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Personnel note: Jim Ash joins Florida Bar News

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Veteran journalist Jim Ash will join the Florida Bar Journal & News staff as its new senior editor, Editor Mark D. Killian announced Friday. Ash’s first day is next Monday at the Bar’s Tallahassee headquarters. He replaces Senior Editor Jan Pudlow, who is retiring at the end of the year.

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Let us now praise a famous (and good) newspaper

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We’ve beat up on them before, but we have nothing but praise for the tenacious and relentless reporting of the Tallahassee Democrat as it digs into the percolating scandal surrounding the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).  To recap, the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office in north Florida has issued subpoenas seeking information on redevelopment projects that involve the agency.  Among the two-dozen people or companies named in the subpoenas is Adam Corey, the lobbyist/developer behind The Edison and a former mayoral campaign treasurer to…

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George Sheldon, under fire in Illinois, also faces questions at home

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George Sheldon, a former Florida official now facing an ethics inquiry as director of Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services, also ran into a spot of trouble at home this week. Property records show Sheldon, secretary of Florida’s Department of Children and Families in 2008-11, claimed a homestead exemption on his Tallahassee house while he was living and working in Chicago. He also was listed as “delinquent” on paying his Florida Bar dues, according to its website. In a phone…

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George Sheldon now taken to task by hometown paper

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George Sheldon‘s hometown newspaper now has weighed in on the former Florida politico, putting in newsprint the latest ethics woes of the now-director of Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services. The Tallahassee Democrat’s Monday edition (online version here), with help from the Chicago Tribune’s estimable reporting of the last few weeks, documented Sheldon’s travails as head of Illinois’ DCFS. The lede, by the nearly 20-year Democrat veteran Jeff Burlew: “George Sheldon, a well-known figure in Florida politics who took over Illinois’ troubled…

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Newspaper ad calls on Governor to appoint non-hunter to state wildlife agency

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Florida animal welfare activists are calling Gov. Rick Scott to appoint a non-hunter to a vacancy on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). On Wednesday, the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF) ran an advertisement in the Tallahassee Democrat urging Scott to appoint either a nature photographer, a bird-watcher, or an individual with a background in wildlife conservation to the FWC. A similar ad ran in Sunday and Monday’s papers, and also run Thursday as well, the final…

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Emails continue to hound Andrew Gillum; fundraising invitation among newest trove

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A slowly simmering email kerfuffle is turning into a close-to-uncomfortably hot scandal for Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who announced his candidacy for Florida governor in 2018 last month. Another email has been unearthed revealing he used state equipment as a means for campaigning, which is an ethics violation in the state of Florida. The email in question invited a host of people to a Florida Democratic fundraiser, according to The Tallahassee Democrat. “Last month, the city of Tallahassee turned over 60…

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Tallahassee Democrat updates ‘Capital Team’ logo to reflect, you know, the Florida Capitol

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In what can be described as a step in the right direction, the folks at Gannett unveiled its new and improved “Capital Team” logo. And this time, they get the geography right. To recap, the USA TODAY network is assembling “seven journalists, one mission,” with a group of veteran reporters taken from the Tallahassee Democrat, Naples Daily News and Treasure Coast Newspapers – including Jeff Burlew, James Call, Bill Cotterell, Alexandra Glorioso, Isadora Rangel, Arek Sarkissian and Jeff Schweers –…

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