Blogs from around the state

OS Political Pulse Hillary Clinton coming to Orlando for $2.7K per fundraiser

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is coming to Central Florida for a fundraiser May 29 at the home of Democratic rainmaker and lawyer John Morgan

OS Political Pulse Grayson declares victory in Obama ban of military equipment to cops

Last year U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson tried and failed to get Congress to consider an amendment that would have stopped the U.S.

Naked Politics How Marco Rubio tells the Elián González story

via @learyreports

Elián González is back in the news, giving an exclusive interview to ABC News and saying he’d like to visit Miami. “I want to take the time to thank the American people for their love,” said Gonzalez, now 21.

Marco Rubio practically watched the infamous raid go down in April 2000, and writes about it in his memoir An American Son.

Naked Politics WFTV: Alan Grayson's annulment falls apart, he calls estranged wife 'gold digger'

From WFTV in Orlando:

Congressman Alan Grayson and his estranged wife, Lolita, were back in court Monday after a tentative agreement fell apart.
The last time the two were in court, both sides thought they were hours away from an agreement. Grayson signed the agreement but his wife did not.

Naked Politics Hillary Clinton's coming to Florida to raise money


Hillary Clinton will make her first trip to South Florida next week as a 2016 Democratic presidential candidate to raise money from well-heeled political donors.

Post on Politics Rep. Alan Grayson on estranged wife: ‘Gold diggers gotta dig’

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, leaving court Monday.

As he contemplates a 2016 U.S. Senate campaign, Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, hasn’t been able to put a messy legal fight with his estranged wife behind him.


Post on Politics Three big items on today’s Palm Beach County Commission agenda

Palm Beach County commissioners take yet another stab today at legislating panhandlers off the streets of the county’s unincorporated areas. The commission is set to discuss a ban on any solicitation in the street, which would run off homeless people and others begging for money but also would eliminate groups such as firefighters who stand at intersections collecting for charity.

Naked Politics After tough week, a warm Miami embrace for Jeb Bush


Jeb Bush felt the welcoming embrace of Miami on Monday as he tried to put behind him a difficult week of campaigning without yet being a presidential candidate.

His political action committee, Right to Rise, held a political fund-raiser in the overwhelmingly Hispanic, working-class suburb of Sweetwater, where the former Florida Republican governor was greeted as a old friend in need of a little TLC. 

Naked Politics Agencies release shutdown contingencies ahead of special session

By Michael Auslen and Steve Bousquet

State agencies on Monday met Gov. Rick Scott​'s deadline to list critical services that could be affected by a possible government shutdown if lawmakers cannot agree on a budget for the state by June 30.

PolitiJax Hospitals: Clarification needed on commission's data request

Most of the patient and safety data the governor's Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding requested is already in the state's possession, the Florida Hospital Association said today.

And some of what isn't available amounts to proprietary information hospitals would rather keep private, the association said in a letter to commission Chairman Carlos Beruff. Hospitals were given a deadline of today to provide data under a 130-item request from the commission.

Naked Politics John Morgan is 'astounded' by lawmakers' 'collective stupidity'

Lawyer and medical marijuana apologist John Morgan is looking to 2016 with a plea to fill the coffers of his campaign for legal medicinal pot, United for Care.

And he’s doing it with harsh words directed at the Florida Legislature, where medical marijuana didn’t take off this year and even an attempt to speed up bureaucratic processes surrounding low-THC cannabis called Charlotte’s Web were stalled. He sent out this email to supporters Monday:

Naked Politics Experts: Rubio’s numbers on military strength don’t tell full story


Pop quiz: On the high seas off, say, South Florida, the U.S. Navy from about 1915 is churning toward a confrontation with the U.S. Navy of 2015. Who would you put your money on?

To listen to presidential contender Marco Rubio recently, today’s Navy might need to be worried – which defense experts say would misread the true nature of how a country measures the strength of its military.

PolitiJax Florida hospitals tell Scott 'no' to profit sharing, 'yes' to Medicaid expansion and LIP phase-out

As expected, Florida's hospitals are not too keen on Gov. Rick Scott's profit-sharing idea to lessen the impact if the Low Income Pool goes away.

