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PolitiJax 2 signed up early to run for Clay sheriff

With a year-and-a-half to go before the 2016 General Election, two candidates have already filed to run for Clay  County Sheriff, a post current Sheriff Rick Beseler has not said he will or will not try to keep.

Darryl Daniels, a jails division chief with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, assigned a campaign treasurer on Jan. 16.

Post on Politics Scott gives hospitals list of data demands — and a tight deadline

Gov. Scott gives hospitals list of data demands

Post on Politics SuperPAC to back Carlos Lopez-Cantera for 2016 Senate race

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, left, with Sen. Marco Rubio at a 2010 rally for Gov. Rick Scott.

Supporters of Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera have formed a superPAC that can raise and spend unlimited sums to support his expected 2016 Republican U.S. Senate bid. 

Post on Politics Gov. Rick Scott in Palm Beach County today

Fred Sancilio shows off his pharmaceutical-making facility in Riviera Beach to Gov. Rick Scott today.

Gov. Rick Scott is in Palm Beach County today. He visited pharmaceutical maker Sancilio & Company in Riviera Beach to highlight the company’s adding of 275 jobs.

OS Political Pulse Gov. Scott ups ante on hospitals, insurers - wants finance info sooner


Post on Politics Iraq hindsight roundup: Republican hopefuls pounce on Jeb Bush’s fumble

Jeb Bush’s interview with Megyn Kelly of Fox News has made the 2003 invasion of Iraq a topic for 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls.

The Iraq hindsight question has replaced “Would you go to a gay wedding?” as the question of the week for Republican presidential hopefuls.


Naked Politics With new super PAC, Carlos Lopez-Cantera steps toward Senate run


Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera is not yet a 2016 candidate for U.S. Senate. But he very much sounds like he's preparing to be one.

Post on Politics Democrat Melissa McKinlay enters race for Patrick Murphy congressional seat

Rep. Patrick Murphy and Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay at an April Democratic meeting. With Murphy running for Senate, she’s running for his House seat.

Naked Politics Corcoran and Lee meet all day to discuss budget

The Legislature’s two budget chiefs met all day Wednesday to discuss ways to compromise on the impasse on Medicaid expansion, but don’t expect any breakthroughs, at least not yet.

House Appropriations Chair Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes said Wednesday’s meeting in the Capitol with Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, was “super productive.”

Naked Politics Former South Florida city manager says elected female officials ask many questions, don't want financial numbers


A man who until last month was the manager of a Broward County city told a Texas city council now made up mostly of women that he learned a few lessons when he worked for the all-female Lauderdale Lakes City Commission.

Naked Politics Jeb Bush: 'I'm running for president in 2016...if I run'


Jeb Bush briefly forgot his usual I'm-not-a-candidate-yet disclaimer in Nevada on Wednesday when he began answering a Washington Post reporter's question. The former Florida governor, however, quickly corrected himself.

"I'm running for president in 2016, and the focus is going to be about how we -- if I run -- how do you create high-sustained economic growth..." he said.

PolitiJax Gardiner: Stadium funding unlikely to be part of special session discussions

It's not looking good for Jacksonville to get state money this year to continue renovations at EverBank Field.

Here is more from the News Service of Florida:

Senate President Andy Gardiner offered a grim outlook for the chances of lawmakers funding stadium-construction projects during the upcoming special legislative session.

Naked Politics Marco Rubio: I wouldn't have gone into Iraq knowing it didn't have WMDs


Marco Rubio said after a foreign-policy speech Wednesday that, knowing that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction, he would have been against the U.S. invasion launched by President George W. Bush in 2003.

Naked Politics Does the U.S. have the highest number of immigrants as Marco Rubio says?

The United States leads the world in terms of the number of immigrants it allows to enter the country, says U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

"We have a legal immigration system in America that accepts 1 million people a year, legally," Rubio said at the National Review Forum May 1. "No other country in the world even comes close to that."

