State reverses decision to shield information from nursing home inspection reports

Miami Herald by Mary Ellen Klas September 23, 2017 Florida regulators decided Friday they will abandon the use of software that allowed them to heavily redact key words from nursing home inspection reports posted online, choosing instead to link to
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Does Gov. Rick Scott’s tight control of information matter in an emergency?

Miami Herald by Mary Ellen Klas, Steve Bousquet, and Kristin M. Clark September 12, 2017 Floridians aren’t just facing a traffic bottleneck as they attempt to return home after mandatory evacuations from the storm, they are also facing an information juggernaut
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Why Are These Religious Leaders Challenging a Florida Abortion Law?

On Dec. 12, 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a suit challenging a component of a Florida law set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017, that would require any person or organization that advises a person
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Media lawyer Alison Steele leaving Rahdert, going solo

Longtime media attorney Alison Steele is leaving the St. Petersburg law firm she has helped build for the last quarter-century and starting her own solo practice. by Florida Politics’ Jim Rosica December 27, 2016 Steele, a name partner in the firm of Rahdert,
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Miami Mayor’s Chief Strategist Proposes Insane, Unconstitutional “Civility Court”

Bad ideas have had free rein in 2016. From a Muslim registry to a taxpayer-funded Pitbull music video, there’s a lot for America to be embarrassed about in the past 12 months. by The Miami News Times’ Jessica Lipscomb December 20,
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Pitbull fiasco, Gov. Rick Scott, Visit Florida and transparency

Now that Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran has brought Miami-based rapper Pitbull to heel, it’s time for the Florida Legislature to put a tighter leash on how state agencies spend taxpayer dollars. by the Ocala Star Banner’s Editorial Staff December
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Did legislators expand the trade secret law to include contracts?

Just months ago, Gov. Rick Scott and legislators passed legislation to expand trade secrets and potentially keep more business deals with entertainers from public view. by Tampa Bay Times’ Mary Ellen Klas December 16, 2016 The governor signed and all
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Gov. Scott no champion of state transparency

The latest twist on the amazing Pitbull payment saga comes from Gov. Rick Scott, who on Friday called for Visit Florida’s CEO Will Seccombe to resign for trying mightily but vainly to keep secret the terms of a contract with
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