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Naked Politics Miami police union rips body camera pilot program


If the Miami Police Department is going to equip its officers with body cameras, it won’t be without a fight from its union.

Naked Politics Report: The untold jobs story -- as state workforce shrank, so did services

From the Center for Investigative Reporting:

Over the last decade, Florida has shed thousands of state jobs, the consequence of a poor economy and a political philosophy at work. The result has affected how well agencies that protect everything from children to the environment can do their jobs.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade accuses 2 campaign workers of ballot tampering in Homestead election last year


Two men suspected of visiting a Homestead residence last year and filling out four people’s absentee ballots against their wishes were arrested Thursday.

Both men, who worked for then-candidate Mark Bell, were charged with four counts of unlawfully marking or designating a choice on a ballot, a third-degree felony, and one count of possessing more than two ballots at a time, a misdemeanor.

Naked Politics Rick Scott campaign: we're crushing Democrats in mail-in votes. And they are by 18%


Gov. Rick Scott's deputy campaign manager, data guru Tim Saler, is out with a new numbers-laden memo that's partly news, partly media j'accuse and partly narrative course-correction.

Naked Politics Did Panuccio keep his promise about CONNECT?

Jesse Panuccio sure did a bang-up job of keeping his job.

In March, the 33-year-old executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity needed to convince state senators to confirm him so he could keep the $144,000 job that Gov. Rick Scott appointed him to.

Naked Politics Courts says Legislature won't have to pay victor's attorney's fees in redistricting case

Florida taxpayers will not have to pay for what could amount to millions in attorneys fees for the coalition of voters groups who successfully challenged the Legislature's drawing of congressional districts, a Leon County court judge ruled Thursday.

But Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis gave them a consolution prize: the Legislature, via taxpayers, would pay most of their costs. 

Lewis also gave the plaintiffs the comfort of knowing they were the victors.

Naked Politics Latino Decisions/LaRaza poll: Crist leads Scott 53-29 among Hispanic FL voters


Democrat Charlie Crist holds a sizable 53-29 percent lead over Gov. Rick Scott among Hispanic voters, according to a new poll that indicates this fastest growing segment of the electorate doesn’t like Republican positions on immigration, Medicaid and the minimum wage.

Naked Politics Mayor of Miami-Dade city says benefits for domestic partners would promote adultery, fornication

via @MoniqueOMadan

Domestic-partner benefits appeared to have stopped being contentious long ago in Miami-Dade County, where a slew of local governments have extended the perks to couples who live together but are not married.

Then came Doral.

City council members delayed a scheduled vote on the issue Wednesday night -- after a three-hour discussion that involved Mayor Luigi Boria siding with conservative religious leaders who argued against the law.

OS Political Pulse Video: Taddeo rips Scott on women's rights in Orlando

Annette Taddeo, Charlie Crist's running mate on the Democratic gubernatorial ticket, blasted Rick Scott's first-term performance, in her view, on women's rights while talking to reporters before a Women-For-Crist rally at the University of Central Florida, Thursday.

Naked Politics News Service of Florida: Republicans decline invites to NAACP gala on Saturday night

From the News Service of Florida (subscription required)

OS Political Pulse Libertarian Wyllie sues to get into Florida governor debate

TALLAHASSEE --  With Florida's gubernatorial debates getting underway, Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie on Thursday filed a lawsuit to try to get included in a televised debate next week in Broward County.

Naked Politics All Medicare, Social Security (with Obamacare cameo!) in latest ads by Joe Garcia, Carlos Curbelo


Miami Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia keeps hammering Republican opponent Carlos Curbelo -- this time in a Spanish-language radio advertisement -- over Curbelo's secretly recorded remark that Medicare and Social Security amount to a "Ponzi scheme."

