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Author: Lydia Harvey

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…
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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…
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Daytona Beach News-Journal: Court to rule on public’s right to speak

BY JAY STAPLETON DAYTONA BEACH — Two years ago, a civil rights legend with deep roots in Central Florida was not permitted to speak at a public hearing about a water treatment plant on the St. Johns River. William Stetson Kennedy, who died earlier this year at the age of 94, wanted to voice his…
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Citrus County Chronicle: Transparency resistance troubling

EDITORIAL A dark cloud hangs over Florida state government these days, threatening the state’s much-heralded Sunshine Laws. At issue is a request to the State Board of Administration (SBA) by state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, to release documents concerning an investment into Starboard Value and Opportunity, a hedge find spin-off of Ramius LLC.…
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Orlando Sentinel: State should make incentive data public

BY BETH KASSAB If Doug Darling, the state’s new “economic opportunity” director, really wants to get aggressive when it comes to holding accountable companies that accept public incentive dollars, there’s an easy way to do it. Make the information public. A radical idea? No, but it’s one Florida has simply shrugged at for decades. Read…
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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…
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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…
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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 more here.

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 more here.

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…
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