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

Feds list manatees as endangered, despite years of science-based findings

By   /  March 3, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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Manatees have been on the federal Endangered Species List since 1967, but according to biologists at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manatees aren’t actually endangered.

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Florida senators carry a combined $144 million in personal wealth

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

http://www.flhistoriccapitol.gov/

Florida’s most deliberative legislative body happens to be quite wealthy, and it’s getting richer.

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Jacksonville Jags want millions in taxpayer incentives

By   /  February 19, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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The Jacksonville Jaguars is one of the worst teams in pro football. The team’s billionaire owner, Shahid Khan, is looking for help — in the form of $30 million in tax incentives to upgrade premium stadium seating.

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County security supervisor in Florida caught stealing, loses 20-year pension

By   /  February 13, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

The Office of the Inspector General appear to be going after cases of waste, fraud and abuse more zealously than they have in the past.

Weak supervision, an ill planned financial tracking system, and a corrupt government employee. What could possibly go wrong?

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Florida lawmakers left out of loop on automatic license plate readers

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

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Privacy advocates are up in arms over the government’s secretive use of automatic license plate readers. State lawmakers aren’t clear about the federal-local law enforcement surveillance partnership either.

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Highway robbery? Minimum fare rule gets its day in Tampa court

By   /  February 11, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

Institute for Justice

In Tampa, fair pricing for limousine services is illegal, at least when it interferes with entrenched taxi and limousine interests.

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