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Judge: Acquitted Florida mayor should be returned to office

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A judge has ruled that a South Florida mayor acquitted of federal corruption charges should be restored to his old office. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely ruled Tuesday that Michael Pizzi should return as Miami Lakes mayor and also receive back pay and other benefits dating to August 2013. Pizzi was suspended as mayor after he was charged in an undercover FBI investigation into questionable city grants, but a jury found him not guilty, and Gov. Rick Scott lifted…

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FBI seizes Leon County School’s email server, working with U.S. grand jury in corruption probe

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The Tallahassee Democrat is reporting that FBI agents have seized the email archiving system of the Leon County District Schools. The FBI is working with a grand jury investigating how the district has awarded construction projects. The story dates to last summer and involves allegations between Superintendent Jackie Pons and a high-ranking administrator involving district funds and supplies. The Democrat has more here.

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Jim Greer asks for suit against RPOF to be put on hold

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Former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer on Friday asked a Sanford judge to put a temporary hold on his lawsuit against the party and its new chairman while he battles criminal charges. Greer was arrested at his Oviedo home last week on theft, fraud and corruption charges. A statewide grand jury handed up an indictment, accusing him stealing $125,000 from the Republican Party of Florida. Party leaders first denied the existence of the severance contract and later admitted there was one —and…

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Special anti-corruption session likely, Charlie Crist says

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From Steve Bosquet: As Gov. Charlie Crist tries to salvage his U.S. Senate bid by increasingly running away from the  Legislature, it looks like he’ll call lawmakers into special session, possibly in May or June, to consider anti-corruption recommendations expected from a statewide grand jury. Crist petitioned the Supreme Court to empanel a statewide grand jury to investigate corruption and he has frequently lamented the number of elected officials he has had to suspend from office. Continue reading here. He…

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Maurice Ferre demands Kendrick Meek give back Charlie Rangel’s contribution

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Republicans have been beating up on Democrats who got money from Charlie Rangel, but now a Democrat is too. Former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre, running in the Florida Democratic primary for Senate, is demanding that Rep. Kendrick Meek give back $5,000 he got from the Ways and Means Committee chairman after the ethics committee found Rangel should have known corporations sponsored a Caribbean conference he attended. “Kendrick Meek should be more aware of the company he keeps and return the…

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Maurice Ferre demands Kendrick Meek give back Charlie Rangel’s contribution

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Republicans have been beating up on Democrats who got money from Charlie Rangel, but now a Democrat is too. Former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre, running in the Florida Democratic primary for Senate, is demanding that Rep. Kendrick Meek give back $5,000 he got from the Ways and Means Committee chairman after the ethics committee found Rangel should have known corporations sponsored a Caribbean conference he attended. “Kendrick Meek should be more aware of the company he keeps and return the…

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Florida Dems keep up pressure on Bill McCollum

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The day after overloading Attorney General Bill McCollum’s anti-corruption phone lines with calls calling for an investigation of the Republican Party of Florida’s finances, Florida Democrats are now targeting the AG’s website. I wanted to update you about the email Karen sent yesterday. Many of you have reported that you could not leave a message on the hotline. This is shameful. Bill McCollum says he’s serious about corruption in Florida, but he won’t even listen to Floridians about it. He’s…

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