Blogs from around the state

OS Political Pulse Manatee adventures of Lil Joe lead to Disney

Lil Joe, the 25-year-old manatee who has been a star at zoos and theme parks across the country and had a brief return to the wild, has been hanging out at Walt Disney World in the kind of setting that looks to be home for the rest of his life.

OS Political Pulse Appeal of 'Les Miserables' endures

Heather Quinn is determined to see Orlando Shakespeare Theater's production of "Les Miserables," which opens Friday night.

OS Political Pulse Brewery, garage crucial to Winter Garden's downtown future

When a new microbrewery opens next year in Winter Garden, city leaders hope visitors can find a place to park nearby.

OS Political Pulse Tropical Storm Edouard forms in Atlantic; Florida eyes disturbance

Tropical Storm Edouard, 11 p.m.

Naked Politics If Thrasher goes to FSU, his Senate seat is up for grabs

@tbtia

State Sen. John Thrasher is among four finalists to become Florida State University's next president. He has made clear that if he gets the job he will step down from the Legislature.

We won't know until Sept. 22 or 23 if Thrasher will get the FSU job or not. But people are already talking about who could replace him in the Senate and how that could shape the chamber for years to come.

OS Political Pulse Tim Tebow joining 'GMA'

Starting Monday, you'll see Tim Tebow in a new role: contributor to ABC's "Good Morning America."

Naked Politics Rubio, Nelson: Fight against Islamic State will be long, difficult

@CAdamsMcClatchy

Responding to President Barack Obama’s Wednesday night speech laying out his strategy for a broader military campaign against the Islamic State, Florida’s two U.S. senators cautioned that the effort could be long and difficult.

OS Political Pulse FSU Faculty Senate votes against Thrasher as presidential finalist

The Florida State University Faculty Senate, wanting the school's next president to be a distinguished scholar with higher-education leadership experience, voted 39-23 on Wednesday to oppose the inclusion of influential state Sen.

OS Political Pulse FSU Faculty Senate votes against Thrasher as presidential finalist

The Florida State University Faculty Senate, wanting the school's next president to be a distinguished scholar with higher-education leadership experience, voted 39-23 on Wednesday to oppose the inclusion of influential state Sen.

Naked Politics FSU students, alumni join 'support John Thrasher' campaign

@tbtia

A group of students who support state Sen. John Thrasher becoming Florida State University's next president are taking their campaign online. The SupportJohnThrasher.com website has begun collecting the names of people who want to publicly back this powerful alum and controversial candidate for the job.

OS Political Pulse Siemens to build All Aboard Florida trains

Siemens announced Thursday that All Aboard Florida has selected it to build locomotives and passenger coaches for its planned high-speed rail line from Orlando to Miami.

Naked Politics Crist says homeowners are paying higher property insurance premiums under Scott

It didn’t take long for Charlie Crist to fire a major volley in the battle for the governor’s mansion, taking aim at incumbent Rick Scott’s record on homeowner’s insurance.

Naked Politics Legislators want regulators to explain lapses in greyhound racing regulation

Saying that's Florida's delayed prosecution of greyhound abuse laws is unacceptable, three Florida lawmakers have ordered state regulators to provide them detailed answers to questions involving animal cruelty and abuse allegations.  

Naked Politics Wedged over vouchers, Charlie Crist sides with teacher unions over school-choice pastors

@MarcACaputo

Charlie Crist has made education policy a centerpiece of his campaign, but it’s also a wedge issue dividing two Democratic constituencies: teacher unions and black ministers who support school vouchers.

Naked Politics FSU Faculty Senate takes stand against Thrasher

@tbtia

Florida State University’s Faculty Senate, the legislative body representing the institution’s roughly 2,000-member instructional force, has officially come out against state Sen. John Thrasher becoming the school’s new president.

Naked Politics Miami federal judge to David Rivera: Act like a man

@MarcACaputo @PatriciaMazzei

Before David Rivera’s confidante was sentenced in a campaign-finance scheme on Wednesday, a federal judge had some advice from the bench for the former Miami congressman: Act like a man.

Naked Politics (More) mold found in Miami-Dade civil courthouse

@PatriciaMazzei

The Dade County Courthouse appears to be helping judges and attorneys campaigning for a new building -- a $393 million issue that will be before Miami-Dade voters in November.

OS Political Pulse New early-voting site to open at UCF

The Orange County Supervisor of Elections office and the University of Central Florida have arranged for an early-voting site on campus that will be open to any Orange County voters in the days leading up to the Nov.

OS Political Pulse New early-voting site to open at UCF

The Orange County Supervisor of Elections office and the University of Central Florida have arranged for an early-voting site on campus that will be open to any Orange County voters in the days leading up to the Nov.

OS Political Pulse Lawmakers OK $25 million for springs clean-up

Lawmakers OK $25 million for springs clean-up

OS Political Pulse Lawmakers OK $25 million for springs clean-up

Lawmakers OK $25 million for springs clean-up

Naked Politics Republican state House leaders gone fishin'

Being a Florida Republican state lawmaker can sure be fun.

Naked Politics Ex-Miami Lakes mayor takes Scott to Supreme Court

Gov. Rick Scott is a defendant in a case before the Florida Supreme Court involving the former mayor of Miami Lakes who wants his old job back after being acquitted of criminal charges.

OS Political Pulse Platt gets Vivaldi, Bonilla backing against Grayson

Republican primary candidates Jorge Bonilla and Peter Vivaldi announced they will back the winner of the GOP Congressional District 9 primary Carol Platt, who now faces incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson in the Nov.

OS Political Pulse Platt gets Vivaldi, Bonilla backing against Grayson

Republican primary candidates Jorge Bonilla and Peter Vivaldi announced they will back the winner of the GOP Congressional District 9 primary Carol Platt, who now faces incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson in the Nov.

Naked Politics As feds draw closer, David Rivera's confidante to be sentenced today

@MarcACaputo

The federal investigation into former congressman David Rivera takes another major step today when his close friend and political ally is scheduled to be formally sentenced for her role in allegedly helping him break campaign finance laws.

Naked Politics XX marks the spot? Charlie Crist campaigning on abortion, equal pay, birth control

@MarcACaputo

Emboldened by Democrats’ success with women voters, Charlie Crist’s campaign has teamed up with Planned Parenthood to target Gov. Rick Scott over abortion, birth control and Medicaid expansion.

On Tuesday, Crist’s campaign touted Planned Parenthood’s new TV ad that seeks to paint the Republican incumbent as “extreme” for signing multiple laws restricting abortion rights and for saying he opposes the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe V. Wade ruling.

Florida Politics Feds to give $20 million for Tamiami Bridge

 Federal transportation officials are about to provide a $20 million grant for expansion of the Tamiami Trail bridge, a major project to allow fresh water to flow into Everglades National Park.

OS Political Pulse Feds to give $20 million for Tamiami Bridge

 Federal transportation officials are about to provide a $20 million grant for expansion of the Tamiami Trail bridge, a major project to allow fresh water to flow into Everglades National Park.

OS Political Pulse Feds to give $20 million for Tamiami Bridge

 Federal transportation officials are about to provide a $20 million grant for expansion of the Tamiami Trail bridge, a major project to allow fresh water to flow into Everglades National Park.