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OS Political Pulse Orange partisan election effort secures needed petitions for fall ballot

An Orange County effort to make all countywide races partisan has secured enough voter petition signatures to get on the Nov.

Naples Daily News Jesus in Ray-Bans: Hearing From God

Here is my four-part series compiled for your convenience… Most Christians get their marching orders from God each morning in the highly regarded “quiet time”. Imagine sitting alone with your Bible, a small candle flickering on the table beside you. A petite fawn pokes her head into the window, while looking at your Bible with […]

OS Political Pulse In Rick Scott-Charlie Crist battle, should wives be off-limits?

TALLAHASSEE -- Is the issue one of transparency, or is it about how much the public should be allowed to know about the families of those running for office?

OS Political Pulse Walton bags three notable endorsements in Orange race

Orange County Commission candidate Roberta Walton pocketed three notable endorsements in a crowded District 6 race.

Naked Politics Crist releases 10 years of income tax returns, urges Scott to do the same

Responding to criticism from Gov. Rick Scott's campaign, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist on Thursday released 10 years of federal income tax returns. (You can view them here.)

Naked Politics Bob Butterworth to receive Bar Foundation top award

Bob Butterworth, Florida's longest-serving attorney general, will receive the prestigious Medal of Honor Award from the Florida Bar Foundation Thursday in conjunction with the Florida Bar's annual convention in Orlando.

Naked Politics Why shouldn't the public see the investments of Crist's -- and Scott's -- wives?

@AdamSmithTimes

Charlie Crist's campaign in recent days has been in full outrage mode, suggesting that Rick Scott and his allies have hit "a new low" in sleazy, negative campaigning. Why? Because Scott's Let's Get to Work Committee released an ad yesterday that featured an image of former First Lady Carole Crist and noting that the Crists are declining to release her tax returns.

Naked Politics Scott and Crist trade tax barbs along A1A

Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic opponent Charlie Crist were within about 20 miles of each other Wednesday on Florida's Gold Coast, lobbing bombs at each other over transparency and tax returns.

As Scott headed into the Eden Roc Hotel on Miami Beach to address a Florida broadcasters' convention, he feigned alarm: "Charlie Crist cloearly doesn't believe in transparency. I'm shocked that he doesn't believe in transparency ... What's he hiding?"

Naked Politics No Casinos poll: Voters want final say in any expansion

Any discussion of expanded gambling, or limited gambling, may be on hold until after the election but a new poll out by No Casinos says legislators should keep voters in mind before making any commitments.  Download Florida-Gambling-Survey-June-2014-Handouts

Here's the press release:

Naked Politics In wake of child deaths and new law, DCF launches new child welfare web site

Two days after Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a measure that requires greater openness from state child welfare administrators, the Department of Children & Families unveiled a new website designed to make a host of new information available to ordinary Floridians.

Naked Politics Citizens board agrees to lower rates for most, raises for condo owners and coast

For the first time in four years, Citizens Property Insurance wants to lower rates for nearly 70 percent of its customers while everyone else – mostly South Florida condominium owners and homeowners in coastal areas -- will see another year of increases.

The rate changes were recommended Wednesday at the quarterly meeting of Citizens’ Board of Governors and now must go before the Office of Insurance Regulation for final approval.

Florida Politics Mystery group compares 'Chain Gang Charlie' to slavery

TALLAHASSEE – The mystery “Progressive Choice” group has a new radio ad blasting Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Crist for pushing a bill to bring back “chain gangs” as a legislator, likening it to slavery.

OS Political Pulse Mystery group compares 'Chain Gang Charlie' to slavery

TALLAHASSEE – The mystery “Progressive Choice” group has a new radio ad blasting Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Crist for pushing a bill to bring back “chain gangs” as a legislator, likening it to slavery.

Naked Politics Human rights group asks federal government to intervene in probe of prisoners death

Several human rights groups on Wednesday asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the Florida Department of Corrections for the death of a mentally-ill inmate at the Dade County Correctional Institute last year who, other inmates allege,  was placed in a locked, scalding hot shower and left there as punishment. 

