Gina Jordan http://blog.wlrn.org en Scientist To Governor: Stop Spreading Doubt About Climate Change http://blog.wlrn.org/post/scientist-governor-stop-spreading-doubt-about-climate-change <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Rick Scott has been repeatedly quoted as saying </span><a href="http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2014/05/rick-scott-wont-say-if-he-thinks-man-made-climate-change-is-real-significant.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">"I'm not a scientist"</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> when asked whether he believes in man-made climate change.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:31:03 +0000 Gina Jordan 35947 at http://blog.wlrn.org Scientist To Governor: Stop Spreading Doubt About Climate Change Climate Change: Environmental Group Asks "What's Your Plan, Gov?" http://blog.wlrn.org/post/climate-change-environmental-group-asks-whats-your-plan-gov <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal government released the third&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.globalchange.gov/ncadac" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank" title="Access to the report.">National Climate Assessment</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in May.</span></p><p>The report found that global sea level rose about eight inches in the last century and is projected to rise between one and four feet this century.&nbsp;</p><p>It names Miami as one of the cities most vulnerable to severe damage from rising sea levels.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:47:10 +0000 Gina Jordan 35556 at http://blog.wlrn.org Climate Change: Environmental Group Asks "What's Your Plan, Gov?" Integrity Florida On Financial Disclosures, Blind Trusts, And A Corruption Tax http://blog.wlrn.org/post/integrity-florida-financial-disclosures-blind-trusts-and-corruption-tax <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Florida Division of Elections says </span><a href="http://election.myflorida.com/candidate/canlist.asp" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">18 people have qualified to run for governor</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. They include Republicans, Democrats, independents, a Libertarian, and write-in candidates.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:27:46 +0000 Gina Jordan 34465 at http://blog.wlrn.org Integrity Florida On Financial Disclosures, Blind Trusts, And A Corruption Tax Florida Leads Nation In International Homebuyers http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-leads-nation-international-homebuyers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida’s recession could have been worse if not for homebuyers from other countries.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The nonprofit government watchdog group Florida TaxWatch says <a href="http://www.floridataxwatch.org/resources/pdf/InternationalHomesFINAL.pdf" target="_blank">international buyers bought up cheap properties</a> and pumped cash into the state’s economy.</p><p>The buyers were mainly from Canada, Latin America and Europe – all regular trading partners of the U.S.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:35:57 +0000 Gina Jordan 34460 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Leads Nation In International Homebuyers Frontrunners For Governor Reveal Finances And Seek More Transparency http://blog.wlrn.org/post/frontrunners-governor-reveal-finances-and-seek-more-transparency <p></p><p>Now that Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist have released details about their finances, the <a href="http://election.dos.state.fl.us/candidate/canlist.asp" target="_blank">front runners in what is expected to be a very close governor's race</a> are goading each other to be more transparent.</p><p>Governor Rick Scott's net worth is well over $100 million. The businessman and former health care executive does not accept a salary as governor.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:54:10 +0000 Gina Jordan 34411 at http://blog.wlrn.org Frontrunners For Governor Reveal Finances And Seek More Transparency Miami-Dade Has Most To Lose In State Budget http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-has-most-lose-state-budget <p>Miami-Dade County is eligible for more money than any other county in the state budget -- $1.8 billion. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">That makes the county more susceptible to budget vetoes before the budget goes into effect in July.</span></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:51:36 +0000 Gina Jordan 33072 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami-Dade Has Most To Lose In State Budget Florida Arts Programs Get Highest Funding Ever From Lawmakers http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-arts-programs-get-highest-funding-ever-lawmakers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Actors' Playhouse executive director Barbara Stein says most of the Coral Gables theater's paid performers are from South Florida.</span></p><p>“We hire some people out of New York, too, but our goal is to hire as many capable and qualified for each production Florida based actors that we can,” Stein says.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 22:18:24 +0000 Gina Jordan 32829 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Arts Programs Get Highest Funding Ever From Lawmakers How South Florida Voters Are Changing Political Culture http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-south-florida-voters-are-changing-political-culture <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Political Almanac of Florida 2014 gives us a detailed look at the state’s House districts -- all 120 of them.