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Post on Politics Oops! Ted Cruz doesn’t own TedCruz.com

Screen grab of TedCruz.com.

Yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz became the first Republican to announce his candidacy for president in 2016.

Naked Politics House adjourns committee without taking up bill to sheild tobacco industry

The Florida House Civil Justice Subcommittee adjourned its meeting early on Tuesday, with time to spare, but did not take up a bill intended to shield the tobacco industry from punitive damages in thousands of pending cases from injured Florida smokers. 

Post on Politics Palm Beach County mayor smacks down former legislator

One former state legislator took a shot at another Tuesday during contentious Palm Beach County commission discussion of the future of the agricultural reserve.

Post on Politics Senate OK’s packing heat when fleeing hurricanes

Senate says OK to packing heat during disasters

Despite opponents warning it could spark more confusion at hurricane shelters, the state Senate overwhelmingly approved a measure Tuesday allowing people fleeing a disaster to carry guns with them.

Naked Politics Scott and Cabinet will spend up to $50,000 for Cabinet counsel

Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet voted Tuesday to spend up to $50,000 in additional legal fees for an outside counsel to represent the Cabinet, the fifth named defendant in a lawsuit by more than a dozen news outlets over the ouster of former FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey.

Post on Politics Jimmy Buffet to support Everglades with free show on Capitol steps

Jimmy Buffet will perform on the steps of the Old Capitol in Tallahassee at the Everglades Day Rally on April 7 in Tallahassee.

The rally is part of the Everglades Coalition’s third annual Everglades Action Day, which brings Floridians from across the state together in Tallahassee to meet with decision makers about Everglades policy and restoration.

Naked Politics Senate passes concealed carry bill

During an emergency evacuation, Floridians could soon be allowed to carry a concealed weapon — whether they’re licensed to do so or not.

The Florida Senate approved a bill (SB 290) allowing that Tuesday by a vote of 29-10, with four Democrats and all Republicans voting in favor.

Naked Politics Lopez-Cantera participates in trade mission to Peru

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera has traded Tallahassee for warmer climes.

Lopez-Cantera is in Lima, Peru Tuesday. 

His visit is part of a "trade mission with Enterprise Florida to bring job opportunities to the state," spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said.

Naked Politics Report calls for more need-based financial aid

There's been a lot of talk about college affordability in the early days of the legislative session.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott has made the issue a top priority -- and is pushing both a textbook tax cut and legislation that would prohibit universities from raising graduate-school tuition.

Naked Politics TUESDAY: Things to watch in Tallahassee

Drones, Cuba, guns, water. There’s a good novel somewhere in the legislation that will be heard today, Day 22 of Legislative Session. Choose your own adventure from these five things:

OS Political Pulse Gov. Rick Scott pushes tax cut plan, shows his math

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Naked Politics Fact-chekcing Americans for Prosperity's claim about solar rates in Georgia

A group backed by the Koch brothers is arguing a proposed constitutional amendment that would change Florida solar energy regulations will lead the Sunshine State down a dark path.

Americans For Prosperity Florida says a petition being circulated by solar advocates Floridians for Solar Choice is the wrong move for the state, and will result in higher costs and decreased competition.

Post on Politics Poll: Would you vote for Patrick Murphy for Senate?

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy

Post on Politics Tax cuts — and the gimmicks that go with them — take center stage at Florida’s Capitol

Gov. Scott is pushing a cell phone tax cut

Tax cuts — and the gimmicks that go with them — will take center stage today at the Florida Capitol.

Naked Politics House takes Senate prison reform and strips out independent oversight and penalties

A 51-page prison reform bill intended to weed out abuse and corruption at the state’s troubled corrections agency has been whittled down to a modest 12 pages in the House amid quiet opposition from Gov. Rick Scott’s administration.

Naked Politics Websites with Ted Cruz's name redirect to pro-immigration message and healthcare.gov

Some folks on the left had some fun today at U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s expense.

Post on Politics Hemp, pot’s first cousin, gets high sign from Senate panel

A bumper crop of hemp could be in Florida’s future

Marijuana may have its detractors but hemp, pot’s first cousin, got a unanimous go-ahead Monday from a state Senate committee amid promises that it could prove a budding new industry for Florida growers.

