Gina Jordan http://wlrn.org en Integrity Florida On Financial Disclosures, Blind Trusts, And A Corruption Tax http://wlrn.org/post/integrity-florida-financial-disclosures-blind-trusts-and-corruption-tax <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Florida Division of Elections says </span><a href="http://election.myflorida.com/candidate/canlist.asp" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">18 people have qualified to run for governor</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. They include Republicans, Democrats, independents, a Libertarian, and write-in candidates.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:27:46 +0000 Gina Jordan 34465 at http://wlrn.org Integrity Florida On Financial Disclosures, Blind Trusts, And A Corruption Tax Florida Leads Nation In International Homebuyers http://wlrn.org/post/florida-leads-nation-international-homebuyers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida’s recession could have been worse if not for homebuyers from other countries.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The nonprofit government watchdog group Florida TaxWatch says <a href="http://www.floridataxwatch.org/resources/pdf/InternationalHomesFINAL.pdf" target="_blank">international buyers bought up cheap properties</a> and pumped cash into the state’s economy.</p><p>The buyers were mainly from Canada, Latin America and Europe – all regular trading partners of the U.S.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:35:57 +0000 Gina Jordan 34460 at http://wlrn.org Florida Leads Nation In International Homebuyers Frontrunners For Governor Reveal Finances And Seek More Transparency http://wlrn.org/post/frontrunners-governor-reveal-finances-and-seek-more-transparency <p></p><p>Now that Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist have released details about their finances, the <a href="http://election.dos.state.fl.us/candidate/canlist.asp" target="_blank">front runners in what is expected to be a very close governor's race</a> are goading each other to be more transparent.</p><p>Governor Rick Scott's net worth is well over $100 million. The businessman and former health care executive does not accept a salary as governor.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:54:10 +0000 Gina Jordan 34411 at http://wlrn.org Frontrunners For Governor Reveal Finances And Seek More Transparency Miami-Dade Has Most To Lose In State Budget http://wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-has-most-lose-state-budget <p>Miami-Dade County is eligible for more money than any other county in the state budget -- $1.8 billion. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">That makes the county more susceptible to budget vetoes before the budget goes into effect in July.</span></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:51:36 +0000 Gina Jordan 33072 at http://wlrn.org Miami-Dade Has Most To Lose In State Budget Florida Arts Programs Get Highest Funding Ever From Lawmakers http://wlrn.org/post/florida-arts-programs-get-highest-funding-ever-lawmakers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Actors' Playhouse executive director Barbara Stein says most of the Coral Gables theater's paid performers are from South Florida.</span></p><p>“We hire some people out of New York, too, but our goal is to hire as many capable and qualified for each production Florida based actors that we can,” Stein says.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 22:18:24 +0000 Gina Jordan 32829 at http://wlrn.org Florida Arts Programs Get Highest Funding Ever From Lawmakers How South Florida Voters Are Changing Political Culture http://wlrn.org/post/how-south-florida-voters-are-changing-political-culture <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Political Almanac of Florida 2014 gives us a detailed look at the state’s House districts -- all 120 of them.</span></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 18:54:19 +0000 Gina Jordan 32327 at http://wlrn.org How South Florida Voters Are Changing Political Culture How Miami Students Got College Degrees Before High School Diplomas http://wlrn.org/post/how-miami-students-got-college-degrees-high-school-diplomas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sixty students from the Hialeah area will graduate from high school this month like thousands of others in Florida, but these students have done something remarkable.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They’ll receive their high school diplomas almost a month&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">after</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;graduating from Miami Dade College.</span></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 07:37:13 +0000 Gina Jordan 32079 at http://wlrn.org How Miami Students Got College Degrees Before High School Diplomas Judge Says Florida Teacher Evaluations Are Unfair, But Constitutional http://wlrn.org/post/judge-says-florida-teacher-evaluations-are-unfair-constitutional <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida teachers and education groups sued over a change in state law that enables districts to tie evaluations to student performance.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal judge says the state’s way of evaluating teachers is constitutional.