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Naked Politics Former Senate President Gaetz takes jabs at House leaders after early sine die

The day after House Republicans unexpectedly ended session early, Sen. Don Gaetz said lawmakers need to start working together or risk looking like they can’t get anything done.

“We ought to wave a copy of the Constitution under everybody’s nose and say we have a constitutional obligation to pass a budget and we’ve got to pass it by June 30,” Gaetz, R-Niceville, said. “If not, we’re Washington. We look like Washington.”

Naked Politics Jeb Bush remains coveted endorsement in Florida GOP


Before he was a likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Jeb Bush spent his post-Florida governor years only dabbling in politics -- particularly as a sought-after endorsement and campaign surrogate.

That hasn't changed: Lenny Curry, the former Florida Republican Party chairman running for Jacksonville mayor, has a new ad out featuring Bush.


Naked Politics AP: In Puerto Rico, Jeb Bush speaks Spanish, touts immigration

From the Associated Press:

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO -- Jeb Bush confronted one of the Republican Party's touchiest debates head-on Tuesday, telling Puerto Ricans that conservatives should be proud that America is "an immigrant nation" and value the contribution immigrants make to the country.

Naked Politics In Miami Herald op-ed, Obama pushes for climate change action

The following is an op-ed by President Barack Obama published in the Miami Herald:

Last week I spent Earth Day in the Everglades, one of our nation’s greatest national treasures, and saw firsthand what makes its unique landscape so magical — what the poet Emma Lazarus called “the savage splendor of the swamp.” Plus, I got to hang out with Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Naked Politics WEDNESDAY: Five things to watch in Tallahassee

Ok, that was awkward. It’s Day 58 of the Florida Session, and the House has already gone home.

Well, let’s not have that ruin the day. We still have the Senate here.

Here are five things to watch.

Post on Politics Pundit Noelle Nikpour considers GOP run for Patrick Murphy House seat

Noelle Nikpour, an Arkansas-based Republican fundraiser and commentator, is moving to Florida and considering a run for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional seat that Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, is leaving to run for Senate.


Post on Politics Feds now say Medicaid expansion, hospital dollars not connected

Feds now say Medicaid expansion, hospital dollars not linked.

Naked Politics CMS to Florida: LIP is not linked to Medicaid expansion

Hours after Gov.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade chairman rejects Trump takeover of Crandon golf course


The chairman of the MIami-Dade County Commission has come out against Donald Trump's proposal to take over the county's Crandon golf course, a significant setback for the celebrity hotelier's effort to add the parkland to his portfolio of golf properties.

Naked Politics Second Miami-Dade commissioner joins the pursuit of reelection cash


Audrey Edmonson, the Miami-Dade commissioner pursuing her third four-year term representing District Three, is holding a fund-raiser Thursday evening at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

Naked Politics Confused about session? Let us help you.

It's no longer a debatable claim to say that the 2015 legislative session has ventured into uncharted territory.

The session jumped off the rails at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday when Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, told his 119 colleagues in the lower chamber that they were done and could go back home three days before Friday's scheduled end date. The Senate, caught off guard, now plans to finish up Wednesday.

Naked Politics Florida Senate approves guardianship overhaul

Last year, a coalition of Floridians traveled to Tallahassee explain how their elderly relatives had been victimized by court-appointed guardians.

Lawmakers got the message.

The Florida Senate on Tuesday passed legislation changing the way guardians are appointed and explicitly prohibiting the abuse, exploitation or neglect of an elderly ward (HB 5).

The bill is now headed to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk. It is widely expected to become law.

Naked Politics Downtown Miami agency wins support in Tallahassee

The Florida House on Tuesday passed a bill stating that Miami’s Downtown Development Authority can levy property taxes — and lower the tax rate for downtown property owners.

