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Naked Politics Miami hunting for new police chief

@NewsbySmiley

Wanted: executive to oversee more than 1,100 gun-toting employees. Must be willing to work with a cantankerous union, massage the needs of five crime-conscious bosses, and occasionally respond to scandal.

Naked Politics Acquitted Miami Lakes mayor sues Florida Gov. Rick Scott over suspension

@jayhweaver

Suspended Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi sued Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday in an effort to force him to revoke the suspension so Pizzi can reclaim his mayoral office.

The legal showdown before the Florida Supreme Court was perhaps inevitable after the governor refused to rescind Pizzi’s suspension following his acquittal a week ago on federal bribery charges.

Naked Politics Rep. Joe Garcia records robocall for Miami-Dade commission candidate

@PatriciaMazzei

In the feisty Miami-Dade County Commission contest between incumbent Lynda Bell and challenger Daniella Levine Cava, both candidates are now trumpeting support from members of Congress, in an attempt to persuade partisan voters to the polls on Tuesday.

Naked Politics Florida set to get $1 billion of Bank of America settlement

The U.S. Department of Justice announced a record settlement with Bank of America on Thursday that will provide $1 billion in relief for about 17,000 Floridians.

But it’s still not clear which ones will qualify.

They’ll likely be in addition to the 120,000 who were offered $9.2 billion in relief in a separate 2012 settlement with the nation’s largest banks, including Bank of America.

OS Political Pulse Florida to get $1 billion of Bank of America settlement, Bondi says

A massive settlement announced Thursday between Bank of America and the U.S.

Naked Politics Police-Union Peace Talks, Part II

@doug_hanks

Police Détente Week continues for Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez

Naked Politics Scott rolls out plan to increase per-student spending

Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday announced a plan to raise per-student spending to a record level next year.

Scott's proposal calls for $7,176 for each student in Florida -- a $232 increase over the current school year and a $50 increase over the record high from 2007-08.

Naked Politics Tom Lee's anti-Crist robocalls target of complaint

Those recent robocalls to Democratic voters, featuring the voice and the conservative views of then-Republican Charlie Crist, have prompted Democrats to file a formal complaint with the Florida Elections Commission. Their target: Republican Sen. Tom Lee of Brandon.

Naked Politics DNC chair Wasserman Schultz bucks lame-duck Obama on deporting unaccompanied minors

@MarcACaputo

It's August, and in Washington Democratic insider circles that usually means some anonymous person from Obama World would have something nasty to say about Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Weston's congresswoman.

But the third time wasn't the charm.

Naked Politics Legislative lawyers detail role of national Democratic operatives in redistricting feud

Democratic operatives working for two national groups played a significant role in helping one set of plaintiffs in Florida's redistricting trial draw alternative maps that are now being offered in court, according to depositions made public Wednesday in the trial.

Naked Politics Racial divisions emerge as judge decides fate of congressional redistricting plan

The racial tensions that coursed for years beneath the surface in Florida’s redistricting battle came into sharp focus Wednesday as lawyers for each side blasted each other for attempting to use black voters for partisan gain.

OS Political Pulse Charlie Crist is 'courageous,' John Morgan says

Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan is spearheading a move to pass a constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in the state, putting millions of dollars of his own money and his considerable public-speaking skills behind it. He's also backing an employee of his law firm, former Gov. Charlie Crist, in a bid to unseat Gov.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade commissioner in tough reelection fight gets heavyweight endorsement: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

@PatriciaMazzei

Less than a week before Election Day, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Lynda Bell unveiled the endorsement of popular Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

"I ask you to go out and vote for my great friend," Ros-Lehtinen says in a Spanish-language web video. "Lynda Bell has always fought for our values, creating jobs, keeping your taxes low and protecting our families."

Naked Politics Broward Democrats urge passage of medical pot

From the category of no surprises, last night the Broward’s Democratic Party officially voted in favor of the medical marijuana amendment on the November ballot.

The full body of the Democratic Executive Committee unanimously voted in favor of  Amendment 2, chairman Mitch Ceasar said. About 150 members were present.

OS Political Pulse Soto: Hispanics might lose clout

Central Florida's Democratic state lawmakers gathered in Orlando and Kissimmee Wednesday to make the case that the proposed redistricting of Congressional District 9 would hurt Hispanic voter clout.

OS Political Pulse Redistricting Redux in the courtroom

TALLAHASSEE -- The authors and critics of Florida's re-drawn congressional map were back in a courtroom Wednesday haggling over the same seat that sparked their two year legal fight: the African-American-leaning district of Rep.

Florida Politics Redistricting Redux in the courtroom

TALLAHASSEE -- The authors and critics of Florida's re-drawn congressional map were back in a courtroom Wednesday haggling over the same seat that sparked their two year legal fight: the African-American-leaning district of Rep.

OS Political Pulse Plakon fundraiser drawing Seminole GOP brass

Former state representative Scott Plakon's bid to return to Tallahassee in District 29 will be getting a boost with a fundraiser drawing a who's-who of Sentinel Republicans as hosts.

Naked Politics Yawn. RPOF files another Crist-billboard complaint

@adamsmithtimes

 

Naked Politics Development v. enviro conflict as port dredging damages coral reef, state says

@JenStaletovich

The $205 million dredge project to deepen Port Miami has spread a blanket of silt and clay over the bay bottom that is smothering coral and damaging sea life, state environmental inspectors have found.

Naked Politics Florida prison officials announce 'system-wide' reforms after gruesome deaths

Florida’s Department of Corrections, embarrassed by reports of a mentally ill inmate killed by guards — allegedly when they locked him in a brutally hot shower and left him — says it is instituting a series of system-wide reforms.

The measures will be unveiled Wednesday morning at a news conference at Everglades Correctional Institution.

Naked Politics Video: Scientists ask Rick Scott to commit to climate change action, he offers no answer

 

Gov. Rick Scott listened to five of Florida’s top climate scientists Tuesday as they urged him to show leadership and develop policies to offset the impact of human-induced climate change to the state. Story here. 

Naked Politics Rick Scott ad juggernaut goes Creole

@MarcACaputo

Gov. Rick Scott started his Spanish-language media outreach earlier than ever -- especially for a Republican -- and now he's doing the same with Creole speakers.

OS Political Pulse Vivaldi ices opponents in CD9

GOP primary candidate Peter Vivaldi has sent an ALS ice bucket challenge to alll other candidates in Congressional District 9 including incumbent U.S. Rep.

Naked Politics Scott edges Crist in another poll

@AdamSmithTimes

The latest Survey USA  robo poll for WFLA-8,shows Rick Scott leading Charlie Crist, but within the 4.2 percent margin of error. From WFLA:

Gov. Rick Scott has a 3-point lead over Democrat Charlie Crist, heading into the week before the primary election, according to the latest News Channel 8 poll.

Naked Politics Scott meets with experts but would not say if he still denies climate change

OS Political Pulse Scott briefly sits with climate scientists

TALLAHASSEE -- After months of dodging questions about climate change, Gov.

Florida Politics Scott briefly sits with climate scientists

TALLAHASSEE -- After months of dodging questions about climate change, Gov.

Naked Politics Miami congressional candidate accuses political blogger of pay-to-play

@PatriciaMazzei 

Congressional candidate and Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo has accused a local political blogger of asking him to advertise on her website in exchange for friendly coverage.

Naked Politics Miami judicial races get cash influx from auto insurance political committee

@DavidOvalle305

An auto insurance company that regularly fights cases in court has created a political committee and spent nearly $227,000 in support of two Miami incumbent judicial candidates.