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OS Political Pulse Crist launches 'restore the cuts' bus tour

TALLAHASSEE -- Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Crist kicked off a three-day bus tour Wednesday called "Restore the Cuts" and featuring the former Republican governor literally riding an school bus across the state.

Naked Politics Health insurance for Florida government employees gets another look

@tbtia

Compared with other states, Florida's health insurance plan for government employees is about average.

It doesn't have the cheapest premiums or the most expensive. The state is generous to its employees, but not to an extreme.

Naked Politics Jeb Bush and Rick Scott together Fri

@AdamSmithTimes

Charlie Crist's three-day bus tour concludes Friday with to-be-announced event in Miami, after campaign stops in Tallahassee and Jacksonville Wednesday, and Orlando and Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Naked Politics Movers & Shakers

Former Junior League president and police chief appointed to human trafficking council 

Lee Lowry, a former president of The Junior League of Tampa, and Philip Thorne, Springfield's police chief, have been picked by Gov.Rick Scott to fill the two remaining seats on the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking.

Florida Politics Immigration info needed for 93,800 Obamacare patients in Florida

 Federal officials say they need to hear from 93,800 Floridians who signed up for health insurance under Obamacare to get more information about their citizenship or immigration status.

OS Political Pulse Immigration info needed for 93,800 Obamacare patients in Florida

 Federal officials say they need to hear from 93,800 Floridians who signed up for health insurance under Obamacare to get more information about their citizenship or immigration status.

Naked Politics PolitiFact Florida to appear in Halifax Media Group papers

Fact-checking reports from Florida’s Truth-O-Meter can now be read in Halifax Media Group newspapers around the state, thanks to a new agreement between the Tampa Bay Times and Halifax Media Group.

Naked Politics Dade Data: How wealthy are Miami-Dade politicians?

@PatriciaMazzei

When they qualify to run for public office — and every year once they’re elected — Miami-Dade County candidates are required by Florida law to disclose their finances.

They list the value of their assets, including investments and property, and of their liabilities, including mortgages and student loans. The resulting subtraction equals their net worth.

Naked Politics Redistricting session ends but challenges to map likely to continue

@MaryEllenKlas and @MikeVanSickler

Naked Politics Who is that voice on that anti-Crist robo call? Charlie Crist

@AdamSmithTimes

Democrats across Florida heard a mysterious recorded call over the weekend that seemed aimed at attacking likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist.

The voice in the recording? Charlie Crist.

Naked Politics At Recall Gimenez debut, a casual air and a message from the sky

@doug_hanks

Hours after the Recall Gimenez group hosted their first press event, a close ally to the mayor said privately: "The plane was a nice touch."

That would be the airplane organizers hired to tow a RECALLGIMENEZ.COM banner around County Hall 10 times during the Monday event. It was advertised as a press conference, but amounted to a series of interviews by recall leader Jack Garcia, a retired firefighter, and his young political operative, Tony Diaz.

Florida Politics Florida Senate passes 'nonpartisan' congressional map over Democratic objections

TALLAHASSEE -- Under a court-order to redraw a partisan-tinged congressional map, the Florida Senate passed a new plan Monday that makes minor tweaks to seven seats in the hope of avoiding election chaos later this month.

OS Political Pulse Florida Senate passes 'nonpartisan' congressional map over Democratic objections

TALLAHASSEE -- Under court-order to redraw a partisan-tainted congressional map, the Florida Senate passed a new plan Monday that tweaks seven seats in the hope of avoiding election chaos later this month.

Naked Politics Elections complaint filed against Charlie Crist for ad shot in public school

@tbtia

Charlie Crist is now facing an elections complaint over an ill-advised campaign ad filmed at the public high school that is his alma mater.

OS Political Pulse Gov. Bobby Jindal to headline state GOP dinner set for Disney World

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will be the featured speaker at the Republican Party of Florida's 2012 Victory Dinner on Sept.

Naked Politics RPOF: NextGen Climate Action "falsely" attacked Scott

Days after billionaire climate-change supporter Tom Steyer blasted Gov. Rick Scott in two ads, the Republican Party of Florida is hitting back.

Naked Politics Mystery group has anti-Crist robo call

@AdamSmithTimes

Voters across Florida heard a mysterious robo call over the weekend that seemed to aimed at attacking likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist.

"It had someone who sounded like Charlie Crist, saying ...'I stand for traditional marriage, I'm pro-life, I'm against amnesty for illegal immigrants," said one caller on our voice mail. "That seemed clearly like fraud."

Naked Politics Florida Sen. Nelson to travel to Ukraine, now battling pro-Russian insurgents

@CAdamsMcClatchy

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, the Florida Democrat, is scheduled to travel to Ukraine, the war-torn nation battling pro-Russian supporters inside its borders and fearing masses of Russian troops outside.

Nelson will leave for the region later this week, though specific times haven’t been released.

Naked Politics As early voting gets underway, Nan Rich debuts new mailer



With early voting already underway in several counties, Democratic candidate for governor Nan Rich has a new mailer out.

One side includes an endorsement from former Democratic Gov. Buddy MacKay.

OS Political Pulse Bill Nelson fears Russian invasion of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to send humanitarian aid to war-torn Ukraine is "a guise to invade," U.S. Sen.

Florida Politics Bill Nelson fears Russian invasion of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to send humanitarian aid to war-torn Ukraine is "a guise to invade," U.S. Sen.

Naked Politics Who is Charlie Crist? The politician who is what you want him to be

In an extended profile on Charlie Crist, the Tampa Bay Times asks the question: "Who is Charlie Crist." The answer is complicated. Find it here. 

Some excerpts:

Naked Politics Campaign cash flows in legislative races with primary contests

For a handful of candidates eying the state House and Senate, it’s August 26 — not November 4 — that matters most.

The August primary will determine the outcome of two South Florida races: House District 94 in central Broward County and House District 107 in northern Miami-Dade County. Because no other candidates are running in November, the winner of the Democratic primary in each race will win the seat.

Naked Politics On first day of Miami-Dade early voting, Carlos Curbelo unveils Mitt Romney endorsement

@PatriciaMazzei

When a Miami congressional candidate seeking the support of stalwart Republican primary voters already has the backing of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, whose endorsement is left to unveil?

Mitt Romney's.

Naked Politics Mud-slinging governor's race spells trouble for Florida

The race for governor of Florida features two leading candidates voters increasingly see as deeply flawed with campaign strategies virtually alike: Tear down the other guy at every turn. 

Naked Politics Rick Scott affirms support for Medicaid expansion, sticks to pro-business principles on health policy

@tbtia

Rick Scott swept into the Governor's Mansion fueled by his scorn for President Barack Obama's health reform law. So, when Scott announced last year that he supported expanding Medicaid — a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act — the nation was amazed.

Naked Politics Committee formed to try and recall Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez

@doug_hanks

A fledgling attempt to recall Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez entered an early paperwork phase this week, with its organizer creating a committee to back the challenge.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade mayor to feds: You may need to help us with surge of unaccompanied immigrant children

@PatriciaMazzei

Miami-Dade has sent the federal government a letter noting an increase in unaccompanied immigrant children taxing county services and asking for potential help.

Naked Politics Gaetz PAC money draws ire from both Panhandle Dems and Republicans

It’s not often that Democrats and Republicans can agree to much of anything.

Which is why what happened Friday at a news conference in Okaloosa County is sorta noteworthy.

Naked Politics Thurston's supporters keep pushing Sheldon to bow out

@mikevansickler

Florida’s Division of Elections has repeatedly said that it has no authority in establishing whether a candidate meets the qualifications of office.