Integrity Florida http://blog.wlrn.org en Enterprise Florida Meets In Coral Gables Amid Accusations Of Corruption http://blog.wlrn.org/post/enterprise-florida-meets-coral-gables-amid-accusations-corruption <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida’s public-private economic development agency is holding a two-day meeting in Coral Gables this week.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.eflorida.com/NewsRoomFL/About_EFI.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Enterprise Florida</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (</span>EFI<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) is a partnership between business and government to lure companies and jobs to the state. It’s funded by Florida taxpayers as well as private-sector businesses.</span></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Gina Jordan 22834 at http://blog.wlrn.org Enterprise Florida Meets In Coral Gables Amid Accusations Of Corruption Ethics Reform In Florida Called 'A Mixed Bag' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/ethics-reform-florida-called-mixed-bag <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At the </span>WLRN<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Miami Herald Town Hall meeting last month, Barbara </span>Ricano<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from Sunrise wanted to know:</span></p><blockquote><p>“After so many ethics violations and repeated ethical issues involving campaigns and elected officials, why are the consequences so minor? Why is there no real teeth to any of the penalties?”</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:05:00 +0000 Gina Jordan 10986 at http://blog.wlrn.org Ethics Reform In Florida Called 'A Mixed Bag' Transparency 2.0, Florida's $5 million Public Access System, Simply Waits To Be Turned On http://blog.wlrn.org/post/transparency-20-floridas-5-million-public-access-system-simply-waits-be-turned <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida taxpayers have spent $5 million on a budget transparency portal called Transparency 2.0 that promised to herald a new era for citizen access to the state’s informational stores.</span></p><p>Currently, questions remain as to whether the public will ever be able to use the program, which is ready to go but has sat unused for a year and a half.</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:34:17 +0000 Theo Karantsalis 9418 at http://blog.wlrn.org Transparency 2.0, Florida's $5 million Public Access System, Simply Waits To Be Turned On Gov. Rick Scott's 'Jobs, Jobs, Jobs' Agenda Coming Under Fire http://blog.wlrn.org/post/gov-rick-scotts-jobs-jobs-jobs-agenda-coming-under-fire <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia; line-height: 18.421875px; text-align: justify;">Gov. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Michael Peltier 9316 at http://blog.wlrn.org Gov. Rick Scott's 'Jobs, Jobs, Jobs' Agenda Coming Under Fire State Integrity Investigation Day 5: Soft Money And Deep Pockets http://blog.wlrn.org/post/state-integrity-investigation-day-5-soft-money-and-deep-pockets <p>Florida has one of the strictest rules in the country for lobbyist gift-giving: an absolute ban.</p><p>And the state has one of toughest laws for campaign contributions: a $500 limit.</p><p>And yet, there’s a contradiction that everyone in Tallahassee seems to know about.</p><p>A lobbyist cannot buy a legislator dinner, or a cup of coffee, or a bottle of water. But a lobbyist can hand over a check for hundreds of thousands&nbsp;of dollars in a “CCE.”</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:00:31 +0000 Kenny Malone 2040 at http://blog.wlrn.org State Integrity Investigation Day 5: Soft Money And Deep Pockets State Integrity Investigation Day 4: Clouds Over The Sunshine State http://blog.wlrn.org/post/state-integrity-investigation-day-4-clouds-over-sunshine-state-1 <p>Florida has a national reputation for its Public Records Law. But a new study by the Center for Public Integrity and Public Radio International has given the Sunshine State a D in “Public Access to Information.”</p><p>The State Integrity Investigation is the first attempt to look across all states at how good the system is for preventing political corruption.</p><p>The investigation graded each state on more than 300 indicators of accountability, transparency, and corruption risk. The indicators are divided into 14 categories, which appear on the report card.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 11:57:17 +0000 Kenny Malone 2005 at http://blog.wlrn.org State Integrity Investigation Day 4: Clouds Over The Sunshine State State Integrity Investigation Day Two: A Method http://blog.wlrn.org/post/state-integrity-investigation-day-two-method <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-size: 9pt; line-height: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial; ">The State Integrity Investigation – a collaboration of Public Radio International, the Center for Public Integrity and&nbsp;</span>WLRN<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-size: 9pt; line-height: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial; ">&nbsp;in&nbsp;</span><st1:place style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-size: 9pt; line-height: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial; " w:st="on">Miami</st1:place><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-size: 9pt; line-height: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial; ">&nbsp;– is the first comp Wed, 03 Oct 2012 11:54:16 +0000 Kenny Malone & Phil Latzman & Dan Christensen 2048 at http://blog.wlrn.org State Integrity Investigation Day Two: A Method State Integrity Investigation Day 1: Florida Politics Gets A 'C-' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/state-integrity-investigation-day-1-florida-politics-gets-c <p><em>This story originally appeared in The Miami Herald on March 19, 2012.</em></p><p>The first time Florida Sen. Chris Smith, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat, ran for office, he was just three years out of law school - a 28-year-old who still believed in the power of his lucky navy blue suit. As Smith puts it, he was a "nobody" from Broward County.</p><p>And yet, "these people would just show up" as he campaigned around the district. They were lobbyists. "[They'd] pat me on the back and say, 'Hey, I want to support you, ' and then give me a bunch of checks and say: 'Now remember me.' "</p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 11:46:36 +0000 Kenny Malone 1839 at http://blog.wlrn.org State Integrity Investigation Day 1: Florida Politics Gets A 'C-'