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Naked Politics Miami FDLE chief suspended with pay

via @DavidOvalle305

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s top agent in Miami has been put on administrative leave with pay as the agency investigates a “citizen’s complaint,” a spokesman said Thursday.

Troy Walker, the special agent in charge of the Miami regional field office, had only been on the job for two months after arriving from a high-ranking role in the Tampa field office.

Naked Politics Obama commemorates 3rd anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death


President Obama used part of his remarks in a reception Thursday honoring African American History month to remember Trayvon Martin, the Miami Gardens teenager killed three years ago in Sanford.

PolitiJax Jacksonville City Council District 8 candidates garner endorsements

Candidates running for Jacksonville City Council District 8 have picked up some endorsements.

Five Democrats are seeking to succeed longtime incumbent Denise Lee, who is term-limited out. The candidates are James M. Breaker, Katrina Brown, Terry L. Fields, Pat Lockett-Felder and Lynn Sherman.

Fields has been endorsed by the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters, Northeast Florida LGBT Leadership PAC, and Northeast Florida Association of Realtors.

PolitiJax Jacksonville City Council District 10 incumbent receives firefighters union endorsement

Incumbent Reggie Brown, a Democrat, has received the endorsement of the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters in his re-election bid to District 10 on the Jacksonville City Council.

He faces challengers Celestine Mills, also a Democrat, and Joseph L. Willis, nonpartisan, in the race.

OS Political Pulse Video, Photos: Scott awards $10m in performance funding to Orange schools

Governor Rick Scott presented $10.3 million in school recognition funding to Orange County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins during a ceremony at Dr. Phillips High School, in Orlando, Thursday.

PolitiJax Jacksonville City Council District 8

Five candidates are running for Jacksonville City Council District 8 where longtime incumbent Denise Lee is term-limited out.

All Democrats, the candidates are James M. Breaker, Katrina Brown, Terry L. Fields, Pat Lockett-Felder and Lynn Sherman.

Naked Politics NYT: Jeb Bush demands 'monogamy' from advisers

From The New York Times:

Naked Politics Tea-partier calls for walkout during Jeb Bush CPAC speech

via @lesleyclark

William Temple, a tri-corner hat wearing Brunswick, Ga., man who bills himself as the “Colonial face of the tea party,” is urging attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference to take a stand when Jeb Bush shows up Friday -- head for the exits.

Naked Politics Rand Paul slams Jeb Bush over marijuana 'hypocrisy'

via @seancockerham

Sen. Rand Paul slammed Jeb Bush for "hypocrisy" as both prepare to make the case that conservatives should support their presidential aspirations.

Paul, R-Kentucky, noted that Bush opposes legalizing medical marijuana despite admitting that he smoked marijuana as a prep student at the elite Phillips Academy.

Naked Politics At CPAC, Chris Christie takes aim at Jeb Bush

via @learyreports

Chris Christie appeared at CPAC today outside Washington and took several shots at Jeb Bush, who is working to stifle Christie's support among center-right Republicans.

Naked Politics Fact-checks about the Florida Legislature including claims by Badass Teachers, Jeff Clemens and Eckerd prof

When the Florida Legislature convenes March 3, it will kick off a 60-day session during which legislators and Republican Gov. Rick Scott will fashion a budget and set policies on topics including K-12 tests, guns on college campus and whether to allow online voter registration.

Naked Politics Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: "Cuba Poses A Clear And Present Danger To The United States"

At a congressional hearing reviewing President Barack Obama's Cuba policy, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told members of the Western Hemisphere subcommittee that the Castro regime "undermines our national security at every turn."

"Let me be clear," Ros-Lehtinen said in prepared remarks. "Cuba poses a clear and present danger to the United States."

Read her complete remarks after the jump


Post on Politics Police academies at black universities created by bill

Identical bills introduced into both chambers would create law enforcement academies at historically black universities to increase the ranks of minority officers and promote and “foster greater understanding and respect” for racial and cultural differences.

Post on Politics Ben Carson at CPAC: compassion for poor, destruction for ISIS

Ben Carson of West Palm Beach at CPAC today.

Naked Politics Fact-checking attack on Debbie Wasserman Schultz about her pot votes

As U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., weighs a potential presidential bid in 2016, a long list of politicians are considering whether to run for his Senate seat.

