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    Florida NewsMakers: Florida First Lady Ann Scott

    May 1 • 351 Views • Comments Off

    On this week's "Florida NewsMakers" program, Florida First Lady Ann Scott sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Michelle Ubben to discuss her gradual transition into the public spotlight following her husband’s election as Governor. Since a sixth-grade speech made her unusually anxious, Scott had kept herself from speaking in public, but that all changed with Rick Scott’s su... Read more >>

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    Florida NewsMakers: State Representative Matt Gaetz

    Jan 16 • 651 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, state Rep. Matt Gaetz of Shalimar sits down with Trimmel Gomes to discuss his push to legalize “Charlotte’s Web,” a non-euphoric strain of medical marijuana that can help ease the suffering of children suffering from epileptic seizures. “As a limited government conservative, I don’t want the government standing between parent... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: Nick Wiley

    Dec 5 • 561 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Nick Wiley, Executive Director of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Trimmel Gomes. Wiley discusses how scientific data indicates that Florida’s 18-year-old gill net ban should remain in place. “There is clear evidence that the restrictions on gill nets has had a bi... Read more >>

    Florida Newsmakers: Mary Ellen Klas

    Nov 22 • 741 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Miami Herald Capital Bureau Chief Mary Ellen Klas sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Trimmel Gomes to discuss recent developments in news and politics, including the latest in the high-power gubernatorial battle between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist. With less than a year to go before the election, a new poll shows Crist lead... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: Amy Baker

    Nov 14 • 424 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Amy Baker, coordinator of the state’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research, sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Trimmel Gomes to discuss the potential financial impact of legalizing medical marijuana and expansion of casino gambling in Florida. Floridians could soon be deciding on the hot-button medical marijuana issue and the... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: Mike Prendergast

    Nov 7 • 594 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Col. Mike Prendergast, the Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Trimmel Gomes. The Department is working to connect Florida veterans with benefits they earned through their service, and Prendergast discusses efforts to reduce high unemployment among veterans and... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: Pam Stewart

    Oct 31 • 536 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Trimmel Gomes to discuss the implementation of more rigorous education standards throughout the state. With more than 30 years in public education, Stewart is now tasked with implementing significant changes to Florida’s education system. “I think... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: Herschel Vinyard

    Oct 23 • 461 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Secretary Herschel Vinyard of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Trimmel Gomes. Their discussion includes the state’s lawsuit against Georgia over water use, as well as ongoing efforts to improve Florida’s own water quality standards. After 20 years of failed negotiatio... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: Michael Crews

    Oct 17 • 438 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Trimmel Gomes to discuss reforms in the state’s prison system. With the nation’s largest outsourcing of prison medical care services now complete, Crews says the change will mean millions of dollars in savings for the state. “We sp... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: Ananth Prasad

    Oct 9 • 359 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Secretary Ananth Prasad of the Florida Department of Transportation sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Alia Faraj-Johnson. Their discussion centers on the state’s investment in seaports and its changing transportation infrastructure. Florida’s 15 public seaports contributed to Florida’s record year for international trade, wh... Read more >>

    Florida Newsmakers: Lilli Copp

    Oct 3 • 532 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Lilli Copp, the Director of Florida’s state Head Start office, sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Trimmel Gomes to discuss the impact of the federal government shutdown on Florida’s Head Start programs. As the budget stalemate continues in Washington, Copp says agencies that provide education services to some 10,000 children w... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: Chester Spellman

    Sep 11 • 485 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Chester Spellman, the CEO of Volunteer Florida sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Trimmel Gomes to discuss some of the many ways people can give back to their communities. As many commemorate the worst act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history, Americans will mark September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. There are ... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: Elizabeth Dudek

    Aug 29 • 470 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Elizabeth Dudek sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Trimmel Gomes to discuss the state’s transition to Medicaid Managed Care. The overhaul of Florida’s massive $22 billion Medicaid program is being touted as a simpler way for Floridians to go to a single provider for compreh... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: Gray Swoope

    Aug 22 • 423 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Gray Swoope, Florida’s Secretary of Commerce and president and CEO of Enterprise Florida, sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Alia Faraj-Johnson. Their discussion centers on efforts to create jobs and attract new business to the state. One mission of the state’s economic development arm is to cultivate competitive projects that ... Read more >>

    Florida Newsmakers: Kevin McCarty

    Aug 14 • 549 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Trimmel Gomes to discuss changes in the state’s insurance market. Florida officials are bracing for insurance premiums to increase substantially as a result of provisions in the federal Affordable Care Act. “Rates for individual markets will be going... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: Wansley Walters

