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.
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
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
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
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.
Phillip Hallmark, CEO of Hallmark Industrial Services, told our sister site, the Michigan Messenger, that his company, which recently lost a contract cleaning
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
Despite the dismal turnout for Jacksonville anti-abortion group Heroic Media's An Evening of Hope event, keynote speaker Sarah Palin still managed to stray from pregnancy to politics.
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
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