Will leaked docs showing Rays’ profit affect the team’s fight for a new stadium?: News. Politics. Media

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.

BP data reveal high stakes for Florida in oil spill claims process: News. Politics. Media

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.

Feinberg takes control of spill compensation fund, dismisses criticisms from McCollum: News. Politics. Media

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.

Collier County data confirms that only a small percentage of 287(g) detainees are serious criminals: News. Politics. Media

Recent data released by Collier County's Criminal Alien Task Force reveals that only a small percentage of those detained under Section 287(g) — a federal program that grants Collier the authority to conduct immigration law enforcement — are actually dangerous criminals, a fact cited in a March 2010 Office of Inspector General report as evidence that 287(g) is failing to meet its proponents' stated goals.

Powerful Tampa Bay interests campaign for local light rail funding: News. Politics. Media

With plans for a federally funded high-speed rail line linking Tampa and Orlando on the fast track, some of the Tampa Bay area's most powerful political and business interests are pushing to secure funding for a connecting light rail system. But with local and state governments facing continued budget deficits across the board, those hopes rest on Hillsborough County citizens footing the bill. That means legions of taxpayers and anti-tax groups need convincing.