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Save critical services for Florida’s children

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Reposted with permission from Ben Kirby: Any of you who have read this blog with even a modicum of regularity know that I take great pains to keep my professional life a long distance away from the views I express here.  The political commentary I offer on this blog in no way reflects of the beliefs of my employer or colleagues. However, unfortunately I must break with that practice today and talk about my work. There is currently a bill in the Florida…

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Save critical services for Florida’s children

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Reposted with permission from Ben Kirby: Any of you who have read this blog with even a modicum of regularity know that I take great pains to keep my professional life a long distance away from the views I express here.  The political commentary I offer on this blog in no way reflects of the beliefs of my employer or colleagues. However, unfortunately I must break with that practice today and talk about my work. There is currently a bill in the Florida…

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The case against Jeb Bush, the force behind SB 6

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While the future of the state’s education system hangs in the balance, let’s take a closer look at the real force behind the Florida Senate’s drive to pass SB 6, Jeb Bush (“I talked to Jeb this morning,” Thrasher said Thursday, still celebrating passage of the tenure bill, albeit on a close 21-17 vote. “He was very pleased with what we did. Very pleased.”) The chattering class – typified in this case by one Scott Maxwell – continue to propagate…

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Florida’s safety net is shredded

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From Jacqueline Dowd: Florida’s safety net for people in need is shredding in the face of escalating demand and dwindling resources, says the head of the state’s United Way network. And Florida’s safety net is almong the nation’s weakest. Ted Granger, president of United Way of Florida, says social service agencies statewide are seeing more and more people who are homeless and hungry. The 211 referral hotlines are seeing increases of 50% to 150% over the last twelve months in…

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Florida’s safety net is shredded

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From Jacqueline Dowd: Florida’s safety net for people in need is shredding in the face of escalating demand and dwindling resources, says the head of the state’s United Way network. And Florida’s safety net is almong the nation’s weakest. Ted Granger, president of United Way of Florida, says social service agencies statewide are seeing more and more people who are homeless and hungry. The 211 referral hotlines are seeing increases of 50% to 150% over the last twelve months in…

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New York Times: After century of growth, tide turns in Florida

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The smiling couple barreling ahead on the cover of Liberty magazine in 1926 knew exactly where to go. “Florida or Bust,” said the white paint on the car doors. “Four wheels, no brakes.” So it has been for a century, as Florida welcomed thousands of newcomers every week, year after year, becoming the nation’s fourth-most-populous state with about 16 million people in 2000. Imagine the shock, then, to discover that traffic is now heading the other way. That’s right, the…

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Carl Hiaasen on Charlie Crist

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Ah, Charlie, we hardly knew ye. The lad was but a bronze blur, streaking across the bright Tallahassee firmament . . . OK, streaking isn’t exactly the right word. What Charlie did was more like scooting or possibly darting, as in darting from one job to the next — state senator, deputy secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, education commissioner, attorney general, then governor. It seems like barely 30 months ago that he took office as Florida’s…

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