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Florida News 2011 (scroll down)

North Florida Broadband Authority:
A Lawyer's Dream. A Look At The Numbers

North Florida Broadband Authority:
A Lawyer's Dream. Money Is No Object

Looking for Ways Panthers and Ranchers Can Coexist in FL

Tax Scam: The Florida Real Estate Connection 

AT&T Merger Plan Dropped - Florida Consumers Win?

FL puts smiley face on gruesome unemployment numbers, Columbia County moves up to 9.9%

Able Trust - FAAST - Florida Crown:  An alliance helping Floridians with disabilities get fair employment opportunities

Battle Over "Internet Censorship" Bills Heats Up  

Affordable Care Act Saves Florida Seniors Millions 

Arctic Explorer Steger Treks to Warn about Climate Change

US Senator Bill NelsonU.S. Senator Bill Nelson Update Dec 8, 2011

The Sunshine State's Dirty Secret?

Water Wars - Columbia County FL: County Chairman removes Water Management District Directors from agenda

Water Wars - Columbia County FL: Tri County Water Powwow brings out a crowd and sheds light on the issues

Florida Prisons: The Teamsters Are In Town

Reward Offered for Sighting of South Florida Rainbow Snake: Feds May Have Prematurely Declared Species Extinct

North Florida Broadband Authority:  Feds come to town – Working under the cover of darkness was their MO

Alarming Climate Change Effects on Florida

US Senator Bill NelsonU.S. Senator Bill Nelson Update Nov 17, 2011

Zoning at 85: Do we still need it?

North Florida Broadband Authority:  Feds continue investigation - Interim GM rehires resigned firms employees

Social Security Cuts: Greatest Impact On FL Small Towns

US Senator Bill NelsonU.S. Senator Bill Nelson - Update Nov 8, 2011

Fannie and Freddie Executive Compensation lead the Senator's update as he objected to the recent news that nearly $13 million in bonus pay was approved for 10 executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The letter urges FHFA, which oversees Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, to make changes to the executive compensation policy to more accurately reflect the mission of the agency.

Thousands demand St. Pete police stop shooting dogs

Avoiding the Student Loan Money Pit in FL

North Florida Broadband Authority: "The greatest threat to this project is the Government"

Lawmaker Promotes Early Release for Inmates     

Federal grant for broadband access in rural Louisiana rescinded:
Could the North Florida Broadband Authority Be Far Behind?

North Florida Broadband Authority:
Redefining "Good Business Sense?"

Floridians over 45 getting tech savvy    

Senator Bill NelsonU.S. Senator Bill Nelson - Update October 21, 2011

North Florida Broadband Authority: Feds resume funding – Put small vendors first

Needs Improvement: Congress Takes up Foster Care Student Report Cards

For Florida Parents, the Future is Now

"Occupy" Movement Spreads To Florida

Two Florida species may be extinct

North Florida Broadband Authority: Small vendors in big trouble | NFEDP/FSU's Hendry may resign

Senator Bill NelsonU.S. Senator Bill Nelson - Update October 12, 2011

North Florida Broadband Authority: Blood in the street

Florida Poverty Agenda Set for 2012

North Florida Broadband Authority: "I don't want to die on principle and not have broadband."

National Report Praises Florida Alternatives to 'Locking Up' Juveniles  

Raising 'Sugar-Cane': Investigative Report Follows the Money Trail

Raising 'Sugar-Cane': Investigative Report

Legislators Will Consider Caylee Anthony Child Protection Law  

NFBA future in limbo - Fed keeps funds locked down - Suspend project

Gulf Shrimpers Snagging Imperiled Sea Turtles  

Senator Bill NelsonU.S. Senator Bill Nelson - Update, September 22, 2011

Florida unemployment rate coasting at 10.7%
Columbia County up a notch to 10.6%

North Florida Broadband Authority
Its world was about to change

"I think we have a failure to communicate"
The N Florida Rural Broadband saga continues

Feds close spigot on $30 million broadband stimulus grant. 15 north central Florida counties waiting for money to flow again

Florida privatized Medicaid hits a snag

Senator Bill NelsonSen Bill Nelson - Update September 15, 2011

Universal Child Allowance: What's That?

New leak near Deepwater Horizon site quickly becoming a massive oil slick

Filming police in public is protected by the First Amendment

Monster KO's Florida's Unemployed

Big Decisions Ahead for 4,000 FL Correctional Employees

Florida's real unemployment off the chart: 18.5%
Columbia County's real unemployment: 18.3%

"Job-Killing" AT&T T-Mobile Merger: A Dropped Call? 

Protections Approved for Dozens More Fish Species

FL Congressman Seeks Limits on Clean Water Regs

FL Congressman Seeks Limits on Clean Water Regs

Report: FL Ex-Cons Benefited From Rights Restoration

Senator Bill NelsonSen Bill Nelson Update August 2, 2011

UHC - rural care rating.JPGUnited Health Group points to rural care shortcomings, fixes

Senator Bill NelsonSen Bill Nelson Update July 26, 2011

Knocking on Doors for a Clean Gulf Coast

Workforce Florida, streamlining by adding another layer of bureaucracy: Cost $750,000

Voters are being set up in Fair Districts scheme

Florida Teachers Union Files Suit

FL Economic Development Czar Speaks - Musical chairs on the deck of the Titanic?

