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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.

Naked Politics Judge rules against former Florida House candidate hoping to get on ballot

A Miami Beach publicist won't be on the ballot in Florida House District 113, a judge ruled Friday.

Republican Laura Rivero Levey was disqualified from the race last month after a check she submitted to the Florida Department of State bounced. 

Naked Politics Miami-Dade commission candidates trade jabs over Marlins Park

@PatriciaMazzei

Miami-Dade Commissioner Lynda Bell debuted a new line of attack Friday against challenger Daniella Levine Cava: She accused the social-services nonprofit Levine Cava used to run of supporting an unpopular public-financing deal for the Marlins' ballpark.

Naked Politics Pam Bondi: Let the U.S. Supreme Court decide gay marriage

@SteveRothaus

Rather than argue Florida's gay-marriage debate at the state Supreme Court, Attorney General Pam Bondi says she'd rather wait until the U.S. Supreme Court settles the issue nationally, once and for all.

Naked Politics "Fight for them," No. 2 at Miami-Dade police force says of cadets slated for lay-offs. Tell the mayor, too.

 

@doug_hanks 

A fiery graduation speech by Juan Perez, deputy director of the Miami-Dade police department, caused a stir this week. One reason: he urged the audience of police officers, higher-ups and new recruits to tell "the commissioners, the mayor" and "whoever is listening" that the community needs the new officers.

Naked Politics House and Senate give early approval to congressional fix, voter group complain

Florida House and Senate redistricting committees gave swift approval Friday to a proposed fix to the invalid congrssional redistricting map hatched in private by legislative leaders and staff. 

Florida Politics Legislature's redistricting fix would make minor political changes

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Legislature is slated to pass a court-ordered redrawing of congressional districts next week that won't be a game-changer for Democrats.

OS Political Pulse Legislature's redistricting fix would make minor political changes

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Legislature is slated to pass a court-ordered redrawing of congressional districts next week that won't be a game-changer for Democrats.

Naked Politics Gov. Scott to meet with climate change scientists Aug. 19th, group says

Gov. Rick Scott has agreed to meet with scientists about climate change for 30 minutes Aug. 19th, said Susan Glickman, a clean energy lobbyist during a conference call this morning organized by a liberal group Florida for All.

Scott himself will be at the meeting held in his office, Glickman said.

Naked Politics House Republicans say no to putting redistricting witnesses under oath

Partisan fire-fights continued Friday over redistricting as House Republicans rejected an effort by House Democrats to have each of the witnesses testifying about the proposed congressional map sworn under oath. 

Naked Politics Steyer's NextGen Climate blasts Scott in one-two ad punch over Everglades, Duke Energy

@MarcACaputo

There's a reason Democrats were buzzing about billionaire Tom Steyer targeting Gov. Rick Scott: the investor-turned environmentalist is ready to spend big.