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Forget reports of computer hacks, elections supervisor assures Hillsborough commissioners

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Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer says there’s been a lot of fake news about the hacking of voting machines, so he wants to set the record straight.

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Even after bungled math mea culpa, Times/Herald still offering inaccurate information about solar amendment

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The Tampa Bay Times posted a timely story yesterday by Steve Bousquet about election-time misinformation. In the piece, “Rumors, myths, and half-truths cloud Florida’s election,” Bousquet muses, “Whatever it is, people in Florida seem more suspicious than ever about the election.” The irony is that reporting by the Times, or at least some of its brethren, aren’t helping people’s faith in the system. Yesterday, I bemoaned the Times’ egregious front-page headline error. Quick recap: a story by Mary Ellen Klas bungled some math bigly, by inflating…

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2 Florida papers do an about face on Amendment 2, call for yes on medical pot

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Two Florida daily newspapers opposing the legalization of medical marijuana in 2014 have made an about-face, and are now supporting a “yes” vote on Amendment 2. This week, United for Care, the organization behind Amendment 2, announced the editorial boards of the Florida Times-Union and Ft. Myers News-Press each have penned op-eds in favor of the proposal on the Nov. 8 ballot. In “An improved medical marijuana amendment deserves support,” the Times-Union says the 2016 version is “better crafted,” citing the…

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Jeff Greene’s lawyer calls out Tampa Bay Times

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Jeff Greene‘s lawyer is berating the Tampa Bay Times over a story on its settlement of Greene’s libel suit against it. Greene, a Palm Beach billionaire, also is “demand(ing) that the Tampa Bay Times now disclose the amount publicly.” He sued the Times and the Miami Herald in 2010 but settled confidentially with both papers in recent weeks. Times attorney Alison Steele, who negotiated the settlement, could not be immediately reached by phone Tuesday afternoon. The real estate developer, who ran as a…

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Tampa Bay Times settles suit with Jeff Greene

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The Tampa Bay Times settled a libel suit filed against it by Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene, the newspaper reported Thursday. The terms of that settlement were not released. “We have been in this legal standoff for nearly six years,” Times Editor Neil Brown said in a statement. “The settlement represents our insurance company’s calculation of acceptable legal expenses. “On the central dispute, the Times does not retract or correct our coverage, nor will we limit any future reporting,” he added.…

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Whither Jeff Greene’s lawsuit against the Tampa Bay Times?

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The last week of April has come and gone without a trial on billionaire Jeff Greene‘s libel suit against the Tampa Bay Times. “We have a trial date set for the end of April,” Times attorney Alison Steele told FloridaPolitics.com last month. With no trial, is a settlement in the offing? Greene already settled last month with The Miami Herald, the Times’ co-defendant in the case. The terms of that arrangement weren’t disclosed. On Friday, Steele was mum and didn’t return calls. Greene’s attorney, Lin Wood…

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Martin Dyckman: Courts failed organizations that won redistricting fight

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If only the Florida Constitution included a provision like this: (1) Members of the Legislature who vote for measures subsequently held unconstitutional shall be liable jointly and severally for all attorney fees and costs as established by the court. (2) Failure to pay such liabilities within 60 days of final judgment shall constitute disqualification for re-election or election to another office. That is, to be sure, as far-fetched a dream as hitting the Powerball, if not more so. But it’s…

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