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Florida’s 26th Congressional District has a short, but jaded, past

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Elections, Florida, News, Politics, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

SEEING DOUBLE: An election-watch group says 14,646 people hold voter registrations in Maryland and in Fairfax County, Va.

By Marianela Toledo | Florida Watchdog
MIAMI — Florida’s 26th Congressional District has been plagued with political scandals since its inception four years ago. Now it may add another to its record.
Florida Democratic Chairwoman Allison Tant is asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate GOP candidate Carlos Curbelo for not publicly disclosing the clients of his public relations, [...]

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FL county’s unrecorded land restriction may put couple out of business

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

Flash Beach Grille front

For Robert and Anita Breinig, the Flash Beach Grille restaurant and catering business is their slice of the American Dream. But after 17 years of sweat, that dream has taken a nightmarish turn. Their local government has decided to enforce a 24-year-old unrecorded environmental rule against them. Hundreds of others may soon be next.

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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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Feds subsidize Florida law enforcement’s military equipment stockpile

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

Courtesy of U.S. Army

M-16 assault rifles, reconnaissance helicopters and electric golf carts. For pennies on the dollar, local law enforcement agencies in Florida have been stocking up on surplus military equipment for years.

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Hertz: Crown jewel in Florida’s tax-incentives-for-jobs program under fire, again

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

AP file photo

Hertz CEO Mark Frissora was instrumental in securing an $85 million tax incentive package last year — courtesy of state and Lee County taxpayers. Now, thanks to three years of unreliable financial statements, investors are calling for his head.

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Nanny of the week: The out-of-control trend of arresting non-helicopter moms

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  National, News  /  No Comments

LOCK EM UP: Hey, kids, where are your parents. We've got some new bracelets for them to wear. And that see-saw doesn't look safe either, so we're going to have to take that, too.  (Image: Shutterstock)

Part 16 of 20 in the series Nanny State of the Week

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
MINNEAPOLIS — In this space each week, we try to zero in on a single politician, lawmaker or governing body using its power to limit individual freedom and choice in some way.
But, for this week, there is no singular entity or [...]

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