'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 "Florida":

"… to you for calling JPay and other companies out in your article! I live in Florida and my husband is incarcerated in the Florida Department of Corrections. I …"

"… t in your article! I live in Florida and my husband is incarcerated in the Florida Department of Corrections. It is very expensive to have a loved one in pri …"

Health insurers turning into who knows what?

By Wendell Potter

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… tions.” Even the nonprofit Blue Cross plans are reinventing themselves. Florida’s largest insurer, Florida Blue, earlier this month unveiled its new cor …"

"… Blue Cross plans are reinventing themselves. Florida’s largest insurer, Florida Blue, earlier this month unveiled its new corporate parent, GuideWell. Sai …"

"… Medifuture conference in Tampa: “We’re not here to be the best plan in Florida. We’re here to be the best health solutions company in the Uni …"

'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 "Birmingham":

"… Wells Fargo for alleged predatory lending that led to abandoned homes, but Birmingham, Alabama’s lawsuit failed, according to Kathleen Engel, a law professor …"

"… nstitutions have not had to internalize the harm they caused in Cleveland, Birmingham and other municipalities.” The Justice Department has recognized the pr …"

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 "Consumer Financial Protection Bureau":

"… aid she and many other lawyers have reported such incidents to the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau but the agency declined to comment. What’s lost in the technicalities i …"

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 "Medicaid":

"… ce plan if they are not eligible for a government program like Medicare or Medicaid — is among the most vilified by today’s GOP. “If they were supporti …"

"… orgia, where Sullivan was born and still lives, have refused to expand the Medicaid program to bring more low-incomes individuals and families into coverage, …"

"… erage, as the Affordable Care Act makes possible. Deal has said expanding Medicaid “is something our state cannot afford,” even with the federal governme …"

"… urnalists Thursday that, in his view, Georgia can’t afford not to expand Medicaid. Not only would the expansion bring hundreds of thousands of Georgians int …"

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 "Tampa":

"… n approximately 10-square-mile residential area midway between Orlando and Tampa. However, Florida officials have long argued that the affected area need …"

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 "Germany":

"… e city to countries that have ignored the U.S. embargo, such as Canada and Germany. “They don’t care about human rights, they don’t care about freedom …"

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 "Florida":

"… the port in Jacksonville, already a major hub for imported vehicles.  …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… us flirtatious emails between Kelley and Gen. John Allen, top commander in Afghanistan. Other agents in Tampa reportedly kept Humphries out of the investigation …"

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 "general election":

"… , nonprofits and other organizations in the presidential contest since the general election began and is more than any other three-week period in the race.Since Oct. …"

"… s about half all money spent by outside groups backing Mourdock during the general election race to date.Mourdock beat six-term incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar in the pr …"

"… de spending groups have spent more than $10 million over the course of the general election and more than $5 million in the final three weeks.Polls now show Donnelly …"

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 "Paul Ryan":

"… as to Medicare, Rothfus opposes the Affordable Care Act and supports Rep. Paul Ryan’s “premium support” plan.Critz for his part was hit by NRCC ads for …"

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 "Wells Fargo":

"… ions as “our sponsors.”This year, companies ranging from Coca-Cola and Wells Fargo to Xerox and UPS are working to ensure that they have a presence at both c …"

"… both conventions.“There’s a lot of cost around the convention,” said Wells Fargo spokesman Kathy Harrison. “It is important as a good corporate citizen t …"

"… “It is important as a good corporate citizen to support the host city.”Wells Fargo was one of the banks that benefited from the government’s bank bailout, …"

"… s came from U.S. Bancorp ($1 million), Goldman Sachs & Co. ($255,000), Wells Fargo ($250,000), J.P. Morgan Chase ($100,000) and Morgan Stanley ($100,000) and …"

Romney, Santorum share Super Tuesday momentum

By The Associated Press

Romney, Santorum and even Gingrich share Super Tuesday momentum

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… 4 delegates to win the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., this summer.In interviews across all of the primary states, Republi …"

FACT CHECK: Flubs in Florida

By FactCheck.Org

Facts took a beating in Monday's GOP candidate debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… ats. It was the first time since 1934 that the party holding the White House had gained seats in a midterm election. That, more than any lingering effe …"

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 "Michele Bachmann":

"… ce to back that up.– Robert Farley …"

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 "Social Security":

"… tossing out a variety of false and misleading claims on everything from Social Security to vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases. Bachmann said an execu …"

"… lowed parents to opt-out.Romney falsely accused Perry of misquoting him on Social Security. Perry correctly characterized a section of Romney's book in which Romney …"

"… ney's book in which Romney compared the federal government's management of Social Security to a banker who steals from his client's trust fund.Huntsman falsely claim …"

"… is client's trust fund.Huntsman falsely claimed that Romney's book labeled Social Security "a fraud." Romney wrote that Americans have been "defrauded" because of th …"

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 "Mortgage":

"… ys general around the nation. The state authorities accused its Ameriquest Mortgage subsidiary of using bait-and-switch salesmanship, inflated appraisals and …"

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 "Waxman":

"… and magazines and national and local television advertising,” Rep. Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, said in a letter summarizing BP’s response to la …"

"… of April through July, BP spent $93.4 million on advertising in 17 states, Waxman said. “BP told the committee that they have increased advertising expend …"

"… ds may have been used for advertising by each state or its tourism agency, Waxman said.Waxman demanded BP’s ad spending information at the suggestion of f …"

"… been used for advertising by each state or its tourism agency, Waxman said.Waxman demanded BP’s ad spending information at the suggestion of fellow Democr …"

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 "IBM":

"… freight trains.Companies that stayed active on the advocacy front include IBM and engineering company HDR, among others, while a batch of local governme …"

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 "Federal Deposit Insurance Corp":

"… nks — OCC, the Office of Thrift Supervision, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The working theory is that consolidation would simplify the system and el …"

"… tion costs by lowering interest rates on customers’ deposits.Loss to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.: $99.6 million. Each time banks are seized, the FDIC acquires whatever as …"

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 "Verizon Communications":

"… 0$14,030,244.00$118,304.00Serono, Inc.The Coca-Cola Company$400.00$4,500.00Verizon Communications$3,000,500.00$87,158.00$5,280,832.00$134,980.00Waste Management, Inc.$525,0 …"

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 "Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act":

"… eive unlimited donations, called "soft money," but the 2002 passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act ended that practice.Non-federal money, which in some cases can be consider …"

"… of studying state party finances during 2003, the first full year that the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act was in effect, for its impact on state parties and caucus committees. That …"

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