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Senate committee postpones anticorruption bill

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A Florida Senate committee Tuesday postponed a bill that seeks to lower the burden of proof in public corruption cases and expand the law’s reach to more state-related groups such as contractors. As reported by Lobby Tools, bill SB 582 came under harsh criticism from lawmakers on the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee, who felt the measure was too broad The foundation of proposed legislation came from several recommendations of a 2010 grand jury report requested by former Gov. Charlie Crist,…

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Today on Context Florida: #BlackLivesMatter, FAMU coup and dangerous polling

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Today on Context Florida: Julie Delegal writes that some whites’ approach to the movement presumes a zero-sum game: If one group is “awarded” national attention on any issue, the reasoning goes, then other groups by contrast, necessarily must lose something. But #BlackLivesMatter doesn’t mean that only black lives matter. It means, rather, that we can no longer pretend that institutions in our country, like our criminal justice system, are race-neutral. It means that we can’t turn a blind eye to disparate treatment…

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Dalvin Cook back in big picture for FSU

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It’s official. Florida State now knows which team photo to use for 2015. Dalvin Cook is back in the FSU picture in more ways than one. Earlier this month two team photos, one with Cook as well as a provisional without him, were taken in the event the legal system threw Cook and the Seminoles for a loss. Following his acquittal on Monday of misdemeanor battery charges, Cook returns to an FSU squad ranked tenth in national pre-season polls. While…

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Personnel note: Arek Sarkissian joins Naples Daily News as Tally Bureau Chief

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Gainesville Sun public safety reporter Arek Sarkissian has been tapped to become Tallahassee bureau chief for the Naples Daily News. Prior to joining the Sun in August 2014, Sarkissian was a legislative reporter for LobbyTools, where he focused on health care and education issues. Before that, he served as a multimedia journalist for the Tallahassee Democrat. “Leaving The Sun is hard,” Sarkissian said about his new role, “but I’m excited to work on a team that loves this state and the…

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Today on Context Florida: Environmental disappointments, Loretta Lynch, Skip Foster and healthcare

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Today on Context Florida: What began as the “year of the environment” for the 2015 legislative session has turned into a year of disappointment for many environmentalists, says Bruce Ritchie. Amendment 1 and statewide water policy were major issues heading into the session, with growth management also emerging once the opening gavel dropped. The House-proposed spending plan includes at least $10 million for land buying – House leaders say $205 million for the Florida Forever program – while the Senate proposes…

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A postcard from Tallahassee Tiger Bay

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Skip Foster, the new publisher at the Tallahassee Democrat, was greeted as a liberator in his maiden speech to the Capital Tiger Bay Club. The gray-haired eminences who make up the Club’s membership know the difference between a good newspaper and a Chamber of Commerce rag. They’re embarrassed that the Times – New York and Tampa Bay — regularly come to town to break stories that were there, sometimes for years, for the Democrat’s taking. Mike Pate, the last publisher…

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Tallahassee Democrat to charge for online content

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The newspaper that gave me my start — with an op-ed about saving the white ibis — the Tallahassee Democrat will begin charging for its online content. Patrick Dorsey & Bob Gabordi, the Publisher and Executive Editor of the only daily newspaper in the state capital, wrote that beginning July 1, they will be offering new “models” for readers to enjoy the paper.  For subscribers to the daily paper, nothing changes at Tallahassee.com. The new plan offers three models: Full-media…

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