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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.

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Lax oversight of gov’t-supported Florida nonprofit contributes to taxpayer losses

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

VACANT: Most of the $1 million grant to build a vocational facility was spent after the grant-school was no longer operational.

For years, hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars in community grants were given to a corrupt nonprofit “business.” Where was the oversight?

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SNAP: ‘Temporary’ work waivers approved for seventh straight year

By   /  December 12, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has congratulated Ohio for a Supplemental Nutrition Program payment error rate of 3.4 percent in federal fiscal year 2011, which is below the national average of 3.8 percent.

Since 2009, Florida’s most able-bodied recipients of government food assistance have been exempt from work requirements. The “temporary” exemption will continue for at least another year, Watchdog has learned.

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Florida charters a top school choice option, and growing

By   /  December 11, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

School choice opponents may be getting a dose of the holiday blues, thanks to new findings by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

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Floridians wait for low-THC cannabis treatment due to health department’s failings

By   /  December 10, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Charlotte’s Web isn’t just an adorable children’s classic. It’s also the name of a compassionate medical marijuana law passed by the Republican-dominated Florida Legislature earlier this year that’s having trouble getting off the ground.

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President Obama’s immigration order could cost Florida taxpayers billions

By   /  November 27, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

MEANINGLESS DOCUMENT: The I-864 "Affidavit of Support" does not stop legal immigrants from tapping into the welfare system.

Florida has the highest increase in illegal immigration of any state from 2009 to 2012, according to the Pew Research Center.

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