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Preview of what to expect from the state legislature this week

Preview of what to expect from the state legislature this week

By Peter Schorsch, SaintPetersBlog.com (April 15, 2013) – The budget could go to conference this week, depending on when leaders work out allocations. Starting mid-week, both chambers have kept some time free in case conference committees on the budget are noticed. The session is flying toward its end, but there remain several major pieces of legislation still in committee. A number of those will be heard this week. On the floors, a texting while driving ban could come up in the Senate, […]

by · April 15, 2013 · Events, Featured, Government, News, Politics
Ft. Lauderdale Commission to discuss it’s “2035 Vision Plan” Tuesday

Ft. Lauderdale Commission to discuss it’s “2035 Vision Plan” Tuesday

To thoughtfully chart a course for our future, the City has developed a Vision Plan, the heart of which is our 2035 Vision Statement. Our Vision Statement is an inspirational view of the future and what our community wants to become. It is a fusion of the collective values and aspirations that have been expressed by a diverse cross-section of our neighbors over the past two-and-a half years through the citywide Visioning initiative. The outreach effort that took place was extensive, collecting 1,562 unique ideas […]

Hallandale Beach accuses Inspector General of “factual inaccuracies”

Hallandale Beach accuses Inspector General of “factual inaccuracies”

By William Gjebre, BrowardBulldog.org (April 14, 2013) – Hallandale Beach officials have fired back at county investigators who last month found “gross mismanagement” of tax funds at the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, accusing them of “numerous factual inaccuracies” and challenging their legal authority. In its official 10-page response to the Broward Inspector General’s report, the city also said the OIG had misinterpreted the state statute governing the CRA. “It is this failure which results in the OIG (Office of Inspector General) […]

by · April 14, 2013 · Broward County, Government, News, Politics
Broward Mayor, “State of Our County” is strong

Broward Mayor, “State of Our County” is strong

Broward County (April 12,2013) – Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools Robert Runcie were the featured speakers at the Broward Workshop’s Fifth Annual Broward “State of Our County” forum. “The State of Broward County is strong. Unemployment is at 6.2 percent, the third lowest in the state for all metropolitan areas. As Mayor, I have named this year the “Year of the Neighbor” with a tri-county compact signed and endorsed by […]

Broward GOP: Eleven Years Of Losing Voters

Broward GOP: Eleven Years Of Losing Voters

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com – Cuban-Amercans moving into Broward from Miami were supposed to be the salvation of the local GOP. Forget it! A backlash against Barack Obama was predicted to pump up Republican registration. Never happened! Entrepreneurs including wealthy Jews, Caribbean blacks and Latin business types were expected to register Republican in big numbers. Didn’t help! Republicans have spent the last decade losing strength in Broward. The total number of voters in Broward has climbed over 221,000 since February 2002. In the […]

by · April 13, 2013 · Broward County, Featured, Politics
This week in the state legislature

This week in the state legislature

By Peter Schorsch, SaintPetersBlog.com , Tallahassee (April 9,2013) – A look ahead at what the Florida State Legislature is working on this week: SENATE RULES: The Senate Rules Committee has a monster agenda – hoping to fly through 29 bills during its three hour meeting. On the agenda are SB 1382, which trades a ban on “committees of continuous existence for a higher individual campaign contribution limit, and the Senate’s elections bill (SB 600), which would give county supervisors the ability to […]

by · April 9, 2013 · Events, News, Politics
Yoani Sánchez, Blogger and Cuban Dissident, Discusses Technology’s Role in Creating Democracy

Yoani Sánchez, Blogger and Cuban Dissident, Discusses Technology’s Role in Creating Democracy

by  Hilda S. Mitrani for EyesOnNews.com (April 4,2013) – Each month, fifteen million people read her blog, GeneraciónY,  in any of twenty languages. Most readers consider her the collective conscience of the Cuban people everywhere. Yet in her native Cuba, Yoani Sánchez is considered a cyber-terrorist and mercenary by the Castro regime. In a presentation titled, “Can Technology and Social Media Accelerate Cuba’s Democratization”, Yoani Sánchez told the crowd of 500 at Florida International University’s Wertheim Performing Arts Center that “only […]

by · April 4, 2013 · Events, Featured, News, Politics
Hallandale Beach excused millions in code violation fines

Hallandale Beach excused millions in code violation fines

By William Gjebre, BrowardBulldog.org (April 3,2013) – Nearly $11 million in fines imposed for property code violations in Hallandale Beach in the past five years have been excused by city managers without the city commission’s review or approval, according to city records. The city collected only a fraction of the total. Breaks worth tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars, were handed out to individual property owners, developers, businesses, banks and investment companies. “There needs to be accountability. There […]

by · April 4, 2013 · Broward County, Featured, News, Politics
Coral Springs needs you to help serve on various boards and committees

Coral Springs needs you to help serve on various boards and committees

Coral Springs (April 2,2013) – Here’s a chance to get involved in the future of Coral Springs.   The city is seeking applicants to serve on the following boards and committees: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee – This committee makes recommendations to the City Commission on matters related to affordable housing and the administration of state housing assistance programs such as the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) program. There are 11 members of the committee that must meet specific requirements. We are seeking […]

by · April 2, 2013 · Broward County, Featured, Politics
The week ahead in Tallahassee

The week ahead in Tallahassee

Florida Current Staff, Tallahassee (April 2, 2013) – Tuesday, April 2 FLORIDA’S DISCOVERY…It’s the 500th anniversary of Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León’s discovery of the place he called Florida, the land of flowers. CABINET MEETING…Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet meet 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Flagler Room of Ponce de Leon Hall at Flagler College in St. Augustine. There will be reports from the Office of Financial Regulation,Department of Revenue, and DEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard. The agenda can be found here. CRYSTAL RIVER NUCLEAR PLANT…The Public Service Commission holds […]

by · April 2, 2013 · Events, Featured, News, Politics
Capitol preview: What to expect this week in Florida politics

Capitol preview: What to expect this week in Florida politics

By Peter Schorsch, SaintPetersBlog.com (March 25, 2013) – Lawmakers take a break this week for the religious holidays, Passover at the beginning of the week and Good Friday at the end – with work scheduled at the Capitol only on Wednesday and Thursday. By the end of the week, the Senate, at least, will have a published general appropriations act, which is expected to be out by Friday, after the Appropriations Committee’s meeting on Thursday. The bill will be before the committee […]

by · March 25, 2013 · Featured, News, Politics
Ilene Lieberman Reenters Public Life

Ilene Lieberman Reenters Public Life

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com – Does former County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman miss the limelight? She was termed limited off the commission in November shortly after losing an election for judge. Did you notice that she was back in the news last week? I did. She was arguing that flawed procedures were used in counting the final votes in the Sunrise city election. Lieberman’s public question about the Sunrise recount – she was quoted in the newspaper – follows her recent appearance at […]

by · March 19, 2013 · Broward County, Featured, Politics