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Miami Herald on its own political coverage: ‘Crist felt the heat. Rubio’s feeling it now. Meek will soon."

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Very interesting piece by Miami Herald ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos regarding the newspaper’s (and, by extension, The St. Petersburg Times’) recent coverage of Marco Rubio: I have checked on the coverage and come away with mixed conclusions. I don’t agree that The Herald is giving the Democrats a free ride. The reporting on Rubio’s spending has been solid and was just what The Herald should be doing. Some of the language used in headlines and stories, however, was tendentious and more…

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Charlie Crist on use of state airplane: ‘After 5 o’clock I’m off the clock, and I’m a free man again’

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From the Miami Herald: Crist addressed questions about his use of the state plane on Wednesday to fly from Tallahassee to four different cities to promote legislation; the final stop in Miami was followed by a campaign fundraiser. Crist had previously said that he would not use a taxpayer-funded flight to get to a city where he had both state and political business. Now he’s got a different policy: “We were on state business all day and when I landed…

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Charlie Crist on use of state airplane: ‘After 5 o’clock I’m off the clock, and I’m a free man again’

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From the Miami Herald: Crist addressed questions about his use of the state plane on Wednesday to fly from Tallahassee to four different cities to promote legislation; the final stop in Miami was followed by a campaign fundraiser. Crist had previously said that he would not use a taxpayer-funded flight to get to a city where he had both state and political business. Now he’s got a different policy: “We were on state business all day and when I landed…

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Times/Herald introduces useless new feature ‘My Lawmaker’

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Watching a newspaper attempt to integrate its output into an online delivery system is a lot like building a hospital: add a wing here, add a lab there, etc. The only problem is that the elevators never stop on the right floor. It’s that kind of logic that must have led to the St. Petersburg Times and the Miami Herald introducing “My Lawmaker” – a harmless, albeit useless, new feature which allows readers to punch in their address to find…

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Times/Herald introduces useless new feature ‘My Lawmaker’

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Watching a newspaper attempt to integrate its output into an online delivery system is a lot like building a hospital: add a wing here, add a lab there, etc. The only problem is that the elevators never stop on the right floor. It’s that kind of logic that must have led to the St. Petersburg Times and the Miami Herald introducing “My Lawmaker” – a harmless, albeit useless, new feature which allows readers to punch in their address to find…

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Sunday’s editorial pages

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A healty dose of debate over health care, hunger and transportation can be found in Sunday’s editorial pages: St. Petersburg Times – Good social policy, good business: University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft served her institution and her community well last week in announcing that USF would extend benefits to the domestic partners of its employees. The announcement was but a small part of Genshaft’s annual “State of the University” address. But it marked a big step forward in…

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Senator Jim King has gone to the Doak Campbell Stadium in the Sky

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Jim King, the gregarious former president of the Florida Senate, has succumbed to his battle with pancreatic cancer. Obituaries, coverage here: Governor Charlie Crist releases statement: “You couldn’t help but love Jim King. He lived every day with such enthusiasm and joy. Our hearts go out to his wife Linda and his daughters Monta and Laurie. Mayor John Peyton on death of Senator Jim King: “Jim leaves a great legacy of service – including his significant efforts to promote biomedical…

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