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William Patrick is a Florida reporter for Watchdog.org. His work has been featured on Fox News and the Drudge Report, among other national sites, and in Florida news outlets such as the Bradenton Herald, Florida Politics, Florida Trend, Saint Peters Blog, Sayfie Review, and Sunshine State News. William is a member of the Investigative Reporters & Editors network and the Florida Press Association.

Task force would seek to remake Florida’s criminal justice system

By   /  February 17, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Florida, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Florida’s state lawmakers increasingly are embracing criminal justice reform policies that break with the state’s “tough on crime” past. But a full-scale sea change could be in the works.

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Assessing Visit Florida beneficiaries’ assertions, predictions and anecdotes

By   /  February 15, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Florida, Governor, Legislature, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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As the debate over whether to fund or eliminate Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida escalates at the Florida Capitol, it’s important to consider that those who directly benefit from the mostly taxpayer-funded organizations are among their most vocal supporters.

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Juvenile justice reform barely survives its first legislative hearing

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Florida, Legislature, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Florida sends more children to adult prison than any other state. An attempt to change that is underway at the Florida Capitol, but skeptical lawmakers nearly killed the reform at its very first hearing last week. Sen. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach, introduced legislation that “responds to the concerns of defense attorneys, parents and child […]

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Ridesharing bills could pave the way for transformational changes

By   /  February 13, 2017  /  Florida, News, Regulations, State Government, Transportation  /  No Comments

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On the same day an Uber- and Lyft-friendly ridesharing bill passed its first committee stop in the Florida House, state Sen. Jeff Brandes was presenting his vision of where he believes the transportation industry is headed. “We’re in a generational shift from the horse and buggy to the Model-T,” Brandes said Wednesday evening at the […]

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Enterprise Florida/Visit Florida backers make their case, lose first vote

By   /  February 9, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Florida, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Economic development and tourism marketing beneficiaries from across the state packed the committee room to implore lawmakers to keep the taxpayer-funding flowing – often to enthusiastic applause.

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Another day, another ding for Florida’s economic incentive programs

By   /  February 7, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Florida, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

As the debate over whether to fund Florida’s state economic incentive programs rages at the Florida Capitol this week, a new government report offers plenty of fodder for critics of the so-called “corporate welfare.”

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