Naked Politics Putnam's draft op-ed cites secrecy in Bailey's ouster

At the height of the outcry over the forced ouster of an FDLE commissioner by Gov. Rick Scott's office, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam was poised to go public with a strongly-worded denunciation of the Gerald Bailey fiasco, including a reference to "key actions" made in secret that deny Floridians the constitutional right of access.

Naked Politics In Miami-Dade County, a lobbyist's email prompts a spat


 A tiff over the guest list for a big speech by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has revealed a spat within his inner circle.

On Feb. 11, lobbyist Jorge Luis Lopez sent an email to clients and others on his mailing list announcing Gimenez’s upcoming State of the County address, a public event being held Thursday morning at Florida International University.

Post on Politics In Miami, Obama shrugs at judge, dares Congress to counter his immigration action

President Obama arrives in Miami on Wednesday.

Naked Politics Florida GOP chairman backs winner-take-all primary


State Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, the new chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, paid a visit this week to the Miami Young Republicans to rally their support and answer their questions about the party's future.

Naked Politics Family's war record won't dictate his, Jeb Bush says

via @lesleyclark

Jeb Bush said Wednesday his father and brother’s decisions to declare war in Iraq do not mean he’d seek to avoid -- or to start -- another war.

Naked Politics Obama, immigration and the politics of snagging a seat on Air Force One


After the November election, where Democrats lost badly to Republicans across the country, the Obama administration said it would make an effort to reach out to more members of the GOP in Congress. Part of that outreach was supposed to include bringing them along for rides on Air Force One.

Naked Politics Jeb Bush name-dropped in Obama town hall


Only one potential 2016 presidential candidate -- Jeb Bush -- was named at a town hall-style meeting on immigration held in Miami on Wednesday with President Obama.

Naked Politics That time Obama made fun of a TV anchor's dye job


Nothing drew more laughter during President Obama's brief visit to Miami on Wednesday than when he made a playful jab at Telemundo and MSNBC anchor José Díaz-Balart.

The quick exchange happened at the end of an hour-long interview about immigration that Díaz-Balart conducted in English and Spanish at Florida International University. Obama was calling on young people to vote.

Naked Politics Immigration reform will happen, Obama says in Miami: 'There will be a President Rodriguez'


Likening immigration reform to the great civil-rights movements in U.S. history, President Barack Obama vowed during a brief visit to Miami on Wednesday to veto any legislation undoing his executive order protecting from deportation up to 5 million people who are in the country illegally.

OS Political Pulse House, Senate Uber bills clash

TALLAHASSEE - Bills filed in the House and the Senate to impose state regulations on ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft are headed in the opposite directions.

PolitiJax Former FDLE commissioner York weighs in on 'Baileygate'

From First Coast News:

Jim York has a lot of respect for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the state's top law enforcement agency.

"I think it's a travesty," York said.

So, he wasn't happy to hear accusations that Gov. Rick Scott forced Commissioner Gerald Bailey to resign. York was commissioner himself from 1979 to '82 under Gov. Bob Graham.

"I think it's damaged the reputation of the agency, despite the dedicated employees out there."

PolitiJax Neptune Beach Mayor Endorses Bishop

Mayoral candidate Bill Bishop received a nod this week from Neptune Beach.

Neptune Beach mayor Harriet Pruette announced her endorsement of the Republican candidate, citing his experience in city council as a reason behind her support.

“You’ve got two Republicans running and the Republican Party has completely ignored a Republican that has a track record and brought in Lenny Curry…I think they got in wrong,” she said.

Post on Politics Obama in Miami: Rick Scott gives Marlins cap to president

Bipartisan peace through licensed sports merchandise.

President Barack Obama landed in Miami this afternoon and was greeted by Republican Gov. Rick Scott, a frequent Obama critic who put differences aside long enough to present Obama with a Miami Marlins cap.


Naked Politics Conservative Club for Growth hosts Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush -- but not Florida reporters -- in Palm Beach


Naked Politics AFP takes Latvala and Detert to task on economic incentives

Americans for Prosperity, the conservative group backed by uber-rich brothers David and Charles Koch is lashing out against two powerful Senate Republicans who have introduced bills related to economic incentive programs.

One bill (S.B. 1046) by Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Sarasota, would create an incentive fund “to respond to extraordinary opportunities and to compete effectively with other states” in attracting the entertainment industry to Florida.