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OS Political Pulse Chapin, Hood endorse Whittington in Orange race

Former mayors Linda Chapin and Glenda Hood endorsed Orange County District 6 candidate Virginia Whittington, her campaign announced Monday.

Naked Politics Rick Scott privately profited in FPL pipeline deal approved by governor's appointees

Upon his election in 2010, Gov. Rick Scott’s transition team included a Florida Power & Light executive who pitched his company’s plan to build a major natural gas pipeline in North Florida to fuel a new generation of gas-fired power plants in places like Port Everglades.

“The proposed project will need state regulatory and governmental agencies to understand and support this project,” said the proposal submitted by FPL vice president Sam Forrest.

OS Political Pulse Scott announces details about 'Coast to Coast' trail funding

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott signed the state's $77 billion budget nearly two months ago.

Naked Politics 'Cuban' rivals featured in flier from candidate in Miami congressional race


In case any voter in Florida’s 26th Congressional District thought candidate Ed MacDougall was of Cuban descent, one of his latest campaign advertisements should clear things up.

Naked Politics Rick Scott: "I would have voted for traditional marriage"

A few days after a Monroe County judge ruled that the state’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, Gov. Rick Scott continues to give evasive answers to questions about his views.

Naked Politics Scott makes new jobs promises at campaign event

Another week, another policy tour for Gov. Rick Scott with a focus on ... you guessed it ... jobs.

Scott’s campaign brought his “Jobs for the Next Generation” tour to Pompano Beach this morning at Hoerbiger Corp., which manufactures parts for compressors. The company is headquartered in Switzerland and employs about 350 people at the Pompano Beach site. 

Naked Politics South Florida prepares for (legal) new cash crop: marijuana

Before the sun set over the rows of palms and ferns and hibiscus that Thursday, Chuck Buster had heard from a half dozen friends, all calling to tell him that his next venture could be in Florida’s medical marijuana business.

Naked Politics FL CFO Jeff Atwater blasts NY Gov. Cuomo as 'huckster' over ad campaign


Florida's top finance official, CFO Jeff Atwater, is accusing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of running a deceptive TV ad campaign designed to lure businesses to the Empire State.

Naked Politics Stumbles aside, numerous numbers favor Rick Scott


Charlie Crist had one of the best weeks of the governor’s race after picking a widely admired running mate, Annette Taddeo, Miami-Dade County’s Democratic leader.

And Gov. Rick Scott, called out by TV stations across Florida and the nation for serial non-answers and question-dodging, had one of the toughest stretches ever.

But don’t let the coverage fool you. Crist has serious trouble on his hands.

Naked Politics Even to opponents, Crist running mate Annette Taddeo is a 'class act'

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The Miami-Dade County Republican Party leader quickly summed up the opposition’s greatest strength.

“The best asset that the Miami-Dade Democratic Party has is Annette Taddeo,” Nelson Diaz, chair of the local GOP, said during a spring good-government seminar arranged by the Miami Dade College faculty union.

Naked Politics Rick Scott’s gay marriage-question dodge: “Let’s talk about jobs!”


What used to be well-known only to political print reporters in Florida is now seeping into local TV news across the state: Rick Scott won’t directly answer questions about most topics of the day.

Naked Politics Judge eases rules for write-in candidates

It just got easier to be a write-in candidate in Florida.

On Friday, a Leon County judge struck down a state law requiring write-in candidates to live in the district where they are running for office.

The ruling may seem inconsequential, considering no write-in candidate has ever won an election in Florida. But it could have a profound impact on the state’s quirky election system.

OS Political Pulse Grayson leads in cash campaign in Central Florida Congressional races

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Naked Politics Rick Scott admin to Obama's: tell FL more about unaccompanied immigrant kids

A letter from Gov. Rick Scott's administration:

Naked Politics From Annette Taddeo to Annette Taddeo-Goldstein back to Annette Taddeo


It’s a mouthful to say the entire name of Democrat Charlie Crist’s new running mate, Annette Taddeo-Goldstein.

“Taddeo-Goldstein is probably too long to print on a sign,” she said Thursday evening, pointing to a Crist placard in the window of the campaign’s Liberty City field office.

