Scott PowersDecember 10, 2018

Juvenile arrests fell sharply in Florida for the second consecutive fiscal year, led by counties such as Orange, Miami-Dade and Hillsborough that are aggressively pushing civil citations, diversion programs, and other initiatives to deal with juvenile crime other than arrests. Overall, Florida saw an 8 percent drop in juvenile arrests, and a 10 percent drop […]

Florence SnyderMarch 6, 2017

Jackie Pons is still the kind of public official who gave Florida’s Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) a very bad name. To refresh our recollection on a pol best-forgotten, if he’d only go away, Pons lost his bid for re-election November as Leon County’s Superintendent of Schools.  As a DROP-enrollee since 2014, he was entitled […]

A.G. GancarskiMarch 7, 2016

Political cronies abound at Mike Hogan’s Duval County Supervisor of Elections office. One example is former GOP pollster John Libby. Another one upon whom we’ve focused recently is former Jacksonville City Council president, former State House member, and current State House candidate Dick Kravitz. Kravitz endorsed Hogan in the spring, with a mailer trumpeting this apparent coup. Yet no mailer […]

Mitch PerryFebruary 2, 2015

On his last day on the job as the executive directors of both the Hillsborough County MPO and the Planning Commission last week, Ray Chiaramonte learned that he would be immediately transitioning to a new gig – after being selected to become the next executive director of TBARTA, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority. The still very vibrant […]


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