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Thanks for visiting. On a semi-daily basis we scan Florida's major daily newspapers for significant Florida political news and punditry. We also review the editorial pages and political columnists/pundits for Florida political commentary. The papers we review include: the Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Naples News, Sarasota Herald Tribune, St Pete Times, Tampa Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Tallahassee Democrat, and, occasionally, the Florida Times Union; we also review the political news blogs associated with these newspapers.

For each story, column, article or editorial we deem significant, we post at least the headline and link to the piece; the linked headline always appears in quotes. We quote the headline for two reasons: first, to allow researchers looking for the cited piece to find it (if the link has expired) by searching for the original title/headline via a commercial research service. Second, quotation of the original headline permits readers to appreciate the spin from the original piece, as opposed to our spin.

Not that we don't provide spin; we do, and plenty of it. Our perspective appears in post headlines, the subtitles within the post (in bold), and the excerpts from the linked stories we select to quote; we also occasionally provide other links and commentary about certain stories. While our bias should be immediately apparent to any reader, we nevertheless attempt to link to every article, column or editorial about Florida politics in every major online Florida newspaper.


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The Blog for Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Beginning to See the Light

    "Jeb!", Charlie and Tom are sounding like, well, progressives these days:
    Fed up with "outrageous" executive compensation and "undemocratic" proxy voting at public companies, Gov. Jeb Bush and two other state leaders ordered Florida's public pension fund Tuesday to take a leading role nationally in pushing for corporate governance reform. ...

    "For some of these salaries, there seems no rhyme or reason; they're self-perpetuating," [Coleman Stipanovich, the pension fund's executive director] said. "When you see an executive making 400 times what their average employee makes there is something wrong with that." ...

    Tuesday, Bush, Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher and Attorney General Charlie Crist, the pension fund's three trustees, said they wanted Stipanovich to become more visible - a striking contrast for a pension fund that usually shuns the spotlight. Gallagher and Crist are running for the Republican nomination for governor, positioning to succeed Bush when his term expires in 2007.

    Though led by three statewide elected officials, Florida's investment strategies have never been nearly as controversial or politically charged as some other large public funds. The most obvious example is the nation's largest public pension fund, California's CALPERS, where state employee unions and other constituencies serve as trustees.
    "State demands corporate reform".

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