'These families are not victims:' readers react to our prison bankers investigation

By Sarah Whitmire

While some readers were grateful for our reporting on prison bankers, others were far from sympathetic.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… om Spencer: “My son was recently placed in Hillsborough County jail in Tampa. He is 28 going on 12 from a physical and mental state and he make many po …"

Health insurers turning into who knows what?

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: health insurers are transforming themselves — but into what?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boeing":

"… are Act. …"

"… s to its employees that eliminates insurance companies as middlemen. What Boeing is doing represents a seismic shift in health care financing and delivery …"

'Zombie' homes haunt Florida neighborhoods

By Alison Fitzgerald and Jared Bennett

Neighborhoods devastated by thousands of abandoned homes as banks fail to follow through on foreclosures.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mortgage":

"… year. When they moved out, she was unable to find another tenant. CitiMortgage filed a foreclosure action in July 2009. In February, 2010, Mainor s …"

"… y, 2010, Mainor sent a three-page handwritten “hardship letter” to CitiMortgage asking for a deed in lieu of foreclosure as she was unable to fix up the p …"

"… safe and comfortable environment for my grandchildren,” she wrote to CitiMortgage. “Being able to qualify for a deed in lieu will alleviate some of the di …"

Homeowners steamrolled as Florida courts clear foreclosure backlog

By Alison Fitzgerald

Why are Florida's courts rushing to clear more than 700 foreclosure cases per day?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mortgage":

"… of creative investors’ turning Mortgage debt into a tradable commodity. Mortgages were placed in pools and securitized. Very often the deeds to the homes, …"

GOP opposition to Obamacare baffles Dr. Sullivan

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: former HHS Secretary Sullivan says Obamacare resembles plan crafted by Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nathan Deal":

"… n is especially dismayed that so many Republican governors, including Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia, where Sullivan was born and still lives, have refused to expan …"

EPA abandons major radiation cleanup in Florida, despite cancer concerns

By Douglas P. Guarino

Federal agency abandons phosphate-mining clean-up, leaving more than 100,000 residents at risk of exposure to cancer-causing radiation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Mexico":

"… per gram of soil standard at many sites, and listed some in Pennsylvania, New Mexico, New York and Michigan as examples. However, Florida officials considered …"

Tampa and Miami in cold war over Cuban trade

As hardline politics in Miami dominate debate about Cuba, Tampa looks to capitalize on Florida’s communist neighbor.

Excerpts from this story referencing "aide":

"… nterest came from a meeting with Albert A. Fox Jr., a former congressional aide who now runs the Alliance for Responsible Cuba. His group advocates for li …"

Potential benefits of Cuban trade

Florida businesses have been planning for the lifting of the U.S. embargo for decades. Here are some of the potential opportunities.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… ts. Miami would seem to be the best fit for proximity, but larger ports in Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville will offer competition, as well as the n …"

More on Fred Humphries, FBI friend of Jill Kelley

By David Heath

Fred Humphries, who helped initiatiate the invetigation of Patraeus, praised for his interrogations of suspected terroists

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… cialite who along with her husband hosted events for top military brass in Tampa. Kelley went to Humphries last May when she received suspicious anonymous …"

"… Kelley and Gen. John Allen, top commander in Afghanistan. Other agents in Tampa reportedly kept Humphries out of the investigation because of his intense …"

Super PACs spend big for Romney in final weeks of campaign

By Michael Beckel and Andrea Fuller

Super PACs and nonprofits spent $190 million in the last three weeks of the election on the presidential race

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… emocratic groups, led by the Obama campaign, enjoyed an edge in Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Norfolk and Roanoke, Va.Last-minute ads from conservative groups slammed …"

Daily Disclosure: It's labor versus tea party in PA House race

By Rachael Marcus

Unions pumping money into redrawn House district in Pennsylvania.

Excerpts from this story referencing "FreedomWorks":

"… r. Rothfus also has financial support from the tea party-aligned super PAC FreedomWorks for America, headed up by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and Clu …"

"… Party is fighting hard for him.An endorsement from the Tea Party Express, FreedomWorks for America and Club for Growth has earned Rothfus a badge of acceptance f …"

Corporate cash helps fuel Democratic convention despite pledges

By Michael Beckel

Democrats kick off their convention in Charlotte Tuesday with plenty of corporate support despite grass roots pledge.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… s of the Democratic convention were also sponsors of the host committee in Tampa for last week’s Republican National Convention.“The Coca-Cola Company …"

OPINION: The illusory promise of free-market health care miracles

By Wendell Potter

Republicans keep touting free-market health care, but there's no evidence it works.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… on’s health care reform legislation 18 years ago.Like the politicians in Tampa, we insisted then that a big government program not only wasn’t needed, …"

OPINION: Physicians' group will barnstorm conventions with truth-telling on ObamaCare

By Wendell Potter

Doctors for America will provide reality check, dispense free care.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… America Facebook Page. …"

"… make stops in Atlanta and Columbia, S.C. and several other cities between Tampa and Charlotte, will feature press events, town hall-type forums, and preve …"

Bailed-out banks, Freddie Mac, AIG gave $6 million to 2008 conventions

By John Dunbar and Michael Beckel

Corporate donors to 2008 party conventions included financial institutions bailed out by government.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… torm. …"

"… e Republicans’ host committee in Minneapolis-St. Paul.The Republicans’ Tampa host committee website lists more than two dozen companies and trade assoc …"

Romney, Santorum share Super Tuesday momentum

By The Associated Press

Romney, Santorum and even Gingrich share Super Tuesday momentum

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… lman. …"

