Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Monday, January 24
Jan 24, 2011
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Floridians spoke decisively in November of their desire to reform government. The election results were not only a rejection of the status quo and business as usual in Tallahassee, but also a strong affirmation of new ideas, new leadership and new faces.
Population turnover, short memories, complacency and laziness all add up to potential “dire consequences” should a substantial hurricane threaten Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, a state study says.
New attorney general has to dodge roadblocks and names former opponent special prosecutor.
New Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi campaigned on making the fight against pill mills a priority. She has already launched an offensive on the state’s rampant prescription drug problem, even as Governor Rick Scott’s decisions have left potential roadblocks.
Roger Gamblin, the charismatic businessman accused of looting his title company and fleeing in 2008 with his wife to Colorado, where they were caught last month by the FBI, died Friday in federal custody, his attorney said.
Some Florida foreclosure rescue companies and law firms that offer loan modifications continue to charge upfront fees and do little to help struggling homeowners, according to thousands of complaints filed with state regulators.
Republicans who will decide whether and how to reschedule Florida’s statutorily set January 2012 presidential primary date, and there’s little consensus among top GOPers about whether to comply with the schedule called for by the national Republican and Democratic primaries.
“Inside the Lines”, a hyper-focused website dedicated to tracking Florida’s historically contentious redistricting process, goes live today at InsideTheLinesFLA.com.
With the Public Service Commission next week holding hearings on revised charges for Florida Power & Light Co. customers, a Senate bill would eliminate a 2006 state law that allows utilities to charge for new nuclear plants even if they are never built.
If other states stop taxing us, we’ll stop taxing them, he says.
House Speaker Dean Cannon says state pension reform is “on the agenda.” But the subject promises to be contentious, as public-sector labor unions have already ramped up their defenses.
Stung by court defeats in Florida and Arizona earlier this decade, school-voucher advocates set out to create a new system that would give students choices beyond public schools but still pass constitutional muster.
Florida needs “stability, certainty and predictability” before its businesses can begin putting people back to work — and the state Legislature is looking to provide that foundation, Senate President Mike Haridopolos said Saturday night.
Fate of expensive project lies with key Florida Republicans
Florida’s high-speed rail system may offer trains capable of running at 168 mph, but the project has yet to prove it can outrun the pull of state politics.
Black physician groups and operators of some health clinics for the poor have lined up in support of the Jindal administration’s plan to have state taxpayers purchase private health insurance policies for the poor.
A recent ruling from South Carolina’s highest court has general contractors throughout the state worried that they could be liable for paying potentially huge financial damages that their insurers traditionally covered.
Insurance Broadcasting in conjunction with the Insurance Media Association, announced its 8th annual list of the “100 Most Powerful People In The Insurance Industry, North America” also referred to as “The Insurance Dream Team.”
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