AWI weighs in with Fla Unemployment figures
In real numbers, Columbia County is at 18.5%

Pam Bondi strikes back, but first, Corrine Brown

Attorney General Pam Bondi - What was she thinking?

While traffic light cameras remain on the Lake City back burner - the conversation continues...

Florida Workers Over 40 Will Depend On Social Security

Playing Politics With Florida Water Pollution

Scott's Medicaid Plan No good for Florida

Senator Bill NelsonSen Bill Nelson Update July 12, 2011

FL League of Women Voters to Legislators:
"What Were You Thinking?"

Senator Bill NelsonSen Bill Nelson Update July 5, 2011

FL Cities Struggle with State Funding Cuts  

Don’t Light the Way for Florida Turtles

Here Comes the $69 billion 2012 Florida State Budget

Medicaid Cuts Could Impact FL Economic Recovery

Redistricting: Secrets - Lies - Shenanigans

Oil Drilling Opponents Rally Along FL Beaches 

Senator Bill NelsonSen Bill Nelson Update June 21, 2011

FL Public Workers File Suit Over Pension Changes

Governor Rick Scott vs. Big Bird

1,000,000 plus unemployed in Florida
FL Unemployment at 10.6% vs. 9.1% US

Florida Teen Unemployment Nears 30 Percent

Senator Bill NelsonSen Bill Nelson Update June 14, 2011

Whose Minding Gulf Coast Beaches?

Farm Act Could Boost Florida Family Farm Subsidies 

Welcome to Florida: Probable Cause - What's that?

Free speech covers everyone
Signing ceremony no place to forbid protest

Florida sued over law saying doctors can't ask about guns

Florida Lawmakers Bow to Land Developers

Tallahassee: Economic Development Legislative Session Wrap-up

Florida's Economic Development Czar Came to Columbia County - Really

Mississippi Flooding Worsens Gulf Environment

Senator Bill NelsonSen Bill Nelson Update - May 25, 2011

"Say Ahhhh!" Florida gets an F, again, in Kids Dental Health

FL Medicaid Privatization Under Fire

FL Children's Doctors Face Gun Gag Order  

State Workers To Legislature: "Why Us?"  

FL Medicaid Privatization Under Fire

Volusia County agrees to take over private ambulance service

FL Teachers Get Grassroots Support 

FL Police: 'We're Not ICE Agents'

South Florida Merchants Oppose Immigration Legislation

Earth Justice: State Legislature Choking Clean Water Rules

FL Feuding Over Arizona Style Immigration Law

NWF: Oil Spill Data Kept Secret

Gulf Oil Spill Threatens the Bluefin Tuna

FL Public Worker Pensions: A Battle Royal Rages

One Year Later, Did Gulf Oil Spill Hurt People?

U.S. Slips in Clean Energy Race - FL Implications

Columbia County Commissioner's pool remains a death trap - State turns deaf ear

Senator Bill NelsonSen Bill Nelson, Update - March 15

Economic Impact of Numeric Nutrient Criteria Rule

Continuing Education Enhanced
UNF receives $2M to launch two Employ Fl Banner Centers

Senator Bill NelsonU.S. Senator Bill Nelson - Update
March 8, 2011

Senator Bill NelsonSen Bill Nelson, Update - Feb 22

Senator Bill NelsonSen Bill Nelson, Update - Feb 17

Growth and Prosperity
Public policy often based on unsupported assumptions

Florida News 2010 (scroll down)   | back to top é

Florida Enterprise zones under the gun
Gov't report says - fix them or scrap them

Farm/Ranch Women Wanted

Senator Bill NelsonU.S. Senator Bill Nelson - Update December 28, 2010

Senator Bill NelsonU.S. Senator Bill Nelson
Update - December 21, 2010

Juli Puckett - Public info officerStudy reveals Florida's opportunity to become no 1 job creating state

Columbia County ranks 5th in the nation in the unemployed Unemployment hovering at 11.3%

Senator Bill NelsonU.S. Senator Bill Nelson - Update
December 14, 2010

Link to WebsiteSuwannee River Valley Marketing Group
hits $200,000 promotion home run

FDOT testing "Superpave"

Link to Website$35,000 on the way
Gov's office awards Suwannee River Valley Marketing Group Rural Development Grant

Rubio Continues Quick Rise in G.O.P. With Win in Florida Senate Race

Florida Hometown Democracy
Down for the count

Citizen Input Rejected
Courts give public right to be present, but not heard

Florida: #1 in crooked politicians #1 in public corruption (another reason to vote yes on Amendment 4)

Morning in Florida:
What will it be like Nov. 3rd?

Florida conservationist Nathaniel  Reed endorses Amendment 4

After Amendment 4 rally the developer-politician hijinks begin

Federal Unemployment Programs on tap
Newly Extended Payments Begin

Court - Citizens don't have right to speak at government meetings

Court to decide public's right to speak, be heard

North Florida Broadband Authority Receives $30,000,0000 Grant

Florida News 2009 (scroll down)   | back to top é

Meeting Notice • The Requirements

Florida Crown Affair moves to Gilchrist County

(photo - Sharon Langford)