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Naked Politics Will former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro be Hillary Clinton's running mate in 2016?

Henry Cisneros, who was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for former President Bill Clinton, adds more fuel to the growing fire that former San Antonio Mayor and current HUD Secretary Julián Castro is at the top of Hillary Clinton's list of potential vice presidential running mates.

Naked Politics Columba Bush joins enters the social media fray


In case you were not yet convinced that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is (almost) running for president: His famously private wife, Columba, joined Twitter and Instragram on Friday.

She will travel Saturday with her husband to Iowa, and then attend a Miami fund-raiser with him Monday.

Naked Politics WSJ: Jeb Bush taps family money machine for likely 2016 run

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Wall Street Journal identified 326 donors who hosted fundraisers this year for Mr. Bush’s super PAC, based on invitations and news reports compiled by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan government watchdog.

Naked Politics Marco Rubio gets at least $100,000 in book royalties

via @learyreports

Sen. Marco Rubio earned more than $100,000 in additional book royalties in 2014, according to his latest financial disclosure.

The Florida Republican, who had to file a disclosure with the Senate but also with the Federal Election Commission now that he is running for president, reported a range of $100,001 to $1 million in royalties and the actual amount is said some closer to the middle than the high end.

Naked Politics Florida Senate and House leaders said late Friday that they have agreed to the scope of a special session starting June 1. The session became necessary after the two chambers failed to reach an agreement on a budget last month in a standoff over health c

Florida Senate and House leaders said late Friday that they have agreed to the scope of a special session starting June 1.

The session became necessary after the two chambers failed to reach an agreement on a budget last month in a standoff over health care spending.

Naked Politics For Miami-Dade's 2016 mayoral race, the paid teams assemble


As the 2016 Miami-Dade mayoral race heats up, so does the spending.

OS Political Pulse Budget bargain in the works but local hospitals, pols nervy

TALLAHASSEE – House and Senate leaders are edging closer to formally calling lawmakers back for a special session to solve the budget dispute, but the ripple effect of the bruising political fight over health care has hospitals on edge and local lawmakers on alert.

Post on Politics Democrat says Alan Grayson should apologize for ‘over-the-top, profane tirade’

State Rep. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa

Naked Politics Miami Republicans in Congress vote against blocking undocumented youth from serving in military


The U.S. House of Representatives passed a national defense bill Friday that was stripped from language that would have pushed the Pentagon to allow young people brought into the country illegally as children to serve in the military if they have been protected by President Obama's executive immigration order.

Naked Politics 'With some hesitation,' Scott signs online voter registration bill

Gov. Rick Scott, citing "some hesitation," signed legislation Friday requiring Florida to create an online voter registration system by 2017.

PolitiJax Putnam Sheriff Hardy will not run again in 2016, retiring instead

With nearly two years left in his term, Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy has announced he will retire rather than run for a third term.

In an announcement memo Friday, Hardy said crime has declined during his time in office and that he had reached "personal and professional goals that I had set as a young law enforcement officer."

The department implemented district policing and begun a needed jail expansion during Hardy's time in office, he said.

Post on Politics Republican St. Lucie County Commissioner Tod Mowery enters congressional race

Tod Mowery

Republican St. Lucie County Commissioner Tod Mowery has entered the race for the open Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional seat of Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter.


Post on Politics Scott’s memo to agencies among latest in dizzying campaign against health expansion

Gov. Scott has taken a wide range of steps to fight Senate’s FHIX.

Gov. Rick Scott ordered Florida agency heads Thursday to begin steps for keeping key state services running in the face of a possible July 1 government shutdown caused by the Legislature’s fight over health care.

Naked Politics Back in Senate, Marco Rubio meets with wives of Venezuelan political prisoners


Taking a break from the 2016 Republican presidential campaign trail, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio met Thursday on Capitol Hill with the wives of two prominent Venezuelan political prisoners.

Post on Politics Scott lets the suds flows, OKs 64-oz beer growlers

Gov. Scott takes one small step for beer drinkers.

