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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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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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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The Rotunda Episode 127: Open Government

Tallahassee Democrat’s by The Rotunda’s Trimmel Gomes November 14, 2017 On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, as officials in Tallahassee and the legislature find themselves marred in controversy, Barbra Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, a Tallahassee-based
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First the city sank his house. Now, he’s at the Supreme Court over free speech case

Miami Herald by Monique O. Madan November 13, 2017 Nearly five years ago, Fane Lozman won a landmark case in the Supreme Court when the justices ruled that his houseboat was not a boat, but his floating home, and that
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Water district exempts panel from Sunshine Law, allows members to talk outside meetings

TC Palm by Lucas Daprille November 14, 2017 The South Florida Water Management District has changed an advisory commission to an “analysis coalition” so it doesn’t have to follow the state’s Sunshine Law. The district rewrote the Water Resources Advisory Commission’s charter
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‘Deeply troubling,’ First Amendment Foundation calls Hagan request

WTSP by Noah Pransky November 14, 2017 A state watchdog says it is “deeply troubling” that Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan is seeking reimbursement from four citizens for legal bills that stemmed from ethics complaints against him. The state recently ruled there was no probable
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