Naked Politics Public records made available, but at a whopping $132,348

 State agencies often charge for public records, but one news organization encountered sticker shock when it received the bill for its request. Florida's 17th judicial circuit court charged the Center for Public Integrity $132,348 for records regarding the procedures and policies surrounding foreclosure cases last summer

Naked Politics Florida senators ask U.S. to oppose Venezuela's UN Security Council bid


As members of the House of Representatives did before them, a group of senators on Thursday wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting formal U.S. opposition to awarding Venezuela a rotating seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Naked Politics National Journal: Miami congressional race among most likely to change party hands


National Journal has released a list of the 30 U.S. House seats most likely to switch parties in the Nov. 4 election. The Washington D.C.-based publication ranked Florida's 26th congressional district, which extends from Westchester to Key West, as number 16:

Naked Politics New poll suggests some Miami-Dade voters can be persuaded to back new-courthouse referendum


Proponents of a local ballot question that would issue $393 million in new Miami-Dade County government debt to build a civil courthouse released a new poll Thursday.

Naked Politics Libertarian Adrian Wyllie sues to get into Florida Press Association debate


Shut out of televised debates, Libertarian candidate for governor Adrian Wyllie filed a lawsuit Thursday that seeks to force the Florida Press Association to allow him onstage with Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist, the Miami Herald has learned.

PolitiJax Jacksonville Councilman Robin Lumb said he'll put aside his political aspirations to avoid primary in-fighting

Jacksonville City Councilman Robin Lumb said he’ll put aside his own political aspirations if it would prevent a primary battle between two high-profile Republicans in next spring’s mayoral election.

Lumb is running for Duval County Supervisor of Elections, but he said he’d withdraw from the race if Republican Mike Hogan wanted to run for the position.

Naked Politics UNF poll: Charlie Crist leads Rick Scott 43-38 percent, Wyllie at 10 percent


A University of North Florida poll of statewide likely voters shows Charlie Crist leading Gov. Rick Scott 43-38 percent -- marking the fourth survey this week that has the Democrat pulling slightly ahead.

Florida Politics Beer industry unites for 'clean' growler bill in 2015

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's powerful beer kingpins are offering an olive branch -- or is it a barley?

OS Political Pulse Beer industry unites for 'clean' growler bill in 2015

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's powerful beer kingpins are offering an olive branch -- or is it a barley?

OS Political Pulse Orlando community forum precedes Friday's governor debate on Telemundo

The first debate between Gov. Rick Scott and challenger Charlie Crist is Friday in Miami and will be televised at 7 p.m.

Naked Politics National Journal: Sen. Marco Rubio, conservatives seek lame duck fight over Affordable Care Act

From the National Journal:

Naked Politics What the polling in a Pasco state House seat says about FL Gov's race

Via @adamsmithtimes

Naked Politics Joe Garcia, Carlos Curbelo disagree on expanding Cuba travel, future of Cuban Adjustment Act


Miami Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia and Republican opponent Carlos Curbelo disagree on whether more Americans should be allowed to travel to Cuba and send more money to relatives on the island.

Naked Politics Candidate’s financial disclosure raises questions about consulting company

State Rep. Erik Fresen’s most recent financial disclosure includes tens of thousands of dollars in income from a company he started called Neighborhood Strategies.

But the company was dissolved — and effectively put out of business — by the state in 2009.

The Miami Republican explained that he still has a few contracts with clients who have been with the company since its dissolution.

OS Political Pulse Poll: I-4 Puerto Ricans want Puerto Rico statehood

A new poll of Puerto Ricans living in Central Florida found 64 percent want statehood for Puerto Rico, and that position affects their voting in Florida.

Naked Politics Michelle Obama is Orlando-bound to fundraise for Crist

From Politico:

First lady Michelle Obama will headline a fundraiser for Charlie Crist next week in Florida — the White House’s first foray into the governor’s race in the Sunshine State.

The event will be held Oct. 17 at the Orlando-area home of former basketball star Grant Hill.

Naked Politics DCCC's Pants on Fire claim about Southerland and 'health care for life'

Gwen Graham and U.S. Rep Steve Southerland are getting some help from their respective national parties in their hotly contested Panhandle Congressional district race.

To bolster Graham, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is using a new commercial to revive an old attack.

Naked Politics PolitiFact Florida's preview to the Rick Scott vs. Charlie Crist Telemundo debate

Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist will share the debate stage for the first time on Telemundo on Oct. 10 as they battle for the Hispanic vote.

The candidates will face questions at Telemundo’s studio in Miramar at 11 a.m. Friday; the debate will air at 7 p.m. (The candidates will answer questions in English, and the station will translate into Spanish.)