Elle Moxley's radio profile of Tony Bennett for StateImpact Florida.
Before he was voted out of the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Indiana -- and well before he was appointed Florida Commissioner of Education -- Tony Bennett pushed for a controversial package of education initiatives that brought Indiana to the forefront of a national conversation about how to transform public schools.
And it all began with a restaurant conversation between Bennett and Indiana Board of Education member Todd Huston, who was urging him to run for superintendent.
Citizens of Florida have democratically chosen a design for their state's next license tag.
You see it here: A white plate, trimmed in green with a picture of an orange, seven letters and numbers in a new font that won't confuse traffic cameras, and letters spelling "Florida" and "Sunshine State."
The shootings in Connecticut have sparked many debates in Florida about gun control.
Meanwhile, one state leader is stepping back from comments about guns in schools.
State House Judiciary Chairman Dennis Baxley of Ocala told the Associated Press Monday gun-free zones like schools are targets for deranged people and it might be wise for teachers and principals to carry guns.
Hear what he's saying now in WLRN Miami Herald News:
Former U. S. Sen. George LeMieux was once Charlie Crist's closest confidant as his chief of staff, so valued by the ex-governor that it was Crist who appointed him to fill out the term of the retiring Mel Martinez in the Senate in 2009.
But things have changed drastically in three years.
After an unsuccessful attempt at being elected to a Senate seat last year in the Republican primary, the Broward native is now chairman of the Gunster Law Firm in Fort Lauderdale.
Just as last week’s tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut reignite the national debate over gun control, Florida will soon issue its one-millionth concealed weapons permit. And that has gun control advocates worried that what happened in Connecticut could more easily happen in the Sunshine State.
Some Florida politicians are calling for bans on assault weapons. Others want to see more people armed.
12/18/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at how we can improve communication skills. Verbal expert Dr. Ben Benjamin , co-author of CONVERSATION TRANSFORMATION, says there are red flags to notice when conversations take the wrong course. Complaints and leading questions can start a downhill path. And “Yes, buts” usually put another person on the defensive. More information at www.conversationtransformation.com
Florida's next public university could be Online U.
Depending on how the Florida Board of Governors reconciles several issues with expert recommendations, the Legislature may be asked next year to establish the 13th state university for Internet students only.