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Monday, 23 February 2015 07:44

Tampa Bay Times: Why we joined lawsuit against Gov. Scott

Written by  News reports compiled by Team SCPA

UPDATE: Feb. 23, 2015
Lawsuit alleges Rick Scott + Cabinet violated Sunshine Law

The lawsuit was filed in early February by The Florida Society of News Editors, the Associated Press and an attorney in St. Petersburg.

Tampa Bay Times Editor of Editorials, Tim Nickens, explains why the newspaper joined the lawsuit against Rick Scott + his Cabinet. Formerly known as the St. Petersburg Times, the newspaper is one of Florida's most respected newspapers and is a winner of 10 Pulitzer Prizes.

First Amendment Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by The Florida Press Association, the Florida Society of Newspapers and the Florida Association of Broadcasters, to ensure the public's constitutional right to open government, has asked for a special prosecutor.

Curiously, Florida Today newspaper has yet to report this lawsuit against Rick Scott and Cabinet. We can find no mention of it in Florida Today. Hmmmm…

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Why the Tampa Bay Times joined the lawsuit against the governor and Cabinet

By Tim Nickens, Tampa Bay Times Editor of Editorials
Feb. 20, 2015

… Citizens, good government groups and news media organizations should not have to file a lawsuit to force someone to examine whether Florida's highest elected officials violated the Sunshine Law. Yet last week 14 plaintiffs (including Times Publishing Co., which publishes the Tampa Bay Times) filed an amended lawsuit that asks a circuit court judge to find that the governor and Cabinet members conducted public business in secret.

The lawsuit is a last resort, and the Times joined as a plaintiff with some reluctance and after much discussion among top editors. There are more direct ways to determine whether the state's top leaders violated their oath to uphold the Florida Constitution and ignored the fundamental principle of open government. But no one else will do what has to be done. …

… This governor has less regard for open government than any governor in the modern era. …

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/nickens-why-the-times-joined-the-lawsuit-against-the-governor-and-cabinet/2218509

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First Amendment Foundation seeks special prosecutor in FDLe case

by Mark Skoneki, Orlando Sentinel
Feb. 20, 2015

TALLAHASSEE  -- An open-government advocacy group has requested that a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the ouster of former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey.

Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, wrote an open letter to Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members that cited Leon County State Attorney Willie Meggs' decision not to investigate the matter. ...

http://touch.orlandosentinel.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-82873306/

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LINKS:

Lawsuit alleges Rick Scott + Cabinet violated Sunshine Law
http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/lawsuit-alleges-gov-rick-scott-and-florida-cabinet-violated-sunshine-law/2216337

Did Rick Scott intentionally withhold public records?
http://www.scpaflorida.com/item/2961-did-rick-scott-intentionally-withhold-public-records

Lawsuit: Gov. Rick Scott shields more than $200 million in assets
http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/lawsuit-gov-rick-scott-shields-more-than-200-million-in-assets/2201190

What is the First Amendment Foundation?
http://floridafaf.org/

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