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OS Political Pulse It's official: Rick Scott won the election

 

OS Political Pulse New Florida lawmakers caution about belt-tightening ahead

TALLAHASSEE – New Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner on Tuesday called the conversation-spending amendment passed this month by voters “the new reality.”

Florida Politics New Florida lawmakers caution about belt-tightening ahead

TALLAHASSEE – New Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner on Tuesday called the conversation-spending amendment passed this month by voters “the new reality.”

Naked Politics Florida Senate elects Orlando businessman Andy Gardiner as its 86th president

The Florida Senate returned Tuesday with all but one of the same members as two years ago and elected Orlando Sen. Andy Gardiner as its new leader, adding a younger face to the chamber controlled by conservative, white Republican men.

Naked Politics Florida Senate elects Orlando businessman Andy Gardiner as its 86th president

The Florida Senate returned to office with all but one of the same members as two years ago and elected Orlando Sen. Andy Gardiner as its new leader, adding a younger face to the chamber controlled by conservative, white Republican men.

Naked Politics Florida House rejects elections returns for District 64

Residents of Carrollwood, Citrus Park, Oldsmar and Safety Harbor won't have a representative in the Florida House -- for now, at least.

State lawmakers voted Tuesday to throw out the results of the House District 64 election, creating a vacancy in that district.  

Gov. Rick Scott is expected to call a special election.

Naked Politics Gov. Scott's official margin of victory: 64,145 votes

Gov. Rick Scott received not one but two sustained standing ovations Tuesday in the Florida House as part of the one-day organizational session celebrating the installation of a new speaker and Senate president and the elections of new members.

The sustained applause reflected the gratitude of Scott's fellow Republicans -- and a sense of relief -- that he will be around for four more years.

Naked Politics Fact-checking Jeb Bush, possible presidential contender who hosts national education summit this week

Amid growing talk about a possible presidential bid by Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor has been focusing more on public policy than on politics.

Bush has crisscrossed the country giving statistics-laced speeches that address education, immigration and the economy. He’s defended Common Core education standards and additional work-related visas for immigrants -- views not always in tune with the Republican base -- and he’s advocated for more economic and technological growth.

Naked Politics Gardiner and Crisafulli take control of Legislature today

One climbed the legislative ranks rung by rung for more than a decade, his steady progress made possible by a quiet determination.

The other is a scion of a politically powerful family who made it to the top only after scandal and an election upset cleared the way for his rise.

Naked Politics Friends gather to remember former GOP chairman Tom Slade

Former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida Tom Slade, 78, was remembered Monday at a ceremony in Tallahassee as a skilled strategist who was responsible for bringing the party to its current dominance in Florida politics today. 

Naked Politics Pafford elected House Democratic minority leader with no muss, no fuss

In a Monday evening ceremony devoid of the public infighting that had been expected, Rep. Mark Pafford was elected to lead a shell-shocked 38-member House Democratic caucus still nursing its Election Day losses.

“It’s important that we maintain our unity over the next two years to be the best at what we do,” Pafford told Democratic members. “And that’s to be the voice for those who don’t have a voice.”

Naked Politics Senate's new Dem leader proclaims 'there's no freedom' for many in Florida

Sen. Arthenia Joyner of Tampa was formally elected Monday as the next leader of the 14-member Senate Democratic caucus, promising to be a voice for "the little" guy in the chamber dominated by 26 Republicans.

Naked Politics Fact-checking Jack Seiler's claim about Arnold Abbott

The city of Fort Lauderdale’s latest attempt to regulate outdoor homeless feedings made international news when police nabbed "Chef Arnold" -- a 90-year-old caught in the act of such a public feeding.

Naked Politics Miami activist Grace Solares files to run for District 2 commission seat

@NewbySmiley

Miami uber activist and paralegal Grace Solares has filed to run for the Miami City Commission District 2 seat representing Brickell, Coconut Grove, and Downtown.

Naked Politics Ethics board: Not enough evidence to back altered slate-cards claim in Miami Gardens election

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The Miami-Dade Ethics Commission dismissed a complaint Monday from a Miami Gardens council member who accused his opponent of tampering with a candidate endorsement list during the August primary election.