"… many ideas."Obama chose the busiest day of the GOP race to speak from the presidential bully pulpit, where he dismissed the Republicans' almost constant criti …"

FACT CHECK: Flubs in Florida

By FactCheck.Org

Facts took a beating in Monday's GOP candidate debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… ted once again, this time in Tampa, Florida — where facts took a beating.Mitt Romney falsely claimed the Navy is smaller now than at any time since the start o …"

FACT CHECK: An antidote for Bachmann’s anecdote

By FactCheck.Org

Republican's story of HPV vaccine leading to mental retardation is backed up by no scientific evidence, medical precedent

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… Well, I will tell you that I had a mother last night come up to me here in Tampa, Florida, after the debate. She told me that her little daughter took that …"

FACT CHECK: Bachmann, Perry butt heads on STD vaccine

By FactCheck.Org

Republican candidates disagree on a wide range of topics: STD vaccines to Social Security

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… bid.Social Security: He Wrote, He WrotePerry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took turns jawing at each other for what they said about Social Security i …"

Perry assembles extraordinary bundler ranks in early weeks of campaign

By Peter H. Stone

Rick Perry recruits hundreds of bundlers to jumpstart his fledgling campaign

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… lic opinion polls. The fundraising number in the GOP field to beat is from Mitt Romney’s campaign, which reported raising $18.2 million in the second quarter. …"

FBI brags about chasing down mortgage fraudsters but big banks are left untouched

By Michael Hudson

FBI report identifies mortgage fraudsters of all stripes – except banks

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… ive in investigating mortgage fraud were Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Tampa, Detroit, Washington, Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, and Salt Lake City, t …"

Federal red tape traps disabled borrowers with student loan debt

Borrowers who become severely disabled can get federal student loans forgiven, but the program for deciding whether they qualify is a dysfun

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… student loans.Scott Creighton, a former carpenter and draftsman living in Tampa, Fla., was declared disabled by Social Security in September 2009. Three y …"

What’s the cost of fixing BP’s image?

By Aaron Mehta

BP tripled its spending on corporate advertising after its devastating crude oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico in April, paying more than $93.4

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… ormation at the suggestion of fellow Democrat Kathy Castor, who represents Tampa on Florida’s Gulf Coast. In July, Castor criticized BP for what she desc …"

State of the Union address highlights issues examined by Center for Public Integrity

By Josh Israel

A series of recent Center for Public Integrity stories provide an illuminating reality check on some of the points made by President Barack

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… w factories that manufacture clean energy products. Tomorrow, I’ll visit Tampa, Florida, where workers will soon break ground on a new high-speed railroa …"

Winter ends for the high-speed rail lobby

By Matthew Lewis

The transportation world is buzzing over the President’s visit to Florida Thursday, reportedly to announce the lucky recipients of $8 billio

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ray LaHood":

"… ocks from the White House last week that welcomed Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Democratic House Transportation Committee chairman James Oberstar. Oth …"

How one bank failure illustrates lapses by regulators

By Keith Epstein

Overseers of Florida Bank noted risky lending, but failed to act

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… .'Uncontrolled Growth'Ocala, population 53,000, is about 90 miles north of Tampa and the business and social hub of  Marion County, a prosperous area …"

The Republican convention: The party begins in New York City, paid for by special interests

By Meredith O'Brien

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2004 — President Bush will accept his party's nomination in New York City at the Republican National Convention, an e

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bank of America":

"… $105,000.00$8,200.00AT&T$7,142,507.00$19,550.00$12,176,649.00$54,215.00Bank of America $41,952.00$233,550.00Bristol-Myers Squibb Company$7,402.00$57,050.00C …"

Counting the costs: Convention boosters promise a windfall that rarely materializes

By Meredith O'Brien

This year's Republican convention in New York City is expected to cost by some estimates up to $166 million. Federal taxpayers will pay near

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… ame year, Florida officials, who were trying to lure the GOP convention to Tampa-St. Petersburg, publicly debated whether they wanted to commit anywhere fr …"

Wining and dining the GOP

By Meredith O'Brien

While shopping for a host city for the Republican National Convention, nearly two dozen GOP officials were wined, dined, entertained and fet

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… , Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and, of course, the home of the hanging chad, Tampa-St. Petersburg made a hard sell. Among the features of its whirlwind tour, …"

"… versity Club on the 38th floor, with a view of the sunset and skyline with Tampa Mayor Dick Greco and U.S. Representative Adam Putnam.Dinner at the landmar …"

"… , followed by Paella a la Valenciana and flan dessert,” according to The Tampa Tribune.Three-hour bus tour of hotels in Tampa.Lunch at the Ice Palace (fr …"

"… essert,” according to The Tampa Tribune.Three-hour bus tour of hotels in Tampa.Lunch at the Ice Palace (freshly scrubbed after the previous night’s Tom …"

The state money race

By Derek Willis

Democrats outraised GOP in the states, but have little to show for it

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… specially because they had such a significant fundraising edge—Georgia's Democratic Party raised $15.3 million during 2001 and 2002, $3 million more than the state …"

"… was James E. Pederson, a real estate developer and chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party, to which he donated nearly $3.7 million. That figure dwarfs the $417,400 …"

"… ocratic committees. Houston and other Texas cities are home to some of the Democratic Party's most generous trial lawyers, and the issue of "tort reform"—placing li …"

"… defend his seat against a challenge from then-Rep. John Thune. Five state Democratic Party committees sent valuable "hard dollars" to South Dakota's Democratic Party …"