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OS Political Pulse Soto: Hispanics might lose clout

Central Florida's Democratic state lawmakers gathered in Orlando and Kissimmee Wednesday to make the case that the proposed redistricting of Congressional District 9 would hurt Hispanic voter clout.

OS Political Pulse Redistricting Redux in the courtroom

TALLAHASSEE -- The authors and critics of Florida's re-drawn congressional map were back in a courtroom Wednesday haggling over the same seat that sparked their two year legal fight: the African-American-leaning district of Rep.

Florida Politics Redistricting Redux in the courtroom

TALLAHASSEE -- The authors and critics of Florida's re-drawn congressional map were back in a courtroom Wednesday haggling over the same seat that sparked their two year legal fight: the African-American-leaning district of Rep.

OS Political Pulse Plakon fundraiser drawing Seminole GOP brass

Former state representative Scott Plakon's bid to return to Tallahassee in District 29 will be getting a boost with a fundraiser drawing a who's-who of Sentinel Republicans as hosts.

Naked Politics Yawn. RPOF files another Crist-billboard complaint

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Naked Politics Development v. enviro conflict as port dredging damages coral reef, state says

@JenStaletovich

The $205 million dredge project to deepen Port Miami has spread a blanket of silt and clay over the bay bottom that is smothering coral and damaging sea life, state environmental inspectors have found.

Naked Politics Florida prison officials announce 'system-wide' reforms after gruesome deaths

Florida’s Department of Corrections, embarrassed by reports of a mentally ill inmate killed by guards — allegedly when they locked him in a brutally hot shower and left him — says it is instituting a series of system-wide reforms.

The measures will be unveiled Wednesday morning at a news conference at Everglades Correctional Institution.

Naked Politics Video: Scientists ask Rick Scott to commit to climate change action, he offers no answer

 

Gov. Rick Scott listened to five of Florida’s top climate scientists Tuesday as they urged him to show leadership and develop policies to offset the impact of human-induced climate change to the state. Story here. 

Naked Politics Rick Scott ad juggernaut goes Creole

@MarcACaputo

Gov. Rick Scott started his Spanish-language media outreach earlier than ever -- especially for a Republican -- and now he's doing the same with Creole speakers.

OS Political Pulse Vivaldi ices opponents in CD9

GOP primary candidate Peter Vivaldi has sent an ALS ice bucket challenge to alll other candidates in Congressional District 9 including incumbent U.S. Rep.

Naked Politics Scott edges Crist in another poll

@AdamSmithTimes

The latest Survey USA  robo poll for WFLA-8,shows Rick Scott leading Charlie Crist, but within the 4.2 percent margin of error. From WFLA:

Gov. Rick Scott has a 3-point lead over Democrat Charlie Crist, heading into the week before the primary election, according to the latest News Channel 8 poll.

Naked Politics Scott meets with experts but would not say if he still denies climate change

Florida Politics Scott briefly sits with climate scientists

TALLAHASSEE -- After months of dodging questions about climate change, Gov.

OS Political Pulse Scott briefly sits with climate scientists

TALLAHASSEE -- After months of dodging questions about climate change, Gov.

Naked Politics Miami congressional candidate accuses political blogger of pay-to-play

@PatriciaMazzei 

Congressional candidate and Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo has accused a local political blogger of asking him to advertise on her website in exchange for friendly coverage.

Naked Politics Miami judicial races get cash influx from auto insurance political committee

@DavidOvalle305

An auto insurance company that regularly fights cases in court has created a political committee and spent nearly $227,000 in support of two Miami incumbent judicial candidates.

Naked Politics Scott, Cabinet appoint newest parole commissioner

It took Richard (Rick) Davison three times, but the veteran state criminal justice official achieved his goal Tuesday. Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet appointed him to one of three plum positions as a state parole commissioner on the newly-renamed Florida Commission on Offender Review.

Davison will serve a six-year term through 2020 and replaces Bernard Cohen, whose term expired. The full-time position pays about $92,000 a year and is subject to Senate confirmation in 2015.

Naked Politics David Rivera named co-conspirator when friend pleads guilty to campaign-finance violations

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Miami congressional candidate and ex-U.S. Rep. David Rivera was officially named as a co-conspirator Tuesday in federal court when his friend and confederate pleaded guilty to criminal campaign-finance violations.

Naked Politics Scott meeting with climate scientists is a 'leadership' moment for him they say

Gov. Rick Scott faces a pivotal moment in his term today when he meets with climate scientists for 30 minutes, after being shamed into the encounter by rival Charlie Crist who agreed to meet with the academics after Scott demurred.

“As scientists, we’re map makers and policymakers like Gov. Scott are the navigators. He needs to tell us where to go,’’ said David Hastings, professor of marine science and chemistry at Eckerd College.

Naked Politics Citizens defends foreign travel, draws flak from Scott

Summoned before Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet Tuesday, Citizens Property Insurance Corp. president Barry Gilway defended the state-backed insurer's foreign travel.

Naked Politics Mayor's new chief aide gets big raise

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Naked Politics Gimenez and Rivera attempt peace talks at Biltmore

@doug_hanks

Two of the biggest foes in Miami-Dade's budget battle, Mayor Carlos Gimenez and police union chief John Rivera, are meeting in a neutral location Tuesday: the executive offices of the Biltmore hotel in Coral Gables.

Naked Politics Years before child was mauled by dogs, DCF was warned of dangerous home

Three years before Javon Dade Jr. was mauled to death by his father’s dogs, state child protection workers were warned about “the smell and danger” of the six “untrained dogs” living in an apartment with Javon’s family. Two of the dogs were pit bull terriers, which are banned in Miami-Dade County, a caller said.

OS Political Pulse Seniors: Talk about our issues

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s silver-haired voter demographic has a clear message for its gubernatorial front-runners: talk to us.

Florida Politics Seniors: Talk about our issues

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s silver-haired voter demographic has a clear message for its gubernatorial front-runners: talk to us.

Naked Politics Mitt Romney campaigns, fundraises for Miami congressional candidate Carlos Curbelo

@PatriciaMazzei

Sweltering heat, protesters and key-lime pie cupcakes greeted former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday when he campaigned in Miami's West Kendall suburb for congressional hopeful Carlos Curbelo.

Naked Politics Council aims to fight human trafficking

Human trafficking is a crime that reaches a broad spectrum of victims -- teenage runaways, the homeless, undocumented workers and even "kids who hang out at the mall every day,"  Mike Carroll, interim secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families said Monday at the first meeting of the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking.

Naked Politics Acquitted but still-suspended Miami Lakes mayor vows to go to court to be reinstated

@ChuckRabin

The dueling mayors of Miami Lakes, battling over which man is truly in charge, tussled again Monday in sloppily disjointed press conferences that were at times off the mark, but intensely theatrical.

Naked Politics New Dania casino wants to close for a year but regulators have final say

Six months after opening, Dania Casino and Jai-Alai announced late Friday that it will close for a year starting in October, putting an estimated 300 people out of work.

Naked Politics Soon-to-be-closed charter school once hosted Gov. Scott, Michelle Rhee

As thousands of students went back to school on Monday, the state Board of Education voted to close three failing charter schools.

One of the schools, Florida International Elementary Academy, has been in the news before.