Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Wednesday, October 27

Oct 27, 2010


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‘Victims everywhere’ in $100 million Fort Lauderdale-based Certified Services fraud

The $100 million-plus scam behind the collapse of Fort Lauderdale’s Certified Services is a classic South Florida courtroom tale of greed and woe.


Chinese Drywall to Cost Habitat for Humanity of Lee County $750,000

Habitat for Humanity of Lee County is facing a $750,000 bill to gut at least 24 homes built with defective Chinese drywall and relocate the residents.


Not all news is bad for Port St. Lucie homeowner with Chinese drywall

From outside the Palsgraf home on Fears Avenue in Port St. Lucie, you can’t hear a sound. Step into the foyer, though, and it’s a different story. A worker with a Chinese drywall screening company is using a mallet to smash holes in every room


Florida gubernatorial debates ignore big health issues

Florida’s next governor will face overhauling the $20 billion Medicaid program. He or she will lead a state where nearly 4 million people lack health insurance.


What’s Wrong With Florida?

An avid reader called us here in the Hoboken, N.J., office of National Underwriter and said, “I live in Florida. Why is it that every questionable life insurance and annuity sales practice seems to start or take off here?”


Hillsborough County Commissioner Jim Norman wins appeal; back on ballot for Florida Senate

Jim Norman is back on the ballot for state Senate, an appeals court ruled.


Florida Supreme Court refuses to hear open meetings case

The Florida Supreme Court has refused to take an appeal from a lower court ruling that says citizens have no right to speak at meetings of government bodies.


GOP leads Democrats in Florida early-voting turnout

The Florida Democratic offices in a crowded storefront in Ybor City look like a bunker lined with relics from the last war.


Scott softens opposition to high-speed rail

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott, who on Monday sounded like he’d pull the plug on a $2.6-billion high-speed rail project connecting Orlando and Tampa, softened that opposition some on Tuesday.


Charlie Crist targeted by Kendrick Meek, Marco Rubio in final U.S. Senate debate

The portable fan that Gov. Charlie Crist insists on at every public appearance could be seen and even heard during Tuesday’s televised debate, but it didn’t keep the independent U.S. Senate candidate out of the hot seat.


Florida to have all-female parole commission

Florida will have an all-female Parole Commission for the first time ever next year.


Blog:  FPL inspector finds small hole in nuclear plant building

A Florida Power & Light inspector found a small hole this week in a nuclear generator at the Turkey Point plant near Miami.


Texas Lawmaker Presses on with Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Settlement Information Request

Texas State Rep. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) has filed a mandamus petition in the 1st Court of Appeals in Houston seeking relief from a temporary stay of his request for information concerning a $189 million settlement between the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and a number of its insureds over Hurricane Ike claims.


Property Casualty Insurers Association of America Elects Amica Mutual CEO As Chairman

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America said its Board of Governors elected Robert A. DiMuccio as PCI’s new chairman.



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