'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 "Florida":

"… r it was foreclosing on her tiny yellow ranch-style house in Jacksonville, Florida, after the 45-year-old mother of three fell behind on her payments. When Y …"

"… long delays in Young’s case to the slow judicial foreclosure process in Florida and complications related to Young’s original lender which went out of b …"

"… ad in recent years throughout the country, but are especially prevalent in Florida, where as of June 2, 48,630 homes in some stage of foreclosure sat vacant, …"

"… oreclosures come in two forms. The first is the unintentional byproduct of Florida’s judicial foreclosure process, which can take months and result in “p …"

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 "Florida":

"… ll an order in the St. Petersburg courthouse to sell his home on Sept. 29. …"

"… y be brusque, but her actions aren’t unusual among foreclosure judges in Florida, who in the last year have been working under explicit directions from the …"

"… ing the time it takes a bank to foreclose. What began as an effort by the Florida Legislature and judicial leaders to help the state’s economy by moving p …"

"… les that differ from those that guide civil law in other types of cases in Florida and across the country. The state set an express goal of disposing of 256 …"

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 "Louis W. Sullivan":

"… y’s most admired figures, former Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Louis W. Sullivan. Speaking at the opening session of the Association of Health Care Journa …"

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 "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… ent if I was on that side," said the source. "You'd be stupid not to." …"

"… but the agency took no action and residential development continued. The Environmental Protection Agency paid little attention to the Lakeland area sites until the new millennium, …"

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 "Florida":

"… osé Gabilondo, the Cuban-born director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University, said Tampa city leaders hope to exploit Miami’ …"

"… ance to trade with Cuba. “Ironically Miami may be the only major city in Florida that’s not actively preparing for more engagement with Cuba,” Gabilond …"

"… peak only of the embargo, Tampa prepares to exploit longstanding ties with Florida’s communist neighbor. Tampa’s Cuban Courtship Patrick Manteiga pause …"

"… of an Italian immigrant, grew up in Ybor City. His trip was the first by a Florida mayor to Cuba in 40 years. Cubans in Tampa flooded Greco’s office with a …"

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 "New Orleans":

"… sonville will offer competition, as well as the nation’s largest port in New Orleans. Shipping and Cruises The Cuban Democracy Act of 1992 forbids any shippi …"

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 "director":

"… ioned. News that Humphries went to members of Congress got back to the FBI director.Within days, the FBI briefed James Clapper, director of National Intellige …"

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 "Dayton":

"… between Oct. 22 and Oct. 29.GOP groups dominated the airwaves in Columbus, Dayton, and Toledo, Ohio, as well as Tampa, Fla., the study found. Democratic gro …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… ffiliates as well as the United Steelworkers and its PAC, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, and the Democratic Congression …"

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 "Wells Fargo":

"… AT&T Inc., Bank of America, Duke Energy, Time Warner Cable, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, UnitedHealth Group, Piedmont Natural Gas, US Airways and law and lobbying …"

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 "Doctors for America":

"… ll over the country — all members of a four-year-old organization called Doctors for America — have traveled to Florida to serve as a truth squad. And while they’r …"

"… gather there that they need to start aggressively defending the reform law.Doctors for America is a bipartisan grassroots organization of 15,000 physicians and medical s …"

"… to stay on their parents’ policies until age 26.Another young member of Doctors for America, Kenya Wheeler of California, says he is among many who might not be alive …"

"… icies, including student policies, a thing of the past.One of the goals of Doctors for America is to collect 5,000 signatures on a Declaration of Support for the reform …"

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 "Hawaii":

"… race moves to contests in Kansas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Alabama, Hawaii, Mississippi and Missouri. Voting in Puerto Rico, Illinois and Louisiana r …"

FACT CHECK: Flubs in Florida

By FactCheck.Org

Facts took a beating in Monday's GOP candidate debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… ri Robertson …"

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 "scientist":

"… der involving inflammation of the brain have been reported, but a panel of scientists found there was insufficient evidence to establish that the vaccine cause …"

"… said, before relaying the anecdote yet again."I am not a doctor, I'm not a scientist, I'm not a physician," Bachmann said. "All I was doing is reporting what t …"

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 "Cambridge":

"… cities in Massachusetts were "sanctuary cities" when Romney was governor: Cambridge, Orleans and Somerville, according to statements by Somerville …"

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 "San Francisco":

"… were Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Tampa, Detroit, Washington, Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, and Salt Lake City, the agency said. The report says mortgage fr …"

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 "Mark Kantrowitz":

"… ebt is held by the federal government, according to statistics compiled by Mark Kantrowitz, an author and consultant on student financial aid. In the strict world of …"

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 "Florida":

"… gether. …"

"… t railway CSX. Tampa’s Hillsborough County was among other new entrants. Florida’s state government scrambled to complete a commuter rail plan in Decembe …"

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 "Christopher Dodd":

"… rnment’s financial oversight structure is one by Senate Banking Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), which would merge the regulatory functions of the four agencies …"

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 "New Orleans":

"… New York City—all three of which also sought the Democratic convention—New Orleans and Tampa-St. Petersburg. The New York, Tampa and Miami bids were the only …"

"… July, the GOP announced it would make three site visits to New York City, New Orleans and Tampa-St. Petersburg.For 10 days in August 2002, nearly two dozen Repu …"

"… nt approximately $100,000 for the bid. Estimates for how much New York and New Orleans spent on their bids—including the costs of the site selection tour for 2 …"

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 "public relations":

"… apers noted the contrast, and highlighted Bloomberg’s boosterism and public relations dance. “New York’s looming $6.4 billion budget shortfall als …"

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 "New Orleans":

"… y in the Big EasyDuring the Republicans’ first site visit of the season, New Orleans officials stressed that, having hosted the 2002 Super Bowl and the 1988 Re …"

"… the Superdome and a series of downtown hotels, and were fed a sampling of New Orleans’ varied and storied cuisine. Details of the trip included, according to …"

"… ebrities have dined, according to its Web site.Bus tour of the city to the New Orleans Museum of Art.Tours of the Ritz-Carlton and Le Pavillon Hotel.“The city …"

"… seum of Art.Tours of the Ritz-Carlton and Le Pavillon Hotel.“The city of New Orleans knows how to throw a good party,” Ellen Williams, RNC site selection cha …"

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 "Tampa":

"… e, had a primary fight between former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and Tampa attorney Bill McBride, with McBride eventually winning the nomination.Unde …"

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