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Naked Politics Police body camera bill loses its teeth

A South Florida lawmaker proposed legislation last month that would require every police officer in the state to wear a body camera while on duty. 

The cameras became central to the debate about law enforcement accountability following the police-involved deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York City.  

Naked Politics Jeb Bush headlines fundraiser, education summit in Tallahassee

@MarcACaputo

Jeb Bush used to jokingly call the state capital "Mount Tallahassee" and on Feb. 10 he's making the treck back there to raise money for his (likely) presidential campaign and to talk education.

The $1,000-per-head fundraiser is closed to the press. The education forum, which could feature Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner and Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, is open to reporters.

Here's the press release for that:

Naked Politics Scott's proposed budget will include more money for people with disabilities

Another day, another budget recommendation.

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday unveiled new additional of his budget proposal, including $8 million to enroll all individuals "with critical needs" from the waiting list to the Developmental Disabilities Medicaid Waiver Program.

OS Political Pulse Proposed intimate-apparel law aims to combat Ebola

A proposed Florida law against trying on intimate apparel is designed to prevent the spread of Ebola, its sponsor, state Sen.

OS Political Pulse Plan for 1.2-million-square-foot facility near homes withdrawn

Homeowners cite traffic, safety concerns

Post on Politics Got undies? Bill bans trying-on intimate apparel in the buff

An Orlando lawmaker has introduced a bill, SB 494, that would ban the #1 dressing room no-no: trying on bathing-suit bottom, lingerie and “lower-body undergarments” without underwear or a “disposable shield.”

Naked Politics 'Daddy,' womanizing assistant warden, axed at troubled prison

@jknipebrown

Each day, the female inmates at Lowell Correctional Institution would line up at the back gate waiting to talk to "Daddy."

In the afternoons, the prisoners would take turns visiting his office, passing him slips of paper and asking for favors like special bunk assignments, chocolates or time to liaison with their female partners.

Post on Politics Rubio looks like presidential candidate as ‘Team Marco 2016′ meets

 

As “Team Marco 2016″ gathers at the Delano Hotel in Miami Beach today and tomorrow to talk strategy and finance for Sen. Marco Rubio, it looks like the 2016 race in question will be for president rather than for a second term in the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.

 

Naked Politics The big news out of Miami-Dade: a new procurement chief is coming

@doug_hanks

Bill Johnson, Miami-Dade's former ports chief, got tapped for a big, high-profile state job on Thursday: the top corporate recruiter for Gov. Rick Scott as the new CEO of Enterprise Florida. 

But among the insiders in Miami-Dade County, the bigger news was the reset of leadership in the county's lucrative contracting system. 

Post on Politics Could State Road 7 issue put a wrinkle in baseball talks between county and city?

People inside West Palm Beach City Hall are scratching their heads this morning about the timing of a recent vote by the Palm Beach County Commission affecting a controversial road project.

The city and county have often been at odds over the years on a variety of topics, but perhaps none as contentious as the extension of State Road 7 to Northlake Boulevard.

Naked Politics More avoidance from Scott on FDLE questions

Since revelations surfaced on Jan.

Naked Politics Is online voter registration the 'more secure' method?

Florida lawmakers have overhauled many aspects of our elections laws in recent years, but one aspect has remained untouched: Voters can’t register online.

Naked Politics Scott plan doesn't address disparities in Bright Futures scholarship program

Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday proposed spending $23.5 million to expand Bright Futures scholarships, but did not address recent criticism of the program — namely, that new eligibility standards put in place to control costs have kept thousands of low-income and minority students from receiving the awards.

Naked Politics Zogby online GOP-voter poll: Bush and Rubio tied at 13%, trail Romney at 16%

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Zogby Analytics, which conducts online surveys (note: they're controversial/experimental), is out with a new poll. From its website: 

Naked Politics At South Beach pow-wow, Marco Rubio's team looks like White House campaign-in-waiting

@MarcACaputo

In another sign of his White House ambitions, Sen. Marco Rubio hosts an election-strategy powwow today at the Delano Hotel with a finance team that looks like a presidential campaign-in-waiting.

