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Federal regulation threatens Florida’s historic premium cigar industry

By   /  October 20, 2016  /  Federal Government, Florida, Health Care, Jobs + Growth, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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The Obama administrations’s regulatory assault on Florida’s premium cigar industry appears tailor made for an election season rife with populist indignation.

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More out, less in: Altered assumptions push Florida’s pension debt up $2.6 billion

By   /  October 19, 2016  /  Florida, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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In a small, unassuming Capitol conference room last week, state pension officials made multi-billion-dollar tweaks to the Florida Retirement System’s 1.1 million-member pension plan.

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Bridges of America prisoner transition group battles state for a second chance

By   /  October 17, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, Florida, News  /  No Comments

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Like the founder of her prisoner-transition program, Dawn Knight aims to be an inmate success story. Knight, 36, is serving a six-year prison sentence for burglary, grand theft and possession of burglary tools. If not for a drug addiction that began with legally prescribed pills, Knight says she would have never become “property of the […]

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The inconvenient truth about Al Gore’s Amendment 1 spiel

By   /  October 13, 2016  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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Former Vice President Al Gore was recently tapped by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign to help Clinton win over Florida millennials.

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Ethics Commission: 308 late or absent government financial disclosures

By   /  October 11, 2016  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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Despite ample warning, more than 300 government officials and public workers failed to disclosure their financial interests on time with the Florida Commission on Ethics.

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Feel like a million bucks: Florida’s 40 state senators are worth $151 million

By   /  October 7, 2016  /  Florida, News, State Government  /  No Comments


The Florida Senate has a combined net worth of more than $151 million, a Watchdog.org analysis of financial disclosure records shows.

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