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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Support Speaker Corcoran’s crusade for transparency in tourist agencies

Orlando Sentinel by Barbara Petersen, Guest Columnist August 31, 2017 One of the big controversies swirling around Tallahassee during the 2017 legislative session centered on House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s vow to slash funding for Visit Florida, the statewide tourism council. Corcoran
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First Amendment Foundation backing Richard Corcoran on transparency

Saint Petersblog by Jim Rosica August 29, 2017 The Tallahassee-based First Amendment Foundation, the state’s public records and open meetings watchdog, says it is supporting House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s “efforts on (tourism money) transparency and accountability.” In a letter to Corcoran sent Tuesday by
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FAF Supports Speaker Corcoran’s efforts on transparency and accountability

[view PDF version]  August 29, 2017 The Honorable Richard Corcoran, Speaker Florida House of Representatives 420 The Capitol 402 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300 Dear Mr. Speaker: We read with great interest your comments in the Orlando Sentinel regarding
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House leader wants answers from local tourism agencies on spending

Tallahassee Democrat by Arek Sarkissian August 25, 2017 House Speaker Richard Corcoran wants a dozen tourism offices to show how they spent more than $550 million in locally collected taxpayer dollars after they stepped away from VISIT FLORIDA to avoid new
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Florida legislators aren’t making the grade on open government

Orlando Sentinel Editorial June 28, 2017 It’s been a bad year for sunshine in Tallahassee. How bad? In a scorecard on open government recently produced by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, 77 of the Legislature’s 160 members received D’s,
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Grimsley’s pace-setting needs many more followers

The Ledger Editorial June 27, 2017 State lawmakers might have concluded their business for 2017 recently, but collectively they are still making news. Over last weekend, the Florida Society of News Editors released its grades for all 160 members of
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Too many Florida lawmakers fail to make the grade, impose more public-records secrecy

Miami Herald Editorial June 26, 2017 Florida lawmakers received a final grade on their support for public-records laws during this year’s legislative session in Tallahassee — a score given by Florida newspapers with information culled by the state’s premier open-government
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