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PolitiJax JU analysis: Jacksonville "crucial" to Gov. Scott re-election

A Jacksonville University analysis of precinct-by-precinct vote results in the 2014 gubernatorial election concludes that Jacksonville was crucial to Gov. Rick Scott's re-election.

Post on Politics It’s beginning to look a lot like, well, something at the Florida Capitol

Chaz Stevens and Festivus pole

It’s beginning to look a lot like….well, something at the Florida Capitol.

Post on Politics McKinlay favors broad distribution of bed tax money

 

 

New Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay said she backs the Tourist Development’s plan to broadly distribute the roughly $7 million the county would get next year if it raises the hotel bed tax to 6 percent from 5 percent.

PolitiJax Lenny Curry gets endorsements from Bondi, Atwater and Putnam

Some of Florida's most powerful Republican office holders are backing Lenny Curry's bid to unseat Mayor Alvin Brown in the 2015 city elections.

Curry's campaign is rolling out endorsements from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, CFO Jeff Atwater and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. 

Post on Politics Legislators to meet on local bills

State legislators from Palm Beach County are holding a public meeting from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Children’s Services Council in Boynton Beach to get feedback on local bills they could introduce in the Florida Legislature next year.

State Rep. Dave Kerner, D-Lake Worth, could bring up his bill to move oversight of the $6.6 million Trauma Hawk program from the Palm Beach County Health Care District to the Sheriff’s Office.

Post on Politics Controversial budget deal splits delegation and makes strange bedfellows

When there’s a controversial bill in Washington, it’s rare to find Republican Sen. Marco Rubio on the same side as liberal Democrats Alcee Hastings, D-Mirimar, Lois Frankel, D-West Palm, and Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton. But that’s just what happened over the weekend.

Naked Politics WSJ: McCollum on the GOP's big year and his support of Jeb Bush in 2016

Former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum was featured in the Wall Street Journal's The Weekend Interview column on Saturday. McCollum is the chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee, which raises money for state legislative and judicial races.

Post on Politics A fresh forecast for Florida’s revenue expected today

Florida economists earlier predicted a $1 billion budget surplus

Florida economists meet today to update their revenue forecast for next year’s state budget — which they earlier said was on track to be helped by a $1 billion surplus.

Post on Politics Holiday displays clash today at Florida Capitol

The Festivus pole drew much media attention last year

Cultures will briefly collide today at the Florida Capitol, when a Festive pole inspired by TV’s Seinfeld is placed in the first-floor rotunda just hours before a Christmas Nativity scene is unveiled.

Naked Politics President Obama's role in the far-left's immigration blowback

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If President Obama were Dr. Frankenstein, the far left’s immigration-reform movement is starting to resemble a monster he can't control.

It haunted Obama last week during an interview with Jorge Ramos, the Fusion/Univision pundit who’s an immigration-reform crusader.

Post on Politics Anxious about lost dollars, Florida businesses and hospitals look for middle ground on health expansion

With Florida’s ruling Republicans still blunting President Barack Obama’s health overhaul by refusing to expand coverage to more of the state’s poor, some advocates have begun stepping outside the box.

Business associations and hospital groups, frustrated by two years of lawmakers rejecting Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, now are floating a plan aimed at using private insurers to draw $50 billion in federal aid over the next decade.

Naked Politics With ebook, Jeb Bush plans to define Jeb Bush before opponents, media do

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In another sign Jeb Bush is likelier than not to run for president, he's releasing a trove of 250,000 emails from his time as Florida governor and he'll write an ebook with it.

Post on Politics State lawmaker, union want to shift Trauma Hawk control to sheriff

State Rep. Dave Kerner, D-Lake Worth, and the county firefighters union want the Trauma Hawk air ambulance program to be controlled by Sheriff Ric Bradshaw rather than the Palm Beach County Health Care District.

 

It’s “a solution looking for a problem,” counters Health Care District CEO Ronald Wiewora.

