FL Gov. Rick Scott, Spain and the uncertain science of business development

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog TAMPA — As Spain faces massive resistance from investors and the unemployed, a delegation of Florida political and business leaders has swept in to sell the economic virtues of the Sunshine State. Gov. Rick Scott is trying to “further cement cultural ties” with Spain and promote Florida as the “ideal location” for both business and tourism, according to his weekly […]

Ineligible, dead voters rampant in FL’s registration list

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog TAMPA — At first riddled with individuals suspected of not being U.S. citizens, Florida‘s voter registration list now is facing scrutiny for the dead and buried on its rolls. After reviewing Social Security records, the state Division of Elections determined that about 53,000 registered voters may be deceased, giving election officials seven days […]

The day Mitt Romney came to town

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog ST. PETERSBURG— The comfortable room had patriotic flare and subdued excitement. The national debt clock stood ticking behind 22 hand-picked senior citizens armed with smartphones, tablets and buttons with U.S. flags. They were among the 300 supporters of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney gathered Wednesday morning at the Mirror Lake Lyceum downtown. Read more: FloridaWatchdog.org

FL public sector the biggest single employer

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog TAMPA — In the search to find the biggest job creator in Florida, residents should look no further than themselves — or rather, their government. The single largest employer in 51 of 67 Florida counties is the public sector, including members of the military, librarians, college professors, prison guards, administrators […]

Influence, earmarks persist in FL senator’s term

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog MIAMI — As a powerful member of the Senate Commerce, Finance and Intelligence committees and the former state treasurer of Florida, Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is no stranger to the intricacies of backroom politics. With 40 years of successive public service in Tallahassee and onCapitol Hill, the senator has garnered a reputation as a staunch […]

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