Naked Politics FDLE chief cites time delays in notifications of prison violence

FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen, whose surprise appointment followed the secretly orchestrated ouster of his predecessor, Gerald Bailey, cruised through his first Senate confirmation hearing Monday. After a series of questions, mostly about FDLE's role in investigating deaths and serious injuries in state prisons, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted unanimously to confirm him.

"I did not inherit a broken agency," Swearingen told senators.

Naked Politics Coming to the Capitol: Gov. Rick Scott's 'tax cut calculator'

Gov. Rick Scott has pitched his tax cut package in appearances across the state. He has taken the unique step of running paid television ads to promote it. On Tuesday, Scott unveils a "tax cut calculator" on the first floor of the Capitol to call new attention to his call for a reduction in taxes on cell phones, cable TV and satellite service that will save a typical family about $43 a year.

OS Political Pulse Insurance bill for Uber takes first Senate step

TALLAHASSEE - Both Uber and taxicab companies offered some backseat driving tips Monday to lawmakers pushing a bill to require insurance for companies like Uber that match passengers with drivers through a cell phone app.

Naked Politics Insurance bill for Uber, Lyft passes first Senate panel

Facing potential cost increases, lobbyists for Uber and Lyft oppose a bill that would implement new insurance requirements for companies like them at the intersection of technology and transportation.

Unfortunately for them, a Senate panel Monday felt differently.

Naked Politics Insurance bill for Uber, Lyft passes first Senate panel

Facing potential cost increases, lobbyists for Uber and Lyft oppose a bill that would implement new insurance requirements for companies like them at the intersection of technology and transportation.

Unfortunately for them, a Senate panel Monday felt differently.

PolitiJax Mayo Clinic, UF Proton Therapy earn 'Cancer Center of Excellence' title

The Mayo Clinic and the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute, both located in Jacksonville, are among the state's first Cancer Centers of Excellence.

The Legislature voted in 2013 to create the Center of Excellence title to add an air of prestige and promote Florida cancer centers nationally in the lucrative and growing field of medical tourism. The application and review process included site visits and reviews of each applicants' quality of care.

Post on Politics Yep, that’s a bald eagle atop a Palm Beach County government building

They’re not as rare as they once were, and they’re more prevalent in Florida than most people think. That doesn’t make it less dramatic when someone spots — and photographs — America’s bird.

Post on Politics Ted Deutch endorses Patrick Murphy’s U.S. Senate bid

It didn’t take long for U.S. Congressman, and now U.S. Senate hopeful, Patrick Murphy, to get his first endorsement.

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Naked Politics Fact-checking Ron Dermer's claim about Netanyahu

Sunday shows fixed their spotlight on newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose campaign-season remarks shutting down a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict inflamed tensions with the White House.

Now Netanyahu and his delegates are saying the comments were misunderstood.

Naked Politics Miami Rep. Artiles blasts reinsurance bonds as 'corporate welfare'

On the eve of Tuesday's meeting of Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet, Rep. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, wants state officials to reject a proposal by the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund to issue $2.2 billion in reinsurance bonds. The issue will be decided by the three officials who serve as trustees of the so-called CAT fund: Scott, CFO Jeff Atwater and Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Naked Politics As Florida weighs allowing guns on college campuses, fact-checking a stat about gator vs. gun attacks

The Florida Legislature is moving toward allowing guns on college campuses. House and Senate panels have voted in favor of a proposal that would let concealed weapon license holders -- who must be 21 -- have their guns in college facilities.

PolitiJax Democrats surge in early voting, but unknowns remain ahead of Tuesday election

Democrats had an impressive weekend for early voting, meaning they will head into Tuesday's election with about a 5 percent turnout advantage over Republicans.

The quick partisan breakdown of early and mail-in ballots: Democrats cast 40,979 votes, Republicans cast 36,432, and voters belonging to "other" parties cast 9,805.

Naked Politics Lawmakers consider changes to Florida's guardianship system

Dr. Sam Sugar has a pretty clear picture of how he thought life would be after he retired to Miami from Skokie, Illinois The physician saw himself in a bathing suit, on the beach, spending time with his wife and grandchildren. He’d travel, read and have time for himself.