St. Petersburg Times: New Florida Voices website focuses on opinion and columns

Times staff

Two veteran journalists have launched a new Florida-based web site, Florida Voices, that chronicles opinion pieces from writers around the state and aggregates editorials and columns from Florida newspapers. Rosemary Goudreau, former editorial page editor of The Tampa Tribune, and Rosemary Curtiss, former publisher of Suncoast News and the Tribune’s Pasco Edition, are co-founders of . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times: New Florida Voices website focuses on opinion and columns

St. Petersburg Times: PolitiFact Lab at Poynter will explore new ventures

BY BILL ADAIR

PolitiFact and the Poynter Institute have launched a partnership to create the PolitiFact Lab, an initiative that will oversee joint projects and educational programs on fact-checking.

The PolitiFact Lab at the Poynter Institute will promote best practices in accountability journalism, conduct research on fact-checking and work with PolitiFact on new ventures. Poynter, a nonprofit educational . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times: PolitiFact Lab at Poynter will explore new ventures

St. Petersburg Times: Florida senator wants to end secrecy on tax incentives for businesses

BY MICHAEL C. BENDER

TALLAHASSEE — A Republican state senator wants to end secrecy surrounding deals that use tax dollars to lure companies to Florida or that keep existing businesses from leaving.

“Once the deal is signed, all the details should be open to the public,” said Nancy Detert, R-Venice, chairwoman of the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee.

The . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times: Florida senator wants to end secrecy on tax incentives for businesses

Tampa Tribune: Leadership changes announced at Tribune and WFLA-TV

BY RICHARD MULLINS

TAMPA — Media General Inc. announced a series of changes in Tampa on Wednesday with
The Tampa Tribune and WFLA, Channel 8, including the departure of several top
executives and more direct links to the company’s headquarters in Richmond, Va.

The changes aim to improve the Tribune’s finances and focus far more intently
on reaching news readers with . . . → Read More: Tampa Tribune: Leadership changes announced at Tribune and WFLA-TV

St. Petersburg Times: A new name that fits the Times

BY PAUL TASH
Times Chairman and CEO

Since I started here as a reporter in 1978, I have answered my phone with some version of “St. Pete Times.” I will need to learn a new habit.

Starting Jan. 1, this newspaper will become the Tampa Bay Times. The new name reflects the growth of our newspaper and our vision . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times: A new name that fits the Times

St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald: Inside Rick Scott’s BlackBerry

BY MICHAEL C. BENDER

TALLAHASSEE — The Governor’s Office released 87 pages of public records Friday showing e-mails Gov. Rick Scott sent and received in the final days of his transition into office that have yet to be made public.

The documents, which the Governor’s Office has had for nearly six months, include about 65 new e-mails beyond . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald: Inside Rick Scott’s BlackBerry

Miami Herald: Scott’s transparency problem

EDITORIAL

For a governor who promised accountability as a candidate, Rick Scott sure  has a lot of explaining to do.

Not once, not twice, but now there has been a third incident involving a “technological mix-up” at the governor’s office that has mysteriously resulted  in emails evaporating into cyberspace.

Like magic — after a public records request.

Florida Department of . . . → Read More: Miami Herald: Scott’s transparency problem

Miami Herald: Bondi calls $10k bill for public records ‘indefensible’

Naked Politics Blog

Attorney General Pam Bondi said it was “indefensible” that the state gave  state Sen. Mike Fasano a  $10,000 estimate for collecting public records regarding Florida pension  investments.

“I’ve lost sleep over this bill,” Bondi told State Board of Administration  Director Ash Williams.

Read . . . → Read More: Miami Herald: Bondi calls $10k bill for public records ‘indefensible’

Times/Herald: Florida Gov. Rick Scott is e-mailing again

BY MICHAEL C. BENDER

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott is e-mailing again.

But this time with a state account.

Scott declined a state e-mail address after he took office, saying he didn’t want to create public records. But on Aug. 1, Scott activated a new account, public records show.

Read . . . → Read More: Times/Herald: Florida Gov. Rick Scott is e-mailing again

Times/Herald: Gov. Rick Scott e-mails ‘cleaned out’ from third source

BY MICHAEL C. BENDER

TALLAHASSEE — E-mails on Gov. Rick Scott’s BlackBerry may have been lost in another technology mix-up inside his office.

Scott and his staff have acknowledged that his account and at least 37 others from his two-month transition — a crucial stretch after Election Day when key hires are made and a first-year policy agenda . . . → Read More: Times/Herald: Gov. Rick Scott e-mails ‘cleaned out’ from third source