Onetime supporter says ethics board devolved into ‘lapdog, not a watchdog’

By   /  September 10, 2015  /  Accountability, Florida, Issues, National, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse  /  No Comments


Original supporters of an initiative to create an ethics board in Tallahassee say it’s gone way off track and they’re disillusioned, they tell

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Anti-corruption group’s ethics boards face ethical problems

By   /  August 31, 2015  /  Florida, Issues, News, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

Caution_bribe_coming_through_washington_dc_2’s quest to get money out of politics comes with all-powerful ethics committees which are already leading to doubts about their efforts.

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Single-sex schools boost enrollment, raise scores

By   /  August 21, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, Florida, News, Texas  /  No Comments

MEN'S NIGHT: Principal Sterlin McGruder, left, and Gus Garcia at dedication of all-boys school named after Garcia.

Same-gender middle schools are improving academic performance in Austin’s poorer neighborhoods, and more all-male and all-female campuses are opening elsewhere around Texas.

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Nanny State of the Week: Florida county sends environmental specialist to investigate BBQ

By   /  August 3, 2015  /  Commentary, Florida, Issues, Nanny State of the Week, News, Power Abuse, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

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The smell of barbeque has landed one Florida man in trouble with his local authorities, who reportedly sent an “environmental specialist” – a fancy term for this column recognizes as little more than a run-of-the-mill government nanny – to inspect his grill and then ordered him to contain the smell to his own property

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Education week-in-review: Killing school choice and crippling a budget

By   /  June 19, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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From Florida, where the teachers union is trying to kill school choice, to Philadelphia, where union politics may cripple the school district’s budget, it’s been an interesting week in education news.

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Florida passes wireless tax cut

By   /  June 18, 2015  /  Florida, News, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

TAPPING TALENT: A U.S. court has ruled that U.S. tech workers can challenge President Obama’s order extending the legal status of foreign employees here.

Florida residents, who pay the fourth-highest wireless tax rate in the country, could see a nearly $20 reduction in their yearly wireless bill starting July 1.

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