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Proposal Would Suspend 3rd Grade Test Required For Promotion to 4th Grade This Year

| March 26, 2015

The proposal calls for suspending the language-arts test for 3rd graders until the state’s new Florida Standards Assessments are found to be valid by an independent examination.

Thursday Briefing: Tallahassee Junket, Cops’ Body Cams, and Bolton Wants To Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran

| March 26, 2015

Flagler County commissioners are in Tallahassee today in a junket organized by the Florida Association of counties, cop body cameras are all the rage in Florida, and John Bolton returns with more bombing prose.

Household Debt Is a National Crisis. Predatory Lenders, Not Borrowers, Are To Blame.

| March 25, 2015

Placing fair caps on interest rates, ending predatory practices that push people further into debt, and creating a path out of debt for people who are struggling are some of the ways to alleviate a mounting crisis, argues LeeAnn Hall.

Against Voter Wishes, Proposal Would Devote Just 1% of Available Cash to Land Preservation

| March 25, 2015

Sen. Alan Hays, a Umatilla Republican in charge of budget talks with the House–which is already resisting more money for land-buying–says Florida already has enough land in public hands.

Wednesday Briefing: Friends of A1A Talk Environmental Fair, Jeb and Hilary Neck and Neck in Florida

| March 25, 2015

Friends of A1A hold their monthly meeting, the Center for the Visually Impaired leads a tour at the Palm Coast Community Center, Flagler County commissioners are in Tallahassee.

Florida House Pushes $690 Million Tax-Cut Package, Exceeding Gov. Scott’s Request

| March 24, 2015

The proposed cuts include sales-tax holidays and eliminating taxes on gun-club memberships, college textbooks, materials purchased at book fairs and vehicles purchased overseas and brought to Florida by military members.

Tuesday Briefing: Spring Break Doldrums, LED Streetlights Get Poor Reception in NYC, Another Hearing For Red-Light Camera Restrictions

| March 24, 2015

A slow spring-break week in Flagler. The Legislature takes up red-light camera restrictions, and New York Citry’s conversion to LED streetlights, something Palm Coast is planning, is getting an unhappy reception from residents.

Florida Legislature to Voters For Amendment 1’s Water Protection: Drop Dead

| March 23, 2015

Even when expressed via an overwhelming majority “Yes” vote on a constitutional amendment, the Florida Legislature can and does subvert it, argues Daniel Tilson.

Democrat Patrick Murphy, Conqueror of Allen West, Will Run For Rubio’s Senate Seat in 2016

| March 23, 2015

The announcement sets the stage for a big-money, high-profile Senate race next year — whether Rubio seeks re-election or decides instead to run for president.

Monday Briefing: Planning For Disasters, Hemp Production and Guns in Schools

| March 23, 2015

Flagler County Emergency Services’ Mitigation Strategy Session is this morning at EOC (10 a.m.), the Bunnell city commission holds a routine meeting this evening (7 p.m.), the legislature’s attack on Florida’s Sunshine law and the Jeb Bush-Marco Rubio duel, in full swing.

Obama Proposals Would End Tax-Subsidized Loans For Sports Stadiums

| March 22, 2015

The proposal comes as many team owners, including Florida, are pressing cities and states for new facilities, with some threatening to move elsewhere if they don’t get them.

An Amazon Package Delivered To You in 30 Minutes Or Less: It’s Coming, On Drones

| March 21, 2015

Amazon just got an FAA certificate to experiment with what will result in immediate deliveries by drone, or unmanned aircraft, as the drone industry’s potential continues to find new uses. UPS and others are also experimenting.

Israel’s Problem Isn’t Iran or Hamas.
It’s Benjamin Netanyahu.

| March 20, 2015

The manner of Netanyahu’s reelection–his lies, his bigotry, his fear-mongering–lays bare the method of a man who should not be trusted, and who is taking Israel down its most dangerous paths yet.

Reacting to Gov. Scott’s Alleged Climate Change Denial Directive, Group Demands Investigation

| March 20, 2015

Members of Forecast the Facts dropped off about 43,000 electronically signed petitions at the governor’s office, asking for an investigation. Scott, when pressed last year on the issue of climate change, evaded the question by saying he is “not a scientist.”

Weekend Briefing: Suicide Prevention in Town Center, NCAA Clinic at Indian Trails, Duprees at Auditorium

| March 20, 2015

The Duprees’ romantic voices take over the Flagler Auditorium Saturday evening, FPC’s Gay-Straight Alliance hosts a suicide-prevention walk in Town Center, a new bar at the Hammock Wine and Cheese Shop, and more this weekend.

