Florida

Anti-Castro Cuban-American political donations lowest in years

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

HANDS OFF: State lawmakers have introduced a pair of bills that would ban the use of public tax dollars for funding lobbying or litigation against the state and local governments. One of the bills, SB 109, would make doing so a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by up to a month in jail and/or a $500 fine.

Political donations by wealthy pro-democracy Cuban-Americans are the lowest they’ve been in recent memory.

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New Cuba policy sparks outrage amid potential economic opportunities

By   /  December 18, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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President Obama’s historic announcement that the United States will normalize relations with Cuba sent shockwaves across Florida on Wednesday. What’s in it for Florida?

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State lawmakers look to shift power away from Washington

By   /  December 10, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Congress, Florida, Government Regulation, Illinois, National, News, State Government, Transparency, Virginia  /  No Comments

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A movement is afoot from state lawmakers who believe the federal government has amassed far too much power, to the detriment of state authority and autonomy.

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Labor union work by federal employees on ‘official time’ costs taxpayers millions

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Congress, Federal Government, National, News  /  No Comments

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Unionized federal employees spent 2.48 million hours working for their unions while getting paid by taxpayers during 2013, and more than 360 workers who are on the federal payroll spent 100 percent of their time working for their union.

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Nanny of the Week: Florida growls at craft breweries’ growlers

By   /  November 10, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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Cans, bottles, kegs and sixers? Cheers. A 64-ounce growler? Not on your life. Such are Florida’s craft brew regulations. One public interest law firm says the nanny regulation is designed to protect big beer at the expense of small businesses and micro brew lovers.

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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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