Nonprofit group files records request for info about Florida online voter registration

Tampa Bay Times’ The Buzz by Kirby Wilson September 20, 2017 A non-profit voter rights advocacy group, Access Democracy, founded by two veterans of Democratic politics, Hannah Fried and Alexis Prieur L’Heureux, has requested records related to online voter registration
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Public or private? Sabatini’s Facebook posts draw scrutiny

The Daily Commercial by Roxanne Brown August 29, 2017 Eustis City Commissioner Anthony Sabatini, who recently caused a stir by offering Eustis as a home for unwanted Confederate monuments, now is drawing fire from some city residents for deleting their
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Visit Orlando hides spending records for millions of tax dollars

Orlando Sentinel column by Scott Maxwell August 25, 2017 Three decades ago, local leaders wanted to do more to promote Orlando as a vacation destination. Basically, the tourism industry was tired of paying for all its own advertising. So chamber-of-commerce
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How much secrecy does Spaceport America need?

The Spaceport wants the ability to keep all sorts of information secret, including the identities of commercial space companies doing business there.  Las Cruces Sun-News by Heath Haussamen About this series: This article is part of an NMPolitics.net series examining Spaceport America’s impact
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It’s called a public record for a reason

Panama City News Herald Editorial August 22, 2017 A public record by any other name still is a public record. But public records requests aren’t always simple. There are caveats to protect private information, such as Social Security numbers. There
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Fort Myers pays outside lawyer to keep corruption documents closed to public

A scathing 72-page report released Wednesday outlines a toxic culture within the Fort Myers Police Department. The News-Press by Cody Dulaney August 21, 2017 The city of Fort Myers is paying an outside lawyer $220 an hour to help keep
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Experts split on cost of PCB public records

One First Amendment expert called the bills “a barrier to the public’s right of access,” while another said the costs are substantiated. Panama City News Herald by John Henderson August 18, 2017 Experts on public records law are split on
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Town official called neighbors ‘loud mouths.’ Then he learned his text was public record

The Charlotte Observer by Anna Douglas and Caroline Metzler August 5, 2017 “Loud mouths that don’t even live in Mooresville pitching a fit.” That’s how one elected official described, in a text message to the mayor, some homeowners who were
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Businesses bucked Gov. Rick Scott’s rule to notify public about pollution

Orlando Sentinel by Jason Ruiter August 6, 2017 In April, workers cleaned up 341,000 gallons of raw sewage released because of a pipe break near neighborhoods south of Clermont. Another 2,000 gallons containing water-purifying chemicals were spilled in June at
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