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Educators Running Government-Funded Tutoring Companies Create Concern Over Conflicts
As principal of some of the poorest public schools in Alachua County, Beth Le Clear urged her students to take advantage of subsidized tutoring, extra instruction for Florida's neediest kids. Scores of her schoolchildren — some so destitute they wore grocery bags for underwear — enrolled and got the study help they sorely needed. But they weren't the only ones who benefited.
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Speculation Surrounds Campaign Finance Reform

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Speculation Surrounds Campaign Finance Reform
Some Democrats saw campaign finance reform passed by the Legislature this year as helpful in their bid to defeat Gov. Rick Scott but, in fact, it could help Republicans more, campaign finance experts and Florida political figures say. Meanwhile, watchdogs who track money in politics differ sharply over whether the reform bill will do what its proponents claim — lessen the influence of special interest money in politics.
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Property Appraiser Failed to Report Income

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Property Appraiser Failed to Report Income
Rob Turner, who made $153,000 last year as Hillsborough County property appraiser, earns extra money teaching appraisal classes around the state but hasn't reported any of it on financial disclosure forms.
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Ethics Panel: Norman Likely Violated Law

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Ethics Panel: Norman Likely Violated Law
State Sen. Jim Norman had a legal duty to disclose that a $500,000 gift was given to his wife by one of his political supporters but did not do so, a prosecutor told members of the Florida Commission on Ethics on Friday. The ethics commissioners agreed, finding probable cause that Norman broke the law when he did not report the half-a-million dollars given to his wife, Mearline, by conservative activist Ralph Hughes. She used the money to buy and renovate a lakefront house in Arkansas. Norman, a...
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Ethics Complaint Against Jim Norman Gets Bogged Down
Aired on ABC Action News
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Miller Says $10,500 He Paid His Wife Was To Run Campaign
A mid-­December campaign finance report shows Les Miller paid Gwen Miller $10,489 on Nov. 9 for "services rendered." Les Miller said couldn't afford a high-priced campaign consultant last year when he was running for the Hillsborough County Commission District 3 seat, so he hired his wife as campaign manager. Miller's last campaign finance report, filed in mid-December, shows he paid Gwen Miller $10,489 on Nov. 9 for "services rendered."Miller said his former campaign manager, who handled his...
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Suit Aimed at Kicking Norman Off Ballot to Move Forward
The latest effort by Hillsborough County Commissioner Jim Norman to derail a lawsuit aimed at disqualifying him from the November ballot has failed and a circuit court judge in Tallahassee has ruled testimony in the case can go forward. The recent admission by lawyers representing Hillsborough County Commissioner Jim Norman that his wife Mearline received a half million dollars from late Tampa businessman Ralph Hughes to buy a lakefront vacation home in Arkansas is raising more questions with To...
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Jim Norman Full Disclosure

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Jim Norman Full Disclosure
Aired on ABC Action News
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Blind Trusts Boost Public Confidence

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Blind Trusts Boost Public Confidence
In 2006, the Florida Commission on Ethics endorsed the principle that blind trusts are an effective means of assuring public officials are making decisions that are in the best interests of the state. As former members of the commission, we continue to strongly support that position.
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Election Deflates Ethics Charge

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Election Deflates Ethics Charge
The prosecutor says he still thinks Tom Gallagher's stock trades were illegal. Tom Gallagher won his ethics case Friday, mainly because he lost his bid for governor. The Commission on Ethics dropped a stock trading case against Gallagher, the state's former chief financial officer, but not before the prosecuting attorney said he still thinks Gallagher broke the law. Scott Tozian, a Tampa lawyer brought in to prosecute the case, recommended dropping the charges that Gallagher improperly invest...
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