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Post on Politics Scott bringing Republican White House contenders to Orlando to talk economy

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks Oct. 20, 2014, at a Miami campaign event for Gov. Rick Scott. (Photo by George Bennett)

Having sided with none of the likely Republican presidential candidates, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is drawing many of them to Orlando in June to share their views on the economy.

OS Political Pulse Corcoran disputes House Speaker plot, threat allegations


Post on Politics House continues on collision course with Senate over prisons

House, Senate at odds over oversight commission

Lawmakers continued Tuesday on a collision course over attempts to repair Florida’s troubled prison system, with a House panel approving an overhaul which fails to endorse the Senate’s plan for an independent oversight commission.

Naked Politics Raquel Regalado: Don't make Baylink "a priority"


Miami-Dade mayoral candidate Raquel Regalado told a Miami Beach breakfast group Tuesday that she doesn't want the proposed Baylink light-rail system to be first in line for county transit dollars.

Naked Politics Shield of police body camera videos tightened

Yesterday, we reported that the Florida Senate is considering a sweeping public records exemption of video taken by cameras worn by police officers.

Naked Politics Repeal of gay adoption ban clears Senate

Senators approved Tuesday a bill promoting adoptions that has become a source of heated debate.

HB 7013, sponsored by Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, in the Senate, will create incentives for state employees who adopt. But it will also strike a ban on gay Floridians adopting.

The ban’s repeal is largely symbolic. A judge ruled the state’s ban unconstitutional five years ago, and gay parents have been adopting ever since.

Naked Politics Rick Scott's claim about LIP and Medicaid

lorida simply can’t trust the federal government to follow through on expanding Medicaid because Washington has already abandoned funding a current statewide health care program, Gov. Rick Scott says.

Naked Politics As expected, Rep. Ron DeSantis is thinking of Senate run

via @learyreports

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis of Ponte Vedra Beach said today he is thinking of entering the race for Marco Rubio's Senate seat, an expected development.

In a statement the Republican said: 

OS Political Pulse Latest dog in the hunt for medical pot is an actual dog

TALLAHASSEE --  Three-year-old Dinah is the latest face joining the entourage pushing for medical marijuana in Florida, arriving on the scene just as the Senate is poised to broaden the state's non-euphoric cannabis law approved last year.

Post on Politics Rebecca Negron enters GOP race for Patrick Murphy congressional seat

Martin County School Board member and GOP congressional candidate Rebecca Negron

Naked Politics Did Marco Rubio vote to deport Dreamers?

On the day Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., announced his presidential campaign, opponents came out with an ad attacking his record.

Naked Politics Senate passes growler, tap room bill

The Florida Senate was ready to vote on a bill allowing craft breweries to fill and sell half-gallon beer growlers — then Sen. Jack Latvala filed a rare amendment on the floor, changing the language.

The bill (SB 186) still passed, by a unanimous vote.

Last-minute changes bring the bill closer in alignment with the House version, said Latvala, a Clearwater Republican.

Post on Politics Scott quickly signs school testing rollback

Gov. Scott signs bill easing back on school testing

Gov. Rick Scott moved quickly Tuesday to sign into law a rollback of some of the many standardized tests which critics say are dominating Florida classrooms.

Naked Politics Don Gaetz (net worth $25M) eyes wide-open U.S. Senate seat

Republican Sen. Don Gaetz of Niceville said Tuesday he's considering entering Florida's wide-open 2016 U.S. Senate race as a self-funding candidate. He said his wife Victoria is totally on board with him leaping into the void created by CFO Jeff Atwater's unexpected decision to not seek the seat held by Sen. Marco Rubio.

Naked Politics Scott signs Florida testing bill

Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed a sweeping education bill aimed at reducing the testing requirements for public schoolchildren.

Naked Politics Marco Rubio says he'd grow Guántanamo

via @carolrosenberg

If President Barack Obama manages to close Guantánamo prison, would-be GOP nominee Marco Rubio said Monday, a President Rubio would reopen it.

Rubio, talking to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos after announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, said America needs an intelligence and detention center for interrogating suspected terrorists.

Naked Politics Trujillo unveils House plan to tighten prison oversight

The chief inspector general of the prison system and most of his top staff would be replaced, prison guards would wear body cameras, a hotline would log abuse claims and five regional oversight boards would conduct unannounced prison inspections under a massive rewrite of the House prison reform bill.

Post on Politics Marco Rubio: ‘Now the time has come for our generation to lead the way’

Marco Rubio greets supporters after launching his 2016 presidential campaign

Naked Politics TUESDAY: Five things to watch in Tallahassee


It's Children's Week in the Florida Capitol when kiddie hand prints stream down the rotunda and child advocates fill the halls. But it is also do-or-die week for the budget, as legislators must either make progress or accept the stalemate will send them into overtime.

Among the things to watch Tuesday:

Naked Politics Miami-Dade mayor raises nearly $900,000 in first quarter


Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez tapped large donors to bring in more than $200,000 last month for his reelection effort.

Post on Politics Marco Rubio officially announces 2016 presidential campaign

Marco Rubio announced his campaign for president Monday evening in Miami.

Naked Politics Read Marco Rubio's full presidential kickoff speech


Here are Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's remarks, as prepared, for his 2016 Republican presidential campaign launch.

Thank you.

After months of deliberation and prayer about the future of our country, I have come here tonight to make an announcement on how I believe I can best serve her.

Naked Politics DOJ: Miami stonewalling settlement in police shooting cases

via @NewsbySmiley

Nearly two years after a federal investigation into 33 police-involved shootings concluded that Miami cops had engaged in a pattern of excessive force, talks to resolve the findings appear to have fizzled.

In fact, though Miami officials dispute this, the Department of Justice says settlement negotiations have broken down completely.

Naked Politics What Marco Rubio will say in his presidential announcement


Here are excerpts of Marco Rubio's presidential kickoff speech, as prepared. They were provided by his campaign to reporters ahead of the event.

Post on Politics Health insurance advocates roll out secret weapon: The news conference

Advocates take to the microphone this week in urging FHIX action

Supporters of the health insurance expansion endorsed by the Florida Senate are rolling out a secret weapon in their bid to win over a resistant Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island.

The news conference.

Post on Politics Another “who done it” in U.S. Sugar deal

Paid actors protest against the U.S. Sugar land buy

Naked Politics Miami FOP pushes for long-shot anti-discrimination bill

The Miami Fraternal Order of Police is hoping to build support for proposals to prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The union sent letters to two dozen state lawmakers on the issue Monday.

Naked Politics Is Will Weatherford interested in the U.S. Senate?

Now that Florida's Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is out, there's a lot of speculation as to who might seek Marco Rubio's seat in the U.S. Senate.

Post on Politics Commissioner sought assurances on weed killer use

After a research arm of the World Health Organization said the weed killer Roundup probably causes cancer and after The New York Times ran a story on new doubts about its safety, Palm Beach County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor asked county sta

Post on Politics County administrator search reaches key point

Palm Beach County Commissioner Paulette Burdick says she believes an advisory committee will recommend three or four people for the job of county administrator.