A Governor Steps to the Podium and Says… TW3 Week 7

20110214-122Did we have an unlucky 13 this week? In what’s quickly become a 2011 tradition, here’s what was published on Lakeland Local this week…one word at a time: Albums, Beer, Ayn, State, Fair, Rejection, Sunrail, Memory, Core, Questions, Basketball, Scholarship and Downtown.

We welcomed a new writer. Brandt Merritt recently left the Ledger to accept a position at Southeastern University. The desire to write doesn’t leave the journalist who starts a new career. Fifty years ago, a reporter would have had to write the occasional freelance piece to keep his hand in the game. Today he can just start his own site. Brandt did just that with Polk Perspectives. Brandt will also write for Lakeland Local from time to time.

In the Legacy Media:

It’s been a slow week with our friends in the legacy media world. Save for the Governor’s High Speed “Thanks, but No Thanks” to the Feds. There’s no need to link to those articles. You couldn’t have missed that news if you tried. (And we know a lot of people who tried.)

There were a couple of items in the State Legislature: Dockery Hopes to Push Ethics Bills [Bill Rufty]

High-Speed Rail Issue Ignites a Power Play concerns the legislature’s questioning of the Governor’s authority. (If you’d like to see if the ads change in other cities, you can read Scott’s high-speed rail decision may be a litmus test[Ocala] or Senators challenge Scott’s decision to drop train [Sarasota]

In (probably) related news: Selling state planes may have broken the law, Scott told (It was a letter from J.D. Alexander.) [Gainesville Sun] (If you’d like to go to the source, here’s the letter.)

Lakeland CRA to Buy Salvation Army Buildings [John Chambliss]

It was fun to read Cary McMullen lyric-check the Lovin’ Spoonful.

Unsurprisingly, the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to remind Lakeland that USFPoly expansion is a good idea.

Last week, I neglected to point to an interesting St. Petersburg Times article: Polk Sheriff Grady Judd makes his name on moral outrage [Michael Kruse] and A Day in the Life of Grady Judd [FOX]

Judd was back in the news this week: Atheists of Florida Seek More Sheriff’s Records [Matthew Pleasant]

In news of interest probably only to myself, The Ledger announced Readers Again Able To Comment Online [Merissa Green]. I’m hoping that reduces the number of anonymous comments I have to ignore here at Lakeland Local.

Pitchers & Catchers Report — Tom Hagerty for Lakeland Local

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Batter Up – Chuck Welch for Lakeland Local

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Creative Commons License baseball photos credit: Tom Hagerty for Lakeland Local

Creative Commons License state fair photos credit: Chuck Welch for Lakeland Local