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Gannett public corruption bill now attached to broader Senate ethics package

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A controversial new ethics proposal backed by the Gannett chain of newspapers has just scored an advancement in its quest to become law. The so-called “anti-corruption” bill that would hold government contractors to standards now applied to many elected officials has just been adopted as part of Sen. Don Gaetz‘s SB 686, an omnibus ethics reform bill likely to pass this Session, according to legislative research service LobbyTools. Gaetz, who also carried the Gannett proposal as a stand-alone bill that ran…

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Public corruption bill hits snag amid senators’ furor

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An anti-corruption bill with roots in the editorial department of a newspaper hit a snag in a Senate panel Monday, after a protracted debate over specific provisions and about the proper role of the news media momentarily killed it. Former Senate President Don Gaetz is carrying SB 582, a bill which began as a proposal by the Florida-based Gannett chain of newspapers and Florida Today public interest columnist Matt Reed. The measure’s early adopters says it would prevent “bid-rigging” and other corrupt practices by adding…

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Daily Beast ranks Florida sixth most politically corrupt state

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Florida is the sixth most politically corrupt state in the nation, according to The Daily Beast: In Florida, one recent Medicare fraud case soars to new heights. By all appearances Ihosvany Marquez was a legitimate businessman interested in community health, running eight health clinics in Miami and Orange County. But each clinic, in fact, had a fake owner who would sign for fraudulent charges for expensive treatments such as infusion therapy and injection therapy. Marquez then laundered the money through…

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Daily Kos weighs in on Dave Aronberg v. Dan Gelber

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Daily Kos weighs in: Dan Gelber is well positioned in his bid to become Florida Attorney General. A Federal Prosecutor who is strong on White Colllar Crime and Public Corruption, Gelber has served as the Minority House Leader and has proven to be one of the most ardent supporters of Education. After announcing his intention to run, Gelber swiftly racked up a number of endorsements from FL-Dems and posted impressive Fundraising. Gelber’s opponent, Dave Aronberg has been bogged down. Starting…

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