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Naked Politics Fred Grimm: State overlooks abuse and props up 'anachronistic...moribund' dog racing industry

Florida allows convicted criminals to meddle in dog racing. Known animal abusers can own or train greyhounds. The state abides cheaters who pump performance-enhancing drugs and pain killers into their animals.

Naked Politics FL Gov race tops $40 million in TV ad spending -- 8 weeks and millions more to go

@MarcACaputo

The race for Florida governor is about to be a $40 million affair. And, with about eight weeks to go, expect that amount to double -- or perhaps triple.

OS Political Pulse Christie stumps with Scott in conservative North Florida

Christie stumps with Scott in conservative North Florida

Naked Politics The Money Race: Republican governors continue to bank on Rick Scott

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Naked Politics Charlie Crist's big endorsement hasn't paid off

The Charlie Crist campaign back in April summoned Tampa Bay reporters to Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts to hear "important news" from Crist. Reporters and local dignitaries and Democratic activists turned out, and eventually Crist strolled up accompanied by David Straz, one of Tampa Bay's leading businessmen and philanthropists, who endorsed Crist and vowed "to support him in a big way."

Naked Politics Paging Dr. Freud: Rep. Steve Southerland opens mouth, inserts "lingerie shower."

@MarcACaputo

Well, at least Steve Southerland isn't talking about "legitimate rape."

Naked Politics Mediscare, the 2014 campaign season edition

When it comes to claims about Medicare, some political talking points just never die.

Naked Politics Crist's attack on Scott about birth control

Charlie Crist’s most recent TV attack labels Republican Gov. Rick Scott as "extreme" on women’s issues.

A few days after he snagged the endorsement of Planned Parenthood PAC, Crist issued an ad showing a series of women attacking Scott’s record on abortion, birth control and equal pay for women.

OS Political Pulse Faith Forum attracts Crist

An organization of church leaders has snagged Charlie Crist and other Democrats to speak at a "Faith Forum" Saturday in Orlando, and while Gov.

Naked Politics Anti-medical marijuana forces place $1.6m TV ad buy, promise more to come

@MarcACaputo

Drug Free Florida, the folks opposed to medical marijuana, is dropping major greenbacks on a TV ad campaign: $1.6 million statewide in the first week of October.

The buy coincides with the first batch of absentee ballots dropping in the mail. Republicans and conservatives are the most-likely to vote by absentee ballot and the least-likely to support the proposed constitutional amendment, which needs 60 percent of the vote to pass.

Naked Politics Rivera's last-minute request for delay in ethics case denied

Faced with an exodus of his legal team, David Rivera tried to delay a Florida Commission on Ethics case that found he violated the state's rules for elected officials.

But on Friday, when told of his latest manuever in a two-year-old case, the Commission unamimously rejected further delay, recommending instead that administrative law judge David Watkins recommend penalties for the violations by Rivera, who didn't appear at the hearing.

OS Political Pulse NB I-95 blocked after crash in Volusia County

A crash on northbound I-95 just north of State Road 421 in Volusia County has all lanes blocked according to FHP.

OS Political Pulse Car hits SunRail in Sanford, driver injured

A car hit a northbound SunRail train near Sanford around 7:30 p.m.

OS Political Pulse Cops: Man led police on 100-mph chase, crashes into pond

A Maitland man fired a gun into an Eatonville home, then led police on a 100-mph chase on Interstate 4 that ended when he crashed through a fence and into a pond, police said.

Naked Politics Scott seeks to make his 'un-slickness' an asset

Gov. Rick Scott's two-week campaign bus tour rolled through the Panhandle Thursday, where he cast himself as an economic problem-solver in contrast to the opportunism of his opponent and predecessor, Democrat Charlie Crist.

OS Political Pulse Trucker tried to do 'right thing' in fatal accident, friends say

Glen Gilberto Estien's life ended suddenly on a sunny afternoon when he tried to stop for a firetruck.

OS Political Pulse 70 dead cats found at home after tenants tipped off authorities

Douglas Westcott, 55, arrested on child porn charges after Crime Stoppers tip

OS Political Pulse Questions after student fatally shot self

Investigators are working with a Sanford boy's family and school officials to understand why the 14-year-old killed himself at a Lake Mary middle school.

OS Political Pulse Winter Garden may bring prayer back to its meetings

Winter Garden's City Commission began its meeting Thursday evening with a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance — its first gathering since ending a long-standing practice of opening with a prayer.

Naked Politics Rick Scott to campaign with one of GOP's least-liked in FL: the 'horrific' Chris Christie

@MarcACaputo

Say you're Rick Scott, and you've struggled for years to overcome a likability problem -- then why not campaign tomorrow with one of your party's least-liked major candidates to run for president, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie?

OS Political Pulse Manatee adventures of Lil Joe lead to Disney

Lil Joe, the 25-year-old manatee who has been a star at zoos and theme parks across the country and had a brief return to the wild, has been hanging out at Walt Disney World in the kind of setting that looks to be home for the rest of his life.

OS Political Pulse Appeal of 'Les Miserables' endures

Heather Quinn is determined to see Orlando Shakespeare Theater's production of "Les Miserables," which opens Friday night.

OS Political Pulse Brewery, garage crucial to Winter Garden's downtown future

When a new microbrewery opens next year in Winter Garden, city leaders hope visitors can find a place to park nearby.

OS Political Pulse Tropical Storm Edouard forms in Atlantic; Florida eyes disturbance

Tropical Storm Edouard, 11 p.m.

Naked Politics If Thrasher goes to FSU, his Senate seat is up for grabs

@tbtia

State Sen. John Thrasher is among four finalists to become Florida State University's next president. He has made clear that if he gets the job he will step down from the Legislature.

We won't know until Sept. 22 or 23 if Thrasher will get the FSU job or not. But people are already talking about who could replace him in the Senate and how that could shape the chamber for years to come.

OS Political Pulse Tim Tebow joining 'GMA'

Starting Monday, you'll see Tim Tebow in a new role: contributor to ABC's "Good Morning America."

Naked Politics Rubio, Nelson: Fight against Islamic State will be long, difficult

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Responding to President Barack Obama’s Wednesday night speech laying out his strategy for a broader military campaign against the Islamic State, Florida’s two U.S. senators cautioned that the effort could be long and difficult.

OS Political Pulse FSU Faculty Senate votes against Thrasher as presidential finalist

The Florida State University Faculty Senate, wanting the school's next president to be a distinguished scholar with higher-education leadership experience, voted 39-23 on Wednesday to oppose the inclusion of influential state Sen.

OS Political Pulse FSU Faculty Senate votes against Thrasher as presidential finalist

The Florida State University Faculty Senate, wanting the school's next president to be a distinguished scholar with higher-education leadership experience, voted 39-23 on Wednesday to oppose the inclusion of influential state Sen.

Naked Politics FSU students, alumni join 'support John Thrasher' campaign

@tbtia

A group of students who support state Sen. John Thrasher becoming Florida State University's next president are taking their campaign online. The SupportJohnThrasher.com website has begun collecting the names of people who want to publicly back this powerful alum and controversial candidate for the job.