Perry Thurston http://blog.wlrn.org en State Working To Fix Glitch-Ridden Unemployment Website http://blog.wlrn.org/post/state-working-fix-glitch-ridden-unemployment-website <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida has a new website for unemployment claims, and much like the federal government’s health insurance website, it’s plagued with problems.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.floridajobs.org/job-seekers-community-services/reemployment-assistance-center/connect" target="_blank">The Reemployment Assistance&nbsp;Connect System – known as CONNECT </a>– is where jobless Floridians must go to file their claims. It’s overseen by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 22:04:16 +0000 Gina Jordan 23027 at http://blog.wlrn.org State Working To Fix Glitch-Ridden Unemployment Website It's All About 'Mary' The Auto Reader In Tallahassee http://blog.wlrn.org/post/its-all-about-mary-auto-reader-tallahassee <p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; ">Speaker Will Weatherford introduced a new member of the Florida House this week.</span></p><p style="margin-right: 0.53in; margin-bottom: 0in">“<font face="Calibri, sans-serif">Members, we have an auto-reader. We had it in the closet just in case we ever had to actually read the bills,” Weatherford said amid laughs from the chamber. “It may be a little bit faster than normal.”</font></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Gina Jordan 13373 at http://blog.wlrn.org It's All About 'Mary' The Auto Reader In Tallahassee Campaign Contributions Bill Touches A Nerve That Lawmakers Are Already Addressing http://blog.wlrn.org/post/campaign-contributions-bill-touches-nerve-lawmakers-are-already-addressing <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida House and Senate are taking ethics and elections seriously this year. Bills to widen voting opportunities by restoring pre-2011 early voting days and hours are making their way through both chambers.</p><p>But there's a bill in the House that would originally have increased campaign contribution limits from their current $500 to $10,000.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Rick Stone 11042 at http://blog.wlrn.org Campaign Contributions Bill Touches A Nerve That Lawmakers Are Already Addressing Gov. Rick Scott, Black Caucus Find Little Common Ground As 2013 Session Nears http://blog.wlrn.org/post/gov-rick-scott-black-caucus-find-little-common-ground-2013-session-nears <p></p><p>Gov. Rick Scott's hour-long sit-down with the Legislative Black Caucus on Tuesday was frostily correct and almost completely nonproductive for the black lawmakers, according to two accounts of Tuesday's session in Tallahassee.</p><p>The Tampa Bay Times and the Palm Beach Post described the governor as almost completely unyielding on voting rules, ex-felon rights and appointments to the judiciary and other state positions.</p><p>As to the 2011 voting law that many say turned the 2012 election into a Florida disaster, the governor said he should not be blamed for that.</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:01:39 +0000 Rick Stone 7829 at http://blog.wlrn.org Gov. Rick Scott, Black Caucus Find Little Common Ground As 2013 Session Nears In Tallahassee, Republicans Will Still Rule But With A Hand Weakened By Election http://blog.wlrn.org/post/tallahassee-republicans-will-still-rule-hand-weakened-election <p></p><p>Democrats in the Florida Legislature made some gains in Tuesday's election. They weren't enough to end Republican majorities in the House or &nbsp;Senate but they did reduce GOP strength by a measureable notch: Republicans no longer have the supermajorities required for total domination of one party by another.</p><p>Boca Raton Democratic Sen. Maria Sachs' victory over Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff &nbsp;of Hollywood was the critical win in the upper chamber.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Rick Stone 4336 at http://blog.wlrn.org In Tallahassee, Republicans Will Still Rule But With A Hand Weakened By Election