A letter signed by 24 hospital executives said Medicaid expansion is the answer to the state's long-term health care funding issues, not a tax on profitable hospitals.

OS Political Pulse Hospital lobby to Scott: We like Senate plan; don't raise our taxes

TALLAHASSEE – Florida hospitals are on the defensive this week as a commission set up by Gov.

Post on Politics Riviera Beach council member Pardo will chair Palm Beach County League of Cities


Post on Politics Century Village of Boca Raton Democratic power broker Marvin Manning, 1926-2015

Former Century Village of Boca Raton Democratic Club President Marvin Manning in 2011.

For more than a decade, candidates seeking votes in heavily Democratic Century Village of Boca Raton first sought to win the favor of Marvin Manning

Naked Politics Hospitals say no to Scott's profit-sharing plan

Florida hospitals have a response to Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal that lost federal health care funding be offset by profit sharing: No way.

OS Political Pulse Gov. Scott's clock ticking for hospital data call

TALLAHASSEE – As of 1 p.m. Monday, the deadline for hospitals to submit financial data requested by Gov.

OS Political Pulse Judge tosses out lawsuit against school voucher program

TALLAHASSEE  — A Florida circuit judge on Monday threw out a lawsuit that challenged the state's signature private-school voucher program.

Naked Politics Obama to curtail military-equipment for police

via @anitakumar01

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will announce Monday that he will limit a federal program that provides military equipment to law enforcement, administration officials say.

The move comes after the uproar caused by the deaths of of deaths of black men by police or in police custody in the last year.

OS Political Pulse 3 open campaign accounts to run against House members

TALLAHASSEE --  State Rep.

Naked Politics Jeb Bush's claim about leaving 10,000 troops in Iraq under Obama

During a tough campaign week focused on the Iraq War, former Gov. Jeb Bush shifted blame for problems there to President Barack Obama, saying that Obama’s actions helped hand the country over to Islamic State.

Naked Politics Marco Rubio has listed himself as 'white' instead of 'Hispanic.' News flash: He's both.


Marco Rubio has listed himself as "white"  instead of "Hispanic" in applications to renew his Florida driver's license, according to records obtained by the Miami Herald.

Naked Politics Jeb Bush on same-sex marriage: 'This has been accelerated at a warp pace'


Same-sex marriage is not a constitutional right, Jeb Bush said in an interview over the weekend in which he spoke about the issue in moralistic terms.

Bush, a devout Roman Catholic, told the Christian Broadcasting Network that "traditional marriage is a sacrament" and that society has moved too quickly to abandon that view.

Naked Politics Elián González, now 21, tells ABC News he'd like to visit Miami


Elián González, the 6-year-old boy who was on every Miami television screen in 2000, made his way back to American airwaves Monday morning.

In an interview with Jim Avila of ABC News, he opened up about his his life in Cuba and his feelings toward the United States.

Post on Politics All Aboard Florida foe K.C. Ingram Traylor considers GOP congressional bid

Will breakfast buddies K.C. Ingram Traylor (left) and Rebecca Negron become Republican primary foes?

Post on Politics Palm Beach County Property Appraiser gives 5 $1,000 scholarships

Five high school students will each receive $1,000 scholarships May 27 from Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits.In the 21 years he’s given the scholarship, Nikolits — who’s set to


Naked Politics Miami-Dade County to finish redrawing voter precincts


At long last, Miami-Dade County plans to finish drawing new voter precincts, a once-a-decade task that contributed to waits of up to seven hours outside the polls on Election Day in 2012.

Naked Politics Yes, the House and Senate are agreeing — but on how much?

An agreement on special session released Friday by House and Senate leadership marks the first significant step by Republicans in the Legislature toward a compromise on the budget and health care funding.

Naked Politics 'It was not a mistake,' Marco Rubio says of Iraq war


Marco Rubio got a little tangled Sunday when he was asked on television if the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq was a mistake.