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Naked Politics Tallahassee watchdog groups calls for criminal probes into FDLE


Two Tallahassee non-profits, the non-partisan watchdog group Integrity Florida and the liberal advocacy group Progress Florida, are asking for criminal investigations into Gov. Rick Scott's oversight of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Naked Politics GOP's Reince Priebus stumbles on immigration, Democrats crow: "WTF?"


The different Republican State of the Union responses about immigration (nada in English, un poquito en Español) was so tough for national GOP Chairman Reince Priebus to explain Wednesday that he tried to blame.....President Obama.

Naked Politics Florida House panel approves guns on college campuses

The Florida House is moving quickly on a proposal to allow guns on college campuses.

The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee approved the measure (HB 4005) in a party-line vote Tuesday, making it the first bill to advance in the Florida House this year.

OS Political Pulse Florida lawmaker again takes aim at 'revenge porn'

TALLAHASSEE -- A Brevard County lawmaker Wednesday said he will make another attempt at passing a bill to outlaw "revenge porn."

OS Political Pulse Gov. Scott seeks boost for STEM education

When he unveils a budget proposal in the coming weeks, Gov.

Post on Politics Florida’s four potential presidential candidates pan Obama’s State of the Union speech

Who needs a fancy studio or a straightened necktie? Man-in-the-street Jeb Bush offers his take on the State of the Union speech.

Four Florida Republicans considering runs for president all criticized President Barack Obama‘s State of the Union speech.


Florida Politics Palm Springs `Dreamer' pleas for immigration reform

Charlene Rupert, a 21-year-old “Dreamer” from Palm Beach County, hopes that sharing her personal story with people on Capitol Hill will help her and millions of other foreign residents find a path to citizenship.

OS Political Pulse Palm Springs `Dreamer' pleas for immigration reform

Charlene Rupert, a 21-year-old “Dreamer” from Palm Beach County, hopes that sharing her personal story with people on Capitol Hill will help her and millions of other foreign residents find a path to citizenship.

Naked Politics Rubio: Interest in Cuban freedom must trump any business gains


Naked Politics Scott reveals more details of proposed education budget

Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday released new details on his proposed education budget.

Among his latest recommendations:

PolitiJax Black Caucus unveils legislative agenda

The Florida Legislative Black Caucus, led by Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, is out with a list of bills its members will champion during the 2015 legislative session.

OS Political Pulse State of Union: Florida senators, Central Florida congressmen weigh in

Central Florida's Congressional members - Democrats and Republicans - responded to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech with a little hope and a lot of cynicism that the stuff they like could actually get done.

Naked Politics POLITICO: 4 GOP hopefuls, including Sen. Marco Rubio, expected to attend Koch event


Four leading Republican presidential prospects are expected to appear this weekend in the California desert before an exclusive gathering of rich conservatives convened by the Koch brothers’ political operation, several sources tell POLITICO.

Naked Politics Rep. Carlos Curbelo shows he’s not Sen. Joni Ernst’s sock puppet


Miami’s newly elected congressman, Carlos Curbelo, was honored to give the GOP’s State of the Union response in Spanish, but with one catch: He was supposed to repeat Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst English language reply.

Post on Politics Growing hemp – the pragmatic pot – encouraged and regulated under bill

A new front has emerged in lawmakers’ battle over marijuana use in the Sunshine State with the introduction of a bill that would encourage and regulate the “cultivation, processing, distribution, manufacturing and sale” of hemp.

Post on Politics More staff leave in Florida GOP’s ‘discussion at the family dinner table’

Florida Republican National Committeeman Peter Feaman

Post on Politics Local members of Congress react to State of the Union address

Here are some comments from our members about President Obama’s State of the Union address:

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida:

Naked Politics In Spanish, GOP rebuttal to State of the Union mentions Cuba -- but not in English


Newly elected Miami Rep. Carlos Curbelo was given the (generally thankless) task Tuesday of delivering the Republican Party's Spanish-language rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union address. Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst responded in English.

Naked Politics Rare candor: Julie Jones talks to legislators about prison system's faults

In an unprecedented moment of candor, Florida’s newly installed prisons chief told a Senate committee that private contractors have provided inadequate medical care to Florida’s inmates while crumbling infrastructure and years of staffing cuts have fostered “culture” problems in the massive agency.

Naked Politics Fact-checking the 2015 State of the Union

On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama will visit the U.S. Capitol building to present his views on the State of the Union. Afterward, Republicans have put forward U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, to give a response and U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Miami, will give the Spanish translation.

PolitiFact will be there to check the facts.

Post on Politics Scott pushing Cabinet to oust more agency chiefs

Gov. Scott is pushing for more change at Cabinet agencies.

While still drawing heat over ousting the head of the state’s law enforcement agency, Gov. Rick Scott is eager for more turnover at the top of agencies he and the Cabinet lead.

Naked Politics Scott sends letter back to Atwater -- Thanks but no thanks on FDLE

Well that didn’t take long.

Just moments after Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater hand-delivered a letter to Gov. Rick Scott asking to reopen the search for a new commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Scott sent a missive of his own.

Naked Politics Purge alert: After FDLE firing, Rick Scott targets insurance, finance and tax leaders


OS Political Pulse Video: Governor touts tax-cut for cellular, TV services

Gov. Rick Scott pitched a $470 million cut to the state tax that Floridians pay on cell phones, and other communications services, during a press conference in Lake Mary, Tuesday.

Post on Politics Florida’s new prison chief says “all hands on deck” needed for fix

Reports of inmate abuse and cronyism hurting DOC

Wholesale staff cuts, outdated buildings and the push to privatize inmate health services are fueling a dangerous atmosphere within Florida’s prison system, new Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones told a Senate panel Tuesday.

Naked Politics Atwater breaks from Scott, wants to reopen FDLE job search

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater became the first Cabinet member to fully break with Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday in calling for the reopening of the search for a new commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Post on Politics 2016 watch: Christie and Trump to be at Palm Beach GOP dinner

The Palm Beach County Republican Party has landed another potential 2016 presidential candidate — or maybe two — to speak at its annual Lincoln Day dinner.


Naked Politics Orange County clerks office stunned by FDLE allegations

Officials at the Orange County Clerk’s Office said Tuesday they are just as stunned by  allegations made by the ousted commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as anyone else.

Naked Politics Miami Beach commissioner to run for FL House


Another Weithorn will again run for District 113 in the Florida House of Representatives.

Miami Beach Commissioner Deede Weithorn has filed to run for the seat her husband Mark Weithorn did not win in 2012, when fellow Democrat David Richardson won the primary and went unchallenged in the general election. 

Naked Politics Bailey off the agenda at FDLE head, House Democratic leader meeting

Just hours after he called on the Legislature and cabinet officials to investigate the ouster of FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey, House Democratic Leader Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, met with newly appointed Commissioner Rick Swearingen.