    Aug 7 • 552 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Secretary Wansley Walters of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Trimmel Gomes. Their discussion centers on efforts to keep children out of the criminal justice system and the group of young demonstrators holding a sit-in at the Florida Capitol. In their fourth week of occupying the halls of ... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: Rick McAllister

    Jul 31 • 552 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Florida Retail Federation CEO Rick McAllister sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Trimmel Gomes to discuss how Florida’s sales tax holiday will mean big savings for back-to-school shoppers. From Friday, August 2, through Sunday, August 4, back-to-school shoppers will enjoy not having to pay the state’s 6 percent sales tax on man... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: Ken Lawson

    Jul 24 • 487 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program Ken Lawson, Secretary of the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation, sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Alia Faraj-Johnson.  Their discussion highlights Lawson’s efforts to streamline licensing and regulatory processes to help boost Florida’s economy. With more than 1 million licensees, Lawson’s agency overs... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: Charles T. Corley

    Jul 18 • 603 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Florida Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Charles T. Corley sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Trimmel Gomes to discuss issues facing Florida’s 4.5 million seniors. Thanks to a steady influx of baby boomers and recent retirees, demographers expect Florida will soon only trail California and Texas as the most populous state in ... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: Tony Bennett

    Jul 11 • 542 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Education Commissioner Tony Bennett sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Alia Faraj-Johnson to discuss the state of Florida’s education system. In the wake of changes to Florida’s school accountability system, education officials are bracing for a potentially big decline in school grades this year. “We are going to be chal... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: Larry Robinson

    Jul 3 • 510 Views • Comments Off

    On this week's "Florida NewsMakers" program, Florida A&M University Interim President Larry Robinson sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Trimmel Gomes. Their discussion centers on the university’s famed Marching 100 band, focusing on Robinson’s decision to lift a suspension of the band following the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion in 2011. “Our hearts and prayers... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: Adam Putnam

    Jun 27 • 491 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Ron Sachs to discuss the top issues facing Florida’s agriculture industry. With the recent defeat of the Farm Bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, Putnam says Florida has a lot to lose if lawmakers don’t come to an agreement. “There is a ... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: Bryan Koon

    Jun 21 • 461 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Alia Faraj-Johnson. Their discussion took place in the heart of the State Emergency Operations Center soon after Tropical Storm Andrea made landfall in Florida. Amid what’s expected to be a busy hurricane season, Koon advises every Flo... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: Virlindia Doss

    Jun 13 • 425 Views • Comments Off

    On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Florida Commission on Ethics Executive Director Virlindia Doss sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Trimmel Gomes. Their discussion examines newly increased penalties for public officials who fail to properly disclose their finances and Florida’s new ethics reform law. The state’s elected officials are now racing to meet a July 1 ... Read more >>

    FLORIDA NEWSMAKERS: BARRY GILWAY

    Jun 7 • 474 Views • Comments Off

    On this week's "Florida NewsMakers" program, Citizens Property Insurance Corp. President and CEO Barry Gilway sits down with Sachs Media Group's Alia Faraj-Johnson to discuss ongoing efforts to reform and shrink what used to be Florida's "insurer of last resort." With Tropical Storm Andrea's arrival in Florida during the opening days of Hurricane Season, the state's largest property i... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: VISIT FLORIDA President & CEO, Will Seccombe

    May 31 • 492 Views • Comments Off

    On this week's "Florida NewsMakers" program, VISIT FLORIDA President and CEO Will Seccombe sits down with Sachs Media Group's Trimmel Gomes to discuss the state's record-breaking tourism streak. More people visited the state during the first three months of 2013 than in any year before. "We're working off of two consecutive record years of Florida tourism. Last year we had 91.4 millio... Read more >>

    Florida NewsMakers: State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan

    May 30 • 364 Views • Comments Off

    On this week's Florida NewsMakers program, State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan sits down with Sachs Media Group's Trimmel Gomes for an exclusive interview about Governor Rick Scott's decision to veto a 3 percent tuition hike for Florida's colleges and universities. The tuition increase would have raised $18.5 million for universities. "I think if you asked each university... Read more >>

    FLORIDA NEWSMAKERS: DAVID WILKINS

    May 16 • 347 Views • Comments Off

    On this week's "Florida NewsMakers" program, Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins sits down with Sachs Media Group's Trimmel Gomes to discuss upcoming changes to Florida's foster care system. Wilkins says Florida is about to see the most significant changes to its foster care system thanks to two measures that passed out of the 2013 legislative session, ... Read more >>

