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Education
8:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Cyberbullying Law Gives Educators Power To Intervene Outside Of School

78% of teens have a cell phone and send an average of 60 text messages per day, and bout three in four teens access the internet on cell phones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

Gabrielle Molina was a seventh grader in Queens, New York.  Her friends and parents say that she was smart.  She was ambitious and loved science. Her father said that she wanted to join the U.S. Air Force and then study law.

On May 23 her 15 year-old sister forced open their bedroom door and found her lifeless.  Gaby hung herself.  She was 12.  In her suicide note she apologized to her family and said that she was bullied.

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Blogosphere
12:13 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

The Florida Blogup: Building Bridges, Everglades Art And DOMA Reactions

The Florida Everglades is considered a national treasure.
Credit Rasmus Bøgeskov Larsen/Flickr

Everglades-Inspired Art

If you just can’t get enough of Florida wildlife, or if you want to celebrate increased funding for Everglades clean-up, you might want to check out this event.

Hosted at a home on Matheson Avenue, the Summer Salon on Sunday, June 30, will feature Ana Mendez, Gustavo Matamoros and works of art from the Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) collection.

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Florida Medicaid Expansion
6:30 am
Thu February 21, 2013

In Reversal, Florida Gov. Scott Agrees To Medicaid Expansion

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, long a foe of the administration's health overhaul, reversed course and agree to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid in the state.
J Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 7:25 am

Perhaps Florida Gov. Rick Scott's motto should be "never say never."

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Community Contributor
2:00 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Citizens Insurance Rate Hikes Seem Like Bait And Switch To This Homeowner

Florida Gov. Rick Scott hasn't made specific proposals for insurance reform, but legislators are considering a bill that could increase Citizens rates dramatically.
Credit Photo by Creative Commons user MrX

As a very young man, I remember getting a phone call from mom (then a bank VP) telling me to get my butt out of the house and get some money in my account because I was about to be overdrawn.  The point is, I learned from a very young age to watch my expenses and know how much I could afford. When funding a home, for instance, it always makes sense to try to figure not only what your current payments will be but to also adjust for things getting more expensive—such as taxes and insurance.

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Obituary
8:48 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Former Governor Candidate Bill McBride Dies

POWER COUPLE: Bill McBride and his wife, Alex Sink, were both Democratic candidates for governor. McBride died suddenly Saturday.
Credit Family photo

Bill McBride, a lawyer and affable family man who succeeded almost everywhere but politics, died suddenly Saturday during a family Christmas gathering in Mount Airy, N. C.

McBride ran for governor against Republican Jeb Bush in 2002 and lost by 14 points.

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Voting Law
12:41 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Rick Scott Admits Florida Voting Law Was A Problem

Gov. Rick Scott talks Florida voting on CNN.
Credit CNN

During an appearance on CNN on Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott admitted Florida's voting law-- which he signed into law-- was partially to blame  for Florida's voting troubles this year.

He told Soledad O'Brien during Starting Point on Wednesday that lawmakers in the state have to come up with a bipartisan solution to Florida's voting woes. This year, people stood in lines that were up to six hours long even on Election Day, well after polls closed in other parts of the state.

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Gubernatorial Race 2014
6:55 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Three Signs The 2014 Governor's Race Has Already Started

TOO SOON? Gov. Scott is in early campaign mode thanks to Charlie Crist's party switch.
Credit Gage Skidmore /Flickr

Yes, the 2014 gubernatorial election is months and months away, but there are already some signs that election season has started right back up again.

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The Florida Vote
9:30 am
Fri December 7, 2012

How Boxer's Bill Could Shrink Voting Lines

DIFFERING BY DEGREE: Gov. Scott thinks four hours is an acceptable wait in a voting line, Sen. Boxer says one.

A prominent Senate Democrat is trying to federalize election rules in a way that would make it illegal to force voters to wait more than an hour to vote.

U. S. Sen. Barbara Boxer filed her bill -- called the LINE Act -- on Thursday. If it passes, states would have to come into compliance before the next federal election. That would involve applying formulas that determine how many voting machines and poll workers have to be available for the expected number of voters.

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Politics
2:39 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Gov. Scott On Race-Based Scoring: ‘We Should Have High Standards For Everybody'

The State Board of Education strategic plan utilizes race-based scoring to help close the achievement gap.
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Gov. Rick Scott wants the State Board of Education to change its plan to set passing scores based on a student’s race. But he isn’t saying what the board should do to alter the plan.

Every child should be performing on grade level in subjects like math and reading, Scott says. “I mean, I learn differently than other people learn, but I do know that all children can learn,” Scott says, “and we should expect we should have high standards for everybody.”

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Politics
6:15 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Analyst: Rick Scott Begins Unofficial Reelection Bid With Focus On Teachers

Governor Scott hears from teachers at Southwest Miami High.
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Gov. Rick Scott is trying to appease educators.

They didn’t like it when he chopped $1.3 billion in education funding from the state budget.

They liked it even less when he called for an expansion of charter schools and other alternatives to traditional public schools.

So, while most people are focused on the November ballot, USF Political Scientist Seth McKee says Scott appears to be ramping up his 2014 reelection campaign by extending an olive branch to teachers.

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Oops.
5:49 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Governor's Gaffe: Sending Meningitis Info Seekers To Phone Sex Line

Rick Scott accidentally directed people to an adult hotline today.
Tim Donovan/FWC/Flickr

Our buddies over at WUSF caught a small faux pas made by Gov. Rick Scott today.

According to WUSF,

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Politics
6:05 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Florida Legislature Plays Judge And Jury In Claims Bill Process

Eric Brody
facebook.com

“Thank you very much and I apologize that this has happened,” Governor Rick Scott told William Dillon as he signed a bill giving Dillon more than a million dollars.

Dillon spent 27 years in prison for a murder in Brevard County. He was set free in 2008 after DNA testing showed he wasn’t the killer.

It took more than three and a half years for the Legislature to pass a bill compensating Dillon.

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PIP Reform
9:52 am
Sun January 29, 2012

How Florida Lawmakers Are Addressing PIP Fraud

State lawmakers are working to reform PIP. They say it's ripe for abuse.
IowaPolitics.com

Florida’s no-fault insurance requirement is set to undergo major changes this legislative session.

Right now, Florida drivers are required to have $10,000 worth of personal injury protection, or PIP, for payout in a crash regardless of who is at fault.

But fraudsters have taken advantage of this system, and auto insurance rates are skyrocketing.

Florida is one of the most expensive states for car insurance, according to the Insurance Information Institute. A fender bender can cost an insurance company tens of thousands of dollars.

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Funding Social Sciences
12:00 am
Tue October 11, 2011

Explaining Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s War On Anthropology (And Why Anthropologists May Win)

Gov. Rick Scott has been singling out the anthropology field as an inefficient use of higher education budgets.
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It’s been a rough week for anthropologists with Gov. Rick Scott singling out the field as an inefficient use of higher education budgets.

Why should taxpayers foot the education bill for an anthropologist who can’t find a job? Scott asked a business group last week. Colleges should “drive” students into science, technology, engineering or math — known as STEM — programs, he said.

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