How many times have you considered to make a lifestyle change? Maybe you are tired of doing the…
Did you know there are roughly 11,000 senior centers in the United States serving about 1 million elders?…
A draft report released today by the national oil spill commission provides new details on a much-criticized August assessment by the Obama Administration of
The Florida Supreme Court ruled today that Florida voters will be able to vote on Amendment 8, which would impact the number of students allowed in every
A Wall Street Journal Political Diary story states that Republicans are worried that Gov. Charlie Crist, independent candidate for U.S. Senate, is working on a deal with Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek to have Meek drop out of the race and presumably endorse Crist in order to beat Republican Marco Rubio, who currently leads in the polls by about a 10-point margin. Meek scoffs at the idea.
In his latest campaign ad, Republican gubernatorial candidate and former health care executive Rick Scott points to his…
Kenneth Feinberg knew what he was in for. The independent administrator of BP’s $20 billion oil spill compensation fund has put himself in charge of seemingly impossible situations before — as special master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and as “pay czar” overseeing executive compensation at companies that got bailouts from the U.S. government. But, in an interview with The Washington Independent this week, Feinberg says there were some surprises this time around.
The race for Florida's District 2 seat is growing increasingly heated in the final weeks leading up to the November election. Republican Steve Southerland, a
Amendment 8 is on the November ballot and, if it passes, would impact the number of students allowed in every classroom in all Florida public schools. The
In arguably the most-watched U.S. House race in the country, between Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, and his Republican challenger, former state Senate Minority
In response to concerns raised by the medical community in Hillsborough County, commissioners will be looking at possible…
Chief Justice Paul Hawkes of Florida's 1st District Court of Appeals issued a seven-page letter Monday to newspaper editors around the state, responding to the flurry of criticism that has been leveled against the court's new $48 million home in the state's capital.
Gov. Charlie Crist has until Friday to act on HB 1565, an overhaul of rule-making procedures that would limit the ability of state agencies to pass new regulations.
The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal society founded in New Haven, Conn. in 1881, does a lot of good work. In a report detailing its charitable giving during 2009, the organization noted that while the “Knights and their families are hardly immune to the economic downturn,” they had once again furthered their proud 128-year tradition of service — a tradition including “helping the widows and orphans of the late 19th century” and “providing coats to poor, cold children.” Add to that list a donation of a whopping $1.4 million in 2009 to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a nonprofit group dedicated to fighting same-sex marriage through the ballot initiative system in California, Maine and other states. While NOM hasn’t yet made public its 2009 fundraising numbers, the amount of charitable contributions it received in 2008 totaled approximately $2.9 million.
Federal authorities say Pinellas businessman Shannon Wren for years dealt in counterfeit computer chips, risking the lives of military personnel and potentially endangering national security. Authorities say Wren’s dealings in counterfeit “military grade” integrated circuits, or ICs, made him rich, but one alleged victim - a major defense contractor specializing in missile technology - says the company purchased chips that turned out to be fake from a supplier, who bought them from Wren.
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Two polls this month put Democratic candidate Alex Sink ahead of Republican Rick Scott in the race for Florida governor. According to a Fox News survey of
Since he took over the oil spill claims process in August, Kenneth Feinberg has faced criticism from Florida officials who fear the state’s tourism industry won’t be compensated for many of its losses. During a speech Tuesday to the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Feinberg announced that, while he remains skeptical of claims from citizens far from the actual spill, he will work to make the process more generous for Florida's beleaguered tourism industry.
