Web of secret money hides one mega-donor funding conservative court

Miami Herald by Robert Maguire November 21, 2017 When a small nonprofit called the Judicial Crisis Network poured millions into a campaign to stop the Senate from confirming Barack Obama’s Supreme Court pick last year, and then spent millions more
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Reporters Committee and Time Inc. win lawsuit to unseal records from Trump Tower class action settlement

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press: Press Release November 21, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Contact media@rcfp.org or (202) 795-9304 On Tuesday, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and Time Inc. won a lawsuit to secure the
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Taxpayers pay price when officials operate in the shadows

TC Palm Editorial November 16, 2017 There is no positive spin on Martin County’s resolution of the Lake Point lawsuit. None. However, that didn’t stop the county’s media department from attempting to cast the settlement in a positive light. The headline splashed
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Florida wipes inspections of troubled nursing homes from its website

Miami Herald by Carol Marbin Miller and Caitlin Ostroff November 17, 2017 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
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Condo owners sue Adams Street Lofts for financial records

Tallahassee Democrat by Jeffrey Schweers November 20, 2017 It’s been months since Anthony Dewees and Lynda Tiefel asked to see the financial records of their condominium association over concerns about maintenance issues, bills being paid late and the association’s reserves
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Florida spent $22,000 to remove online nursing home info from public view

“I’m just stunned,” said Barbara A. Petersen, who is the president of the First Amendment Foundation in Tallahassee, an open-government group. “Government serves the people. They are doing a disservice, and one with potentially grave consequences.” Tampa Bay Times by
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FAF Letter to Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs

[VIEW PDF VERSION OF LETTER] November 17, 2017 The Honorable Teresa Jacobs, Mayor Orange County Board of County Commissioners 201 S. Rosalind Avenue, 5th Floor Orlando, FL 32801 Dear Mayor Jacobs: We are writing to express our thanks and appreciation
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Is there a cost to circumventing public records laws? Martin County learned the hard way

County agrees to pay $12 million for circumventing and destroying records. Tampa Bay Times by Mary Ellen Klas November 16, 2017 Circumventing Florida’s public records law, and destroying public documents, has cost Martin County commissioners more than $12 million —
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Hillsborough may go after citizens who filed ethics complaints against Ken Hagan

WTSP by Noah Pransky November 15, 2017 The county commission will vote Wednesday on a request from Commissioner Ken Hagan to seek financial retribution from citizen watchdogs who filed ethics complaints against him following a 2015 series by 10Investigates regarding Hagan’s
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