PolitiJax Mayor Brown asks to discuss LIP directly with feds

Add Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown to the list of Florida elected officials wanting to speak directly to the federal government about the status of the Low Income Pool program.

Brown wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell saying he was concerned about the gridlock in Tallahassee, icy relationships with federal officials and the impact on University of Florida Health Jacksonville if the $2.2 billion LIP program is allowed to expire.

Naked Politics Pumariega named Florida College System chancellor

The Florida College System has a new chancellor: former Miami Dade College administrator Madeline Pumariega.

The Miami native is the first woman and the first person of Hispanic descent to hold the job.

Naked Politics In pivotal N.Y. policy speech, Marco Rubio promises to exert U.S. strength around the globe


Marco Rubio, who is running for president from the right of many of his conservative competitors, promised a muscular, interventionist foreign policy that would showcase U.S. might around the world.

Naked Politics Say what? Scott stands by $8B surplus with no explanation

The savviest number-crunchers in state government are shaking their heads again.

Naked Politics Florida GOP launches new website, logo

The 2016 general election is still months — okay, a year and a half — away, but the Republican Party of Florida put a target on Hillary Clinton in its big new digital initiative:

“LET’S STOP HILLARY IN 2016,” the site declares.

Naked Politics AFP opposes film incentive, stadium funding in special session

Film Florida put out a petition last week asking lawmakers to take up a film incentive overhaul during special session.

And now, conservative group Americans for Prosperity has published its own letter to Gov. Rick Scott, asking him to fight to keep film incentives and stadium funding off the agenda.

Naked Politics Florida congressional delegation joins efforts against oil drilling

via @learyreports

WASHINGTON - The Florida delegation is gearing up for another fight over drilling. A bipartisan group of House members today filed legislation to prevent seismic testing for oil drilling off the Atlantic coast.

“Seismic testing is the first step in an effort to begin offshore drilling along the coasts of Florida,” the group said in a release.

OS Political Pulse Orange County Dems file ethics complaint, allege Rep. Plasencia doesn't live in district

TALLAHASSEE – Jimmy Auffant, Florida Democratic Party secretary, filed an ethics complaint against Rep.

Naked Politics POLITICO: A billionaire to host June fundraiser for Marco Rubio in California

From POLITICO'S Tarini Parti ...

Sen. Marco Rubio now has another billionaire in his corner: Oracle founder Larry Ellison.

Ellison will host a fundraiser for the Florida Republican’s White House bid at his mansion in Woodside, Calif., on June 9, according to an invitation obtained by POLITICO.

Naked Politics A look at Marco Rubio's claims about foreign affairs and the military

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio gives a speech at the Council on Foreign Affairs 3:30 p.m. May 13.

Post on Politics Taylor backed Baker, not Rogers, for county administrator

The search firm Palm Beach County hired to help it select a new county administrator miscalculated the ballot of Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, indicating Tuesday that she voted for an external candidate when the commissioner actually voted for Deputy County Administrator Verdenia Baker.

Post on Politics After suing and getting a congressional probe, Scott now tries negotiating with feds on health care

Gov. Scott sends HHS Secretary Burwell a letter.

Naked Politics Scott asks federal health officials for guidance

Gov. Rick Scott floated a few broad ideas for expanding health care coverage in a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Tuesday.

PolitiJax Florida College System names new chancellor

Madeline Pumariega, president and chief executive of Take Stock in Children, will soon be leading Florida's 28-school community college system.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced today that Pumariega, of Miami, will be transitioning over the summer into the new role. Pumariega is also the former campus president of a branch of Miami Dade College.

OS Political Pulse Health insurers could be in Gov. Scott's commission spotlight too

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott’s inquest into the cost and quality of health care in Florida isn’t just for hospitals.

Naked Politics Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton and authorizing the war in Iraq

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s comments on Fox News about the Iraq War brought up more questions than answers.

Did Bush fully understood the question posed by Megyn Kelly on May 10? We’ll go straight to the transcript.