The bill (SB 278) must now win the approval of Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Naked Politics Prison reform becomes a casualty of early session demise

As the session melted down on Tuesday, Senate President Andy Gardiner announced that the prison reform compromise -- which featured the Senate agreeing to withdraw from its position for an independent oversight board -- was now a casualty of the impasse.

Post on Politics House makes history with early exit, nose-thumb to Senate

House leaves Senate still at work on collapsed, 2015 session.

The Florida House abruptly adjourned Tuesday – ending its work for the 2015 session three days early and effectively thumbing its nose at the Senate, which plans to keep working at least through today.

Naked Politics Marco Rubio hopes Japan’s Abe addresses ‘comfort women' rift

From AP in California:

LOS ANGELES - Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is warning that China is exploiting a rift between Japan and South Korea over World War II “comfort women,” and he hopes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the sensitive dispute in his address to Congress.

Naked Politics AP sources: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to run for president

Apr 28, 5:13 PM (ET)


MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will announce his plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, presenting a liberal challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Naked Politics Miami Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart tries to block new Cuba travel


Republicans in Congress filed legislation Tuesday that would dramatically limit new travel to Cuba, an attempt to block part of President Obama's more open policy toward the island's communist regime.

Naked Politics Five bills the Florida House killed when it ended session early

The House leaving town early will prevent lawmakers from sending a number of high-profile bills to the governor’s desk.

Naked Politics House carefully planned its 'surprise' adjournment

The decision by the Florida House to adjourn early was known among a small handful of members of the lobbying corps, who positioned themselves in the chamber for the historic announcement.

It was known among the House's leadership, which had the House Majority Office prepare a four-page document answering what they expected would be commonly asked questions about the House's position on the budget impasse and Medicaid.

Post on Politics Palm Beach County Commissioners: let’s not talk park money until plan is more clearly defined

Let’s look for money to fix and add parks, Palm Beach County Commissioners said Tuesday. But, they said, let’s make sure what we want before we start passing the hat.

Palm Beach County’s park system needs about $113 million for needed repairs and to add a long-yearned-for park west of Boynton Beach, Parks Director Eric Call told commissioners at a workshop Tuesday.

Naked Politics Senate to continue session because 'we have a job to do'

Moments before House Speaker Steve Crisafulli gaveled the session to a close more than three days early, he left a message on the cell phone of Senate President Andy Gardiner, alerting him of the decision.

OS Political Pulse Lawmakers seek tougher ban on texting while driving

Police in Florida should be empowered to pull over motorists and slap them with a ticket when they are spotted texting while driving, South Florida Congressman Ted Deutch said on Tuesday.

Florida Politics Lawmakers seek tougher ban on texting while driving

Police in Florida should be empowered to pull over motorists and slap them with a ticket when they are spotted texting while driving, South Florida Congressman Ted Deutch said on Tuesday.

Naked Politics Ex-Miami Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart joins Univision News as GOP political analyst


The Diaz-Balart brothers will now be represented in the country's rival Spanish-language news networks.

Naked Politics As the House adjourns early over Medicaid battle, we look at claims on the Truth-O-Meter

A battle over Medicaid expansion led the Florida House to adjourn the session three days early on Tuesday, leaving hundreds of bills dead for now including $690 million in tax cuts, a priority of Gov. Rick Scott.

Naked Politics Florida Senate warns governor's intervention to set special session would be 'paternalistic'

via @stevebousquet

Naked Politics Florida lobbyist gift-ban exceptioin heads to governor's desk

via @stevebousquet

Naked Politics Florida Gov. Rick Scott files lawsuit against feds over hospital funding


Gov. Rick Scott followed through Tuesday on his promised lawsuit against the federal government over its threat to withhold hospital charity-care funding if Florida doesn't expand Medicaid. 

Naked Politics Marco Rubio signs no tax hikes pledge (that Jeb Bush has refused)

via @learyreports

He signed it as a Florida House speaker. He signed it as a U.S. Senate candidate.

Now Marco Rubio, presidential candidate, has signed Grover Norquist's "Pledge" again.