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

Coin toss may decide Florida election

By   /  November 13, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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Long lines, late results and a reputation for narrow margins of victory — there’s no place like Florida during election season.

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Feds dig up $2 million to support networking needs of amateur fossil fans

By   /  November 13, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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Fossil lovers now have one more way to link up and talk about dinosaurs — thanks to a mammoth-sized federal grant. Whether tax dollars should be used to support private hobbyists, however, is another question.

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Six-figure state pensions on the rise in Florida

By   /  November 7, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

PONDERING PENSIONS: Pennsylvania lawmakers believe there's an appetite for pension reform, but there's no exact idea of what it will look like yet.

Guaranteed pensions — all but extinct in the private sector — are alive and well for government workers.

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FL ballot amendments: Medical pot and court packing out, environmental spending in

By   /  November 5, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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About 11 p.m. Tuesday night, a Twitter account called “Charlie Crist’s Fan” messaged Gov. Rick Scott for a job.

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Special needs students receive scholarships, Florida’s teachers’ union sues

By   /  November 4, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

By Emily Metcalf

Hundreds of special needs students finally have access to an innovative scholarship program offering educational services outside of public schools. But the Florida teachers’ union is trying to kill the program.

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FL Supreme Court says warrantless cell phone spying a no-go

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

SOLID: The Supreme Court upheld the governor's pension reforms which were heavily opposed by public employee unions.

Thanks to the Florida Supreme Court and a drug dealer, police can no longer spy on unsuspecting citizens through their cell phones without a warrant.

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