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Florida Politics FDP unveils Spanish-language ad attacking Rick Scott on education

Naked Politics Ringer candidate in middle of fed probe of ex-Miami Rep. David Rivera sentenced to 7 months

@jayhweaver

Justin Lamar Sternad, the improbable congressional candidate cast as a central witness in the federal probe of ex-U.S. Rep. David Rivera, was sentenced to seven months for campaign violations in Miami federal court Thursday after pleading guilty more than a year ago.

OS Political Pulse New Republican ad makes fun of Crist's tan, fudges education numbers

Florida Politics New Republican ad makes fun of Crist's tan, fudges education numbers

Naked Politics Odebrecht may sue Miami-Dade over stalled Airport City project

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A Miami-Dade County commissioner said Wednesday he wants to press Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s administration for a final decision on a commercial development proposed at Miami International Airport that has been in the works for six years but now appears to be on the verge of falling apart.

Naked Politics Crist's claim about Medicaid expansion and jobs

The White House has new ammunition for those fighting for Medicaid expansion: It would create create jobs.

The study by the White House Council of Economic Advisers — titled "Missed Opportunities" — provides a state-by-state analysis of how many jobs would be created by expanding Medicaid. The number for Florida: 63,800 jobs between 2014 and 2017.

Naked Politics DOC secretary now vows to get involved to expedite prove into inmate deaths

After weeks of silence, and months of receiving complaints about a suspicious inmate death by a scalding shower, Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews said Wednesday that he will travel to Miami to accelerate the investigation into the death of inmate Darren Rainey.

Naked Politics Rubio pressures Obama to drop hammer on Venezuelan leaders

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio stepped up his pressure on the Obama administration to drop the hammer on Venezuelan officials involved in that country’s crackdown on peaceful protesters.

Naked Politics State and federal investigators open new probes into inmate deaths

New investigations are underway by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement into the deaths of three inmates whose bodies were found in state prisons over the Fourth of July weekend, authorities confirmed Wednesday.

The deaths bring the total open, in-custody state prison death cases under scrutiny to 10 — nine of them being handled by the FDLE.

OS Political Pulse Scott taps outside counsel to litigate in Crist's failed Digital Domain deal

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Florida Politics Scott taps outside counsel to litigate in Crist's failed Digital Domain deal

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Naked Politics Ethics complaint: Crist failed to report income, car lease

An ethics complaint filed Wednesday is calling additional attention to Charlie Crist's finances.

The complaint, filed by Sarasota Republican Party chairman Joe Gruters, alleges that the Democratic candidate for governor failed to disclose two liabilities: his leases on a Jeep Cherokee and a St. Petersburg apartment. Crist mentioned both the car and the condo in a June 17 interview with the Herald/Times.

Naked Politics Broward absentee ballot requests are up compared to '10

Absentee ballot requests for the primary in Broward County have already surpassed the number during the 2010 primary.

OS Political Pulse Democratic pols criticize Rick Scott

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Naked Politics Florida business groups join in push for immigration reform

The Florida Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Florida joined forces with faith-based leaders Tuesday to call for national immigration reform.  

"Inaction by Congress is not a path forward," said Leticia Adams, the chamber's director of infrastructure and governance policy. "The problems with our immigration system have grown and multiplied, and have become a threat to the productivity of key industries in Florida."

Florida Politics Scott trumpets corporate income tax cuts in new Spanish language ad

OS Political Pulse Scott trumpets corporate income tax cuts in new Spanish language ad

Naked Politics Layoffs, service cuts abound in Miami-Dade mayor's proposed county budget

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Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Tuesday proposed a county budget for next year that, to avoid a property-tax rate hike, would eliminate hundreds of police jobs, close a golf course, trim hours at Zoo Miami, and raise Metrorail and Metrobus fares for the second year in a row.

Naked Politics Former DOC chief McDonough rebukes Scott staff over prison allegations: 'Where is the outrage?'

Former Department of Corrections Chief James McDonough said Tuesday that the series of events that has transpired at his former agency "smacks of torture, sadism, murder, cover up, and ignoring of the facts." 

McDonough, the former drug czar under Gov. Jeb Bush, was tapped to head the prison department by Bush from 2006-2008 after Bush fired Secretary James Crosby, who was convicted for taking kickbacks. 

Naked Politics Forty sheriffs, five of them Democrats, support Scott

Gov. Rick Scott's campaign announced endorsements Tuesday from 40 sheriffs, including four from Tampa Bay.

The list included five Democratic sheriffs: Susan Benton of Highlands, Jeff Hardy of Putnam, Gordon Smith of Bradford, Steve Whidden of Hendry and Stuart Whiddon of Glades.

Naked Politics In wake of accusations of widespread corruption at DOC, Crews promises accountability

After the drumbeat of allegations about widespread corruption, inmate abuse and mismanagement at the Department of Corrections, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews on Tuesday vowed to "hold any individuals within its Department if they are found of any wrongdoing."

Naked Politics Garcia offers ideas for fixing the VA

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After a series of visits to VA clinics in his district, and closed-door meetings with South Florida veterans and administrators for the Miami VA Healthcare System, Congressman Joe Garcia this week publicized a list of recommendations for improving local VA services.

Naked Politics Rep. Joe Garcia offers ideas for fixing VA

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After a series of visits to VA clinics in his district, and closed-door meetings with South Florida veterans and administrators for the Miami VA Healthcare System, Congressman Joe Garcia this week publicized a list of recommendations for improving local VA services. 

Naked Politics State investigators accuse Dept of Corrections of systemic corruption

Four investigators with the Department of Corrections have accused the state of Florida of running a prison system rife with corruption, brutality and officially sanctioned gang violence — and of retaliating against them when they tried to expose what was going on.

Florida Politics GOP ad mocks Crist's claim of education support

OS Political Pulse GOP ad mocks Crist's claim of education support

Naples Daily News DEP presents plan to address Collier Hogan well, commission says ‘not enough’

June Fletcher, (@NDN_FletcherJ) NAPLES — The state’s top regulator told Collier commissioners Tuesday of an 11-point plan to address citizens’ concerns about the disputed Collier Hogan well near Immokalee. But both the well’s opponents and Commissioner Georgia Hiller saw the gesture as too little, too late. The commissioners agreed unanimously to hire an independent consultant […]

Naked Politics New FBI director visits Miami, spotlights threat of U.S. extremists traveling to Syria

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FBI director James Comey said Monday that counter-terrorism is still the bureau’s No. 1 priority, but its focus has shifted toward U.S. travelers going to Syria bent on some “misguided jihad” — including a Florida man who participated in a rebel suicide-bombing attack in May.

The 22-year-old Vero Beach man, Moner Mohammad Abusalha, was believed to have been the first American suicide bomber in Syria.

Naked Politics Suspended Miami Lakes mayor feels muzzled as federal trial set to begin

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Michael Pizzi, the suspended mayor of Miami Lakes, has been in a funk since his arrest last summer on public-corruption charges — and not just because he faces the grim prospect of going to prison.

He can’t go to Town Hall, can’t throw his roast-pig street barbecues for senior citizens, can’t cook Mayor Pizzi’s pasta for schoolchildren and can’t hand out toys to low-income kids at Christmas.

Naked Politics Dem rivals for AG aim fire, for now, at Bondi

In the Florida Attorney General race, Democrats still must choose between George Sheldon and Perry Thurston in the Aug. 26 primary.

But nevermind that contest. For now at least, both candidates are focusing on the opponent who awaits -- Attorney General Pam Bondi.