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Patronis Wants Rubin Fired at Next Cabinet Meeting

July 13, 2019 - 9:30am
Ronald Rubin and Jimmy Patronis

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is pushing to fire the state’s top financial regulator, who was suspended amid a sexual harassment investigation, at the next Cabinet meeting.

Patronis’ request to consider the termination of Office of Financial Regulation Commissioner Ronald Rubin at the July 25 meeting was made Thursday, as allegations of misconduct have been levied against both Patronis and the man he once encouraged his Cabinet colleagues to hire.

South Miami to Challenge 'Sanctuary Cities' Ban

July 11, 2019 - 7:45am
When the Legislature passed the ban ...

The city of South Miami is preparing to fight a controversial new law aimed at banning so-called “sanctuary cities,” after commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to hire an attorney to handle the legal challenge.

The ban, signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis last month, was one of the most fiercely fought issues of the 2019 legislative session that ended in May. The measure came after after DeSantis vowed during his 2018 campaign to prevent sanctuary cities.

FPL Settlement Approved on Irma Costs

July 10, 2019 - 8:30am

Utility regulators on Tuesday signed-off on a $1.3 billion agreement involving Florida Power & Light’s costs for restoring electricity after Hurricane Irma plowed through the state in 2017.

The Florida Public Service Commission approved the settlement between FPL, the state Office of Public Counsel and the Florida Industrial Power Users Group. The agreement finalizes the costs, which will be covered by the utility’s savings from a 2017 federal tax overhaul.

DeSantis Reports Dip in His Net Worth

July 2, 2019 - 7:00am
Ron DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ net worth dropped nearly 9 percent in 2018 as he left Congress and made a successful run for governor.

DeSantis reported a net worth of $283,605 as of Dec. 31, down from $310,971 at the end of 2017, according to a new financial disclosure posted Monday on the Florida Commission on Ethics website. 

State officials faced a Monday deadline to file updated disclosures, which typically detail their finances as of the end of 2018.

Solutions-Minded Algae Task Force Steps on the Gas

July 2, 2019 - 7:00am

Experts looking into toxic algae outbreaks that have exploded in state waterways want to know if anyone has a proven, innovative cleanup strategy that can be used.

DeSantis Vetoes Warnings on Lottery Tickets

June 29, 2019 - 9:00am

Lawmakers seeking to slap gambling-addiction warnings on state lottery tickets and advertising once again failed to scratch out a winner.

On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis, noting potential impacts to money for education, vetoed a controversial bill (HB 629) that sought to require the following warnings to be prominently displayed on the front of all lottery tickets: “Warning: Lottery games may be addictive,” or “Play responsibly.”

Backroom Briefing: Landing Jobs Via the Launch Pad

June 28, 2019 - 6:30am
Space Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis is looking beyond military benefits as he continues to pitch Florida to house the command headquarters of President Donald Trump’s proposed Space Force military branch.

DeSantis envisions Space Force as another cog in renewed growth of the iconic space industry around Cape Canaveral, which has seen a slow resurgence as private companies --- spurred by a space race among billionaires --- look to reduce costs by manufacturing launch vehicles close to the pads.

Suspended Regulator Blasts Patronis in Lawsuit

June 25, 2019 - 8:45am
Ronald Rubin and Jimmy Patronis

Florida’s suspended top financial regulator, in a lawsuit alleging he is the victim of “pay to play --- or else” politics, contends state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is running a “powerful but corrupt enterprise.”

State to Further Examine the Grounds of Dozier Reform School

June 21, 2019 - 7:45am
Only a portion of the scores of bodies unearthed were given marked graves at Dozier

Forensic experts will return next month to the site of a notorious state reform school --- where the remains of more than 50 people were unearthed in 2015 --- to find out what lies in 27 additional sites.

Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee said Thursday that once they can determine what the below-ground “anomalies” are at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, officials will then begin to establish “appropriate next steps,” which could include further digging.

Backroom Briefing: Fried's Smiling Face Sticks Around

June 21, 2019 - 7:30am
Nikki Fried sticker on a Florida gas pump

Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried’s smiling face won’t immediately disappear from most gas pumps, even as Republicans seek to prohibit such displays.

With Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services inspectors conducting sweeps statewide for illegal “skimmer” devices intended to steal credit card information, many pumps will have the bright yellow, green and blue stickers well beyond July 1, the start of the upcoming fiscal year.




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