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Naked Politics DCCC puts Carlos Curbelo on defense over Ryan budget's Medicare cuts

From a press release:

Naked Politics Hundreds of college students head to the Capitol on Thursday

A press release from the Florida College System Student Government Association:

Over 400 college students from across Florida are expected to unite at the Capitol steps on Thursday, April 3rd at 10 am to rally for College Affordability and In-state Tuition, among other concerns.

Naked Politics Today in Tallahassee: Five Things to Know

It’ll be a long, busy day at the Capitol, as the budget is discussed on both floors. There are some key bills, too.

House Education Committee meets at 8 a.m. and is scheduled to hear HB 7083 that would require charter schools and school districts to use a standard contract. Districts believe it will take away their ability to negotiate with charter schools and oppose it.

 

Naked Politics Senate advances sweeping child welfare reforms; will money follow?

A key Senate committee approved a sweeping overhaul of Florida’s child welfare law Wednesday, the first step toward passage of a series of reforms designed to stanch the deaths of children at the hands of their parents or other caregivers.

Naked Politics Weatherford: Time is running out for a gambling bill

Gov. Rick Scott is in quiet, some say subdued, negotiations with the Seminole Tribe of Florida over a new gambling compact. The House won't take up a bill to address gambling expansion until a compact is complete.

Naked Politics Plan to divide shared FSU-FAMU engineering program sparks debate

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A behind-the-scenes effort to divide an engineering program shared by Florida State University and Florida A&M University is igniting a lingering debate about racial inequality and how state resources are allocated in higher education.

Naked Politics While Florida halts SAVE non-citizen voter purge, other states proceed ahead

Think the use of SAVE to search for non-citizen voters is dead? Perhaps in Florida, but not elsewhere.

While Florida recently scrapped using SAVE to search for non-citizen voters this year, Colorado and Maricopa County, Arizona continue to use that federal data to check voter registration eligibility -- and more states appear poised to join that list.

Post on Politics Democratic dudgeon: Nelson, House members blast Supreme Court’s campaign finance ruling

In this photo provided by Rep. Ted Deutch's office, the congressman criticizes the McCutcheon ruling while People For the American Way field director Diallo Brooks holds the electronic bullhorn outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

Naked Politics From the Miami Herald archives, a tale about Carlton Moore

An interesting anecdote about Carlton Moore -- the former Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner who died today -- from a Feb. 3, 1985 Miami Herald article shortly after he became the local NAACP president:

During a meeting with Fort Lauderdale Mayor Robert Dressler, Moore sat patiently while other blacks complained mildly about trash, abandoned houses and drug dealers in their neighborhoods.

Naked Politics Gaetz pushes open records bill, but for whom?

Senate President Don Gaetz is no ally of trial lawyers.

Since joining the Legislature in 2006, Gaetz has consistently tried to limit damage awards, which also limits lawyers' fees.

Just last year, the Panhandle Republican, who made his fortune in the hospice industry, supported a bill shielding hospitals from liability and limiting expert witness testimony in medical malpractice cases.

Naked Politics Charlie Crist gets an endorsement from a prominent Tampa philanthropist -- who's a Republican

David Straz, a retired banker and one of Tampa Bay's most prominent philanthropists, endorsed Charlie Crist for governor on Wednesday.

"I intend to support him a a big way," said Straz, a Republican and former Rick Scott supporter said inside the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.

Naked Politics Mud slinging slows Miami-Dade sewer contract

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The muck continues to fly in a months-long fight between two firms competing to oversee $1.6 billion in federally mandated repairs to Miami-Dade County’s dilapidated sewers.

Naked Politics What's in a name, Governor? It was 'Diane Roberts'

Was it just a slip of the tongue by Gov. Rick Scott? Or were his thoughts elsewhere Wednesday morning?

As he prepared to sign the auto tag fee reduction law into effect, Scott -- working from prepared remarks -- singled out the legislators who helped make it happen, such as Reps. Mike Hill and Marti Coley. He then got into hot water when he mentioned the tax collectors who were present.

Naked Politics State worker quits to protest 'censorship' at museum

A graduate student at Florida State University who worked at the state-run Mission San Luis quit her job Tuesday in protest of the Department of State's decision to abruptly cancel a talk featuring FSU professor Diane Roberts.

