rick scott http://wlrn.org en Cyberbullying Law Gives Educators Power To Intervene Outside Of School http://wlrn.org/post/cyberbullying-law-gives-educators-power-intervene-outside-school <p>Gabrielle Molina was a seventh grader in Queens, New York.&nbsp; Her friends and parents say that she was smart.&nbsp; She was ambitious and loved science. Her father said that she wanted to join the U.S. Air Force and then study law.</p><p>On May 23&nbsp;her 15 year-old sister forced open their bedroom door and found her lifeless.&nbsp; Gaby hung herself.&nbsp; She was 12.&nbsp; In her suicide note she apologized to her family and said that she was bullied.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Neyda Borges 17200 at http://wlrn.org Cyberbullying Law Gives Educators Power To Intervene Outside Of School The Florida Blogup: Building Bridges, Everglades Art And DOMA Reactions http://wlrn.org/post/florida-blogup-building-bridges-everglades-art-and-doma-reactions <p></p><p><a href="http://www.artlurker.com/2013/06/airie-summer-salon/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Everglades-Inspired Art</strong></a></p><p>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.</p><p>Hosted at a home on&nbsp;Matheson&nbsp;Avenue, the Summer Salon on Sunday, June 30, will feature Ana Mendez, Gustavo&nbsp;Matamoros and works of art from the Artists in Residence in&nbsp;Everglades&nbsp;(AIRIE) collection.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:13:50 +0000 Isabel Echarte 16543 at http://wlrn.org The Florida Blogup: Building Bridges, Everglades Art And DOMA Reactions In Reversal, Florida Gov. Scott Agrees To Medicaid Expansion http://wlrn.org/post/reversal-gov-rick-scott-agrees-medicaid-expansion-florida Perhaps Florida Gov. Rick Scott's motto should be "never say never."<p>After the U.S. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:30:41 +0000 Julie Rovner 9733 at http://wlrn.org In Reversal, Florida Gov. Scott Agrees To Medicaid Expansion Citizens Insurance Rate Hikes Seem Like Bait And Switch To This Homeowner http://wlrn.org/post/citizens-insurance-rate-hikes-seem-bait-and-switch-homeowner <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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. &nbsp;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. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Bill Andrews 9349 at http://wlrn.org Citizens Insurance Rate Hikes Seem Like Bait And Switch To This Homeowner Former Governor Candidate Bill McBride Dies http://wlrn.org/post/former-governor-candidate-bill-mcbride-dies <p></p><p>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.</p><p>McBride ran for governor against Republican Jeb Bush in 2002 and lost by 14 points.</p><p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 13:48:52 +0000 Rick Stone 6760 at http://wlrn.org Former Governor Candidate Bill McBride Dies Rick Scott Admits Florida Voting Law Was A Problem http://wlrn.org/post/rick-scott-admits-florida-voting-law-was-problem <p>During an appearance on CNN on Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott admitted Florida's voting law-- which he signed into law-- was partially to blame &nbsp;for Florida's voting troubles this year.</p><p>He told Soledad O'Brien during <em>Starting Point</em> 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.</p><p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 17:41:55 +0000 Ashley Lopez 6546 at http://wlrn.org Rick Scott Admits Florida Voting Law Was A Problem Three Signs The 2014 Governor's Race Has Already Started http://wlrn.org/post/three-signs-2014-governors-race-has-already-started <p>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.</p><p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:55:31 +0000 Ashley Lopez 6119 at http://wlrn.org Three Signs The 2014 Governor's Race Has Already Started How Boxer's Bill Could Shrink Voting Lines http://wlrn.org/post/how-boxers-bill-could-shrink-voting-lines <p></p><p>A prominent Senate Democrat is trying to federalize election rules in a way that&nbsp;would make it illegal to force voters to wait more than an hour to vote.</p><p><a href="http://boxer.senate.gov/en/press/releases/120512.cfm">U. S. Sen. Barbara Boxer filed her bill</a> -- 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.</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:30:40 +0000 Rick Stone 5912 at http://wlrn.org How Boxer's Bill Could Shrink Voting Lines Gov. Scott On Race-Based Scoring: ‘We Should Have High Standards For Everybody' http://wlrn.org/post/gov-scott-race-based-scoring-we-should-have-high-standards-everybody <p>Gov. Rick Scott wants the State Board of Education to change its plan to set <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2012/10/15/explaining-floridas-new-race-based-achievement-goals/">passing scores based on a student’s race</a>. But he isn’t saying what the board should do to alter the plan.</p><p>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.”</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 18:39:56 +0000 Gina Jordan 3220 at http://wlrn.org Gov. Scott On Race-Based Scoring: ‘We Should Have High Standards For Everybody' Analyst: Rick Scott Begins Unofficial Reelection Bid With Focus On Teachers http://wlrn.org/post/analyst-rick-scott-begins-unofficial-reelection-bid-focus-teachers <p>Gov. Rick Scott is trying to appease educators.</p><p>They didn’t like it when he chopped $1.3 billion in education funding from the state budget.</p><p>They liked it even less when he called for an expansion of charter schools and other alternatives to traditional public schools.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 22:15:31 +0000 Gina Jordan 3068 at http://wlrn.org Analyst: Rick Scott Begins Unofficial Reelection Bid With Focus On Teachers Governor's Gaffe: Sending Meningitis Info Seekers To Phone Sex Line http://wlrn.org/post/governors-gaffe-sending-meningitis-info-seekers-phone-sex-line <p>Our buddies over at WUSF&nbsp;caught a small faux pas made by Gov. Rick Scott today.</p><p><a href="http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/gov-scott-gives-adult-phone-number-meningitis-hotline">According to WUSF</a>,</p><p></p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 21:49:10 +0000 Ashley Lopez 2563 at http://wlrn.org Governor's Gaffe: Sending Meningitis Info Seekers To Phone Sex Line Florida Legislature Plays Judge And Jury In Claims Bill Process http://wlrn.org/post/florida-legislature-plays-judge-and-jury-claims-bill-process <p>“Thank you very much and I apologize that this has happened,” Governor Rick Scott told William Dillon as he signed a bill <a href="http://www.miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2012/02/house-passes-bill-compensating-william-dillon-for-27-years-in-prison.html">giving Dillon more than a million dollars</a>.</p><p>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.</p><p>It took more than three and a half years for the Legislature to pass a bill compensating Dillon.</p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 23:05:00 +0000 Gina Jordan 1814 at http://wlrn.org Florida Legislature Plays Judge And Jury In Claims Bill Process How Florida Lawmakers Are Addressing PIP Fraud http://wlrn.org/post/how-florida-lawmakers-are-addressing-pip-fraud <p>Florida’s no-fault insurance requirement is set to undergo major changes this legislative session.</p><p>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.</p><p>But fraudsters have taken advantage of this system, and auto insurance rates are skyrocketing.</p><p>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.</p> Sun, 29 Jan 2012 14:52:29 +0000 Gina Jordan 1997 at http://wlrn.org How Florida Lawmakers Are Addressing PIP Fraud Explaining Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s War On Anthropology (And Why Anthropologists May Win) http://wlrn.org/post/explaining-florida-gov-rick-scott-s-war-anthropology-and-why-anthropologists-may-win <p>It’s been a rough week for anthropologists with Gov. Rick Scott singling out the field as an inefficient use of higher education budgets.</p><p>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&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/tag/stem/"><strong><u>STEM</u></strong></a>&nbsp;— programs, he&nbsp;said.</p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Sarah Gonzalez & John O'Connor 2121 at http://wlrn.org Explaining Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s War On Anthropology (And Why Anthropologists May Win)