Naked Politics Sellers starts work as Scott's chief of staff Dec. 1

Melissa Sellers confirmed Monday she has accepted the post of chief of staff in Gov. Rick Scott's second administration, effective Dec. 1. Sellers, 32, managed Scott's successful re-election campaign and has been viewed as the odds-on favorite for the powerful position.

Naked Politics Taylor drops bid to replace Pafford as Florida House Democratic leader

For the second time this year, Rep. Dwayne Taylor called off his own bid to replace Rep. Mark Pafford as Florida House Democratic leader.

Taylor, of Daytona Beach, said he concluded this weekend that he wouldn't be able to work with Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant, who strongly supported Pafford.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade judge apologizes for saying she defeated 'nondescript Hispanic'

@DavidOvalle305

Miami-Dade Judge Jacqueline Schwartz is apologizing after rankling Cuban-American lawyers with her election-night comments about beating a "nondescript Hispanic."

Florida Politics Florida House has organizational drama

TALLAHASSEE -- Post-election organizational sessions in the Florida Legislature are usually some ceremonial excuses for newly elected lawmakers to christen their leaders for the next two years and handle other nuts and bolts affairs.

OS Political Pulse Florida House has organizational drama

TALLAHASSEE -- Post-election organizational sessions in the Florida Legislature are usually some ceremonial excuses for newly elected lawmakers to christen their leaders for the next two years and handle other nuts and bolts affairs.

Florida Politics Florida House has some organizational drama

TALLAHASSEE -- Post-election organizational sessions in the Florida Legislature are usually some ceremonial excuses for newly elected lawmakers to christen their leaders for the next two years and handle other nuts and bolts affairs.

OS Political Pulse Florida House has some organizational drama

TALLAHASSEE -- Post-election organizational sessions in the Florida Legislature are usually some ceremonial excuses for newly elected lawmakers to christen their leaders for the next two years and handle other nuts and bolts affairs.

Naked Politics With Texas Gov. Rick Perry leading the way, GOP pres contenders could make Tripp Scott law firm an early pit stop

Texas Gov. Rick Perry kicked off a new “Politics in Sunshine” speaking series at the politically-connected Tripp Scott law firm in Fort Lauderdale this morning.

Naked Politics Tornado overturns cars, rips fence at Fla. prison

An early-morning tornado that moved through the Florida Panhandle Monday caused damage and minor injuries at Calhoun Correctional Institution in Blountstown, about 50 miles west of Tallahassee.

The Department of Corrections said a prison fence was damaged, a number of cars were overturned by the high winds and two staff members suffered minor injuries. No inmates were hurt and "the facility is secure," prison spokeswoman Jessica Cary said.

Naked Politics What bad publicity? RAGA names Bondi chair

Nevermind all that bad publicity that her ties to the Republican Attorneys General Association has brought her.

Over the weekend, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi doubled down by getting elected the group’s new chair.

Naked Politics In Florida, robo-signed mortgage docs -- legit or not -- are allowing banks to hound borrowers

New York Times business editor Gretchen Morgenson writes today about another dubious honor Florida has earned as its regulators stand on the sidelines: banks hounding homeowners for payments after they accepted faulty mortgage documents on homes that subsequently went into foreclosure.

Naked Politics Judge rejects lottery for medical marijuana growers; orders health department to write new rules

An administrative law judge on Friday ordered the Florida Department of Health to start over and map out a new plan for growing, processing and selling a form of medical marijuana, known as Charlotte's Web.

Naked Politics For new Miami congressman Curbelo, a time to wait as he learns the ropes

@CAdamsMcClatchy

Carlos Curbelo is one of about five dozen new freshman to the U.S. House of Representatives, and he won’t take office until January. But as he waits, one of the pivotal issues for his district – immigration reform – is suddenly the biggest story of the week.

Naked Politics Tale of the tail: David Rivera calls cops on mysterious follower

@PatriciaMazzei

Former U.S. Rep. David Rivera is known in Florida political circles to be a bit... paranoid.

But, as the saying goes, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean someone isn't watching you.

When Rivera left his home in a Miami suburb on Friday and thought somebody was following him, he turned out to be right. He had a shadow.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade courthouse campaign also supported Democratic PAC

@doug_hanks

The failed $1.3 million campaign to raise taxes for a new Miami-Dade courthouse included some money that went to support the Democratic Party's effort to elect Charlie Crist governor.