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January 18, 2014

After Nelson's urging, relief on the way for Florida's unemployed

@mikevansickler

State officials announced Saturday they will pay thousands of unemployed Florida workers who have had benefits delayed more than seven days because of technical glitches with a new government website.

"This step should serve as a great relief for claimants who have faced hardships due to technical problems with the system," said Jesse Panuccio, who oversees the CONNECT website as executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

"Some claimants have suffered and the DEO and the U.S. Department of Labor are committed to helping them through all legal and available means," Panuccio said.

The announcement came after federal labor officials arrived in Tallahassee on Friday at the behest of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.

Alarmed by reports of growing desperation among unpaid claimants, Nelson requested they investigate Florida's oversight of an unemployment benefits system that serves about 235,000 claimants.

"The Secretary of Labor promised me that he would send his folks to Florida to fix the mess the state has made of its unemployment benefits system, and it seems he's doing exactly that," Nelson said.

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As Chris Christie hides in FL, Debbie Wasserman Schultz trashes him in two major media markets

@MarcACaputo

BeTIFSDIAAA3INkNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hasn’t had a winning media day ever since news erupted early last week that a senior staffer and an ally clearly conspired to shut down traffic on a bridge in an apparent act of political retribution.

Saturday was another public-relations loser for Christie, a 2016 GOP White House hopeful, who hid from the press when he flew into Florida for a series of closed-press hush-hush fundraisers for Florida Gov. Rick Scott, one of whose own donors called the secrecy "stupid.” (NOTE: Picture at left courtesty of WFOR/CBS4)

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz happily filled the void, holding two press conferences in Orlando and then in her congressional district in Dania Beach where she addressed at least seven broadcast TV cameras and even more reporters. 

“It’s a little bizarre that Rick Scott would bring the chair of the Republican Governors Association -- something that arguably he should be proud of in a normal situation -- and not brag about it, not show him off, not spend some time in front of the cameras, take some photo-ops and take some questions,” she said.

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