Tag: Maria Sachs

Jim RosicaAugust 17, 2017
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A federal judge has given an ex-aide to former state Sen. Maria Lorts Sachs till next Tuesday to explain why he shouldn’t provide information in his still-pending sexual harassment case. Matthew Damsky, then 28, had sued the Florida Senate in Leon County Circuit Civil court last year on gender discrimination and retaliation charges. The 68-year-old Sachs, first elected to the Senate in […]

Jim RosicaDecember 14, 2016
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Former state Sen. Maria Lorts Sachs will be the next executive director of Innovation Florida, the new not-for-profit incubator for startup technology companies. The organization announced the hire Wednesday in a press release. “I am excited to be a part of a new initiative that will link venture capital and multinational corporations to research and development with […]

Jim RosicaDecember 1, 2016
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An aide to then-Florida state Sen. Maria Lorts Sachs has sued his former employer, saying she “exposed (him) to unwelcome sexual conduct” by frequently undressing in front of him. Matthew Damsky sued the Florida Senate in Leon County Circuit Civil court this week on gender discrimination and retaliation charges. The 68-year-old Sachs, elected to the […]

Staff ReportsSeptember 30, 2016
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Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is the state’s “Consumer Champion” for 2016, an insurance industry watchdog organization announced this week, citing his support for legislative crackdowns on health and life insurers. The Florida Association for Insurance Reform bestowed the accolade Thursday night during its annual awards ceremony. The awards “recognize insurance and policy leaders whose […]

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A South Florida state senator said sexual harassment claims made by a former legislative aide are nothing more than an attempt to stop her from pursuing a criminal investigation into him. Sen. Maria Sachs said in an exclusive interview Monday there is no truth to a complaint filed by Matthew Damsky, a former aide, with […]

Peter SchorschJune 8, 2016
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Democrat Maria Sachs will not run for another term in the Florida Senate, Sachs confirmed Wednesday after Florida Politics reported that multiple sources, including two of her Senate colleagues, said she had told them she wasn’t running. Sachs told John Kennedy of the Palm Beach Post that she has formed a nonprofit organization called the Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and […]

Ryan RayMay 26, 2016
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Though he may be running in some new territory this fall, Sen. Jeff Clemens says he is not short on support from across his redrawn Senate District 31. The Lake Worth Democrat unveiled more than two dozen endorsements on Thursday from local elected leaders and advocacy groups. Those giving the often left-leaning Democrat the nod included Palm Beach Reps. Dave […]

Ryan RayMarch 9, 2016
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The Florida Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that critics say would curtail women’s access to safe and legal abortions, while supporters say it simply “gets Florida out of the abortion business.” The measure to increase medical requirements on abortion clinics, sponsored by Lakeland Republican Sen. Kelli Stargel, passed 25-15 after nearly half an hour of debate. […]

Ryan RayFebruary 24, 2016
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The Florida Senate a bill that would classify computer coding as a “foreign language” for purposes of high school credit. Sen. Jeremy Ring‘s SB 468 passed the upper chamber by a vote of 35-5 after half an hour of heated debate, mostly among Ring’s fellow Democrats. Sen. Dwight Bullard said he agreed coding is an important skill for students to learn, […]


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