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No-new-taxes budget laden with ‘member projects’

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The budget that hits lawmakers’ desks Tuesday has only a paltry $1.22 increase in per pupil spending for education and it is laden with cuts to substance abuse and mental health programs. But the budget will include $8.5-million for a Florida A&M Crestview Education Center, in the district of Sen. Durell Peaden; $3.5 million for a neuroscience center at Florida International University; $2-million for FIU’s Center for Ethics and Professionalism; $1-million for Fort Lauderdale’s Discovery Center museum; $800,000 for storm…

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Charlie Crist gets hero’s welcome at Miami high school

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From the Miami Herald: Charlie Crist sauntered into a North Miami high school on Friday to a rock star’s welcome. Students cheered and waved homemade signs and banners. Teachers rose to their feet. Crist received even more fanfare than Alonzo and Tracy Mourning, the school’s namesakes who had also come to campus that morning for a previously planned dedication ceremony. A day earlier, the governor had vetoed a controversial teacher pay bill, breaking ranks with the Republican Party and winning…

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Charlie Crist gets hero’s welcome at Miami high school

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From the Miami Herald: Charlie Crist sauntered into a North Miami high school on Friday to a rock star’s welcome. Students cheered and waved homemade signs and banners. Teachers rose to their feet. Crist received even more fanfare than Alonzo and Tracy Mourning, the school’s namesakes who had also come to campus that morning for a previously planned dedication ceremony. A day earlier, the governor had vetoed a controversial teacher pay bill, breaking ranks with the Republican Party and winning…

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Miami-Dade schools open, but not all classes in session

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From the Miami Herald: Miami-Dade schools are open Monday and parents were told their kids should come to class as usual, despite hundreds of teachers planning to call in sick to protest controversial legislation that would overhaul teacher pay and tenure. But 50 teacher absences out of 70 at Charles Hadley Elementary in West Miami-Dade resulted in the school canceling regular classes. About 8:15 a.m., dozens of parents clustered outside the main entrance, many looking confused. Outside of the school,…

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‘Every elected official in America ought to face the Truth-O-Meter’

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American Journalism Review slurps PolitiFact: “Every elected official in America ought to face the Truth-O-Meter,” says PolitiFact creator and Editor Bill Adair. On March 1, PolitiFact launched its second state spinoff in Florida as the Sunshine State’s races for governor and U.S. Senate begin to heat up. The St. Petersburg Times-owned Web site has been scrutinizing and evaluating the public pronouncements of national politicians since 2007. “It’s a really good match for Florida politics, and it’s the right time,” says…

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‘Every elected official in America ought to face the Truth-O-Meter’

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American Journalism Review slurps PolitiFact: Every elected official in America ought to face the Truth-O-Meter,” says PolitiFact creator and Editor Bill Adair. On March 1, PolitiFact launched its second state spinoff in Florida as the Sunshine State’s races for governor and U.S. Senate begin to heat up. The St. Petersburg Times-owned Web site has been scrutinizing and evaluating the public pronouncements of national politicians since 2007. “It’s a really good match for Florida politics, and it’s the right time,” says…

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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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