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Senator Jeff Brandes to investigate FDOT yellow light times
In the increasing furor over the use of red light cameras, a disturbing trend is beginning to emerge. Several municipal and local governments were discovered shortening the length of yellow lights after installing “traffic infraction detectors,” or...
- Posted 3 days ago
Tigers, ‘Turkeys’ and TaxWatch … oh my
On Tuesday, eight Pinellas legislators were grilled by members of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club on issues ranging from Medicaid expansion to legislative health insurance costs — and then turned around to rib each other on who...
- Posted 8 days ago
Timely read: Will self-piloting vehicles rob us of the last of our privacy and autonomy?
Greg Beato imagines that Google’s driverless cars will further erode personal privacy: In time, Google will know when you arrive at work each morning, how many times a week you go to Taco Bell, how long you spend at...
- Posted 9 days ago
Another point of view on Senator Brandes’ red-light camera reforms
The following is a very thorough guest post by Matt Florell of St. Pete Polls. On May 2nd at 2:42 PM this tweet by @ChrisSpencerFL appeared on my Twitter feed and it caught my attention, “Highway Safety...
- Posted 14 days ago
Brandes’ red-light camera amendment spares costs of appeal, while improving upon important safety law
The passage of a 226 page omnibus transportation, which cleared the Florida Senate unanimously and the House with a vote of 114-1, includes provisions intended to remedy various administrative problems with red-light camera ticketing. Red-light cameras have...
- Posted 15 days ago
Florida Supreme Court rules that warrants are necessary for cell phone search
Just out, a Florida Supreme Court decision that police may not confiscate and search an arrested person’s cell phone without a search warrant. In question was a 2008 case in which Cedric Smallwood was arrested for the...
- Posted 21 days ago
Brandes’ pension transparency measure heading to Governor
Heading to the Governor’s desk is a long-debated bill that, if signed, will bring Florida the most transparent municipal pension system in the nation. SB 534, sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes, prohibits the state from bailing out...
- Posted 22 days ago
Florida Education Association targeting Sen. Jeff Brandes with this attack mailer
A campaign-styled attack mailer is arriving in the mailboxes of voters in Senator Jeff Brandes’ legislative district, courtesy of the Florida Education Association. The issue at hand is SB 862, a bill that would allow parents to petition...
- Posted 31 days ago
Here’s where sh*t stands: Which Tampa Bay candidates are lookin’ good this early in the 2014 cycle
It’s a looonnnggg time until Election Day in 2014. A long time. The game is still only in the first or second inning. That’s how long there is until Election Day. But that doesn’t mean score isn’t...
- Posted 38 days ago
Tampa Bay’s Jeff Brandes top fundraiser in Senate during first quarter
The conventional wisdom holds that the only possibly competitive State Senate seat up for grabs in 2014 will in District 22, which is currently occupied by freshman Senator Jeff Brandes. The battleground district has gone back and...
- Posted 42 days ago