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Post on Politics Florida House water policy said to be “legalizing pollution”


Earthjustice decries water policy plans effect on Lake Okeechobee.

OS Political Pulse Jeb Bush, the 'non-candidate' for president, storms Tallahassee

Supposedly, former Florida Gov.

Post on Politics Sheldon heading to Illinois to lead child protection services

George Sheldon to lead Illinois children’s agency.

George Sheldon, who headed Florida’s child protection services before making a run last fall as Democratic candidate for attorney general, is being named today as chief of Illinois’ Department of Children & Family Services.

Naked Politics Chicago Tribune: George Sheldon to be named new chief of Illinois' DCF

George Sheldon may have lost his bid for Attorney General last year to Pam Bondi, but his reputation as a Mr. Fix-It is intact.

Naked Politics The Alcee Hastings' Truth-O-Meter file: claims about dildos, guns and voting rights

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., recently upped his profile as an outspoken and provocative liberal when he bashed Texas as a "crazy" state.

At a Feb. 2 House Rules Committee hearing, lawmakers were discussing Texas’ decision not to participate in state health care exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. At one point, Hastings said, "I don't know about in your state, which I think is a crazy state to begin with, and I mean that just as I said it."

PolitiJax Legislators back financial literacy course in schools

Schools should help teens learn how to manage money before they make bad decisions that saddle them with debt, a coalition of legislators said Thursday.

These lawmakers are backing Senate Bill 92 and House Bill 29, which would require all public high school students in Florida to complete a financial literacy course worth half a credit. Similar legislation failed last year.

PolitiJax Sheriff candidate Jimmy Holderfield pushes experience message in new ad

Jacksonville sheriff candidate Jimmy Holderfield stands in front of a white background as messages flash on the screen in a 30-second ad his campaign said is due for an “immediate” release.

A retired director at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office who says he wants to put 35 years of experience to work, Holderfield offers that he has more of that than any of the others in the seven candidate field. The winner will replace Sheriff John Rutherford, who is term-limited.

Naked Politics Pursuing a county golf course, Donald Trump answered the call to help mayor's campaign


How did Donald Trump come to write a large campaign check for Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez's reelection effort while he pursues a take-over of a prime county golf course?

Gimenez called and asked, according to a Trump executive. 

Naked Politics Marco Rubio: Decision to shun Netanyahu speech to Congress 'shameful'

via @CAdamsMcClatchy @LightmanDavid

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said it’s “shameful” that some lawmakers are planning to boycott the congressional address by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose invitation from House Speaker John Boehner was seen by some in Congress as a political stunt.

Post on Politics A cure for Cabinet wrongdoing? More TV

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater

Naked Politics Lawmakers make pitch for a 'Money Course'

State lawmakers are once again pushing for all high school students in Florida to take a half-credit course in financial literacy known as the Money Course.

A coalition of lawmakers, business leaders and teachers unveiled the proposal (HB 29/SB 92) at a press conference Thursday.

PolitiJax Lawmakers meet next week to allocate stadium funding dollars

The Joint Legislative Budget Commission will meet a week from today to decide whether Jacksonville or three other cities vying for tax dollars for sports facility upgrades will get any money.

Post on Politics Rick Scott in Miami on Friday for Marlins Park All Star Game announcement

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will be in Miami on Friday when Major League Baseball holds a press conference at 2 p.m. to announce that Marlins Park will host the 2017 All Star Game.

Scott and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will then travel north to West Palm Beach where the governor will host his

Marlins Park

Post on Politics More Lake Okeechobee water headed to threatened waterways

Lake Okeechobee water releases prompting more concerns

The latest water release from Lake Okeechobee prompted environmentalists Thursday to call for stepped-up, land-buying efforts to blunt the flow of pollutants into already troubled water bodies.

PolitiJax State university system opposes guns-on-campus legislation

The State University System has made its strongest statement to date against a proposal that would allow concealed weapons on campuses. Today, the 12 universities, their police chiefs and the Board of Governors that oversees them issued this joint statement:

PolitiJax Lenny Curry wants audit of city finances if elected mayor

Amid increased talks in recent weeks about tax hikes and Jacksonville finances, Republican mayoral challenger Lenny Curry says he'd call for a 90-day audit of City Hall finances if elected, and he would oppose tax increases or issuing new debt until that review is complete.

OS Political Pulse Rand Paul to keynote Lincoln Dinner

U.S. Sen.

Naked Politics Jeb Bush hires New Hampshire adviser

via @learyreports

Jeb Bush took his first decisive step toward competing in New Hampshire's presidential primary today by hiring well-known operative Rich Killion as an adviser to his Right to Rise PAC.

Bush will also travel to the Granite State on March 13-14, according to spokeswoman Kristy Campbell.

Naked Politics Proposal would prevent tuition hikes at Florida graduate schools

Last year, Republican Gov. Rick Scott made holding the line on college tuition a top priority.

This year, he's turning his focus to graduate schools.

OS Political Pulse Local congressmen ready for ISIS fight

Most of Central Florida's U.S. Senate and Congress members are ready to fight the Islamic state, though they're taking different positions on President Barack Obama's proposal to authorize military force. U.S. Rep.

Naked Politics Democratic-leaning firefighters union likes Jeb Bush

via @LightmanDavid

Courting political power brokers at a recent closed-door meeting, Jeb Bush included one unlikely face.

OS Political Pulse Film industry fighting for tax money

Film and entertainment industry representatives want Florida lawmakers to show them the money.

Naked Politics U.S. senators introduce bill to lift embargo, open trade with Cuba


In another step in the process to thaw relations with Cuba, a group of lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation to lift the trade embargo that has existed with the country for decades.

The legislation comes two months after the White House announced its plans to normalize relations with Cuba, and two weeks after a group of lawmakers introduced legislation to relax travel restriction between the U.S. and Cuba.

Naked Politics Alcee Hastings' Pants on Fire claim about shooting bears

Crazy ol’ Texas, a Democratic congressman from Florida said and reaffirmed last week, initially noting the Republican-led Lone Star state left it to the federal government to set up its online marketplace for residents to shop for health insurance in keeping with the Obamacare law.

Post on Politics Democrat Sachs joins Scott to push tax cuts on cell phones, textbooks

Scott and Sachs at FAU today.

BOCA RATON — Democratic state Sen. Maria Sachs joined Republican Gov. Rick Scott at Florida Atlantic University today to promote Scott’s proposed tax cuts on cell phones and college textbooks.


Post on Politics Workers aren’t keeping pace with retirees in Florida, report shows

Florida’s number of workers won’t keep pace with rising retirees, report says.

Naked Politics DNC convention will be held in Philly, after RNC meets in Columbus

via @AP

Democrats have selected Philadelphia as the site of the party's 2016 national convention, choosing a patriotic backdrop for the nomination of its next presidential candidate.

The Democratic National Committee said Thursday the convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016. The two other finalists were Brooklyn, New York, and Columbus, Ohio.

Naked Politics Miami quietly holds Marine Stadium groundbreaking ceremony


The city of Miami's press office announced Thursday morning that the city held a Tuesday groundbreaking for a $16 million project to create an outdoor event space at the Miami Marine Stadium grounds.

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Naked Politics WaPo: Defining the Marco Rubio-Jeb Bush relationship

The Washington Post interviewed U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio about his connection to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, now that both men are thinking about running for the Republican presidential nomination.

Post on Politics Scott visits Boca Raton to promote textbook, Bright Futures plans at FAU

FAU grad student Ashley Herbert appeared with Gov. Rick Scott and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera last month to highlight a proposal to eliminate sales taxes on college text books.