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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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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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Joe Henderson to the Palm Beach Post: Are you freaking crazy?

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In 2003, then-Gov. Jeb Bush punished reporters from the Tallahassee bureau of the Palm Beach Post by canceling their invitation to his year-end interview session. His staff cited the “unprofessional behavior” while dealing with some of Bush’s officials, but the paper suspected it was in retaliation for critical reporting on Bush’s pet school vouchers program. I’m betting on the latter. As a career newspaper guy until my own paper, The Tampa Tribune, folded in May, I always admired the Post.…

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Independent audit finds Florida court clerks need money, resources to keep with workload

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An independent audit finds Florida court clerks are struggling with increased workloads, declining revenue and need increased state funding to keep up. LobbyTools reports Sarasota Clerk of Court Karen Rushing presented the independent audit Tuesday to lawmakers on the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee. Rushing said the report concluded that “resources are inadequate to meet the needs of the workload demand” and there is a pressing need for more funding to keep up with rising workloads and declining revenues. While case filings have fallen, Rushing…

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Personnel note: Gainesville Sun reporter Jeff Schweers joins Tampa Tribune’s Tallahassee bureau

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Award-winning Gainesville Sun education reporter Jeff Schweers is leaving Florida Gator Country to become Tallahassee Bureau reporter for the Tampa Tribune. Schweers, who has been with the Sun since April 2013, will be reporting primarily on higher education from the perspective of the Florida legislature, focusing on public colleges and universities. In 2014, he was recognized as a finalist in the Sunshine State Awards Competition for Environmental/Health/Science beat reporting. During his tenure at the Sun, Schweers reported on a number…

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