    FLORIDA NEWSMAKERS: MARY ELLEN AND DAVID ROYSE

    May 9 • 322 Views • Comments Off

    The heads of two of the state capital's leading news organizations sit down with Ron Sachs to recap the just-ended 2013 session of the Florida Legislature. The review features David Royse, executive editor of the News Service of Florida, and Mary Ellen Klas, the Miami Herald's capital bureau chief. The session ended without lawmakers agreeing on a plan to expand health insurance cover... Read more >>

    FLORIDA NEWSMAKERS: PAM BONDI

    May 2 • 401 Views • Comments Off

    On this week's "Florida NewsMakers" program, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi sits down with Sachs Media Group's Alia Faraj-Johnson to discuss, why she is going after BP on behalf of Florida and how her top legislative priorities fared during the 2013 legislative session. On the three-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the Attorney General file... Read more >>

    FLORIDA NEWSMAKERS: LENNY CURRY

    Apr 25 • 358 Views • Comments Off

    Florida's 2014 governor's race is underway and RPOF chairman Lenny Curry says he's confident his party will maintain control. "Rick Scott is our incumbent governor, Rick Scott is going to be our nominee, our party is going to emerge unified into the '14 election cycle," Curry says. He insists the party remains unified behind the Governor, despite Scott's call for Medicaid expansion in th... Read more >>

    FLORIDA NEWSMAKERS: JEFF ATWATER

    Apr 19 • 374 Views • Comments Off

    On this week's "Florida NewsMakers" program, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater sits down with Sachs Media Group's Alia-Faraj Johnson and calls on lawmakers to give recently implemented PIP reform efforts a chance to work. Despite a 2012 law to fight fraud in the state's no-fault auto insurance system, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater says it's premature for the Legislature to a... Read more >>

    FLORIDA NEWSMAKERS: JESSE PANUCCIO

    Apr 12 • 453 Views • Comments Off

    On this week's Florida NewsMakers program, the Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity sits down with Sachs Media Group's Trimmel Gomes and discuses Florida's economic recovery. With Florida's unemployment rate dipping to its lowest levels in more than four years, the head of Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity, Jesse Panuccio, credits the state's... Read more >>

    FLORIDA NEWSMAKERS: LIZBETH BENACQUISTO

    Apr 5 • 360 Views • Comments Off

    Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto sits down with Sachs Media Group's Alia Faraj-Johnson and talks about the state budget. With Florida's economy on the rebound and for the first time in about five years the state will be operating with a budget surplus, Florida's Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto says they are still taking a cautious approach to crafting this... Read more >>

    FLORIDA NEWSMAKERS: KEN DETZNER

    Mar 29 • 342 Views • Comments Off

    In this episode of Florida NewsMakers, Ron Sachs sits down with Florida Secretary of State, Ken Detzner. Secretary Detzner says lawmakers are making upgrades to past reform efforts despite the fact that Democrats claim those changes were a result of the Republican-controlled Legislature. "These are improvements on a platform that was built in 2011 and they are enhancements," he tells Sa... Read more >>

    FLORIDA NEWSMAKERS: ALLISON TANT

    Mar 22 • 306 Views • Comments Off

    In this week's videotaped interview, Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant sits down with Ron Sachs of Sachs Media Group for her first television interview. With two recent polls (Quinnipiac and PPP) showing Gov. Rick Scott trailing such potential candidates as former Gov. Charlie Crist and former Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and only slightly ahead of declared candidate ... Read more >>

    FLORIDA NEWSMAKERS: WILL WEATHERFORD

    Mar 15 • 351 Views • Comments Off

    Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford is interviewed by Ron Sachs of Sachs Media Group. Weatherford calls the resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll "a sad day for Florida," prompting the Legislature to refocus on a proposed ban on Internet cafes, which Weatherford calls the "largest expansion of gambling." Weatherford also discusses his concerns about expanding Medicaid and why he be... Read more >>

    FLORIDA NEWSMAKERS: SALLY BRADSHAW

    Feb 22 • 362 Views • Comments Off

    Ron Sachs interviews Tallahassee-based political strategist Sally Bradshaw. Bradshaw helped engineer Jeb Bush's successful campaign for governor in 1998, served as his chief of staff and now has been tapped by Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus to help dissect the GOP's 2012 losses - and to vision a path to modernize the appeal of the Republican Party for the future.... Read more >>

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