Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Thursday, October 7
Oct 7, 2010
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Florida CFO Alex Sink today sent a letter to Scott Wallace, President and Executive Director of Citizens Property Insurance Corp., outlining proposed changes to Citizens’ procurement policy and contracting procedures.
Many Florida homeowners shelled out hundreds or thousands of dollars to fortify their homes against hurricanes in recent years to qualify for insurance discounts.
State Farm spokesman Michael Grimes said the companywide review is under way but he said the Illinois-based insurer has not determined how many positions could be affected at its Florida headquarters in Winter Haven, which employs about 1,400 people.
Mike Williams: “I’m not going to take it down. It’s not code enforcement’s say so.”
Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by AmeriLoss Public Adjusting Corp. from a declaratory statement issued by the Florida Department of Financial Services in the Matter of Clyde Lightbourn.
The New York City law firm that works with environmental activist Erin Brockovich wants Florida officials to test The Acreage’s air and canals for toxic substances before ending the state’s study of the community’s cancer cluster.
Florida received $3 million in federal funding to conduct criminal background checks on applicants who want to become caregivers at long-term care facilities.
A year’s worth of audit reports newly compiled for lawmakers paints a troubling portrait of Florida’s Medicaid program but also sets a course for reform, a top state senator said Wednesday.
Florida voters can decide in November if they want to scale back the toughest requirements of the state’s 2002 class-size rules, the Supreme Court of Florida ruled today.
Crist, Meek and Rubio offer their plans to break D.C. gridlock
Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek sought to reignite their U.S. Senate campaigns Wednesday by attacking Republican Marco Rubio as an “extremist” who would privatize Social Security and support fiscal policies that hurt the middle class.
Republican Rick Scott told a bipartisan crowd of 600 here today that he’d slash spending, cut taxes and freeze regulation if elected governor.
Tampa attorney Jonathan Alpert takes full credit for turning the feds onto a NationsBank securities fraud in the 1990s, a case that led to a class action settlement and a $6.75 million fine for the bank.
The agency has until Nov. 14 to more forward with the new pollution standards
The Environmental Protection Agency decided last week to wait a little longer before deciding whether to set strict new pollution standards for Florida’s waters.
Jim Greer, of Oviedo, is charged with bilking the Florida Republican Party
Lawyers for ousted Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer have begun their attack on his former No. 2, Delmar Johnson III, the party’s former executive director, who avoided prosecution by turning on Greer and becoming his chief accuser.
More than 4,000 Florida homeowners will be eligible for loan modifications and mortgage-balance forgiveness totaling nearly $388 million under an agreement Wells Fargo Bank reached with eight states, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said Wednesday.
An expansion of the state’s drug courts is not yielding the cost savings lawmakers had originally projected, a state review found.
A new survey of Floridians on how to handle the state’s budget woes may undercut some of the proposals being made by GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott.
State House candidate James Grant is facing three elections complaints tied to campaign finances, including a $40,000 bank loan the 28-year-old secured days before the August primary election.
Because Democrats aren’t conflicted enough over Kendrick Meek and Charlie Crist … the Sierra Club said today it is endorsing both of them.
Gov. Charlie Crist has been fond of saying as the public schedules get leaner in the twilight of his executive branch tenure, that no matter where he is he’s never not the governor.
Kendrick Meek might drop out of the Florida senate race and thereby pave the path to victory for Charlie Crist
Republican leaders in the Sunshine State are fretting that a deal may be in the works to get Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek out of the Florida Senate race in order to boost Charlie Crist’s flagging chances of beating Republican Marco Rubio.
Democrat Alex Sink says her Republican rival, Rick Scott, is trying to buy the governor’s office with tainted money. Scott’s campaign shoots back that Sink has already sold out to liberal special interests.
Loranne Ausley, the Democratic candidate for chief financial officer, on Wednesday called for new job protections for state agency watchdogs.
They wield far-reaching influence, but still have First Coast ties
If you are running for office in Florida, the endorsement of the Florida Chamber of Commerce is a coveted prize.
Florida’s growth – and all the perks and problems that come with it – is at the heart of a thorny, contentious and expensive amendment on the Nov. 2 ballot.
The National Hurricane Center said Tuesday it will begin issuing storm watches and warnings about half a day sooner in the biggest change to its warning system in decades.
Health insurers will be allowed flexibility in implementing new medical loss ratio rules, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced.
U.S. oil explorers are talking about forming a new insurance fund that would cover the costs of any future oil spill, to avoid a scenario where smaller companies are unable to drill offshore, a senior industry executive said on Thursday.
While 19 counties in eastern North Carolina have seen recent flooding, it appears likely the Beach Plan won’t have see any major test this hurricane season.
Swiss insurance company Zurich Financial Services Group says its U.S. subsidiary has agreed a $455 million settlement with up to 13 million policyholders who claim they were charged inflated fees.
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