Blogs from around the state

Naked Politics Wasserman Schultz: 'I shouldn't have used the words' about Scott Walker


Add one more person to the list of people who think DNC Chair and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz went too far in bashing Scott Walker: Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Her statement:

Naked Politics FL GOP tries linking Charlie Crist to Wasserman Schultz' hair-pulling controversy


Sharp-tongued DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz got too trenchant in Wisconsin this week when she criticized that state's governor, saying he and other conservatives gave "women the back of his hand" and "are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back​."


Naked Politics State agrees with Citizens: inland properties get rate cut, coastal property get another rate increase

State regulators have approved lower rates for most homeowners covered by Citizens Property Insurance, the first widespread rate cut by the state-run insurer in years.

Citizens, which insures those who cannot find coverage in the open market, is the largest property insurer in Florida with more than 933,000 policies as of July 31.

Naked Politics An early look at new promises by Scott and Crist

As Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist campaign around the state largely attacking each other, they have also made dozens promises to voters with nearly two months to go before Election Day.

Naked Politics A look back at Rick Scott's 2010 promises

Gov. Rick Scott has had four years to enact the agenda he promised as a candidate back in 2010: a relentless focus on jobs, a downsizing of government and a hard line on illegal immigration.

Naked Politics Louisiana’s Landrieu fires back at criticism over Venezuelan sanctions bill


U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, fired back at Marco Rubio and Bill Cassidy over the claim that she essentially became a conduit for a recent attempt by the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro “to influence our legislative process.”

Naked Politics Taxpayers may foot former Miami official's legal bills in nepotism case


Taxpayers will likely have to foot the bill for the legal defense of a retired city of Miami parks director who beat nepotism charges this summer.

Naked Politics FL Supreme Court: won't hear gay marriage case until after appellate court rules


Florida's Supreme Court on Friday said it would not hear a lesbian divorce case in Tampa until after a state appeals court makes a ruling.

"We decline at this time to accept jurisdiction of the appeal," said the Supreme Court, in response to a recent request from the Florida Second District Court of Appeal,

Naked Politics Scott urges feds to let Florida's education policies stand

As he promised to do at an Aug. 27 press conference, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan saying Florida should be allowed to keep its policies on students for whom English is a second language.

OS Political Pulse Scott to feds: End one-size-fits-all policy for students learning English or face possible legal action

As promised, Gov. Rick Scott today demanded that U.S.

Naked Politics Marco Rubio commits no news in secret Koch-fundraiser speech


It seems someone's always recording conservatives in exclusive meetings and those records wind up in the hands of the liberal Nation.

Naked Politics Marco Rubio commits no news in secret Koch-fundraiser speech


It seems someone's always recording conservatives in exclusive meetings and those records wind up in the hands of the liberal Nation.

Naked Politics With Bill Clinton coming to help Charlie Crist, remember the last time he tried? 2010 Senate race


This from Tampa Bay Times Washington Bureau Chief Alex Leary:

When Bill Clinton strides onto the stage this evening in Miami to campaign alongside Charlie Crist, he’ll bring with him unmatched starpower. But as he helps Democrats rally around their nominee for governor, Clinton’s presence is a reminder of one of the rawest episodes in modern Florida political history.

Naked Politics Charlie Crist rips Rick Scott on property insurance

Amid all the murky charges and countercharges Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are hurling at each other on TV, Crist is intent on informing voters about something clear and undisputable:

The property insurance industry much prefers Scott in the governor's office over Crist, and Floridians paid lower property insurance bills when Crist was governor.

Naked Politics New law drastically reduces cost of Florida Prepaid College Plans


A new law that drastically limits tuition increases at state universities will result in $900 million in savings for families enrolled in Florida Prepaid College Plans.

About 18,000 families will receive $197 million in refunds because their paid-in-full accounts now exceed expected tuition costs. Another 22,000 families will see their bills reduced by more than $700 million over the remainder of their contracts.

