Blogs from around the state

Post on Politics President Obama, Hillary Clinton hit up South Florida donors next week

Compared to the six-figure speaking fees she used to command, $2,700 is a bargain to hear Hillary Clinton.

Florida Democratic donors, open your checkbooks.


Post on Politics Carly Fiorina coming to Palm Beach County; Rand Paul cancels to fight Patriot Act

Carly Fiorina

Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina will appear at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach on Wednesday, then attend a ribbon-cutting at the Place of Hope foster care agency in Boca Raton.


OS Political Pulse Buddy Dyer announces 1st fundraiser as Council races heat up

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer isn't waiting to draw an opponent to start raising funds for his re-election campaign. 

PolitiJax Mayoral race: What we do — and don't — know so far

If you're a supporter of Mayor Alvin Brown or Republican challenger Lenny Curry, here are the bright-side arguments for both campaigns as we cross the high-noon hour and voters continue to cast ballots.

Post on Politics Palm Beach County OKs demolition of old Boynton Beach dive shop building

The saga of the old Splashdown Divers dive shop building might finally be nearing an end. Palm Beach County commissioners Tuesday voted 7-0 to give the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency the green light to demolish the vacant 2-story shack at the Boynton Harbor and replace with public open space including landscaping and a pedestrian promenade.

Post on Politics Palm Beach County takes first vote toward restricting panhandlers

The county has taken the first step toward getting panhandlers off its streets, tentatively passing a tough new ordinance and setting a second and final vote for June 23.

The vote was 7-0. But it came with expressions of concern from commissioners.

Post on Politics Commissioner congratulates Baker as incoming county administrator

Palm Beach County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor congratulated Verdenia Baker, named last week as Bob Weisman’s successor as county administrator.

Naked Politics Marco Rubio's Half Flip on Iraq

fter former Gov. Jeb Bush’s comments about whether he would have invaded Iraq drew attention, other 2016 GOP presidential candidates staked out their positions, including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

OS Political Pulse Hillary Clinton coming to Orlando for $2.7K per fundraiser

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is coming to Central Florida for a fundraiser May 29 at the home of Democratic rainmaker and lawyer John Morgan

OS Political Pulse Grayson declares victory in Obama ban of military equipment to cops

Last year U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson tried and failed to get Congress to consider an amendment that would have stopped the U.S.

Naked Politics How Marco Rubio tells the Elián González story

via @learyreports

Elián González is back in the news, giving an exclusive interview to ABC News and saying he’d like to visit Miami. “I want to take the time to thank the American people for their love,” said Gonzalez, now 21.

Marco Rubio practically watched the infamous raid go down in April 2000, and writes about it in his memoir An American Son.

Naked Politics WFTV: Alan Grayson's annulment falls apart, he calls estranged wife 'gold digger'

From WFTV in Orlando:

Congressman Alan Grayson and his estranged wife, Lolita, were back in court Monday after a tentative agreement fell apart.
The last time the two were in court, both sides thought they were hours away from an agreement. Grayson signed the agreement but his wife did not.

Naked Politics Hillary Clinton's coming to Florida to raise money


Hillary Clinton will make her first trip to South Florida next week as a 2016 Democratic presidential candidate to raise money from well-heeled political donors.

Post on Politics Rep. Alan Grayson on estranged wife: ‘Gold diggers gotta dig’

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, leaving court Monday.

As he contemplates a 2016 U.S. Senate campaign, Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, hasn’t been able to put a messy legal fight with his estranged wife behind him.


Post on Politics Three big items on today’s Palm Beach County Commission agenda

Palm Beach County commissioners take yet another stab today at legislating panhandlers off the streets of the county’s unincorporated areas. The commission is set to discuss a ban on any solicitation in the street, which would run off homeless people and others begging for money but also would eliminate groups such as firefighters who stand at intersections collecting for charity.

Naked Politics After tough week, a warm Miami embrace for Jeb Bush


Jeb Bush felt the welcoming embrace of Miami on Monday as he tried to put behind him a difficult week of campaigning without yet being a presidential candidate.