</span></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 19:24:10 +0000 Gina Jordan 31958 at http://wlrn.org Judge Says Florida Teacher Evaluations Are Unfair, But Constitutional Why Florida Lawmakers Can Negotiate The State Budget In Private http://wlrn.org/post/why-florida-lawmakers-can-negotiate-state-budget-private <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Florida Legislature will pass a flurry of bills this week. But the only thing they’re constitutionally required to do is pass a state budget.</span></p><p>Lawmakers settled on a budget worth slightly more than <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/29/4088269/budget-clock-starts-ticking-for.html" target="_blank">$77 billion – the largest in state history</a>. They’ll vote on the spending plan Friday night to close out the legislative session.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:56:20 +0000 Gina Jordan 31599 at http://wlrn.org Why Florida Lawmakers Can Negotiate The State Budget In Private LISTEN: Rep. Gaetz On Marijuana, His Mugshot, And Political Culture In Tallahassee http://wlrn.org/post/listen-rep-gaetz-marijuana-his-mugshot-and-political-culture-tallahassee <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ft. Walton Beach Republican </span><a href="http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/sections/representatives/details.aspx?MemberId=4478" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Representative Matt Gaetz</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is helping carry on the family name in politics.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One week shy of 32 years old, he’s one of the state’s youngest lawmakers. He’s now running for the state Senate. His dad is Senate President Don </span>Gaetz<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, also a Panhandle Republican.</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:48:05 +0000 Gina Jordan 31596 at http://wlrn.org LISTEN: Rep. Gaetz On Marijuana, His Mugshot, And Political Culture In Tallahassee A Day In The Life Of A Tallahassee Lobbyist http://wlrn.org/post/day-life-tallahassee-lobbyist <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tallahassee is full of lobbyists, and they’re in high gear at the Capitol for the final week of the legislative session.</span></p><p>A lobbyist is someone who is hired by a company or organization to convince lawmakers to pass legislation benefiting their clients.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:19:44 +0000 Gina Jordan 31491 at http://wlrn.org A Day In The Life Of A Tallahassee Lobbyist Florida Lawmakers Ready To Strike Popular Energy Rebate Program From The Books http://wlrn.org/post/florida-lawmakers-ready-strike-popular-energy-rebate-program-books <p><a href="http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=52816" target="_blank">An energy bill that is nearing passage</a> in the Florida Legislature would strike an old solar rebate program from the books.</p><p>The program was more popular than expected, and when it ended in 2010, thousands of rebate holders hadn’t received all of the money they were due.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:01:46 +0000 Gina Jordan 31148 at http://wlrn.org Florida Lawmakers Ready To Strike Popular Energy Rebate Program From The Books Lawmakers Ban Biometric Data Collection In Florida Schools http://wlrn.org/post/lawmakers-ban-biometric-data-collection-florida-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Schools won’t be able to collect the fingerprints or other biometric information of students under </span><a href="https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0188" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">a bill approved by the Florida Legislature</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The new requirement is part of a broad package designed to protect kids’ privacy.</p><p>When lawmakers in Tallahassee talk about biometrics, they’re talking about hands and eyes being scanned or fingerprints being collected.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:13:46 +0000 Gina Jordan 30886 at http://wlrn.org Lawmakers Ban Biometric Data Collection In Florida Schools Plastic Bags Survive Another Year In Florida http://wlrn.org/post/plastic-bags-survive-another-year-florida <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Paper or plastic?" is a question you’ll hear at grocery stores for at least another year because a South Florida lawmaker was unsuccessful in his attempt to help cities cut down on plastic bags.</span></p><p>A bill would prevent places like Publix and Walmart from using plastic carryout bags if local governments wanted to ban them. It would also require stores to provide customers with reusable bags.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:10:13 +0000 Gina Jordan 30622 at http://wlrn.org Plastic Bags Survive Another Year In Florida Florida Legislature Wants To Avoid Controversy In This Election Year http://wlrn.org/post/florida-legislature-wants-avoid-controversy-election-year <p>The legislative session is slightly more than halfway over.</p><p></p><p>So what have lawmakers been doing in the first five weeks and what’s next?</p><p></p><p>We checked with <em>Miami Herald</em> Tallahassee bureau chief Mary Ellen Klas.</p><p></p><p><strong>Q: Would you explain the process that happens in the first half of the session? For people who don’t understand what goes on at the Capitol this time of year, what should they know?</strong></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 03:10:05 +0000 Gina Jordan 30417 at http://wlrn.org Florida Legislature Wants To Avoid Controversy In This Election Year