Friday, November 17, 2017

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PolitiFact Florida: Adam Putnam right. We need more nurses in Florida

PolitiFact Florida: Adam Putnam right. We need more nurses in Florida

In the Florida governor’s race, both Republicans and Democrats have highlighted an issue facing the Sunshine State: a shortage of nurses.For months now, Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has highlighted a surprising factoid about Florid...
Published: 11/13/17
More than 200 Florida political insiders are nearly unanimous: you should expect more Capitol allegations

More than 200 Florida political insiders are nearly unanimous: you should expect more Capitol allegations

In the aftermath of tawdry allegations ending the career of a state senator (Democrat Jeff Clemens of Palm Beach County) and threatening to end another’s (Republican Jack Latvala of Pinellas), more than 200 Florida political pros are nearly unanimous...
Published: 11/12/17
Adam C. Smith: 8 takeaways from the St. Pete mayor’s race

Adam C. Smith: 8 takeaways from the St. Pete mayor’s race

ST. PETERSBURG — The mayor’s race was Rick Baker’s to lose, and with a giant assist from Donald Trump, that’s what happened. The popular former mayor nearly came back in the campaign’s final weeks, but fell short against Rick Kriseman because of a se...
Published: 11/10/17
Insiders expect more Capitol allegations

Insiders expect more Capitol allegations

In the aftermath of tawdry allegations ending the career of a state senator (Democrat Jeff Clemens of Palm Beach County) and threatening to end another’s (Republican Jack Latvala of Pinellas), more than 200 Florida political pros are nearly unanimous...
Published: 11/06/17
Updated: 11/12/17
PolitiFact Florida: Agency oversells Gov. Rick Scott’s role in reducing number of uninsured children

PolitiFact Florida: Agency oversells Gov. Rick Scott’s role in reducing number of uninsured children

The vast disruption of Hurricane Irma meant many families risked losing their children’s health insurance coverage due to missed payments. As the board for the state children’s health insurance program prepared to meet about this issue, ...
Published: 11/06/17
Code of silence is breaking on Tallahassee’s sex secrets

Code of silence is breaking on Tallahassee’s sex secrets

TALLAHASSEE — For decades, sex has been a tool and a toy for the politically powerful in the male-dominated world of politics in Florida’s capital. Now it’s a weapon.Allegations of sexual assault, harassment and infidelity among the state’s legislato...
Published: 11/04/17
Updated: 11/05/17
Graham jokes bomb with tough crowd

Graham jokes bomb with tough crowd

First of all, we should stipulate that addressing the annual Associated Press pre-session planning day is a tough gig for politicians. Unlike partisan events, the crowd at these gatherings is largely stone faced, non-clapping reporters and editors fr...
Published: 10/31/17
Updated: 11/04/17
PolitiFact Florida: No evidence Medicaid expansion is fueling the opioid crisis

PolitiFact Florida: No evidence Medicaid expansion is fueling the opioid crisis

As Florida’s lawmakers grapple with the opioid crisis, one U.S. representative claims there’s a correlation between states that expanded Medicaid through Obamacare and states affected the worst by the epidemic.Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort ...
Updated one month ago
Adam Smith: Is there anything to be done about Washington gridlock? Some say yes

Adam Smith: Is there anything to be done about Washington gridlock? Some say yes

Let’s try to talk about Washington dysfunction without focusing on Donald Trump.Trump, after all, would not be president but for the vast public disgust with the status quo that preceded his candidacy and likely will succeed it.Complaints about Congr...
Updated one month ago
Missed deadlines nothing new for Rick Scott’s disaster agency

Missed deadlines nothing new for Rick Scott’s disaster agency

Gov. Rick Scott’s disaster management agency repeatedly violated federal requirements to expeditiously reimburse cities and counties in Florida for the cost of storm damage, agency auditors discovered in routine reviews.The inspector general in the D...
Updated one month ago