Citizens fight City Hall and win; Tallahassee voters get ethics reforms on ballot

By   /  September 2, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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Add one more Tallahassee resident to the list of thousands who think voters should have a say in whether their city government needs stronger ethics requirements.

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Bow down: Chaplains, religious expression banned from Central Florida high school football

By   /  September 2, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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Florida’s fourth largest public school district is cracking down on religious expression at sporting events — just in time for high school football.

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New courthouse could bring more debt to Miami-Dade

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

VINTAGE: Miami Dade County courthouse was built in 1925. Authorities noted that now the old facility is “aging and no longer able to meet the needs of Miami-Dade County.”

By Marianela Toledo | Florida Watchdog
MIAMI — Miami-Dade County voters may be asked to take on more debt to build a new county courthouse, though the mayor and others oppose the idea if it means higher property taxes.
County commissioners have until Wednesday to decide whether to include the new courthouse plan on the Nov. 6 ballot. [...]

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M16s are the same as office supplies

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  Audio, Florida, Media, Podcasts, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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By Benjamin Yount | Watchdog Radio
One Florida sheriff’s office is proud to be bargain shopping. Whether its pens and pencils or helicopters and assault rifles.
On the latest edition of Watchdog Radio, Florida Watchdog’s Will Patrick explains why the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is proud of its low cost, militarized police force.
Plus U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., [...]

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Taxpayers foot the bill while the feds lets aging building rot

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  Florida, National, News  /  No Comments

Dyer Courthouse, from Wikipedia.

Miami’s love affair with courthouses is costing taxpayers a bundle. Not only does it cost a fortune to build a new courthouse, the cost of maintaining the structures they replace is eye-popping.

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‘Fiscally responsible’ Florida has $11.5 billion in off-the-books debt

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

DebtCarried

Despite a balanced budget, Florida’s finances aren’t actually on solid ground, according to a fiscal watchdog group. Not if you include $11.5 billion in missing debt.

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