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Florida Politics Things that don't change: Lawyers, businesses, giving big in Florida governor's race

 TALLAHASSEE – In the everlasting battle between trial lawyers and the business lobby, not even a corporate outsider in the Governor’s Mansion changes Florida politics.

Florida Politics FDP ad: Rick Scott raised tuition rates, not our guy

OS Political Pulse FDP ad: Rick Scott raised tuition rates, not our guy

Naked Politics Fact-checking claims about Hobby Lobby

On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that certain companies with religious objections can opt out of a mandate under the Affordable Care Act to provide free contraception to their employees.

Naked Politics Latest Democratic ad hits Rick Scott on education cuts, tuition hikes

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The Florida Democratic Party is out with a new ad that criticizes Gov. Rick Scott's education record, including budget cuts and approval of tuition increases. The ad, uploaded today on Youtube but scheduled to air in Central and South Florida, is simply titled, "Why?"

Naples Daily News McCollum plays role of good party soldier, endorses Scott

Matt Dixon, (@Mdixon55) After politically newbie Rick Scott spent $40 million of his own wealth to defeat former Attorney General Bill McCollum during the 2010 GOP primary, the two had a chilly, at best, relationship. The entire GOP establishment was with McCollum, who did not formally endorse Scott until October 2010, months after the primary. […]

OS Political Pulse GOP Cabinet incumbents build up cash for re-election campaigns

TALLAHASSEE --  Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater continued building large fundraising edges over their Democratic challengers during the first three weeks of June, campaign-finance reports show.

Naked Politics Charlie NASCAR Crist

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Given how frugal Charlie Crist has tended to be with his campaign money, this surprised us, even knowing that adviser Steve Schale is a racing buff: His campaign is sponsoring a Ford in the Coke Zero 400. These sponsorships can cost as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Naked Politics Labarga becomes first Cuban-American chief justice

In a standing-room-only Supreme Court chamber Monday, Jorge Labarga took the oath of office as Florida's first Cuban-American chief justice.

Labarga, 61, succeeds Ricky Polston. For the next two years, Labarga will be the chief administrative officer of Florida's courts, first among equals on the state's seven-member high court and will take the lead in all oral arguments.

OS Political Pulse Partisan charter measure boosters press Orange to put it on ballot

Boosters of a charter referendum that would make all Orange County races partisan contests are pressing elected leaders to put it on the ballot in November.

OS Political Pulse Legal pot committee raises $143,366 in first 3 weeks of June

TALLAHASSEE -  A political committee backing the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida raised $143,366 during the first three weeks of June while spending nearly that much, according to newly filed campaign finance reports.

Naked Politics Mayo Jacksonville lobbied for share of Florida cancer research dollars

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Gov. Rick Scott's plan to spend tax dollars to boost the national prominence of Florida's top cancer centers came as a pleasant surprise to the Mayo Clinic.

Naples Daily News IMAGINE HEAVEN

I love and appreciate the incredible artistry of John Lennon’s music. But I’m afraid he wrote one of the dumbest lines in musical history. In the first line of one of the greatest songs of the 20th century, Lennon writes, “Imagine there’s no heaven…”. He then says, “Imagine all the people living for today”. I […]

Naples Daily News Florida Democrats ‘fired up and ready to win’; gather to hear Bill Clinton

  (@Jenna_Buzzacco) FORT LAUDERDALE _ More than 1,500 people are expected to be in attendance Saturday night when former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Florida Democratic Party’s annual Leadership Blue Gala here. “We have the highest number of attendees ever,” said Allison Tant, the state party chairwoman. “We have a very excited grassroots base. […]

Naked Politics Crist files legal brief in support of marriage equality

Rounding out a busy week on Friday, Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist filed a legal brief in support of marriage equality.

The brief comes as six same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses prepare for their day in court. They are suing Miami-Dade Clerk Harvey Ruvin.

A hearing is scheduled for July 2 in Miami-Dade circuit court.

Naked Politics Speaking of "naked" and "politics"....

A new Miami-Dade business run by a local elected official brands itself as “upscale” and “discreet,” features co-ed showers and advertises young women in seductive poses wearing very little. The strategy behind Flirts: updating what co-owner Geraldo Rodriguez calls a dated image of “swingers clubs.”

