Did Hollywood Cops Get Off Easy for Deleting Internal Affairs Files?

BROWARD-PALM BEACH NEW TIMES

December 11, 2014

By: Chris Joseph

According to Florida law, internal affairs investigations are available to the public. Also, it’s illegal to destroy public records.

Yet high-ranking Hollywood cops are not going to face criminal charges for admitting to deleting internal affair files from the department’s computers.

Assistant Chief Ken Haberland, age 47, and Maj. Norris Redding, . . . → Read More: Did Hollywood Cops Get Off Easy for Deleting Internal Affairs Files?

Did Gov. Scott Withhold Records On Purpose?

FLORIDA CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

December 11, 2014

By: Tristram Korten

Did Gov. Rick Scott intentionally break the law by withholding emails in a personal account from which he conducted state business? That question will now be raised in court.

A Leon County Circuit Court judge ruled this week that an ongoing lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott can be amended . . . → Read More: Did Gov. Scott Withhold Records On Purpose?

Aggregated Post: Judge allows new complaint against Florida Gov. Rick Scott alleging he intentionally withheld public records

Judge allows new complaint against Florida Gov. Rick Scott alleging he intentionally withheld public records

A Tallahassee judge on Monday opened the door for a new complaint against Gov. Rick Scott that alleges he intentionally withheld public records in violation of state law, a charge that could result in sanctions against the governor after months of delay . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Judge allows new complaint against Florida Gov. Rick Scott alleging he intentionally withheld public records

With Senate redistricting lawsuit pending, court releases disputed documents

MIAMI HERALD BLOG

December 8, 2014

By: Mary Ellen Klas

The Florida Supreme Court on Monday thrust into the limelight yet another secret email that reveals the role of political consultants in the redistricting process that could have bearing on the pending lawsuit over Senate redistricting.

Tom Hofeller, of the Republican National Committee, wrote to Rich Heffley, a consultant to . . . → Read More: With Senate redistricting lawsuit pending, court releases disputed documents

Out of the Sunshine, shielded in shadow

THE ORACLE

December 4, 2014

By: Roberto Roldan

University owned corporations ‘have it both ways’ when it comes to public records and liability.

Every public university in Florida owns private direct support organizations – better known as university corporations – that hold millions of dollars in university assets out of public sight.

Originally intended to solicit donations from wealthy donors and . . . → Read More: Out of the Sunshine, shielded in shadow

A cloud over Florida’s Sunshine Laws

MIAMI-HERALD

December 2, 2014

By: Paula Dockery

In Florida we pride ourselves on our policy of government in the sunshine. We expect all aspects of lawmaking and enforcement to be transparent so voters can see and participate in our democratic process and have access to relevant information to hold elected officials accountable.

Most governors have honored this commitment to open . . . → Read More: A cloud over Florida’s Sunshine Laws

Weeks After Election, Gov. Rick Scott And State Agency Start Turning Over Public Records

FLORIDA CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

December 2, 2014

By: Ashley Lopez

Now that Gov. Rick Scott’s contentious re-election is over, a lot of previously-requested information is making its way to reporters– even though there is evidence some of the information was ready for release well before Election Day.

Among the possibly controversial documents that have since turned-up are two internal . . . → Read More: Weeks After Election, Gov. Rick Scott And State Agency Start Turning Over Public Records

After All Redistricting Docs Are Unsealed, GOP Consulting Group Defends Practices

FLORIDA CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

December 1, 2014

By: Ashley Lopez

The head of a GOP consulting group forced by court order to release documents showing his company may have been illegally used to redraw political districts, including evidence the company tried to hide its involvement by using third parties, is defending his and the company’s actions.

Besides the release . . . → Read More: After All Redistricting Docs Are Unsealed, GOP Consulting Group Defends Practices

State prisons agency knew requested public records were destroyed under ‘deficient’ backup system

POLITICAL FIX FLORIDA

December 1, 2014

By: Matt Dixon

A “deficient” backup system was in place when nearly two years of Florida Department of Correction’s public emails were destroyed, according to an inspector general’s report published in August 2013.

The destruction of public records was first reported by the Scripps-Tribune Capitol Bureau in October. The department admitted all emails from . . . → Read More: State prisons agency knew requested public records were destroyed under ‘deficient’ backup system

Aggregated Post: Gov. Rick Scott and staff used private email account, despite denials from administration

Gov. Rick Scott and staff used private email account, despite denials from administration

Gov. Rick Scott exchanged emails dealing with vetoes, the state budget and his speeches from a private email account, according to records turned over to The Associated Press on Tuesday. (Read More)

Gov. Rick Scott, staff used private email account

Florida Gov. Rick Scott exchanged emails . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Gov. Rick Scott and staff used private email account, despite denials from administration