Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Wednesday, August 11
Aug 11, 2010
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Don’t expect masses of insurance companies to race to jack up rates come January when the provision requiring them to seek state approval first expires, the state’s insurance commissioner said Tuesday.
Although it has been four years since Florida was directly hit with a hurricane, many Florida homeowners are still facing rising property insurance rates and finding few options when they shop around.
Clearwater-based Homeowners Choice Inc. reported net income for the second quarter of 2010 of $1.3 million, or 19 cents a share, compared with net income of $3 million, or 42 cents a share, for the second quarter of 2009.
Richard Carpenter could only shake his head. Weeks after learning there were four sinkholes beneath his home, he was still stupefied.
WINK News investigation uncovers a problem with short sales of homes with Chinese drywall
Are you driving in the dark on Interstate 95 at night?
State Sen. Mike Fasano has resigned from the Pasco GOP executive committee, eight days after local Republicans filed a second grievance against him with the state party over his support of independent Gov. Charlie Crist in the U.S. Senate race.
Obama signs law to save school jobs, bolster recovery
Florida’s fragile economic recovery will get a $1.3 billion boost from a state aid bill that cleared Congress on Tuesday.
Gov. Charlie Crist’s pitch was simple: Florida is united this time, from school boards to unions, in its bid for up to $700 million in federal education stimulus funds.
Florida is set to receive an additional $239 million in federal aid to help homeowners at risk of losing their homes because of unemployment.
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum says a draft bill requiring police officers to check a person’s immigrant status during a lawful stop gets around concerns raised by a federal judge over a similar provision in an Arizona law.
The Florida Attorney General’s office is investigating three of the state’s largest law firms that represent lenders in foreclosure cases.
Angry that legislation they proposed on the issue was killed, two state representatives on Saturday called on Gov. Charlie Crist to become personally involved in the proposed cleanup of contaminated groundwater under a now-closed Raytheon plant and surrounding neighborhoods.
The proposed purchase of 28,000 acres to help restore the Everglades is as much about appeasing a federal judge as it is about clean water.
Jeff Greene and Kendrick Meek used their only statewide televised debate Tuesday to blast each other’s character and credentials while complaining about negative attacks.
He hugged President Barack Obama at his peril, or so it seemed at the time.
Two weeks before Florida’s primary, new allegations of improper Medicare billing by Solantic, a health care company co-founded by Rick Scott, have surfaced, in addition to charges made by former Solantic doctors that their names and licenses were used without their consent.
Billionaire Florida Senate candidate paid out $115,000 after allegedly making threatening and abusive statements about an employee of a property management firm
Documents from a libel case paint an unflattering picture of Florida Democratic Senate hopeful Jeff Greene, with employees of a property management firm he used making declarations describing him as cruel and abusive.
After agreeing to not air television ads in the Democratic attorney general primary because of its potentially misleading name, a fund-raising committee known as Florida Mainstream Democrats has shifted much of its money to a predominately Republican group, which has paid for a TV spot scheduled to air today in West Palm Beach.
The runoff election for the Republican candidate for the state Insurance Commissioner of Georgia has been won by State Sen. Ralph T. Hudgens.
Officials say a community of hurricane-resistant homes is being built in Gulfport.
Are some 151,000 homeowners insurance claim assignments made to the state of Louisiana as part of its Road Home program legal under Louisiana law? That’s the question the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has certified to the Louisiana Supreme Court in a consolidated case stemming from the destruction caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
Texas Insurance Commissioner Mike Geeslin has released a bulletin reminding auto insurance providers that it is against state law to “directly or indirectly limit the insurer’s coverage under a policy covering damage to a motor vehicle.”
Federal regulators have taken a first step toward eliminating the use of credit ratings in rules for banks, under a mandate of the new financial overhaul law.
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