Naked Politics A Hialeah ZIP code leads nation in Obamacare enrollment

@chabelih @NickNehamas @dchangmiami

In one Hialeah ZIP Code, where signs selling “Obamacare” are plastered across storefronts and cover freeway billboards, more people have selected a plan on the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange than in any spot in the country, according to the data release by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday.

Post on Politics No dog dies alone under animal shelter bill

No shelter dog – or cat – would die alone or be allowed to see the bodies of other euthanized animals under an animal rights bill that regulates animal shelters from the moment an animal arrives to its death.

Naked Politics Upon further review, Scott's response to FDLE questions raises more questions

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Post on Politics Scott’s office calls ousted FDLE boss’ claims “ridiculous,” as pressure mounts for probe

Gov. Rick Scott

Florida Cabinet members said Thursday they were not ready to go along with Gov. Rick Scott’s push for new bosses at three state agencies and called for an investigation into the recent ouster of a top state law enforcement official.

Naked Politics Another assistant warden gets fired at prison with record of inmate deaths

An assistant warden at a troubled Florida women’s prison where two inmates died last year under suspicious circumstances has been fired, the Department of Corrections confirmed Thursday.

Naked Politics Sobel doubts ability of admnistration to do transparent review of child deaths

Frustrated that state officials have scrubbed crucial, and often embarrassing, details from a state report on children who have died from abuse, the head of the key Senate oversight committee said Thursday that it may be time to take the job away from the administration.

Naked Politics Headlined by Donna Shalala, Ready For Hillary PAC to raise Miami $ in Bush/Rubio country

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Is Miami ready for Hillary Clinton?

The Ready for Hillary PAC is about to find out Feb. 12, when the political committee holds its first major South Florida fundraiser.

It’s headlined by the former Secretary of State’s close friend, outgoing University of Miami President Donna Shalala, the former health secretary under President Clinton.

Post on Politics Jeb Bush is winning the Meghan McCain primary

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is the Republican presidential candidate of choice for Meghan McCain, the 30-year-old blogger and daughter of 2008 GOP nominee John McCain.

 

Naked Politics Meggs: Cabinet members should investigate FDLE themselves or shutup

Amid calls for a third-party investigation into allegations made by ousted Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey, Leon County State Attorney Willie Meggs said he won't be getting involved.

Naked Politics As RPOF changed guard, it paid $580,000 back to Scott

As his candidate for chair of the Republican Party of Florida was losing support, Gov. Rick Scott was given back $580,000 by the party on Jan. 16, campaign finance records show.

Post on Politics Mandatory GMO labelling proposed…again

Two failed attempts to pass legislation requiring labels on genetically modified foods have not deterred Democrats in both houses from filing labelling bills expected to face opposition from international food producers.

Naked Politics Rick Scott pulled $580k from GOP coffers amid failed party chair's campaign

Naples Daily News:

Gov. Rick Scott has pulled $580,000 out of the Republican Party of Florida, a move spurred by the party’s recent leadership battle.

Scott had endorsed Leslie Dougher, who was the party’s incumbent chair. She lost during last Saturday’s RPOF annual meeting in Orlando to state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill.

Naked Politics Braynon named next Senate Democratic Leader

State Sen. Oscar Braynon II, D-Miami Gardens, will be the next Senate Democratic Leader.

His term begins in November 2016.

Braynon was selected for the role by a unanimous vote of the Senate Democratic Caucus on Wednesday.

Naked Politics Atwater, Putnam call for investigation into FDLE; Gov. Scott sneaks away

As three elected officials left the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors meeting this morning, two stopped to express concern about the circumstances behind former FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey stepping down. 

Naked Politics Bill Johnson named Enterprise Florida chief

@doug_hanks

Miami-Dade's longtime port chief -- and current head of the water-and-sewer department -- was named Thurday to head Florida's economic-development arm.

Bill Johnson succeeds Gray Swoope as CEO of Enterprise Florida, a post that also came with the title of Commerce Secretary (Jeb Bush's first state job).