Lawsuit can keep Florida the Sunshine state of government

For now, the closest thing to an investigation into Gov. Rick Scott's attempted purge of state agency leaders is a lawsuit. Floridians should be grateful for the litigation.

Scott began by forcing out the director of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He hoped to continue by sacking the state's top insurance and financialregulators and chief accountant. Scott gave no good reason for wanting any of them gone. But the former FDLE director, Gerald Bailey, went public to say he hadn'tresigned voluntarily. That revelation embarrassed the members of the Florida Cabinet — Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam — who had asked no questions at the January meeting when they approved Scott's choice of Rick Swearingen to replace Bailey.

Nor had the publicreceived proper notice of such a change at Florida's version of the FBI. Continue>>>