Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Thursday, August 12

Aug 12, 2010


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PCI, Florida Chamber:  Polling Data Demonstrates Floridians’ Support For Long-Term, Market-Based Property Insurance Solutions

Polling data reveals that the majority of Florida voters understand that long term property insurance stability is a public policy goal of the utmost importance. According to the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), this should be a top priority issue for Florida’s next governor.


Reinsurance, Mitigation Credits Hit Florida Insurers’ 2Q Results

Despite reinsurance costs remaining at “relatively high” rates, Florida domestic insurer Homeowners Choice Inc. said it recorded 2010 second-quarter net income of $1.3 million, compared to $3 million a year ago.


Palm Beach County drywall cases to move forward

Palm Beach County homeowners affected by tainted drywall are one step closer to making their case on their home turf.


Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters Says Policyholders Should Identify Reputable Public Adjusters in Advance of Damage

Saying that, unlike insurance company adjusters, public adjusters work for consumers, Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters President David Beasley recommends that homeowners should identify reputable public adjusters in advance, so that they can quickly contact them should damage occur.


Blog:  Personal Injury Protection happy hour sparks outrage

A monthly social mixer in Fort Lauderdale, kicked off last week, is drawing fire for appearing to celebrate tragedy.


Ocala Sinkhole is Popular Tourist Destination 

As sinkholes go, this could be one of the more popular. The Lake Eaton Sinkhole, located in the Ocala National Forest, attracts hundreds of visitors a year who trek to the bottom to gaze at nature’s marvel.


Insurer to bring jobs to Lee County

Firm to create 125 positions, receive incentive funds

A life and health insurance company expects to create 125 jobs in Lee County and could earn up to $585,500 in local and state hiring incentives.


Florida Medical Association to decide whether to separate from American Medical Association

The Florida Medical Association, undergoing an apparent identity crisis, is gathering in Orlando for a debate on whether to break off from the American Medical Association. 


Florida Doctors Paid to Refer Medicare Patients

A former southwest Florida hospital executive is accusing a health operator of paying doctors to refer Medicare patients to the company’s hospitals.


Miccosukee tribe asks judge to stop Everglades land deal

A new legal fight could swamp Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s Everglades restoration land deal with U.S. Sugar Corp., even before the recently scaled-down version comes up for a vote on Thursday.


State economists updating Florida revenue estimate

State economists are meeting to update their estimate of Florida’s general revenue for current and future budget years.


Republican Party helps tea activist sue ‘fake’ Tea Party

The state Republican Party launched an attack on the Florida Tea Party on Wednesday, paying for lawsuits against several Tea candidates with the hope of ejecting them from races for a congressional seat and three state House seats.


Scott a No-Show at 3rd Debate

McCollum has stage to himself; Scott aides say demands not met

Republican candidate for governor Bill McCollum got the stage to himself Wednesday at what was supposed to be a third televised debate with opponent Rick Scott, who opted out.


Local party complaints helped push Fasano from GOP board

Mike Fasano worked his way through the Republican ranks, starting as a teenage campaign volunteer in Pasco and rising to a powerful state senator.


Attorney general candidates Dan Gelber, Dave Aronberg reverse course on donations

Democrats Dave Aronberg and Dan Gelber fought against big money in politics as lawmakers but as the two battle in an increasingly negative primary election for attorney general, they are reversing course.


New cable TV stars:  South FL lawmakers at work?

To the past episodes of Mad Men and Jersey Shore available via cable on-demand, now add the Capitol Hill and South Florida adventures of Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.


Who’s on the ballot, and how much do they earn?

The highest paid public official in Florida isn’t the governor.


Lowe’s catches flak over drywall deal

Lowe’s Companies Inc., the nation’s No. 2 home improvement chain, has set off a legal firestorm by agreeing to a national settlement over tainted drywall in a class-action suit being decided in a Georgia state court.


Storm forecasters receive more tools

Researchers will launch three projects — and a fleet of aircraft, including an unmanned drone — intended to improve forecasts of hurricane intensity

When National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read inevitably shows up on TV this summer to discuss a major storm, he can have high confidence in the forecast track map, better known to the rest of us as “the cone of doom.”


Insurer won’t pay Ike claim without documentation for lost items

After Hurricane Ike swept away the first floor of Donald Box’s Bayou Vista home, he and his wife made a list of 376 missing items for their flood insurer, which quickly paid the claim.


California Commissioner Asked to Raise Workers’ Compensation Rate

The California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s Governing Committee has approved the recommendation to allow the pure premium rate in the state to rise by 29.6 percent, as was expected and widely reported.



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