Naked Politics Nicaragua bans Marco Rubio, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from travel over Venezuela sanctions

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Nicaragua's president says he is banning U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from traveling to the Central American because, he says, he is protesting the Venezuala sanctions the Republican lawmakers helped pass Wednesday in Congress, according to The Tico Times.

Naked Politics 'Team Marco 2016' to host Rubio pow-wow at the Delano Hotel on South Beach

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Run for president, run for Senate, or neither?

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is trying to figure that out.

Naked Politics As feds let Indian tribes legalize marijuana, what will it mean for Florida?

Will marijuana be as legal as poker chips on Native American tribal lands in Florida?

That is the question being asked after the U.S. Justice Department published a memo directing federal prosecutors nationwide to allow tribes to cultivate and grow marijuana on their sovereign lands without fear of federal harassment.

Naked Politics Video: RPOF Chair Leslie Dougher on why she should be re-elected

In our final video installment on the race for chairman of the Florida Republican Party, Leslie Dougher explains why she should be re-elected. She certainly has the bonafides.

PolitiJax Emails show mayor taps banking executive to replace Hightower on JEA board

It looks like Mayor Alvin Brown will tap Community First Credit Union President and CEO John Hirabayashi to replace Mike Hightower on the JEA board of directors.

Hightower, the former top lobbyist for Florida Blue and a well-known Jacksonville Republican, abruptly resigned from the board earlier this month to become a senior policy analyst at global lawfirm Holland & Knight. 

Naked Politics Controversial Miami-Dade prosecutor steps down

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Former public corruption prosecutor Richard Scruggs has left the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office after 11 years on the job.

Scruggs will only say it was time to move on. But it’s not a retirement. He plans on splitting time between Miami and somewhere a lot colder.

“I’m exploring whether to get back and do law enforcement here or in Alaska,” said Scruggs, 63, whose last day was Friday.

Florida Politics `Cromnibus' includes money for Everglades, Hoover Dike

Eight of ten Florida Democrats in the U.S.

Naked Politics Scott gives state workers an extra day off during holidays

 

State workers will have an additional holiday from work on Dec. 26th,  Gov. Rick Scott announced in a letter to the Florida Department of Management Services Secretary on Friday, directing Craig Nichols to close all state buildings on that day, in addition to Dec. 25th.

The extra day off is "in recognition of the hard work of our state employees," Scott wrote in the letter.

Post on Politics Ethics panel clears Hastings of sexual harassment; calls some conduct ‘less than professional’

Report says frequent hugs by Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, “could be misunderstood.”

Post on Politics U.S. Sugar sweetens the pot for Scott’s second inaugural

As Election Night wound down at Scott’s victory party in Bonita Springs

Clewiston-based U.S. Sugar Corp. is among the biggest early contributors to Gov. Rick Scott’s second inauguration festivities planned for Jan. 6 at the Florida Capitol, the state Republican Party reported Friday.

OS Political Pulse CF delegation mostly doesn't like spending bill

If the appropriations bill approved by Congress Thursday night-- the so-called Cromnibus -- had to rely just on Central Florida lawmakers it would have gone down in flames, with only U.S. Rep. John Mica voting yes.

Post on Politics ‘CRomnibus’ vote produces strange bedfellows in Florida delegation

These three Palm Beach County Democrats — Reps. Alcee Hastings, Patrick Murphy and Ted Deutch — were all smiles at an August event, but differed on a $1.1 trillion spending bill Thursday night.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade mayor's deputy takes on additional role as head of public works department

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Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has filled a vacancy atop the county's public works department -- by tapping one of his deputies to permanently take on the role.

Naked Politics Feds: Florida scholarship program does not violate anti-discrimination laws

Florida did not violate anti-discrimination laws by using standardized test scores to award Bright Futures scholarships, the U.S. Department of Education has found.

OS Political Pulse Bill passed to spare small boaters from water discharge regs

 Congress this week cleared legislation that exempts small boats from federal environmental regulations for water discharges, a significant development for Florida’s many boaters.

Florida Politics Bill passed to spare small boaters from water discharge regs

 Congress this week cleared legislation that exempts small boats from federal environmental regulations for water discharges, a significant development for Florida’s many boaters.