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NO ONE GETS TO WORK FOR SCOTT
The Buzz, St. Petersburg Times: Florida’s new governor has yet to name a single person to his administrative team, four weeks after the election. Ohio’s newly-elected Republican governor, John Kasich, has named five people to his new administration. By this time 12 years ago, newly-elected Gov. Jeb Bush had selected secretaries of labor, health and children and families, named a chief of staff, a legislative affairs director, and a communications secretary. Read “So far, no one gets to work in new Scott administration” – www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/content/so-far-no-one-gets-work-new-scott-administration

MOSCOW WON’T PLAY WITH WIKILEAKS

The Daily Beast: As U.S. officials struggle to control damage from the secret cables published online by WikiLeaks, Russia is planning to block a similar dump about the Kremlin—and they will be ruthless, according to investigative reporter Philip Shenon. Experts believe Russians would be ready to consider aggressive cyberwarfare techniques to shut down WikiLeaks and its website, as well as violence and other threats against Russians who were believed to be informants. Read “Moscow’s Bid to Blow Up WikiLeaks” – http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-11-30/moscows-bid-to-blow-up-wikileaks-russians-play-by-different-rules/

PRESCRIPTION DRUG DEATHS RISE
Miami Herald: Florida continues to see a rapid rise in fatal overdoses caused by prescription-drug abuse—a trend fueled by a cottage industry of cash-only pain clinics—while deaths from illegal drugs wane, according to a report from the state’s medical examiners. Nearly 1,000 deaths were caused in 2008 by the potent painkiller oxycodone—a 33 percent increase from 2007, the report says. Four years ago, only 340 deaths statewide were attributed to the drug. Read “Prescription drug overdose deaths soar” – http://www.miamiherald.com/2009/07/27/1573283/prescription-drug-overdose-deaths.html#ixzz17Fxumwpc

STATES LOVE FEDERAL PORK

Slate.com: Republicans have a near monopoly on complaints about government spending. Dozens of new Tea Party candidates were elected to Congress on a promise to clean house. But data going back two decades shows the money is mostly coming from Democratic states, and being handed out to Republican states. Read “Smart Republicans, Stupid Democrats” – http://www.slate.com/id/2276583/

TEACHER RATINGS GET NEW LOOK
New York Times: Twenty states are overhauling their teacher-evaluation systems. Bill Gates is investing $335 million through his foundation to overhaul the personnel departments of several big school systems and finance research by dozens of social scientists and thousands of teachers to develop a better system for evaluating classroom instruction. Read “Teacher Ratings Get New Look, Pushed by a Rich Watcher” – http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/04/education/04teacher.html?_r=1&hpw