The St. Petersburg Times: Top adviser avoids creating public records as she shapes Gov. Rick Scott’s policy, e-mails show

BY MICHAEL C. BENDER
Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

TALLAHASSEE — When U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s office tried to contact Gov. Rick Scott’s top lieutenant, Mary Anne Carter offered her cell number, her state e-mail address and a warning.

“I rarely check and almost never respond to work e-mail because of the open records law,” Carter wrote from her private e-mail . . . → Read More: The St. Petersburg Times: Top adviser avoids creating public records as she shapes Gov. Rick Scott’s policy, e-mails show

The St. Petersburg Times: Keeping the tragic truth from the public a bad idea

BY SUE CARLTON,

Times Columnist

We live in a world of cyber-bullies, 24-hour news, YouTube and faceless commenters free to say or post anything, no matter how inane, stupid or outright vicious. Empathy and decency are often quaint notions in the anonymity of the Web.

Which makes you understand the motive behind a bill to shield the families of . . . → Read More: The St. Petersburg Times: Keeping the tragic truth from the public a bad idea

The St. Petersburg Times: The prince of darkness

BY TIM NICKENS

“GIVE AN INCH…”

That was the sarcastic tweet last weekend by Brian Burgess, the communications director for Gov. Rick Scott. He complained about a Times/Herald Tallahassee bureau article describing how Scott’s selective release of information about large public pensions advances his political agenda.

Burgess’ point: The poor governor gets criticized for not being transparent, creates a . . . → Read More: The St. Petersburg Times: The prince of darkness