Make a Difference: Support the First Amendment

JOE SAUNDERS’S BLOG | Posted: March 8, 2012 7:20 PM

The First Amendment Foundation has issued an email blast asking supporters to contact legislative leaders to demand passage of a Senate bill that guarantees the right of Floridians to speak at public meetings of their city councils, school boards, county commissions and before any other elected officials.

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St. Petersburg Times: Keep openness in court

EDITORIAL

As the adage goes, hard cases can make bad law. They also can result in closing public records that should not be kept secret. As the anger over the outcome of the Casey Anthony case fades, so should interest by state lawmakers in filing legislation to keep the names of jurors secret. Judges already have the . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times: Keep openness in court

South Florida Sun Sentinel: Scott’s new aide says his personal email account will be public record

BY KATHLEEN HAUGHNEY

TALLAHASSEE — The new chief of staff to Gov. Rick Scott , Steve MacNamara, sent out a blanket email to his contacts from his personal account reminding them of his new job and the changes it might bring.

The message was clear: Starting July 5, any emails that aren’t personal in nature will be immediately . . . → Read More: South Florida Sun Sentinel: Scott’s new aide says his personal email account will be public record

Tallahassee Democrat: First Amendment advocates say Scott should veto bills that would hurt open government

BY JIM ASH
Florida Capital Bureau Chief

Governor Rick Scott, the political newcomer who critics say has a tin ear for open government, is the last hope for First Amendment advocates who want him to veto bills that they contend would make it harder to investigate suspicious deaths, elder abuse and wasteful spending.

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