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Caught on camera: Florida judge stands accused of choking court worker

A judicial discipline board is recommending that the Florida Supreme Court immediately suspend a judge caught on tape last month angrily choking a clerk for not having paperwork ready when she wanted it, court records show. Hawkins(Photo via PeopleInfo.net) Circuit Judge Vegina T. “Gina” Hawkins, who sits in Fort Lauderdale, was charged Thursday with “inappropriate …

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Ron DeSantis, FDOT seek to scuttle expressway lawsuit

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Transportation are urging a circuit judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new law that overhauls the operation of expressways in Miami-Dade County. With Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper scheduled to hold a hearing next week, lawyers for DeSantis and the department filed …

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Governor, Cabinet will consider report on suspended OFR head Ronald Rubin

An inspector general report into sexual-harassment allegations against suspended top financial regulator Ronald Rubin has been placed on the agenda for next week’s meeting of Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet. The agenda posted online Thursday did not provide details of the expected discussion during the July 25 meeting. Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis …

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Suspended OFR head Ronald Rubin now being sued for Sunshine Law violations

The same day that CFO Jimmy Patronis‘ top in-house lawyer issued a defense of releasing harassment allegations against suspended financial regulator Ronald Rubin, Rubin himself was sued for violating the state’s public records law. Kim Grippa filed a complaint in Leon County Circuit Civil court on Wednesday against Rubin “individually,” seeking a court order for …

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Embattled Panhandle schools superintendent resigns

After fighting for months to keep her job, former Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson — suspended by Gov. Ron DeSantis in January — has resigned. Jackson had appealed her suspension to the Florida Senate, which has the authority to reinstate or remove elected officials. But her resignation Wednesday put an end to a …

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Sex, ‘rednecks’ and bowties: Internal review prompts call for firing of OFR head

The inspector general for the state’s Office of Financial Regulation has found it “proved” that suspended OFR Commissioner Ronald Rubin violated an internal policy against “sexual harassment and other acts of discrimination” and also broke a “standards of conduct” policy. In part, he said Rubin indirectly referred to sexual matters, disparaged “rednecks” and bowtie-wearers, and …

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Richard Corcoran calls for removal of charter school head

Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran says the head of a Manatee County charter school must step down. While Corcoran remains an enthusiastic supporter of school choice, he said greater oversight must step in at Lincoln Memorial Academy. This comes months after an administrative law judge recommended to the state’s Education Practices Commission that it should temporarily …

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Patronis Under Investigation for Releasing Rubin's Sexual-Harassment Complaint

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is facing a state law enforcement probe for releasing a sexual-harassment complaint against Office of Financial Regulation Commissioner Ronald Rubin to the public. But Patronis is refusing to back down from his call that Rubin be fired from the post, and instead on Wednesday intensified his demand that Gov. Ron …

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Florida Dems Denounce ICE Deportations, but Conveniently Forget the 8 Years Of Obama Raids

Miami is an ICE-targeted city The only thing more predictable than the Florida Democrats expressing opposition to the Trump administration’s ICE agents enforcing sweeps, is those same Dems misrepresenting the facts of what’s taking place. Add to that a remarkable touch of delusion surrounding the prior administration and you begin to wonder if the Florida …

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Joe Henderson: Wednesday was a good day for Hillsborough traffic relief

If you’re weary of Hillsborough traffic and believe it is way past the time to meaningfully address this stifling mess, Wednesday was a good day. The Hillsborough County Commission voted 4-3 to adopt the project spending allocations originally set in the All For Transportation charter amendment. Voters overwhelmingly approved the 1-cent sales tax hike last …

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