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How Julie Jones got it completely wrong with GEO Group ‘Continuum of Care’

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It was a moment Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones remembered clearly — even though she got it completely wrong.

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In Tampa, Richard Corcoran faces hostile crowd angry about school bill

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It was a tough room for House Speaker Richard Corcoran.   Speaking before an unfriendly crowd of public school supporters in Tampa, Corcoran doubled down on his support of an education bill that creates a new system of charter schools to replace underperforming public schools. On Thursday, Corcoran stood beside Rick Scott in Orlando as the Governor signed the controversial HB 7069. To its critics, the most provocative part of the omnibus education bill was Corcoran’s ‘schools of hope’ plan, which includes a $140 million incentive…

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United in purpose, Miami’s Overtown says ‘move on’ with I-395 project

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Earlier this month, FloridaPolitics.com reported on the outpouring of community support for the “signature bridge” design chosen for the new I-395 overpass through Miami’s Overtown neighborhood. Despite protests by some with a political agenda, the drumbeat of support for Archer Western-de Moya’s winning design continues to grow in intensity. After more than a quarter-century of discussion and debate, this final design — one selected by Florida’s Department of Transportation that melds both form and function — comes as a welcome relief…

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No Casinos responds to criticism it’s ‘misinformed’ about casino gambling

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The state’s anti-gambling expansion group is pushing back against comments that it’s “misinformed” about casino gambling not being a “meaningful attraction for Florida tourism.” Steven Norton, a longtime gambling executive and consultant, linked to Nick Sortal‘s Friday column for the Miami Herald in Norton’s Monday email roundup of the gambling scene in the South. “As I survey the scene nationwide, I think it’s fair to ask the question: Do we have enough casinos already? And, a related question: Do we have enough gambling already?”…

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Time to move forward with the Miami I-395 project, reconnect a divided Overtown

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Bridges have one purpose, to get people safely from one place to another. Being aesthetically pleasing is just a bonus. Drama should not be part of the deal. Yet no bridge has come as much drama as the proposed I-395 overpass through Miami’s Overtown neighborhood. It’s time to end the spectacle and move forward. The main function of any bridge, particularly one in an urban setting, is to ease traffic. Archer-Western de Moya’s winning design for the Miami-Dade “signature bridge”…

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Vern Buchanan tells Justice Department ‘pay up’ for Bernie Madoff victims

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Sarasota Republican Vern Buchanan wants the Department of Justice to begin paying the victims of Bernie Madoff‘s multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme with some of the recovered funds. In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Buchanan points out that the victims of Madoff’s crime have yet to receive a penny from the $4 billion victim fund created in 2012, four years after federal authorities apprehended Madoff. “It is outrageous that victims languish in hardship while government-sanctioned administrators collect millions in fees,”…

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Florence Snyder: In memory of Roxcy Bolton, #EndTheBacklog

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In 1960s Dade County, men who were privileged to be newspaper columnists could — and did — mock “women’s libbers” like Roxcy Bolton in the pages of the Miami Herald. Department stores could — and did — have fancy private dining rooms open only to men. Banks could — and did — deny credit cards and loans to women who did not have a husband or father willing to co-sign. If police and prosecutors thought about rape at all, they…

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