Gov. Rick Scott capped a three-year effort by craft breweries Thursday by signing legislation authorizing them to sell 64-ounce, refillable jugs, or growlers, full of beer to patrons.

OS Political Pulse Gov. Scott signs 'growler' bill into law


Naked Politics Gov. Scott signs growler bill into law

Citing a need for pro-business policies and eliminating regulations, Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed a new law aimed at helping grow Florida’s craft beer industry, including the long-awaited legalization of 64-ounce growlers.

The new law, which goes into effect July 1, will allow breweries to open tap rooms and sell their beer directly to consumers.

Naked Politics Downtown Miami booster agency creates crap map

via @NewsbySmiley

Tasked with marketing Miami to tourists and investors, the tax-funded Downtown Development Authority has plenty of maps highlighting restaurants, tourist attractions and real estate development.

On Thursday, they unveiled the latest -- showing where people pop a squat on the street.

Post on Politics Scott looks ahead to doomsday budget scene

Gov. Scott looks ahead to doomsday budget scenario

Gov. Rick Scott ordered agency heads Thursday to prepare to keep key state services running and avoid a possible July 1 government shutdown caused by the Legislature’s fight over health care.

Naked Politics Scott wants lists of critical service needs, hints at July 1 shutdown

Gov. Rick Scott directed all state agencies Thursday to draw up lists of "critical service needs ... in the event Florida is forced into a government shutdown on July 1."

Scott's memos to agencies carry an alarming tone and were issued the day after the Legislature's chief budget-writers, Sen. Tom Lee and Rep. Richard Corcoran, struck a hopeful tone and said they had made progress toward a compromise after an all-day negotiating session in the Capitol.

OS Political Pulse Gov. Scott to agencies: ID 'critical needs' for gridlock-induced meager budget


Naked Politics Jeb Bush finally says, in hindsight, he wouldn't have invaded Iraq


Jeb Bush on Thursday tried, finally, to exorcise the ghost of the Iraq war that has haunted him politically for the better most of the week.

Speaking at a brewery in Arizona, Bush said, "knowing what we know now, I would not have engaged, I would not have not gone into Iraq."

PolitiJax 2 signed up early to run for Clay sheriff

With a year-and-a-half to go before the 2016 General Election, two candidates have already filed to run for Clay  County Sheriff, a post current Sheriff Rick Beseler has not said he will or will not try to keep.

Darryl Daniels, a jails division chief with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, assigned a campaign treasurer on Jan. 16.

Post on Politics Scott gives hospitals list of data demands — and a tight deadline

Gov. Scott gives hospitals list of data demands

Post on Politics SuperPAC to back Carlos Lopez-Cantera for 2016 Senate race

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, left, with Sen. Marco Rubio at a 2010 rally for Gov. Rick Scott.

Supporters of Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera have formed a superPAC that can raise and spend unlimited sums to support his expected 2016 Republican U.S. Senate bid. 

Post on Politics Gov. Rick Scott in Palm Beach County today

Fred Sancilio shows off his pharmaceutical-making facility in Riviera Beach to Gov. Rick Scott today.

Gov. Rick Scott is in Palm Beach County today. He visited pharmaceutical maker Sancilio & Company in Riviera Beach to highlight the company’s adding of 275 jobs.

OS Political Pulse Gov. Scott ups ante on hospitals, insurers - wants finance info sooner


Post on Politics Iraq hindsight roundup: Republican hopefuls pounce on Jeb Bush’s fumble

Jeb Bush’s interview with Megyn Kelly of Fox News has made the 2003 invasion of Iraq a topic for 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls.

The Iraq hindsight question has replaced “Would you go to a gay wedding?” as the question of the week for Republican presidential hopefuls.


Naked Politics With new super PAC, Carlos Lopez-Cantera steps toward Senate run


Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera is not yet a 2016 candidate for U.S. Senate. But he very much sounds like he's preparing to be one.

Post on Politics Democrat Melissa McKinlay enters race for Patrick Murphy congressional seat

Rep. Patrick Murphy and Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay at an April Democratic meeting. With Murphy running for Senate, she’s running for his House seat.