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Contempt and Deception: How Flagler County Sealed a Dirty Deal for the Old Hospital

| August 16, 2013

In the end, County Administrator Craig Coffey and the commission insulted the public’s intelligence by claiming to have been transparent about the hurried and expensive deal to buy the decrepit Memorial hospital as they hid behind cherry-picked documents Coffey stage-managed to arrive at a pre-determined conclusion.

Fireworks Laws and Rules in Florida: Bans, Prohibitions, Allowances and Penalties

| July 2, 2013

Florida law on fireworks, firecrackers, allowed and prohibited uses, sparklers, wholesale, agricultural and permit exemptions, storage rules and penalties. The lowdown on Florida Stature 791.

Flagler Tea Party Spreads False and Misleading Claims as It Declares Against School Tax

| May 31, 2013

The Tea Party’s opposition to the referendum is based on flawed, misleading or outright false information, which the school district has been at pains to counter or correct. The fate of the June 7 referendum may hinge on the district’s success—or failure—in that counter-offensive.

Rep. DeSantis, Claiming to “Reject” Federal Pension Benefit, Misleads and Exaggerates

| January 29, 2013

It is illegal for members of Congress not to participate in the retirement system U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis (who represents Flagler) said he was rejecting. He is, in fact, not rejecting it, but claims will decline cashing the checks if and when he becomes eligible for them. It is only one of several misleading statements in an announcement this week.

Rick Scott’s Lies: How Governor Intentionally Kept Using Wrong Medicaid Estimates

| January 12, 2013

The state’s chief economist has warned the staff of Gov. Rick Scott that his Medicaid cost estimates are wrong, but Scott keeps using them anyway, skewing Florida’s costs under the Affordable Health Act.

What’s So Bad About the Deficit, Anyway? A Primer on the Nation’s Fiscal Bluffs

| December 30, 2012

As Washington tries to hash out a deal, we’ve taken a step back to break down the numbers behind our deficit — how it grew so big, why it is actually shrinking and whether a deal can bring it under control.

Education Department Shrugs Off Major Errors in Florida’s Science FCAT Test Guidelines

| December 20, 2012

Scientist Robert Krampf’s analysis of FCAT science test guidelines to be a collection of poorly written examples, multiple-choice questions where one or more of the wrong responses were actually scientifically correct answers, and definitions that ranged from misleading to totally wrong. State officials seemed unconcerned.

Watch the Presidential Debates in Full

| October 22, 2012

In case you cannot get to a television–or in case you’re at work, or on a dull date, with your iPhone in your lap–we’re embedding Google’s YouTube feed of tonight’s presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

The Ron DeSantis-Heather Beaven Debate: Little Substance, Many Lies and Inventions

| October 18, 2012

Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Heather Beaven, congressional candidates for District 6, which includes all of Flagler, squared off in an hour debate at DeLand High School Wednesday, revealing more flair for snark, falsehoods, mis-chracterizations and generalities than substantive ideas or solutions.

As Flagler Governments Consider Impact Fee Cut, Evidence of Economic Benefit Is Slim

| September 30, 2012

Builders and developers want the Flagler school board and Flagler County to cut impact fees–the one-time tax on construction–saying it’ll help the economy grow. But plenty of evidence says it won’t, while Flagler residents still reel from low values and empty houses that more new houses won’t help.

Mitt Romney’s Claim on Redistribution Gets a Pants on Fire

| September 21, 2012

Mitt Romney got a Pants on Fire slap from Politifact for his claim on Sept. 19 that “redistribution” has “never been a characteristic of America.” It very much has: it’s been built into the nation’s progressive tax code since the beginning of the 20th century.

Fact-Check: From GM to TARP to AIG, The Federal Bail-Out By the Numbers

| September 6, 2012

Quick, how many billions in the red are taxpayers on the bailout of GM? AIG? Fannie and Freddie? Is it true that the government has reaped a profit from bailing out the banks? Here are the answers.

The RNC’s “You Built It” Fallacies

| August 29, 2012

The Republican National Convention devoted its first full day in Tampa to refuting Obama’s alleged claim that if you have a business, you didn’t build it. Except that he never made such a claim. Not even close. The convention’s twist is emblematic of thematic, systematic deceptions.

Gov. Scott, on Media Blitz, Hit With “Pants on Fire” Falsehoods Over Health Care Claims

| July 5, 2012

In his media blitz against Obama’s health care reform, Gov. Rick Scott gave a one-sided and misleading account of how much the Medicaid expansion would cost the state, badly misrepresented requirements on small businesses and used a widely debunked talking point about rationing, Politifacts found.

Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns: A Guide

| January 24, 2012

As one of the richest men ever to run for President, Romney’s filings are enormously complex, and the subject of close scrutiny. News organizations are making their way through the returns. Here’s a guide to where to look to make sense of the numbers, including the original returns for 2010 and 2011.

Job-Killing Regulations: Busting the Myths

| September 22, 2011

Job-killing regulations: Partisan myths and exaggerations aside, regulations may kill some jobs while creating others, netting a wash–and a vaster profit in protecting waterways, food, air and general safety.

U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel, 1949-2011

| September 18, 2011

U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel, 1949-2011: military and economic aid broken down by year, from the Congressional Research Service reports.

Rick Perry Myths, Facts, Half-Truths: A Guide

| August 20, 2011

Swagger check: a guide to the Rick Perry record in Texas. The Republican contender for the 2012 presidential election has recast the race, presenting himself as a serious alternative to a GOP field of lightweights.

Federal Individual Income Tax Rates By Year: 1913-2011

| August 14, 2011

Federal income tax rates by year: the full history of marginal tax rates in the United States going back to 1913 in an easy-to-read format.

Ring v. Arizona 536 US 584 (2002): Capital Punishment and Sixth Amendment Law

| June 22, 2011

In Ring v. Arizona, Arizona’s capital sentencing system was found to violate the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of a trail by jury by shifting the imposition of the death sentence to a judge.

Mica and Scott Derailing High-Speed and Jacksonville-Bunnell-Miami Rail Lines

| January 20, 2011

Despite billions in federal subsidies, John Mica’s and Florida’s governor are effectively killing two major rail projects, including one that would have run through Flagler, by shifting the financial burden to non-existent private interests.

There But For the Grace of Glock Goes Florida: Arizona’s Vigilante Gun Culture

| January 11, 2011

Arizona’s gun laws are either the weakest or among the weakest in the nation. As with immigration law, Florida is looking to Arizona as a model for its own gun laws. An analysis of both states’ gun laws.

Flagler Road Fatalities Rise in 2010 Following Holiday Surge; Florida’s Lowest Since 1978

| January 10, 2011

In Flagler County, 23 people lost their lives in wrecks in 2010, more than the 16 in 2009 but less than the 31 deaths recorded in 2008. Florida had its seemingly safest road year since 1978, according to preliminary numbers.

How Tallahassee’s Addiction to Cost-Benefit Analyses Delays Pill Mills Crackdown

| December 17, 2010

Why are pill mills still proliferating despite new rules? More than 600 regulatory rules are on hold throughout state government because a new law requires every single one of them to be analyzed for jobs gained or lost.

Fact Check: How Forbes Got Palm Coast’s “Fastest-Growing City” Distinction Wrong

| December 16, 2010

Forbes listed Palm Coast as the 4th-fastest growing small metropolitan town in the nation. The numbers are based on a Census Bureau quirk that confuses Palm Coast with Flagler County. The actual numbers are quite different.

Pill Mills vs. Pain Management in Flagler: The Difference From the Doctors’ Perspective

| December 11, 2010

Kavita Sharma, one of four physicians at a pain management practice in Palm Coast’s Town Center, explains the differences and telltale signs between legitimate pain management and the kind of pill mills that are spreading in Florida.

Live Wire Weekend: Landon’s City Hall Arrogance, Obama’s Ego, Nate’s Latest and Gay Sons

| November 6, 2010

Palm Coast City Manager gets an earful on his city hall designs, so does Obama’s ego (on his White House designs), George Carlin on the virtue of not voting, O’Reilly fairer than Olbermann, gay 5-year-old sons in Halloween costumes, and much more.

Citing Vague Fears, School District Suppresses Stage Production of To Kill a Mockingbird

| October 28, 2010

Students and faculty had no issues with the production’s use of the word “nigger,” as in the book and the movie. A Palm Coast city councilman and other unnamed “community members” did, leading FPC Principal and Superintendent Janet Valentine to censor the play.

The Live Wire, Oct. 27: John McCain, Charlie Sheen, Racist Halloween Costumes and Failing Nukes

| October 27, 2010

Not to mentioning Roger Ebert on Hef’s Playboy, tuning in and out with Tim Leary, and Henry James’ first letter to Edith Wharton, and more.

Election Primer: Amendment 4, “Hometown Democracy” and Sprawling Misinformation

| October 25, 2010

Amendment 4, Florida’s so-called “Hometown Democracy” amendment, is an attempt to give voters a voice in major local development initiatives. It’s also rife in misinformation.

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