 customers of Citizens Property Insurance Corp., Florida’s insurer of last resort, could see their bills go down if the state approves new rates discussed yesterday, Tampa Tribune’s James Rosica reports.
GreatFlorida Insurance has been ranked number 10 by the Insurance Journal as a Top 20 Insurance Agency Partnership in the United States, InsuranceNewsNet.com reports.
Uber, a controversial app-based car service, will announce Thursday that it will begin service in Tallahassee and Gainesville, increasing its total number of Florida cities to seven, Matt Dixon reports for the Naples Daily News.
Florida’s highest court is being asked to rule on whether the state’s ban on gay marriage is constitutional, the Associated Press reports via SaintPetersBlog.com.
After months of hard-hitting ads and counterattacks, the Republican Party Primary contest between Jay Fant and Paul Renner found them in a virtual dead heat on election night, with Fant ahead by a scant three votes. David Bauerlein reports for the Florida Times-Union.
State Senator John Thrasher won the primary and he just might run in the general election, assuming he hasn’t been named Florida State University’s president first. Andrew Pantazi reports for the Florida Times-Union.
Charles McBurney clinched a victory in the Republican primary for the District 16 state House of Representatives race, Meredith Rutland reports for the Florida Times-Union.
After hearing negative campaign messages about window-peepers, death panels and more, voters finally settled the political fracas to pick the Republican nominee in House District 74, SaintPetersBlog.com’s Peter Schorsch reports.
Chris Sprowls will face incumbent Democrat Rep. Carl “Z” Zimmermann for House District 65 in November, after easily winning Tuesday’s GOP primary campaign, SaintPetersBlog.com’s Peter Schorsch reports.
Sixty-eight days from now, we will know whether Charlie Crist’s decision to switch parties and run as a Democrat in Florida’s governor’s race was the wise decision, SaintPetersBlog.com’s Peter Schorsch writes.
After incumbents dominated Tuesday’s primaries, there will probably be little change in the Florida Senate after November 4, Phil Ammann reports for SaintPetersBlog.com.
Leaving an election night party early may be rude, but state Senator Jack Latvala had an excellent excuse for an early exit from Tuesday night’s primary watch party – the Clearwater Republican was recovering from hip replacement surgery, SaintPetersBlog.com’s Phil Ammann reports.
An allegation made by five members of the seven-officer Waldo Police Department has led to a new investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement – the second launched by the state agency against Waldo in less than a month. Arek Sarkissian reports for the Gainesville Sun.
On Wednesday, Governor Rick Scott’s office announced the cost reductions in vehicle registration fees by type, the Tampa Tribune’s James Rosica reports.
Standard & Poor’s Rating Services announced the publication of its “Global Reinsurance Highlights” to coincide with the 2014 Reinsurance Rendezvous in September, Insurance Journal reports.
In the parlance that weather-guessers would use in describing the situation, the outlook for long-term reauthorization of a federal backstop for terrorism risk insurance in its present form is cloudy, and that is being optimistic, National Underwriter’s Arthur Postal writes for PropertyCasualty360.com.
Security experts have created a “USB condom” which allows you to charge smartphone or tablet batteries from strange USB ports without risking accidental syncing of private data or contracting a computer virus, the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph reports.
There’s a new baby monitor on the market, but it’s not what you think, Patricia Harman reports for National Underwriter’s PropertyCasualty360.com.
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