Monday, November 20, 2017

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The Staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Florida Democratic chairman resigns over allegations of being creepy

Florida Democratic chairman resigns over allegations of being creepy

Stephen Bittel's rocky tenure as Florida Democratic Party chairman ended in disgrace Friday after he resigned following accusations from women that he leered at them, made suggestive comments and created an unprofessional work environment.Bittel...
Published: 11/17/17
Updated: 11/18/17
Al Franken cancels Miami Book Fair appearance

Al Franken cancels Miami Book Fair appearance

From our friends at the Miami Herald:Sen. Al Franken canceled his Sunday appearance at Miami Book Fair amid allegations over sexual misconduct.The call to Book Fair officials came Friday afternoon, said Juan Mendieta, director of communications for M...
Published: 11/17/17
Florida spent $22,000 to remove online nursing home info from public view

Florida spent $22,000 to remove online nursing home info from public view

From the Miami Herald's Carol Marbin Miller and Caitlin Ostroff:On a good day, Olga Vasquez would dress up in the morning, apply makeup and stand in the hallway at her Hialeah Gardens nursing home, helping other residents get in and out of wheelchair...
Published: 11/17/17
Debris removal from Irma going just fine, says top Florida official

Debris removal from Irma going just fine, says top Florida official

Florida's transportation secretary is giving his agency a passing mark for debris removal after Hurricane Irma.But with debris still along some roads, particularly in pockets of the Florida Keys, Department of Transportation Secretary Michael Dew sai...
Published: 11/17/17
Corrine Brown asks judge for ‘mercy’ in sentencing

Corrine Brown asks judge for ‘mercy’ in sentencing

JACKSONVILLE— Ex-U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown and her supporters asked a federal judge for "mercy and compassion" in his sentencing of her for fraud and tax evasion convictions.The Florida Times-Union reports that Brown told U.S. District Court Judg...
Published: 11/17/17
Irma agriculture losses continue to mount

Irma agriculture losses continue to mount

From Jim Turner at the News Service of Florida:Florida's $2.5 billion request for federal disaster relief for its agriculture industry after Hurricane Irma might not be enough.Members of the House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedne...
Published: 11/16/17
Murman again named Hillsborough chair two years after controversial ouster over transportation

Murman again named Hillsborough chair two years after controversial ouster over transportation

TAMPA — Two years after her unexpected ouster, Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman is once again the board's chairwoman.The seven-member commission chose Murman on Thursday over Victor Crist, who has never led the board during his sev...
Published: 11/16/17
Why have so few women gone public about sexual harassment in Florida Capitol?

Why have so few women gone public about sexual harassment in Florida Capitol?

As women across the country come forward and publicly call out sexual harassers, accusers in the Sunshine State have remained in the shade.At least six women have alleged that they are victims of sexual harassment by Sen. Jack Latvala, the Clearwater...
Published: 11/16/17
Rick Scott directs additional state help to Seminole Heights

Rick Scott directs additional state help to Seminole Heights

As Tampa officials struggle to solve the shootings that have plagued the Seminole Heights neighborhood, Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office announced additional help.Here's the release:To assist the Tampa Police Department's efforts to keep the Seminole...
Published: 11/16/17
Rick Kriseman’s administration sacks engineer who accused mayor of bullying tactics

Rick Kriseman’s administration sacks engineer who accused mayor of bullying tactics

Steven Marshall, the city engineer who went public with allegations about bullying and intimidation in Mayor Rick Kriseman's administration,  has gotten the ax.Marshall, who appeared with Kriseman's opponent, Rick Baker, days before the Nov. 7 e...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17