Archive for October, 2010

Tank Owners Say Inspections Cost too much

Monday, October 25th, 2010

An inspection mandate was included in a springs protection bill

      Two panhandle lawmakers say they will begin work to repeal a law requiring septic tank inspections every five years. Representative Marti Coley said she will propose legislation during the November reorganization session. In the meantime, over the objections of rural residents,  the Department of Health is gearing up to begin enforcement of the new law in January. To hear the story click on  Protests Grow

Nelson Touts Pond Scum

Sunday, October 24th, 2010
Business experts say a change in tax policy would signal investors that the federal government is committed to developing advanced bio fuels as a replacement for petroleum.

Researchers are high on algae as an alternative fuel source.

There may be a use for pond scum after all. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is optimistic that the Senate will pass his algae to biofuel proposal by the end of the year.   Nelson wants to provide tax incentives to produce bio fuels from algae, that green slimy organism that grows in back yard pools, ponds and lakes.

To hear more click  pondscum

Haridopolos Wants South’s Head

Friday, October 15th, 2010

The Merritt Island Republican is expected to become Senate President after the November election.

The incoming Florida Senate President is signaling that he will continue to apply pressure on the Department of Management Services. This spring, a group of senators failed in an attempt to abolish the agency, which manages state buildings and property. Now, after a scathing audit of a courthouse construction project, Sen. Mike Haridopolos wants DMS Secretary Linda South to resign or be fired.  To hear more click DMS

Q Poll: Rubio Lead Looks Solid

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Crist's lead evaporated without the support of a political party.

Six months ago a plethora of polls indicated Charlie Crist would win a three-way  U.S. senate race .  The latest Quinnipiac University Poll indicates Republican Marco Rubio leads Crist 44 to 30 percent with Democrat Kendrick Meek trailing at 21 percent.  The survey was conducted October 6 through the 10th and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points. 

    To hear more click October Poll


Thursday, October 7th, 2010

             A Leon County grand jury opted not to investigate the building of the new $48 million 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee.  Plans called for lavish furnishings and focused attention on some last minute maneuvers in the Legislature to get the money to build it but apparently grand jurors decided no laws were broken.  Now, James Call reports, a state senator is calling for new rules to stop what he calls another Taj Mahal debacle.

click to hear:Grand Jury will not investigate

The new courthouse became a target of criticism from judges in other cash-strapped districts and politicians after media reports that the judges’ chambers would include 60- inch televisions and granite counter tops. The money for the project came in an amendment added to a transportation bill in the closing hours of the 60-day Legislative session in 2007.  .

The Crist Method

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Crist connecting with people in Orlando

 The St. Petersburg Times’ Adam Smith watched Governor Charlie Crist, a no-party-affiliated candidate for the U.S. Senate, stroll through an airport terminal and writes “Crist didn’t just greet voters, he enveloped them in warmth and happiness. . . . even more remarkable considering Crist, 54, is on the verge of being cast into political oblivion.”

Smith’s account can be read here: Crist Charm Offensive.  

 And here’s an October 2009 radio story about the Crist method of politicking.  Crist Charisma.