</span></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 18:54:19 +0000 Gina Jordan 32327 at http://blog.wlrn.org How South Florida Voters Are Changing Political Culture How Miami Students Got College Degrees Before High School Diplomas http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-miami-students-got-college-degrees-high-school-diplomas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sixty students from the Hialeah area will graduate from high school this month like thousands of others in Florida, but these students have done something remarkable.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They’ll receive their high school diplomas almost a month&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">after</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;graduating from Miami Dade College.</span></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 07:37:13 +0000 Gina Jordan 32079 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Miami Students Got College Degrees Before High School Diplomas Judge Says Florida Teacher Evaluations Are Unfair, But Constitutional http://blog.wlrn.org/post/judge-says-florida-teacher-evaluations-are-unfair-constitutional <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida teachers and education groups sued over a change in state law that enables districts to tie evaluations to student performance.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal judge says the state’s way of evaluating teachers is constitutional.</span></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 19:24:10 +0000 Gina Jordan 31958 at http://blog.wlrn.org Judge Says Florida Teacher Evaluations Are Unfair, But Constitutional Why Florida Lawmakers Can Negotiate The State Budget In Private http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-florida-lawmakers-can-negotiate-state-budget-private <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Florida Legislature will pass a flurry of bills this week. But the only thing they’re constitutionally required to do is pass a state budget.</span></p><p>Lawmakers settled on a budget worth slightly more than <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/29/4088269/budget-clock-starts-ticking-for.html" target="_blank">$77 billion – the largest in state history</a>. They’ll vote on the spending plan Friday night to close out the legislative session.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:56:20 +0000 Gina Jordan 31599 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Florida Lawmakers Can Negotiate The State Budget In Private LISTEN: Rep. Gaetz On Marijuana, His Mugshot, And Political Culture In Tallahassee http://blog.wlrn.org/post/listen-rep-gaetz-marijuana-his-mugshot-and-political-culture-tallahassee <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ft. Walton Beach Republican </span><a href="http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/sections/representatives/details.aspx?MemberId=4478" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Representative Matt Gaetz</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is helping carry on the family name in politics.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One week shy of 32 years old, he’s one of the state’s youngest lawmakers. He’s now running for the state Senate. His dad is Senate President Don </span>Gaetz<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, also a Panhandle Republican.</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:48:05 +0000 Gina Jordan 31596 at http://blog.wlrn.org LISTEN: Rep. Gaetz On Marijuana, His Mugshot, And Political Culture In Tallahassee A Day In The Life Of A Tallahassee Lobbyist http://blog.wlrn.org/post/day-life-tallahassee-lobbyist <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tallahassee is full of lobbyists, and they’re in high gear at the Capitol for the final week of the legislative session.</span></p><p>A lobbyist is someone who is hired by a company or organization to convince lawmakers to pass legislation benefiting their clients.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:19:44 +0000 Gina Jordan 31491 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Day In The Life Of A Tallahassee Lobbyist Florida Lawmakers Ready To Strike Popular Energy Rebate Program From The Books http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-lawmakers-ready-strike-popular-energy-rebate-program-books <p><a href="http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=52816" target="_blank">An energy bill that is nearing passage</a> in the Florida Legislature would strike an old solar rebate program from the books.</p><p>The program was more popular than expected, and when it ended in 2010, thousands of rebate holders hadn’t received all of the money they were due.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:01:46 +0000 Gina Jordan 31148 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Lawmakers Ready To Strike Popular Energy Rebate Program From The Books Lawmakers Ban Biometric Data Collection In Florida Schools http://blog.wlrn.org/post/lawmakers-ban-biometric-data-collection-florida-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Schools won’t be able to collect the fingerprints or other biometric information of students under </span><a href="https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0188" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">a bill approved by the Florida Legislature</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The new requirement is part of a broad package designed to protect kids’ privacy.</p><p>When lawmakers in Tallahassee talk about biometrics, they’re talking about hands and eyes being scanned or fingerprints being collected.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:13:46 +0000 Gina Jordan 30886 at http://blog.wlrn.org Lawmakers Ban Biometric Data Collection In Florida Schools