City commission approves leave for City Manager Fernandez

Tallahassee Democrat by Jeffrey Schweers November 8, 2017 The City Commission unanimously voted Wednesday to grant City Manager Rick Fernandez a paid administrative leave of absence but will revisit the decision at its Dec. 6 meeting. The board also unanimously
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City reverses course, will post FBI records on website without $22,000 charge

Tallahassee Democrat by Jeffrey Schweers November 8, 2017 The Tallahassee City Commission voted 4-1 Wednesday to make available for free all public records the city has provided to a federal grand jury in connection with an ongoing public corruption investigation. Mayor Andrew Gillum
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Culture of secrecy, arrogance, privilege, backscratching must stop

Tallahassee Democrat by Will Croley Will Croley is president of the Board of Directors NEBA Board of Directors of the Network of Entrepreneurs and Business Advocates. November 5, 2017 The Network of Entrepreneurs and Business Advocates thanks the Tallahassee Democrat for its
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Got whiplash? Absurdity rules in Tally

Florida Politics by Joe Henderson November 1, 2017 Stay with me. This one gets a little weird. While you were distracted by the latest the latest episode of “Florida’s Got Dirt,” your First Amendment rights were put in the crosshairs
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State attorney: ‘Hearsay’ not enough to pursue criminal charges over football tickets

Tallahassee Democrat by Jeffrey Schweers October 31, 2017 State Attorney Jack Campbell said he doesn’t have enough evidence before him to open a criminal investigation into City Manager Rick Fernandez accepting football tickets and a discount on his daughter’s wedding reception. “I am
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First Amendment Foundation demands investigation of how records request was handled

Tallahassee Democrat by Jeffrey Schweers October 30, 2017 The First Amendment Foundation has asked for a formal investigation into whether city officials broke the state’s public records law when it told a Tallahassee Democrat reporter the records he requested didn’t
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Tallahassee: Obfuscation and Secrecy vs. Transparency and Accountability

October 30, 2017 Over the weekend, the First Amendment Foundation (FAF) sent a strongly worded letter to Tallahassee City Attorney Lewis B. Shelley requesting that he perform a thorough investigation into the process by which city employees attempted to comply with
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City commissioners nix key wording in ethics ordinance

Tallahassee Democrat by Jeff Burlew October 25, 2017 Tallahassee city commissioners voted Wednesday in favor of adding new measures to their ethics ordinance, but they rejected key language that would have made it easier to prosecute cases involving misuse of position.
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A crisis of confidence in our city government

Tallahassee Democrat Editorial October 24, 2017 The Democrat has written more than 60 stories on the FBI investigation into city corruption and related issues of ethics and impropriety. None has been more startling – and has included such a smoking
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City manager asked lobbyist for football tickets

City refuses to hand over text messages in public records request Tallahassee Democrat by Jeff Burlew October 24, 2017 Tallahassee City Manager Rick Fernandez asked a local lobbyist for four tickets to a Florida State University football game last year
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