Naked Politics A compromise on immigrant tuition? Not so fast.

Sen. Jack Latvala misspoke when he said he would take the House version of the immigrant tuition bill, he said Wednesday.

"We're actually not taking the House version," Latvala told the Herald/Times. "We're going to have to match it up."

Florida Politics Deutch blasts ruling on campaign donor limits

 

Post on Politics Bill signing or pep rally, Scott signs auto fee cut into law

Motorist fee cut by Gov. Rick Scott freighted with election-year politics

Naked Politics Scott inks tag-fee cut, calls out Crist by name

A Capitol bill-signing had the air of a partisan rally Wednesday as Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill to roll back some auto tag fees to pre-2009 levels, while repeatedly reminding his audience that former Gov. Charlie Crist approved them.

Scott made it clear the lower tag fees will be a centerpiece of his re-election strategy against Crist.

Florida Politics Rick Scott signs motorist fee cut, blames Charlie Crist

TALLAHASSEE -- Against the backdrop of a coming gubernatorial showdown, Gov.

Naked Politics Former Fort Laud Commissioner Carlton Moore dies

Former Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Carlton Moore has died.

Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith (D-Ft. Lauderdale) issued the following statement:

“Carlton Moore was a mentor, a friend, and, above all, a surrogate father for me.

Naked Politics Fed court goes out of its way to slap down Rick Scott's troubled voter purge

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TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s administration violated federal law by trying to remove non-citizens from the voter rolls too close to the 2012 presidential election, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in calling the mistake-prone effort “far from perfect.”

Post on Politics Democrat Crist to speak and sign books at Forum Club; appeared as Republican non-author in 2009

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Former Gov. Charlie Crist will speak and sign books at an April 14 Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch at the Kravis Center.

Naked Politics Today in Tallahassee: Five Things to Know

TALLAHASSEE If you see someone from Miami, or someone who attended the University of Florida today, give them a hug. It's both Miami-Dade Day (it will be again tomorrow, too) and University of Florida Gator Day. 
 
The Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee will meet at 9 a.m. and take up SB 1512 creating personalized accounts for special-needs students.

Naked Politics Popular tax break for solar is being blocked in the House

A Florida Senate committee on Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment for the November ballot that would give tax breaks to businesses that install solar panels, but it is unlikely to come before voters: The chairman of a powerful House committee believes the solar industry isn’t ready for it.

Naked Politics Fresen seeks to soften nursing education bill

A proposal winding its way through the Florida Legislature seeks to raise the bar for nursing education programs.

But on Tuesday, Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, added a provision that would give struggling programs more leniency by allowing longer probationary periods before closure.

Among the potential beneficiaries: politically connected Dade Medical College.

Naked Politics Legislature, Gov. Rick Scott honor FSU football, Jameis Winston

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Florida State University Day at the Capitol happens every spring. But this year's celebration had some special touches: a Waterford Crystal trophy, a famous bronze statue of a football player side-stepping a defender and members of a national championship football team.

Naked Politics Public Service Commission ousts another veteran staffer, offers no reason

Months after Commissioner Art Graham was named chairman of the Public Service Commission for the second time, the director of the Public Service Commission has asked for and received the resignation of one of the agency's highest ranking and longest-serving staff members, Marshall Willis.

Naked Politics American Bridge's Bright Futures attack faces Truth-O-Meter

Republican Gov. Rick Scott paid for college by working at a doughnut shop and getting help from the GI bill. Now he says he wants low-income students to have that same shot at the American dream that he did.

Florida Politics House opens the stadium incentive bill to rodeos, minor-league soccer, baseball

TALLAHASSEE -- A proposal to give tax subsidies annually to help finance a handful of professional sports stadiums got considerably more wide-open Tuesday when a House panel expanded eligible teams to include rodeos, minor-league baseball, and semi-professional soccer league with a team in Tampa.

Naked Politics Gov. Scott signs tougher sexual predator laws

Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed into law four bills targeting violent sexual predators, following the murders of two young girls in the Jacksonville area and news coverage that exposed problems with the sexual predator law known as the Jimmy Ryce Act.

"As the father of two girls and the grandfather of three little boys, I think about how the legislation I'm signing today will affect Florida's families. It will make Florida's children safer," Scott said.