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Media Protests Ouster from Public Meeting in Florida Capitol

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The Associated Press and the Tallahassee Democrat have filed complaints with the Florida attorney general and the Leon County state attorney objecting to Secretary of State Sue Cobb’s closing of a meeting with the county commission chairman and county elections supervisor. Cobb had police remove reporters from the meeting, which had been noticed as a public meeting. Said Cobb later, “I’ve always said I have no objection to the press, but we do make faster progress without people having to look at cameras – that’s a fact.” (3/20/06)