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Naked Politics NRCC gives boost to Carlos Curbelo over 4 other Republicans in Miami congressional race

@PatriciaMazzei

National Republicans have taken sides in the primary to for Florida's 26th Congressional District.

Naked Politics In Miami, Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson renew call for U.S. sanctions against Venezuela

@PatriciaMazzei

Florida’s two senators, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio, joined forces Thursday in Miami to call for stepped up attention and potential sanctions from the U.S. against Venezuela for repressing political protests.

Naked Politics Don Gaetz: "I will vote against SB 1400"

The holiday break didn't stop Senate President Don Gaetz from weighing in on one of the most controversial bills of the session.

On Thursday, Gaetz sent an email to his constituents in Northwest Florida voicing opposition to Senate Bill 1400. The proposal by Sen. Jack Latvala would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates at Florida colleges and universities. 

Post on Politics After one week, Crist spokesman ‘pursuing other opportunities’

A week after he was announced as media contact for Charlie Crist‘s gubernatorial campaign, Eric Conrad and the campaign have parted ways.

“He’s pursuing other opportunities,” was all Crist communications consultant Kevin Cate would say this afternoon.

Florida Politics Rick Scott returns for another round of Facebook questions

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov.

Naked Politics 2nd mysterious departure: Crist's new spokesman leaves

@MarcACaputo

Something's weird in Charlie Crist's campaign.

His new spokesman, Eric Conrad, just left after less than a week on the job "to pursure other opportunities," said de-facto spokesman Kevin Cate.

Cate has said as much before when Bill Hyers, Crist's here-today-gone-tomorrow campaign manager quit before/around the time he started.

Naked Politics Pockets of anti-Crist resistance visible in Broward

As the Democratic Women's Club of Broward gathered for its monthly meeting Wednesday, a table was filled with flyers promoting Nan Rich's candidacy for governor but not a piece of Charlie Crist literature could be seen.

Naked Politics CD19 donnybrook, part XXVII: Connie Mack vs. Brian Hughes

@MarcACaputo

Ever since cocaine Congressman Trey Radel resigned his Southwest Florida seat, the Republicans vying to replace him have torn each other up.

Naked Politics At predecessor's trial, Hialeah mayor admits to have taken part in city's 'shadow' banking

@jayhweaver

Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez, testifying under oath Wednesday in the tax-evasion trial of his predecessor, acknowledged that he too had taken part in the city's “shadow” banking business that charged astronomical interest rates on loans.

Naked Politics Bill Nelson seeks local solution to expand Medicaid in Florida

@tbtia

Expanding Medicaid to cover thousands of uninsured Floridians has mostly been ignored by Republicans during this year's legislative session, but U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is making a last-ditch effort to get it done.

Naked Politics Udonis Haslem makes pitch for the "Uber bill"

With less than three weeks left in the legislative session, Uber is making an aggressive push to get its priority bills across the finish line.

The luxury-car mobile-dispatching service is throwing its considerable heft behind SB 1618 and HB 1389.

Naked Politics Rick Scott's latest positive ad: Navy

@MarcACaputo

Upbeat and bearing an inspirational story in just 30 seconds, Gov. Rick Scott's latest TV ad is the kind that makes you want to vote for him. Plus, it's not misleading.

Naked Politics Cash keeps rolling into Florida's Congressional District 26 race

@PatriciaMazzei

You know it's getting closer to election season when the two leading candidates for a congressional seat both send news releases touting their fundraising totals.

Post on Politics Sens. Nelson, Rubio to join Thursday to discuss Venezuela crisis

Nelson in West Palm Beach today.

Post on Politics Scott’s reelection story gets another chapter in latest TV spot

Gov. Rick Scott's latest TV ad looks back on his Navy days

Gov. Rick Scott Wednesday launched the second installment of the bi0-pic approach his campaign is using to reintroduce him to Florida voters.

Post on Politics Watchdog groups urge action on ethics bills in session’s homestretch

Watchdog groups Wednesday urged Florida lawmakers to finalize ethics proposals that would strengthen access to public records and require more lobbyists to register and disclose how much they get paid.

