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Florida gets an ‘A’ for government spending transparency

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Florida is at the top of the class having earned an “A” in government spending transparency by the Florida Public Interest Research Group, or PIRG. The Sunshine State is one of 14 to earn the ranking of “leading state” by the group. Florida makes this list based on having user-friendly websites that provide users with accessible information on how money is being spent. Those websites offer easy-to-use search features for the common Joe to “follow the money” as well as…

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Florida Clerks Association to recognize Sunshine Week

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The Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers Association has announced it will celebrate “Sunshine Week,” a nationwide initiative dedicated to governmental openness and access, as well as educating citizens on the importance of the business of government. “Transparency in government is at the core of every Clerk’s office throughout the state,” said Joseph E. Smith, FCCC president and clerk of the Circuit Court of St. Lucie County in a statement Thursday morning. “Florida’s Court Clerks and Comptrollers are committed to ensuring dependability, clarity and…

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Medical mistakes — serious, rampant, and preventable

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In the United States, we pride ourselves on having excellent health care. We have the most modern equipment, and doctors from around the globe come here to receive their training. When it comes to medical technology and education, we export like crazy. Unfortunately, even highly paid, well trained doctors are as human as the rest of us. As terrifying and painful as it is, doctors and nurses make mistakes. And unlike most mistakes in life that can be corrected and…

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Senate candidate Paul Phillips comments on veto of HB 1143

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Normally I wouldn’t publish such a long press release, but Paul Phillip’s response to the veto of HB 1143 is so articulate and such a good read, I am compelled to share it with my readers: I take issue with the many candidates and politicians glomming on to Charlie Crist’s veto of House Bill 1143 (HB 1143) and focusing only on the Ultrasound issue. Their arguments are often weak, unfounded, and illogical, wreaking of emotionalism and conjecture. It is apparent…

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Mike Haridopolos blasts Charlie Crist over veto of ‘leadership funds’ bill, says Governor didn’t even read the bill

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From Senator Mike Haridopolos: Yesterday, good government, transparency and accountability were cast aside. In vetoing the Florida transparency bill, Governor Charlie Crist denied Florida’s voters and the press an opportunity for greater transparency in politician’s and political organization’s contributions and expenditures. Simply put, transparency equals accountability. Politically, it is understandable that this legislation is problematic for the governor.  But what is indefensible is that Governor Crist failed to even read the bill. His uninformed veto comments did not reflect the stringent details…

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Mike Haridopolos blasts Charlie Crist over veto of ‘leadership funds’ bill, says Governor didn’t even read the bill

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From Senator Mike Haridopolos: Yesterday, good government, transparency and accountability were cast aside. In vetoing the Florida transparency bill, Governor Charlie Crist denied Florida’s voters and the press an opportunity for greater transparency in politician’s and political organization’s contributions and expenditures. Simply put, transparency equals accountability. Politically, it is understandable that this legislation is problematic for the Governor.  But what is indefensible is that Governor Crist failed to even read the bill. His uninformed veto comments did not reflect the stringent details…

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Tea Baggers demand transparency from Dems but ban media from convention

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On Jan. 11, FreedomWorks — the corporate-funded, Washington-based community organizers behind the astroturfing of the Tea Bagger movement — put up a petition demanding that Democrats allow the media to cover health-care reform negotiation. On that same day, organizers of next month’s Tea Party convention announced that, except for a small group of hand-picked propagandists, the media will not be allowed to cover their meeting at a luxury hotel in Nashville: Word from Nashville on Monday was that the First…

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