Tag: St. Petersburg Times

St. Petersburg Times: Florida state investment chief says transparency was a big issue for lawmakers in 2011

BY AARON SHAROCKMAN, Times Staff Writer Facing criticisms about the handling of the state’s $130 billion investment portfolio, the executive director and chief investment officer of the State Board of Administration tried to reassure Gov. Rick Scott that everything is fine. The back-and-forth between SBA executive director Ash Williams and Scott came Tuesday during a…
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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…
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St. Petersburg Times: Scott veto strikes a blow for openness

EDITORIAL Gov. Rick Scott acted on behalf of Floridians Friday by vetoing a bill that would have driven underground the business of the state’s airports. Even for a Legislature with open contempt for open government, this bill was extreme and an invitation to scandal. Scott did the right thing by rejecting a measure that could…
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St. Petersburg Times: Government secrecy in Florida is out of hand

BY HOWARD TROXLER We have a simple and important principle in Florida: What the government does is the public’s business. Put another way, the taxpayers of Florida have the right to know what their government is doing. Read more here.

The St. Petersburg Times: Plan to hold private meetings was an insult to the taxpayers

EDITORIAL Kudos to Hernando County commissioners who figured out the public’s business should be discussed in front of the public, not in private, closed-door meetings. We just hope Circuit Court Clerk Karen Nicolai will figure out a similar, sensible way of governing. Nicolai, whose job also makes her the county government’s chief financial officer, helped…
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St. Petersburg Times’ journalists win top investigative reporting honors

BY TIMES STAFF Three St. Petersburg Times journalists have won a 2010 Investigative Reporters and Editors award for “Under the Radar,” their investigation into a bogus Navy veterans charity and its elusive founder. Recently retired reporter Jeff Testerman, news researcher John Martin and former editor Richard Bockman are sharing the IRE award in the category…
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St. Petersburg Times to host GOP presidential primary debate with NBC, National Journal and Florida Council of 100

BY TIMES STAFF The St. Petersburg Times, NBC News, National Journal and the Florida Council of 100 announced Monday that they will co-sponsor a Republican presidential primary debate early next year. It will be held at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, site of the 2012 Republican National Convention. It’s the first time presidential…
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St. Petersburg Times Fund, Inc. to provide $240,000 to Barnes Scholars

The St. Petersburg Times Fund, Inc. has selected two students from Pinellas County and two from Hillsborough County as winners of the 2011 Barnes Scholarships. The students are eligible to each receive up to $15,000 annually for four years at an accredited U.S. college or university. The 2011 Barnes Scholars are Fedner Lauture (St. Petersburg…
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St. Petersburg Times wins ASNE award

The American Society of News Editors recognized three Florida publications in its annual journalism contest. Michael Kruse of the St. Petersburg Times won the Distinguished Writing Award for Nondeadline Writing. Additionally, the staff of The Palm Beach Post were finalists for the Jesse Laventhol Prize for Deadline News Reporting, and Paige St. John of the…
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