Both measures have cleared the Senate, but are languishing in the House. The Legislature returns from a Passover-Easter break on Monday to begin the session’s last scheduled two weeks.

Post on Politics Frankel headed to Ukraine, says ‘my mother is not happy’

Frankel speaking at a 55+ community west of Delray Beach today.

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, will head to Ukraine on Thursday along with other members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Florida Politics Ethics bills languishing in Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE -- A year after passing sweeping reforms on political lobbying and conflicts-of-interests, proposals to impose even stronger ethical requirements on politicians are languishing in the Florida Legislature.

St. Petersburg Democrats hold six point lead in generic ballot

A new McClatchy-Marist poll finds Democrats have staked out a lead over Republicans in the generic Congressional ballot, 48% to 42%.

However, just 45% approve of President Obama’s job performance, while 52% disapprove.

Naked Politics DEO challenges a local permit. Yes, that's news

From Bruce Ritchie of the Florida Current:

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is appealing a development permit in Lake County in what is the first challenge or appeal to a local land use decision since the department was created.

St. Petersburg Senate to focus on “Pop Tart” bill, speed limits, juvenile sentencing and medical tourism

With the Florida Legislature taking the week off and scheduling committee meetings on Monday and Tuesday, the Senate faces a surge in bills when it reconvenes April 23.

St. Petersburg Lois Frankel raises over $110K in first quarter fundraising

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel announced raising more than $110,000 in the first quarter reporting period from January 1 to March 31.

In a statement released by her campaign Tuesday, the first term West Palm Beach Democrat and former longtime West Palm Beach mayor now has a total of about $350,000 cash on hand for her Florida 22nd Congressional District re-election effort.

Post on Politics Republican Domino spends $42,087 to raise $31,840 in congressional race

Carl Domino (left) and other Republican congressional candidates at a January forum.

The Buzz Rubio, in Texas, says terrorists training in Syria could attack U.S.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio warned Tuesday that terrorists training in ungoverned swaths of Syria could "soon" attack American interests around the world — or even on the nation's home soil.

The Buzz Scott to Crist: debate Nan Rich, then we'll talk

“Give me Scott.” Democrat Charlie Crist issued that implicit debate challenge to Gov. Rick Scott during an impromptu caught-on-video meeting with Lieutenant Governor Carlos-Lopez Cantera.

Naked Politics Rick Scott: Charlie Crist's debate challenge is "laughable"

@MarcACaputo

“Give me Scott.”

Democrat Charlie Crist issued that implicit debate challenge to Gov. Rick Scott during an impromptu caught-on-video meeting with Lieutenant Governor Carlos-Lopez Cantera.

But Scott said Tuesday that he’s not ready to take up the challenge, noting that Crist has refused to debate his fellow Democrat, former Sen. Nan Rich.

“That’s laughable. Think about it. He has a primary,” Scott said.

Naked Politics SurveyUSA poll: Crist leads by 5% as Scott spends $5 million on TV ads

@MarcACaputo

A new SurveyUSA poll shows Democrat Charlie Crist leading Gov. Rick Scott by about 5 percentage points --and despite $5.2 million in ad buys from the Republican.

The likely voter poll, conducted for Tampa's WFLA station, jibes with about a dozen other recent public surveys except two:

Naked Politics Judge signs off on $1.6 billion Miami-Dade sewer-repairs mandate

@PatriciaMazzei

Years in the making, a legal agreement is finally in place requiring Miami-Dade County to make $1.6 billion in repairs over the next 15 years to its decaying sewer system.

Naked Politics Scott calls out Senate for low-balling child protection but defends gaps in his plan

Gov. Rick Scott visited a Department of Children and Families service center in Opa-locka on Tuesday to tout additional funding and staffing for the troubled agency’s child protection system.

Surrounding by child abuse investigators and supervisors, Scott pledged again — as he did earlier this year — to commit about $39 million in new dollars to hire more staff and lower caseloads and chastised the Florida Senate for not including the money in its budget.

The Buzz Iowa poll shows Jeb Bush near front of GOP field

Loras College (Iowa) Poll for potential 2016 potential candidates.