Naked Politics Latvala and Negron square off anew in Senate battle

Locked in a long-running fight for future control of the Florida Senate, Republicans Jack Latvala and Joe Negron both claim to have the inside track to clinch the presidency in 2016.

Negron claims to have “several more” signed pledges from senators than Latvala, but he wouldn’t show them or name names.

“I’m several votes ahead. We’re in a very strong position,” Negron told the Times/Herald. “I’m confident I’ll have the support to serve as a presiding officer.”

Naked Politics Ethics probe: Ast. Miami city attorney steered jobs to fiance's firm


An assistant Miami city attorney and current judicial candidate steered city jobs to her fiancé’s law firm through a third party and failed to disclose her ties, according to a newly closed ethics investigation.

Naked Politics Climate war on: Crist agrees to meet with scientists

Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist fueled the climate wars Friday and called Florida State University oceanography professor Jeff Chanton offering to meet with the scientists who asked to meet with Gov. Rick Scott.

Naked Politics Gay-marriage ruling prompts celebration in Tallahassee

There was dancing in the street in Tallahassee Thursday after a judge overturned the state's same-sex marriage ban.


Naked Politics Congressional GOP candidates roll out TV ads


Voters of Florida's 26th congressional district: time to turn on the TV.

Two of the five Republicans running in a primary to challenge Miami Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia have launched advertisements to introduce themselves to the district, which extends from Kendall to Key West.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade commission wants FIU to expand into county fairgrounds


Miami-Dade County commissioners threw their political weight Thursday behind Florida International University, unanimously agreeing that the educational institution should expand onto neighboring, county-owned land.

But that property is not vacant. It’s an 86-acre portion of Tamiami Park leased to the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo, which county government would have to help move to make room for FIU.

Naked Politics Crews fires warden at Dade Correctional saying it should 'send a message'

In a scathing rebuke to the leadership at the Dade Correctional Institution, Florida's prisons chief on Thursday fired the warden at the embattled prison and announced he wanted to "send a message" through the system.

Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews announced that he had terminated Warden Cummings, whom he had suspended last week, and replaced him with Warden Les Odom, Assistant Warden Jose Lugo and Colonel Victor Barber.

OS Political Pulse Realtors back Cerrud against Thompson in Orange race

Challenger Euri Cerrud landed an endorsement from the Orlando Regional Realtor Association in his race against Orange County Commissioner Jennifer Thompson.

Naked Politics Climate scientist to Scott: meeting staff is fine, we'd like to meet with you

Gov. Rick Scott deflected calls to meet with climate scientists Wednesday and told reporters that his staff "would be happy to meet" with the state's top climate experts about the impact human-induced global warming is having on Florida.

Naked Politics Keys judge rules FL's gay-marriage law unconstitutional


Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia overturned Florida’s 2008 constitutional gay-marriage ban on Thursday, and ordered that two Key West bartenders be allowed to wed but not before Tuesday.

Post on Politics Crist picks Colombian-American Democrat from Miami as running mate

Democratic gubernatorial front runner Charlie Crist announced Thursday that his running mate will be Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, a Colombian-American businessowner, head of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party and a former Congressional candidate.

Naked Politics Wasserman Schultz lays forth on party's chances (better than you think) and Jeb Bush (thin skinned)


Naked Politics It's Annette for Charlie


Charlie Crist on Thursday tapped the head of Miami-Dade’s Democrat to become his running for governor, adding a needed South Florida Hispanic face to the former Republican’s ticket.

“As a working mom, a small business owner and a Floridian, I am proud to serve this state that has given me so many opportunities,” Annette Taddeo Goldstein said Thursday morning at a Miami press conference at the Lab Miami.

Naked Politics Annette Taddeo-Goldstein for Crist's running mate?


Still waiting for Charlie Crist's "major announcement" press conference, which true to form for the Democrat is running late.

The event, at The Lab Miami in the funky Wynwood District, has the trappings of a ho-hum policy announcement. But everyone's buzzing about a possible running mate announcement, and many say it's Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, the Miami-Dade Democrats' chairwoman.

OS Political Pulse Democrat Charlie Crist turns to South Florida for a running mate

TALLAHASSEE -- Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Crist turned to voter-rich�South Florida Thursday to tap a running mate.