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Settlement talks start in Orange ‘textgate’ lawsuit – Orlando Sentinel

Dec 23, 2013 Comments Off on Settlement talks start in Orange ‘textgate’ lawsuit – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

All sides in a pending “textgate” civil lawsuit against Orange County leaders have agreed to enter settlement talks. A mediation hearing set for Thursday marks the first time that the …

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Sick-leave fight cranks up again – Orlando Sentinel

Nov 18, 2013 Comments Off on Sick-leave fight cranks up again – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

The year-long fight over imposing earned-sick leave requirements on businesses in Orange County is cranking back up. The Florida Legislature passed a sick-leave bill last spring which blocks local governments from enacting …

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Poll: Voters irked by paid sick time foes, text deleters

Sep 3, 2013 Comments Off on Poll: Voters irked by paid sick time foes, text deleters Wes Hodge

New internal polling indicates voters are upset with Central Florida politicians who blocked Orange County’s paid sick time effort, and with the leaders who texted with the lobbyists that helped …

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Republican leaders broke law in ‘textgate’ scandal, Ashton says

Aug 28, 2013 Comments Off on Republican leaders broke law in ‘textgate’ scandal, Ashton says Wes Hodge

Orange County leaders, including Mayor Teresa Jacobs, violated the law by deleting text messages that were clearly public record, according a report released by State Attorney Jeff Ashton moments ago. Jacobs …

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Simmons may opt for sick time bill that kills local wage rules too

Apr 24, 2013 Comments Off on Simmons may opt for sick time bill that kills local wage rules too Wes Hodge

State Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, said he may abandon his bill that would block local governments from adopting mandatory sick time benefits, such as one pending in Orange County, and …

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Stephanie Porta Op-Ed: Special interests derail sick-time initiative

Oct 21, 2012 Comments Off on Stephanie Porta Op-Ed: Special interests derail sick-time initiative Wes Hodge

The corrosive impact of moneyed interests in politics has been on full display in Orange County in the struggle to get earned sick time on the November ballot. Public records …

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Scott Maxwell: ‘Textgate’ shows Orange County is out of control

Oct 10, 2012 Comments Off on Scott Maxwell: ‘Textgate’ shows Orange County is out of control Wes Hodge

I have a daughter in middle school. So I’m familiar with the drama that can accompany text messaging. But let me tell you: If my daughter used her cellphone as …

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Citizens for a Greater Orange County filing lawsuit against Orange Co. amid sick time issue

Oct 5, 2012 Comments Off on Citizens for a Greater Orange County filing lawsuit against Orange Co. amid sick time issue Wes Hodge

A grassroots organization said its filing a lawsuit against Orange County over allegations that county commissioners violated laws meant to make sure the public isn’t kept in the dark about official business. …

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Sentinel Exclusive: Jacobs’ texts show coordinated campaign with foes of sick time

Sep 29, 2012 Comments Off on Sentinel Exclusive: Jacobs’ texts show coordinated campaign with foes of sick time Wes Hodge

Thousands of cellphone text messages accidentally released by Mayor Teresa Jacobs paint the clearest picture yet of how the sick-time ballot initiative was kept off the Nov. 6 Orange County ballot. They …

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Texts show lawyer advised Jacobs on sick time

Sep 28, 2012 Comments Off on Texts show lawyer advised Jacobs on sick time Wes Hodge

Orange Mayor Teresa Jacobs is shown earlier at a meeting over the sick-time initiative when residents brought flowers to the meeting. She says she will try to retrieve messages deleted …

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