Naked Politics Cava's $50,000-a-year salary at charity becomes attack-ad fodder

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A committee backing Miami-Dade Commissioner Lynda Bell's reelection effort wants voters to be suspicious of challenger Daniella Levine Cava's $50,000-a-year salary from her recent job as director of Catalyst Miami, a non-profit she founded 

Post on Politics Follow coverage of Democratic Leadership Blue Weekend

Follow the Post’s coverage Saturday of the Florida Democratic Party’s Leadership Blue event, featuring former president Bill Clinton.

Naked Politics Did Crist sign nation's harshest marijuana laws?

radio ad attacking former Gov. Charlie Crist accuses him of signing the nation’s "harshest marijuana laws." And it’s aimed at a voting bloc that overwhelmingly sides with Democrats: African-Americans.

Naked Politics Bogdanoff's primary opponent withdraws from race

The race to represent Florida Senate District 34 is down to two candidates.

Republican Joseph Bensmihen dropped out of the contest Thursday, state records show.

That leaves just Maria Lorts Sachs, the Democratic incumbent; and Ellyn Bogdanoff, a Republican who served a previous term in the state Senate.

Florida Politics Crist files brief in support of legal challenge to Florida's same-sex marriage ban

TALLAHASSEE -- Although he opposed same-sex marriage as a Republican governor and attorney general, Charlie Crist on Friday filed a "friend of the court" brief backing a legal challenge to Florida's gay-marriage ban which due to go to court next week.

OS Political Pulse Crist files brief in support of legal challenge to Florida's same-sex marriage ban

TALLAHASSEE -- Although he opposed same-sex marriage as a Republican governor and attorney general, Charlie Crist on Friday filed a "friend of the court" brief backing a legal challenge to Florida's gay-marriage ban which due to go to court next week.

OS Political Pulse Orange partisan election effort secures needed petitions for fall ballot

An Orange County effort to make all countywide races partisan has secured enough voter petition signatures to get on the Nov.

Naples Daily News Jesus in Ray-Bans: Hearing From God

Here is my four-part series compiled for your convenience… Most Christians get their marching orders from God each morning in the highly regarded “quiet time”. Imagine sitting alone with your Bible, a small candle flickering on the table beside you. A petite fawn pokes her head into the window, while looking at your Bible with […]

OS Political Pulse In Rick Scott-Charlie Crist battle, should wives be off-limits?

TALLAHASSEE -- Is the issue one of transparency, or is it about how much the public should be allowed to know about the families of those running for office?

OS Political Pulse Walton bags three notable endorsements in Orange race

Orange County Commission candidate Roberta Walton pocketed three notable endorsements in a crowded District 6 race.

Naked Politics Crist releases 10 years of income tax returns, urges Scott to do the same

Responding to criticism from Gov. Rick Scott's campaign, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist on Thursday released 10 years of federal income tax returns. (You can view them here.)

Naked Politics Bob Butterworth to receive Bar Foundation top award

Bob Butterworth, Florida's longest-serving attorney general, will receive the prestigious Medal of Honor Award from the Florida Bar Foundation Thursday in conjunction with the Florida Bar's annual convention in Orlando.

Naked Politics Why shouldn't the public see the investments of Crist's -- and Scott's -- wives?

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Charlie Crist's campaign in recent days has been in full outrage mode, suggesting that Rick Scott and his allies have hit "a new low" in sleazy, negative campaigning. Why? Because Scott's Let's Get to Work Committee released an ad yesterday that featured an image of former First Lady Carole Crist and noting that the Crists are declining to release her tax returns.

Naked Politics Scott and Crist trade tax barbs along A1A

Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic opponent Charlie Crist were within about 20 miles of each other Wednesday on Florida's Gold Coast, lobbing bombs at each other over transparency and tax returns.

As Scott headed into the Eden Roc Hotel on Miami Beach to address a Florida broadcasters' convention, he feigned alarm: "Charlie Crist cloearly doesn't believe in transparency. I'm shocked that he doesn't believe in transparency ... What's he hiding?"