Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Wednesday, July 8

Jul 8, 2009

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Citizens Property Insurance board approves 10 percent rate hike

Ending a three-year rate freeze, the board of state-run Citizens Property Insurance on Wednesday approved raising rates on most policyholders by 10 percent next year.


THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA: Citizens Wants Increases For Some, Decreases For Others

Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state’s largest property insurer, decided on Wednesday to ask for a new rate structure that would allow up to 10 percent increases as well as 10 percent decreases for customers across the state.


Options up, insurance premiums down in Florida

Homeowners are saving hundreds of dollars on their property insurance thanks to increased coverage options and their own efforts to claim discounts for their homes’ storm resistance.


Highway Deaths Declined in Florida in 2008

Highway deaths are at an 8-year low in Florida, and for the first time since 2000, fewer than 3,000 people lost their lives on the state’s roadways, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported.


Florida regulators let Stanford firm move vast sums offshore, ignored signs of massive fraud, experts say

Years before his banking empire was shut down in a massive fraud case, Allen Stanford swept into Florida with a bold plan: entice Latin Americans to pour millions into his ventures — in secrecy.


Marco Rubio’s fundraising numbers cast doubt on Senate bid, fellow Republicans say

He’s winning glowing praise from conservatives casting him as the future of the GOP, but Marco Rubio’s early fundraising raises doubts about his viability in a Senate match-up against Gov. Charlie Crist.


Maddox to run for Agriculture Commissioner

Scott Maddox, who was Tallahassee’s youngest city commissioner in 1993 when he was elected at 24, and who ended his tenure as Florida Democratic Party chairman under a financial cloud, is getting back into politics.


Palm Coast Democrat to challenge U.S. Rep. Mica

Nine-term Republican U.S. Rep. John Mica has additional company in his 2010 reelection bid: Palm Coast Democrat Heather Beaven, a Navy veteran and chief executive of an education foundation, entered the race this week.


And the top Florida Senate race is … Atwater’s seat?

One of the most contentious and expensive political battles of the 2010 election season has already started.


State senator, former commissioner apply for Hillsborough elections supervisor

State Sen. Victor Crist and former Hillsborough County Commissioner Chris Hart III are among the latest Bay-area residents to file applications for the post of Hillsborough County supervisor of elections.


Keith Olbermann calls Florida‘s Duval GOP “worst persons in world”

It was for an event they didn’t organize, but the national talk show host branded them anyway.

A national talk-show host branded the local Republican Party chairman and a handful of local legislators as his “Worst Persons in the World” for their roles in a local Tea Party protest featuring signs comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.


South Florida politico, Joe Garcia, named to Obama administration post

Long-time political mover and shaker Joe Garcia — who has been the voice a powerful Cuban exile group, chairman of the agency that regulates the state’s utilities and an unsuccessful congressional candidate — has been nominated for a post in the Obama administration.


U.S. Rep. Brown Delaying Senate Fundraising in Florida

More than a month after announcing that she was exploring a Senate bid, Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) has raised less than $5,000 for that effort and has yet to file any paperwork to form an exploratory committee with the Federal Election Commission.


Illinois‘ McRaith Named Director of New Department of Insurance

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has named Michael McRaith as the director of the newly created Department of Insurance.


RMS:  The use of catastrophe modeling to advance the microinsurance agenda

Hundreds of thousands of people in the developing world suffer every time a catastrophe occurs.


West Virginia Touts Switch to Private Workers’ Compensation System

West Virginia Insurance Commissioner Jane L. Cline says her state’s one-year old privatized workers’ compensation system is offering better claims administration, lower costs for employers and better treatment of injured workers.


A Warning About Disaster Housing

Repeat of Katrina’s Diaspora Is Feared

U.S. authorities remain unable to provide emergency housing after large-scale catastrophes and must do more to prepare survivors of such disasters for permanent relocation, the Department of Homeland Security inspector general is expected to tell a House panel today.


Ohio insurer left $152K by grateful employee

As a thank you, a man has left $152,000 – half his estate – to the Ohio insurance company where he worked for 25 years before retiring to Boca Raton.


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