Florida

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 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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Millions in taxpayer incentives later, Office Depot leaving business-friendly Florida

By   /  February 6, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

Enterprise Florida

Office Depot is packing up its corporate bags and shipping out of the Sunshine State. But not before scoring millions in state and local taxpayer incentives.

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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

Photo by Kathryn Watson

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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