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PolitiJax Jacksonville Ethics Commission, League of Women Voters among groups endorsing Inspector General referendum

The Jacksonville Ethics Commission, League of Women Voters of Jacksonville First Coast and the First Coast Tea Party are backing a referendum that would expand the oversight of City Hall's newly created Inspector General's Office.

Naked Politics As Obama visits Miami for immigration town hall, a look back at fact-checks about border security, deportations

President Barack Obama will defend his record on immigration at a town hall at Florida International University today.

The event starts at 3 p.m. and it will air at 7 p.m. on Telemundo and at 8 p.m. on MSNBC.

PolitiJax TV spot: roles as police supervisor, business owner prepared Jay Farhat for Sheriff's post

Sheriff candidate Jay Farhat’s first television ad in the campaign opens with the homicide sergeant putting on his uniform while in the background he tells the audience he’s loved the job for 23 years.

Naked Politics A Rick Scott tax hike? Yes, some Republicans say

Gov. Rick Scott doesn't talk about how his "record" budget for schools requires the state to collect more taxes from Floridians. But some of his fellow Republicans say it's true.

Naked Politics FIU gets TV love before Obama visit


Florida International University didn't organize Wednesday evening's immigration event with President Obama. But it's getting plenty of publicity out of it anyway.

Naked Politics Quinnipiac poll: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads early in Iowa

via @LightmanDavid

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has opened up a big lead in Iowa, the nation’s first caucus state, a new Quinnipiac poll said Wednesday.

Walker polled 25 percent, twice as much as his closest rival, in the Republican presidential derby. He benefits from his conservative ties, and because he’s fairly well known since he comes from a nearby state.

Naked Politics Obama's torturous routine: defending immigration record on Spanish-language TV


For President Barack Obama, it has become a torturous routine — appearing on Spanish-language television to try to defend his record on reshaping the nation’s immigration laws.

On each occasion, he has been reminded that he broke his 2008 campaign promise to reform the system and that his administration is on track to deport more people than any other president in U.S. history.

Post on Politics Six potential GOP presidential candidates coming to Palm Beach

Rubio in Bush in Tallahassee in 2006. This week, they’ll both be at the Club For Growth conference in Palm Beach and the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington.

Naked Politics White House invites GOP congressman to Miami immigration event, but denies him Air Force One seat


The White House invited Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo to President Obama's immigration event Wednesday at Florida International University, which is in Curbelo's district. But the congressman apparently won't be able to make it.

Naked Politics 'I know he's his own man,' John McCain says of Jeb Bush

via @learyreports

The Tampa Bay Times caught up with Sen. John McCain at the Capitol today and asked about Jeb Bush surrounding himself with former advisers to his brother and his father, the former presidents.

Naked Politics JIm York replaces George Sheldon in lawsuit challenging Gov. Scott's failure to disclose

With former Attorney General George Sheldon now named as the top welfare chief for the state of Illinois, he is being replaced as the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit against Gov.

Naked Politics Florida lawmakers weigh in on VA secretary’s false special forces claim


The Florida lawmakers who lead the U.S. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee weighed in Tuesday on the nation’s top veterans’ official for his statement inflating his military service.

OS Political Pulse Sheldon drops out of lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE  — One-time Democratic candidate George Sheldon is dropping out of a lawsuit that contends Florida Gov.

Post on Politics Teachers’ union wants to hit ‘pause’ on school testing

The Florida Education Association wants to pause the impact of testing for a year

Calling school testing in Florida an “incomprehensible mess,” Florida Education Association President Andy Ford said Tuesday that Gov. Rick Scott and legislators should dramatically revamp the current system.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade judge who told store owner to 'Go f--- yourself' accepts disciplinary charges


Miami-Dade County Judge Jacqueline Schwartz broke judicial conduct rules when she told the owner of a Coconut Grove convenience store last year to "Go f--- yourself" in a dispute over a political campaign sign, the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission has found.

Naked Politics Were some Florida students forced to cite Islamic prayer and make prayer rugs?

A spat between parents and administrators over a Seminole County high school history lesson in Islam has simmered into a minor cause célèbre for online critics.

OS Political Pulse Teachers union: Scott testing order not enough

TALLAHASSEE - Florida’s largest teaching union, the Florida Education Association, thinks Gov.

Naked Politics WSJ: Jeb Bush plans to introduce big donors to campaign team in Miami in April

From the Wall Street Journal:

It may be the most coveted invite in Republican politics.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, still in the preliminary phase of an expected White House bid, plans to reward his biggest early financial backers with a mid-April meeting in Miami with his likely campaign team.

Naked Politics Joe Garcia gets new gig with Miami Beach merchant and investment bank, talks new U.S.-Cuba policy


Former Miami Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia has taken on a job as senior vice president of QueensFort Capital, a Miami Beach-based merchant and investment bank.

Naked Politics Rick Scott signs executive order to suspend 11th grade exam

Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order on Tuesday suspending the new 11th grade exam in English language arts. 

The action comes in response to a growing backlash from parents and teachers to the state's standardized testing program.

Naked Politics Seventh candidate files in Miami's District 2 race

Yet another candidate has filed to run for Miami's District 2 commission seat.

Ken Russell, the South Grove resident who fought the city over its cleanup plans for contaminated Merrie Christmas Park, filed campaign papers Monday. Russell is the seventh candidate to run for the seat, which is held by term-limited Commissioner Marc Sarnoff.

Here's the press release:

OS Political Pulse Gov. Scott suspends new 11th-grade language arts exam


Post on Politics Obama to visit Miami for MSNBC/Telemundo immigration town hall


While Congress and courts grapple with President Barack Obama‘s executive action on immigration, the president will visit Miami on Wednesday to discuss immigration in a town hall-style forum at Florida International University.


Naked Politics In New Hampshire, Marco Rubio pressed on immigration

From the Associated Press:

HOLLIS, N.H. (AP) - Back in New Hampshire for the first time since the midterm elections, it didn't take long for Sen. Marco Rubio to get a question about immigration.

Post on Politics Bill would legalize recreational pot use in Florida

A Senate bill that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana and impose a $50-per-ounce tax when commercial growers sell pot to producers and retail stores was introduced late Monday afternoon.

Naked Politics Zo charity fundraiser to feature Bill Clinton


Naked Politics Names roll in for Jeb Bush PAC fundraiser in Gables


Big donors have been named "co-chairmen" of an upcoming Coral Gables fundraiser for Jeb Bush's political action committee.

Post on Politics More cheesesteaks for Florida after Scott woos Wawa

Gov. Scott woos Wawa

Naked Politics Miami Young Republicans to host new party chair


State Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, the new Republican Party of Florida chairman, will be feted Tuesday in a fundraiser by the Miami Young Republicans.

Post on Politics U.S. Sugar land-buy battle kicked up a notch

Although the Governor and the South Florida Water Management District have hinted strongly that they don’t support buying U.S. Sugar land south of Lake Okeechobee for Everglades restoration and the Speaker of the House Steve Crisafulli has unequivocally said “no,” an environmental group has launched a six-figure television and multimedia campaign in support of the land buy.