William Patrick is a reporter for Watchdog.org. Contact him at wpatrick@watchdog.org and follow him on Twitter @WillPatrick77.

Fracking doesn’t exist in Florida, despite attempts to ban it

By   /  January 12, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

New production reports show the natural gas boom in Pennsylvania continues, but environmentalists say the state should be concerned about the costs of that growth.

Legislative attempts to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Sunshine State appear to be broad restrictions in search of a problem.

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Battleground Florida: Anti-fracking bills takes aim on mostly non-existent industry

By   /  January 9, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Florida, News  /  No Comments

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Fresh off a statewide fracking ban in New York, environmental activists are moving on to their next battleground state – Florida. The message is clear: shut it down.

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Audit: FEMA overpaid Floridians $177M, has $1B in future liabilities

By   /  January 6, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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While Floridians celebrated New Year’s Eve, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security slipped a last-minute firecracker of a press release in which it acknowledged massive government waste by one of its most stigmatized federal agencies.

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Here’s 10 Florida bills you may not have heard of

By   /  January 1, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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It’s the holiday season, and for those fortunate enough to take some time off of work, it’s an opportunity to rest, relax and spend time with loved ones before the new working year begins.

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Anti-Castro Cuban-American political donations lowest in years

By   /  December 24, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

HANDS OFF: State lawmakers have introduced a pair of bills that would ban the use of public tax dollars for funding lobbying or litigation against the state and local governments. One of the bills, SB 109, would make doing so a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by up to a month in jail and/or a $500 fine.

Political donations by wealthy pro-democracy Cuban-Americans are the lowest they’ve been in recent memory.

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New Cuba policy sparks outrage amid potential economic opportunities

By   /  December 18, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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President Obama’s historic announcement that the United States will normalize relations with Cuba sent shockwaves across Florida on Wednesday. What’s in it for Florida?

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