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Jim Rosica nabs three honors in Green Eyeshade Awards

in Apolitical/Top Headlines by received three honors in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade Awards, highlighting the best journalism of 2016 throughout 10 states of the southeast United States. Martin Dyckman received a second-place award for online serious commentary for his columns exploring the problems with Florida’s death penalty laws. Jim Rosica received a third-place award for online business reporting for his stories on gambling in Florida. Scott Powers received a third-place award for online political reporting for his stories on Central…

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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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Back from vacation with a special message to our readers

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Walt Disney World is billed as “The Happiest Place on Earth” and any regular reader of this blog or any friend on Facebook knows how much I believe that. In fact, I believe that title extends to any place where Uncle Walt’s magic can be found, including the majestic Disney cruise ships. My family and I returned Saturday from aboard the Disney Fantasy and it was nothing less than what the ship’s name suggests — a genuine fantasy of happiness and joy. And yet,…

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Today on Context Florida: Antonin Scalia, American Forests, the sharing economy and Presidents’ Day

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Today on Context Florida: Jim Rosica talks with Florida legal legend Sandy D’Alemberte, who reminisces on fond memories of Antonin Scalia. The Supreme Court Justice died Saturday at the age of 79. Manley Fuller introduces us to a national nonprofit group called American Forests, which since 1940 has been scouring the U.S., looking for the biggest trees in the land. When they find a big tree, they make measurements, compare with other known specimens, and finally record the biggest as Champion…

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Today on Context Florida: Top 10 government stories, Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton and minimum wage blues

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Today on Context Florida: From palace intrigues to pot, 2015 brought a plethora of material to the Capitol Press Corps. Jim Rosica says trying to pick the top 10 state government stories is a subjective pursuit, to say the least, but here are the picks for the passing year: No. 1: The “firing” of Gerald Bailey – Gov. Rick Scott actually forced out the state’s top cop in December 2014 but the repercussions of that move spilled well over into…

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Give credit to … for breaking the news about the Seminole Compact deal

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“They do this at eight o’clock at night?” That was the first thing an exasperated Jim Rosica, one of our state capital reporter, said to me once I got him on the phone after news of Gov. Rick Scott reaching a deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida hit the Twitters. Rosica and the rest of the Capitol Press Corps raced each other to break the news about the Compact. So who won the race? It certainly wasn’t me. I’m with my…

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Dueling presentations on FHIX plan show merits of health expansion all in the eye of beholder

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Healthcare committees in the House and Senate on Monday discussed the same proposal to expand healthcare access to the uninsured–SB 2A–in Florida. But it might not have sounded like it. In a “Tale of Two Cities”-esque tableau, the Senate discussed the bill for one hour before unanimously agreeing to pass it with sponsor and Health Care Policy Committee Chairman state Sen. Aaron Bean answering members’ questions. The House of Representatives discussed the measure for three hours but never took a…

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