Naked Politics Governor orders flags at half staff for Steven Sotloff

Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday ordered all state and U.S. flags in Florida to be flown at half-staff in memory of murdered journalist Steven Sotloff. 

Here's the governor's statement:

OS Political Pulse Prices on Florida's prepaid tuition plans to plummet for coming year

Florida on Thursday slashed the price of its prepaid college tuition plans by up to a half for the coming year, and thousands of families who in recent years purchased higher-priced plans will get refunds.

Naked Politics NAACP joins Mayor Gimenez in fight with police union over cameras


Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Thursday the NAACP endorsed his high-profile push to mandate body cameras for the county's police officers. 

"Let us not wait until another incident, like the one in Ferguson, occurs to act," said Adora Obi Nweze, president of the Miami-Dade branch of the civil-rights group. "This initiative would help to protect our community members and police officers alike."

Naked Politics In Context: Wasserman Schultz's comments about Scott Walker giving 'women the back of his hand.'

Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz made national headlines and stirred controversy when she sharply criticized Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during an appearance in Milwaukee on Sept. 3, 2014.

Naked Politics Dems' Arceneaux and GOP's Johnson talk gov race


We checked out a Q&A session today with the executive directors of the Florida Republican and Democratic parties, Juston Johnson and Scott Arceneaux, at a Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists (FAPL) conference in Tampa. Quick takeways:

Naked Politics Florida Dems request federal investigation into Carlos Curbelo for failure to disclose firm's clients


The Florida Democratic Party asked the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday to investigate Miami Republican and congressional candidate Carlos Curbelo for failing to disclose his firm’s clients.

Naked Politics Rubio, in push for Venezuelan sanctions, says Maduro government influenced Senate action


U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican who has been pushing the Obama administration to impose targeted sanctions on individuals committing human rights violations in Venezuela, renewed his push Thursday, urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow a vote of the bill he is championing.

OS Political Pulse State's budget kitty to grow by $336 million, draft report says

State lawmakers will have about $336 million extra in the budget year that begins next July, according to a draft state report issued late Wednesday.

Naked Politics Thousands more Citizens insurance policyholders could be sent into private market

From the News Service of Florida:

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation announced Thursday that more than 425,000 customers of the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. could be shifted in November to 16 private carriers.

But don't count on all of the policies landing in the private market.

Naked Politics Appeals court won't put Miami Beach publicist on the ballot

An appeals court won't let Republican Laura Rivero Levey continue her bid for Florida House District 113.

Levey, a Miami Beach publicist, was disqualified from the race after a check she submitted to the state bounced.

OS Political Pulse Billboard bashes Amendment 2, Morgan

An group opposing Amendment 2, the medical marijuana initiative on the November ballot, has placed a billboard on East Colonial Drive in Orlando calling it "riddled with loopholes" and suggesting medical marijuana champion John Morgan is reckless.

Naked Politics First Joe Garcia reelection ad hits Spanish-language radio airwaves


In a bit of serendipitous timing, U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia will debut his first reelection ad on Spanish-language radio Thursday -- the morning after news broke that federal authorities have intensified their investigation into his 2010 campaign manager.

Naked Politics Race stirs raw talk on Miami-Dade commission


Miami-Dade’s four black commissioners led colleagues through a personal tour of the local racial divide, sharing concerns about police, economic disparity in a Spanish-speaking community and simmering resentment from black residents.

Naked Politics Subpoenas fly, feds intensify probe of Miami Rep. Joe Garcia's former campaign manager

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Federal prosecutors are intensifying their criminal investigation of U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia’s former campaign manager and chief of staff who’s suspected of helping fund a phony tea-party candidate to siphon votes from a Republican rival in 2010.

Naked Politics Legislative lawyer slams state's medical pot rule, raising doubts about its fate

The first set of rules for medical marijuana in Florida got hit with a whammy of a complaint last week when the top lawyer for the legislature’s oversight committee suggested  the proposed rule failed to follow the law legislators passed this spring.