Yes, It’s Retroactive: Florida Supreme Court Rules All Lifers Sentenced as Juveniles Must Be Resentenced

| March 19, 2015

The justices ordered lower Florida courts to apply a 2014 law to inmates who, as juveniles, were sentenced in the past either to life in prison or to terms that would have effectively kept them behind bars until they die. Two of the inmates were convicted of murder.

School Board Honors Cheryl Tristam With Power of One Award For Youth Orchestra’s 10-Year Triumphs

| March 19, 2015

Cheryl Tristam stressed the importance of making music education accessible to every child regardless of background or ability as she received an award bestowed periodically on community members who have had a broad impact on students.

Thursday Briefing: House Construction, Guns in Schools and Civil War Roundtables

| March 19, 2015

Flagler Home Builders Association Government Affairs Director Jason DeLorenzo touts recent housing gains before the county’s economic development council. A busy day at the Legislature regarding education issues, including consideration of the guns-in-schools bill.

School Choice Bill That Vastly Increases Parental Control–And Undermines Educators’–Advances

| March 18, 2015

The measure gives parents the right to have their children attend any school in the state that hasn’t reached capacity and remove their child from one class to another under certain circumstances.

Wednesday Briefing: TDC Finds Its Local Soul, Netanyahu Loses His

| March 18, 2015

Flagler County’s Tourist Development Council is playing on Palm Coast’s trademarked “Find Tour Florida” tagline with one of its own: “Find Your Local Soul.” Elsewhere, an onanist goers to court, and Netanyahu wins big in Israel.

$772 Million Amendment 1 Spending Focuses More On Management and Water Projects Than Land Acquisition

| March 17, 2015

The plan drew mixed reviews from conservationists concerned that lawmakers disregarded the intent of voters who supported a constitutional amendment, known as Amendment 1, in November.

Bill Targeting Transgenders in Public Bathrooms Clears 2nd House Committee, 7-4

| March 17, 2015

The 7-4 vote of the Florida House Government Operations Subcommittee included one dissent from a Republican, though as the bill advances, its chances of becoming law increase.

Tuesday Briefing: New Regimes For Red-Light Cameras and School Uniforms

| March 17, 2015

Today the Palm Coast City Council considers a broadly amended contract with its red-light camera vendor, reducing the pests in the city from 43 to five, while the school board considers liberalizing its school uniform policy.

Senate Panel Approves Communications Tax Cut That Could Net Floridians a $43-a-Year Saving

| March 16, 2015

The cut would lower the communications-services tax on cell-phone and cable TV from 6.65 percent to 3.05 percent and the tax rate on direct-to home satellite services from 10.8 percent to 7.2 percent. State economists estimate the cuts would eventually reduce state revenue by $470.9 million a year.

Plan to Extend Health Insurance to 800,000 Poor Floridians Crawls Against Steep Hurdles

| March 16, 2015

The new Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange Program, or FHIX, would assist Floridians not eligible for Medicaid in purchasing health benefits coverage and gaining access to health services.

Monday Briefing: It’s All About Sea Ray

| March 16, 2015

The Flagler County Commission Monday evening considers Sea Ray’s application for an expanded parking lot. The Legislature takes up guns on campus, drones and early school start dates.

Will U.S. Supreme Court Rule Florida’s Cavalier Death Penalty Unconstitutional?

| March 15, 2015

In 27 of the 31 death penalty states, the jury’s decision to impose life imprisonment is final and may not be disturbed by the trial judge under any circumstances. But not in Florida.

What Palm Coast Won’t Do, What Other Cities Are Doing: Synchronizing Traffic Lights

| March 14, 2015

Transportation experts say that revamping the way signals work will reduce congestion, save fuel costs, cut down on air pollution and make the roads safer.

Sea Ray’s View: We Are Building a Safer Parking Lot, Not Expanding Production

| March 13, 2015

Craig Wall, operations manager at Sea Ray’s Palm Coast plant, counters concerns about the company’s intentions by laying out precisely what the manufacturer intends to do–and not do.

Favoring Flagler and Other Districts, Lawmakers May Move Up School Start Time to Aug. 10

| March 13, 2015

In the shadow of the state’s recent standardized-testing problems and proposals to curb the amount of time students spend on exams, lawmakers are considering moving up the start date of the school year.

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