Sure is nice of PolitiFact to give “heads up” to Rick Scott administration about rulings

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Sunburst — Governor Scott’s new open records program designed to give the public  and the media access to the emails to and from the governor and 11 top staff within seven days of writing them — is this blogger’s dream.  

It is, already, the gift that keeps on giving, revealing not just emails and reports, but the mindset of the Governor’s staff — and those in communication with it.

Case in point, this email from Tampa Bay Times reporter Katie Sanders, dated May 2, in which she lets a press secretary in Scott’s office know that she will be doing a better job “about giving you guys a heads up about (PolitFact) rulings.”

That’s awfully nice of her.

One question though: Where do I sign up for her heads up about PolitiFact rulings, especially about my political clients?

Read Sanders’ cozy email below:

Hi, Jackie,

I wanted to give you a heads up on a PolitiFact Florida item going live this afternoon involving comments from Lt. Gov. Carroll.

You probably know that Tolu and I have been interviewing several members of the Citizens Safety task force about how they were selected for the board. We started doing this after Lt. Gov. Carroll said “we didn’t go out asking people” to join the task force at the news conference a couple weeks ago.

We requested records detailing all correspondence about the task force but did not get them in time for our deadline. You clarified for Tolu that “there was no application process,” and that is also in the story.

Several people we spoke to said they were contacted by Carroll’s office or recommended for the panel by other people. So we gave her statement our False rating.

I want to be better about giving you guys a heads up about rulings.



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