Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Tuesday, December 30
Dec 30, 2008
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Billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. won a $224 million bet that Florida would escape major damage from hurricanes this year.
Jacksonville, Fla., led the list of 10 cities that Allstate calls the deadliest hotspots for teen drivers on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
South Florida companies violated federal rules designed to uncover fraud, officials say
About 500 medical equipment suppliers in South Florida have been stripped of the right to sell to Medicare patients because they violated federal rules set up to detect fraud, federal officials said Monday.
The Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday it has filed an emergency action to halt an alleged Ponzi scheme conducted by Creative Capital Consortium, LLC and A Creative Capital Concept$, LLC in Lake Worth, both led by George L. Theodule.
When discussing shifting of taxes professors of public finance point out that increases in property taxes tend to be shifted to current property owners.
A federal agency is giving more than $28 million dollars to three Florida communities that have been slammed by high foreclosures and dropping home values.
Given the depths to which the Florida economy has plunged, it is not surprising to find bankruptcies rising dramatically.
Chapter 7 filings, in which companies and individuals attempt to completely liquidate their debts, doubled to 10,607 during the first 10 months of 2008 from 5,330 during the first 10 months of 2007, statistics from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida show.
The Office of Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom released a proposed schedule summary for the upcoming Legislative Special Session today, December 30, 2008.
As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ponders a campaign for the seat of retiring Sen. Mel Martinez, the decision comes down to how best to rehabilitate the Bush brand as well as the Republican party, possibly laying the groundwork for a future presidential campaign.
As the new year unfolds, I’ll be dying to see if Jeb Bush really sets out on a quest of family retribution by running for the U.S. Senate. Will this seem his time to begin restoring confidence in the Bush family name after his brother — God bless him, as bona fide Southerners would say — has so blown any hope of a respectable presidential legacy.
This year some of Florida’s public officials are giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “home for the holidays.”
Write-in candidates, you must pay to play.
So says state Sen. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, who has introduced a bill that would require write-in candidates to pay a fee to get on the ballot.
A new business-backed coalition is targeting at least five states in an attempt to require all union elections be conducted by secret ballot.
The buzz in the close-knit Florida grower crowd started in 2000: A wealthy Missouri farmer was buying groves. Lots of groves.
Attorney General Bill McCollum today called on local governments, sheriffs and school districts to make government transparency their New Year’s Resolution and to commit to providing enhanced access to information before Sunshine Sunday in March. In a letter sent to Florida’s sheriffs, county commissions and school boards, the Attorney General reminded local leaders that with advances in technology, government in the sunshine can be as easy as uploading information to public websites.
When a lead Florida State University researcher needed five faculty members last year to start a landmark center dedicated to studying autism, state budget cuts prevented the school from hiring the additional professors.
By the early 1970s, patronage politics had severely undermined confidence in Florida’s judiciary. After he became governor in 1971, Reubin Askew issued an executive order to limit political influence on judge selections and establish merit as the basis on which Florida filled vacancies at every level of the court system.
The working class and fixed-income retirees view wealth with inspiration and frustration in Miami Beach, which has the highest income gap in the United States.
Miami Beach has the highest income disparity in the country, according to 2008 census data. A Miami Beach pastor and a resident discuss what that means.
In the last hours of the last day of the last legislative session that Johnnie Byrd was speaker of the Florida House, some lobbyists ran out to a costume store and bought some sheep masks. They wore them in the Capitol rotunda — after they’d made sure their bills were safely in the Senate, or headed for the governor, and could not be scuttled in the House.
Munich Re has released its analytical report on the natural catastrophes that occurred in 2008, which the reinsurer describes as, “one of the most devastating years on record.”
WSI Corporation is forecasting three Category 3 or higher hurricanes, and seven hurricanes in total for the 2009 Atlantic tropical season.
Amid a growing number of conflicts between Texans and their insurance carriers over hurricane damage, state regulators are taking a look at mediation to help solve disputes.
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