His political action committee, Right to Rise, held a political fund-raiser in the overwhelmingly Hispanic, working-class suburb of Sweetwater, where the former Florida Republican governor was greeted as a old friend in need of a little TLC. 

Naked Politics Agencies release shutdown contingencies ahead of special session

By Michael Auslen and Steve Bousquet

State agencies on Monday met Gov. Rick Scott​'s deadline to list critical services that could be affected by a possible government shutdown if lawmakers cannot agree on a budget for the state by June 30.

PolitiJax Hospitals: Clarification needed on commission's data request

Most of the patient and safety data the governor's Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding requested is already in the state's possession, the Florida Hospital Association said today.

And some of what isn't available amounts to proprietary information hospitals would rather keep private, the association said in a letter to commission Chairman Carlos Beruff. Hospitals were given a deadline of today to provide data under a 130-item request from the commission.

Naked Politics John Morgan is 'astounded' by lawmakers' 'collective stupidity'

Lawyer and medical marijuana apologist John Morgan is looking to 2016 with a plea to fill the coffers of his campaign for legal medicinal pot, United for Care.

And he’s doing it with harsh words directed at the Florida Legislature, where medical marijuana didn’t take off this year and even an attempt to speed up bureaucratic processes surrounding low-THC cannabis called Charlotte’s Web were stalled. He sent out this email to supporters Monday:

Naked Politics Experts: Rubio’s numbers on military strength don’t tell full story


Pop quiz: On the high seas off, say, South Florida, the U.S. Navy from about 1915 is churning toward a confrontation with the U.S. Navy of 2015. Who would you put your money on?

To listen to presidential contender Marco Rubio recently, today’s Navy might need to be worried – which defense experts say would misread the true nature of how a country measures the strength of its military.

PolitiJax Florida hospitals tell Scott 'no' to profit sharing, 'yes' to Medicaid expansion and LIP phase-out

As expected, Florida's hospitals are not too keen on Gov. Rick Scott's profit-sharing idea to lessen the impact if the Low Income Pool goes away.

A letter signed by 24 hospital executives said Medicaid expansion is the answer to the state's long-term health care funding issues, not a tax on profitable hospitals.

OS Political Pulse Hospital lobby to Scott: We like Senate plan; don't raise our taxes

TALLAHASSEE – Florida hospitals are on the defensive this week as a commission set up by Gov.

Post on Politics Riviera Beach council member Pardo will chair Palm Beach County League of Cities


Post on Politics Century Village of Boca Raton Democratic power broker Marvin Manning, 1926-2015

Former Century Village of Boca Raton Democratic Club President Marvin Manning in 2011.

For more than a decade, candidates seeking votes in heavily Democratic Century Village of Boca Raton first sought to win the favor of Marvin Manning

Naked Politics Hospitals say no to Scott's profit-sharing plan

Florida hospitals have a response to Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal that lost federal health care funding be offset by profit sharing: No way.

OS Political Pulse Gov. Scott's clock ticking for hospital data call

TALLAHASSEE – As of 1 p.m. Monday, the deadline for hospitals to submit financial data requested by Gov.

OS Political Pulse Judge tosses out lawsuit against school voucher program

TALLAHASSEE  — A Florida circuit judge on Monday threw out a lawsuit that challenged the state's signature private-school voucher program.

Naked Politics Obama to curtail military-equipment for police

via @anitakumar01

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will announce Monday that he will limit a federal program that provides military equipment to law enforcement, administration officials say.

The move comes after the uproar caused by the deaths of of deaths of black men by police or in police custody in the last year.

OS Political Pulse 3 open campaign accounts to run against House members

TALLAHASSEE --  State Rep.

Naked Politics Jeb Bush's claim about leaving 10,000 troops in Iraq under Obama

During a tough campaign week focused on the Iraq War, former Gov. Jeb Bush shifted blame for problems there to President Barack Obama, saying that Obama’s actions helped hand the country over to Islamic State.