During the bruising Democratic primary race for Florida attorney general, Dan Gelber accused his rival Dave Aronberg and his allies of resurrecting the
With a contentious sales tax vote in Hillsborough County on the horizon, transportation officials are holding meetings to present the public with proposed
State Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami, is running for Congress in Florida’s District 25 against Democrat Joe Garcia. Rivera was first elected to the Florida
Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., has transferred $250,000 from his own reelection account into the Republican Party of Florida, reports Ben Smith of Politico. The cash
Democratic governor candidate Alex Sink announced she will release five years' worth of personal tax returns and is calling for her Republican opponent Rick
BP released this morning a wide-ranging investigation of the gulf oil spill. According to the document, the Deepwater Horizon Accident Investigation Report,
Democratic state Sen. Al Lawson, of Tallahassee, endorsed Charlie Crist last week for U.S. Senate over the Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek. Crist's campaign
As President Obama unveiled his $50 billion program to generate jobs at the national level a Florida International University report released on Monday says the
Phillip Hallmark, CEO of Hallmark Industrial Services, told our sister site, the Michigan Messenger, that his company, which recently lost a contract cleaning
China is one of many foreign nations making a push to be part of Florida’s emerging construction of high-speed rail for bullet trains, first between Tampa and Orlando, then onto Miami.
The South Florida Water Management District continues to tout its new water conservation advertising campaign, but can it counteract controversial water withdrawal projects?
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to hear arguments against enforcing a 2006 Orlando city ordinance that limits group public feeding in city parks to
Leaked financial documents show that the Tampa Rays Rays turned a profit during their last-place campaign in 2007 and their unlikely run to the World Series in 2008 — revelations that come at a problematic time for the team. The Rays have entered into a political fight with the City of St. Petersburg after announcing in June that the team’s ballpark, Tropicana Field, is not financially viable and that the team must move.
Rep. Alan Grayson — you know the guy — last night introduced a doozy of a bill: the “War…
While Republican Party officials who backed Bill McCollum in the Republican governor primary put campaign accusations to sleep and embrace Rick Scott, he has
Florida CFO and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink announced plans yesterday to audit the finances of the new First District Court of Appeals, currently in the final stages of construction about six miles from downtown Tallahassee in Southwood.
A national recruitment firm has announced four finalists in contention to take over operations of Tampa International Airport. The firm Spencer Stuart has
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development last week awarded Florida $26.6 million in disaster relief funds as part of its Community Development Block
As we head towards the November general election, several Florida contests appear to be of importance to the balance of power in the U.S. Congress. The
American Crossroads, the conservative political action organization associated with Karl Rove and Ed Gillespe, is declaring its intention today to spend more
Fresh off an easy primary victory over two no-name opponents Tuesday night, Florida Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio is heading to Texas this week for
Via The Miami Herald:
A week ago today, Kenneth Feinberg began administering the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which he has said will be an improvement over BP's process and more generous than the treatment claimants can expect in court. Data released last week by BP shows that Feinberg's decisions about how to disburse compensation could impact Florida more than any other gulf state.
The City of Sarasota meets this evening to further debate its ongoing negotiations with Florida Power & Light over the possible renewal of the contract
Kenneth Feinberg today takes over the gargantuan task of distributing the $20 billion BP is setting aside to reimburse victims of the gulf oil spill. He has said he will approve compensation claims by relying on precedents set by state and federal law. But law professors following the issue say it is unclear just how Feinberg will interpret a key legal doctrine called “proximate cause,” which will determine exactly who gets a slice of the compensation fund.
The nonpartisan taxpayer watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste has given several Florida representatives low marks when it comes to protecting the
Attorney General Bill McCollum sent a letter to incoming oil spill claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg, criticizing his plan for compensating oil spill
Could it be possible that the Tampa area is more stressful to live in than New York City? A study conducted by Forbes.com says yes. The Tampa/St.
President Clinton will campaign today in South Florida on behalf of Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Fla. Meek is coming off some decidedly better poll numbers in his
Sen. Bill Nelson's website just posted video that depicts dispersants being sprayed into the gulf oil leak: This is new footage from April 30 labeled
The Florida Energy and Climate Commission decided Friday to allocate $13.8 million in unspent stimulus money to cover a portion of the state's unpaid solar rebates. Even with that measure, though, more than $40 million in unfunded rebate claims will persist.
+ A cleanup contractor is slashing employees' wages by between $4 and $10 per hour, citing a shift from emergency-response operations to a long-term cleanup