Naples Daily News Curt Clawson getting sworn in to Congress today

Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, (@Jenna_Buzzacco) Bonita Springs Republican Curt Clawson will be sworn in to Congress on Wednesday afternoon. Clawson, who won the special congressional District 19 election on Tuesday, is expected to be sworn in late Wednesday afternoon. Clawson traveled to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday morning, leaving Fort Myers around 7 a.m. He is expected to […]

OS Political Pulse Service employees' union endorses medical marijuana Amendment 2

United for Care, the group pushing the medical marijuana initiative, Amendment 2, on Florida's November ballot, announced it has received the endorsement of Service Employees International Union of Florida - which represents thousands of health care workers.

Florida Politics Scott camp goes after Crist's wife for not releasing tax returns

OS Political Pulse Scott camp goes after Crist's wife for not releasing tax returns

Naked Politics Grand jury rips DCF for systematically covering up child deaths

A Miami-Dade grand jury accused state child welfare administrators Tuesday of “intentionally and deliberately” manipulating the investigation of child deaths because of abuse and neglect — making it appear that fewer children were dying across the state.

Naked Politics Scott's new TV ad hits Crist for not releasing taxes

Gov. Rick Scott's political committee, Let's Get to Work, is launching a new TV spot Wednesday that criticizes Democrat Charlie Crist for not releasing his federal income tax returns.

"What's he hiding?" the spot asks.

The Republican Party of Florida would not disclose the size of the ad buy or which TV markets are showing it.

Naked Politics Another break-through ruling: Divided Supreme Court takes Bainter redistricting appeal

The unprecedented rulings keep on coming. A divided Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear the question of whether 537 pages of documents of political consultant Pat Bainter should have been introduced in a lawsuit by a coalition of voters groups challenging the state's congressional redistricting maps.

Naked Politics New 'progressive' mailer links Scott and Crist

The latest mail piece from a mysterious group that calls itself Progressive Choice Florida is a two-fer that attacks both Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic opponent Charlie Crist as "one in the same."

The allegations in the mailer are that both men oppose health care reform and women's health care and support the expansion of school vouchers and have appointed conservative judges.

Naples Daily News Hearing from God: LONESOME COUNTRY ROAD

(Part 2 of 4) I always say there’s no better place to hear from God than a lonesome country road. My friend Lewis then says that if God is there with you, it’s not lonesome after all – a little Hallmark card-ish, but true. But there is a lovely, melancholy feel to walking outdoors alone […]

Naked Politics Two road-safety bills become law

Gov. Rick Scott signed two road-safety bills into law Tuesday.

One of the new laws (SB 102) increases the penalties for drivers who leave the scene of a crash in which a person is killed. The minimum mandatory sentence will now be four years, the same as for DUI manslaughter.

The legislation is called the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act, in memory of a Miami cyclist who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in 2012. 

OS Political Pulse Scott signs tougher hit-and-run punishment into law

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov.

Florida Politics Scott signs tougher hit-and-run punishment into law

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov.

Naked Politics The latest David Rivera mystery: What has he been doing for a living?

@PatriciaMazzei

For the first time, David Rivera is running for Congress without holding a political position.

So what has the former U.S. House of Representatives member been doing for the past two years to pay the bills?

"Business development," the Miami Republican said Monday night.

OS Political Pulse Scott's next campaign theme: Foster care and early learning

TALLAHASSEE --  Gov.

Florida Politics Race-baiting radio spot in Orlando accuses Crist of causing a 'lost generation of African-Americans'

TALLAHASSEE --  A shadowy political group called ";Progressive Choice PAC"; is airing a racially tinged ad on black radio stations in Orlando accusing former Gov.

OS Political Pulse Radio spot in Orlando accuses Crist of causing a 'lost generation of African-Americans'

TALLAHASSEE --  A shadowy political group called "Progressive Choice PAC" is airing a racially tinged ad on black radio stations in Orlando accusing former Gov.