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Personnel note: Matt Galka departs for Phoenix

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Matt Galka, an on-air reporter for Mike Vasilinda‘s Capitol News Service, has left Tallahassee to join the FOX affiliate in Phoenix. Galka, a member of the SaintPetersblog “30 Under 30” Class of 2015, will be a general assignment reporter at KSAZ starting Monday, Feb. 27, according to FOX spokeswoman Claudia Russo.  He’s originally from Southington, Connecticut, where he lost more than 100 pounds in high school to get on the football team, eventually becoming team captain. Galka graduated from Syracuse University, where he was a…

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Reasons for taxpayers to join prisoners and riot @DOC

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Prisoners are rioting on a regular basis at the Franklin Correctional Institution, and taxpayers will join in soon if the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) doesn’t stop using public funds like cheap toilet paper. It’s been three years since three prison investigators who were doing the jobs we pay them to do confirmed cover-ups of inmate abuse at Franklin Correctional. Instead of firing the abusers and fixing the problems, DOC higher-ups covered up for the miscreants, and punished the good guys with…

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Press Skits tease lawmakers, tickle Tallahassee

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For one night, Florida’s Capitol Press Corps took a break from making state lawmakers squirm and instead did its best to make them — and several hundred other spectators of The Process — laugh. The Skits took over the Tallahassee music venue The Moon on Tuesday. Better than last year’s event, the “sometimes annual” rite of passive aggression and oasis of pure honesty was a doozy. The affair was well attended by legislative leadership – House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy…

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Meet Matt Galka, one of the ’30 under 30′ rising stars of Florida politics

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Matt Galka‘s secret to success? “Be the same person on TV that you could talk to at a bar,” he says. The 27-year-old “multimedia journalist” started with Tallahassee’s local CBS affiliate, WCTV, in 2011. He’s now with Capitol News Service, helmed by broadcast veteran Mike Vasilinda, reporting “on the Florida Legislature and politics for more than two million viewers daily,” Galka’s website says. His work has caught the attention of his peers; he won the “Best Overall” award in 2013 from Florida…

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