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Naked Politics The pain continues for Amendment 1 supporters with release of Senate plan

Environmental groups hoping the Florida Senate would do better than the House in respecting the intent of Amendment 1 were disappointed on Thursday.

Naked Politics In Senate testimony, top Scott adviser won't say 'climate change'

Gov. Rick Scott's chief of emergency management, Bryan Koon, testifying Thursday before the Legislature, had a half-dozen chances to use the term "climate change."

But he would not say the C-words.

Naked Politics Miami Republican members of Congress oppose Cuban embassy in Washington, citing spies

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Miami's three Cuban-American Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives say they don't want to see a Cuban embassy opened in Washington D.C. -- or a Cuban consulate anywhere else in the country -- because it would risk allowing Cuba to spy on the U.s.

Naked Politics House, Senate clash on healthcare budget

The Florida House and Senate rolled out vastly different healthcare spending plans this week, putting the two chambers on a collision course over the state budget.

The proposals are $5 billion apart — more than the entire budget for the state of Vermont.

Naked Politics Corcoran: Time to 'downsize' prison 'monstrosity'; Democrats weigh in

The Florida House is advancing a long-term plan to “down-size” the Florida Department of Corrections, including a yet-to-be released bill that adopts many of the reforms initiated by the Florida Senate but without the independent oversight commission that could investigate corruption.

Post on Politics Fake service dog bill passes final committee

A House bill that would punish service dog posers and protect the disabled who have invisible wounds passed its final committee stop on Thursday with another unanimous vote.

Naked Politics California congressman marks up Sen. Marco Rubio's net neutrality op-ed in red pen

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Naked Politics When Jeb Bush hung out with rapper Ludacris

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This scene, from Thursday, at the Georgia state Capitol:

Post on Politics Prison bill emerges in House — but without oversight commission

A measure aimed at improving conditions inside Florida’s troubled prisons is finally poised for its debut in the House — but is lacking an independent oversight commission pushed by the Senate and many reform advocates.

Naked Politics 2 Florida Republicans in no rush to decide on Senate runs

via @learyreports

Vern Buchanan and Will Weatherford are both looking at the 2016 U.S. Senate seat likely to be vacated by Marco Rubio but are in no rush to make a decision.

“Too soon to make a decision,” former House Speaker Weatherford tells the Buzz. “I am currently enjoying being home and focusing on family and my business.”

Naked Politics Politico: Tracking down the family of Jeb Bush's late, estranged father-in-law

From Politico:

SILAO, Mexico — Jeb Bush often mentions his wife’s family, how he fell in love with her in nearby León, and her immigrant challenges coming to the United States.

Only rarely — and critically — do the likely front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination or his aides mention his wife’s father, José Maria Garnica Rodríguez

OS Political Pulse Lawmakers look for more control over economic incentive deals

TALLAHASSEE - Legislators are moving to wrest more control over awarding taxpayer funds to businesses looking to expand or move to Florida from Gov.

Naked Politics Has Florida seen a drop of teen alcohol abuse?

As the Legislature considers changing rules for Florida’s burgeoning craft beer industry, one advocacy group is saying it’s important to maintain the state’s downward trend in teen alcohol abuse.

Naked Politics Former top Miami-Dade official a school lobbyist for American Dream Miami

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Chip Iglesias, a former top aide for Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, is a registered lobbyist for the company trying to bring the largest mall in the United States to a 200-acre site in Northwest Miami-Dade. 

Naked Politics Fed up with lousy Tallahassee air service, lawmakers take action

For years, people trying to get to and from Tallahassee have had to cope with a lack of reliable air service. Delta's in-state flights to the capital of the third-largest state go through Atlanta and most carriers' flights are costly and are on cramped commuter planes.

"It's ludicrous," said Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach. "It's an embarrassment."

Post on Politics Former football star’s mother pushes for housing for mentally ill

When Ladi March spoke to the Palm Beach County Commission earlier this year, she had their complete attention. Even when she was so choked up she couldn’t actually speak.

Post on Politics Senate digs in on health expansion; huge budget differences with House

Big dollar differences loom between House, Senate budgets

A Senate budget panel Thursday raised the stakes on that chamber’s duel with the House over health insurance for low-income Floridians and aid to hospitals.

Naked Politics James Carville's claim about Jeb Bush's emails

Hillary Clinton might be in a bit of hot water for using a private email account for official business as secretary of state, but Democrats eagerly point to similar email issues with presumptive Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. As governor of Florida, Bush burnished his tech and public access credentials by using a personal email account to supplement the one the state provided.

Naked Politics House Democrats fall way short in getting bills heard

Elections matter. Just ask the 39 House Democrats who must contend with a Republican Leadership backed by a super-majority of 80 (soon to be 81) members.

Even though their numbers give them a third of the seats in the House, the Democrats are marginalized even further because of the super-majority that Republicans secured in November by flipping six seats.

That's best represented by the number of bills Democrats are getting heard in committees.

Naked Politics THURSDAY: Top Five Things to Watch in Tallahassee

Thursday is traditionally budget day in the Florida Legislature and this week it is no exception. Here are five things to watch:

 

Naked Politics DOC Secretary Julie Jones: 'What we have is a group of disgruntled employees'

In an interview with National Public Radio that aired Thursday, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones continued to push back against dissenters in her agency, portraying them as a "group of disgruntled emp

Naked Politics Seminole Tribe: House and Senate are posturing but serious talks are not underway

The Florida Seminole Tribe is on the defensive. 

Naked Politics Senates advances plan to create prison oversight and dedicates $6.9 million to effort

The Florida Senate on Wednesday put money behind its pledge to reform the state’s troubled prison system, voting to spend $6.9 million on system changes and create an independent oversight commission that would have the power to investigate corruption and abuse.

Post on Politics Scott the Bracketologist picks Badgers to win it all

Gov. Scott defies odds with picks.

Gov. Rick Scott unveiled his 2015 NCAA Basketball Tournament picks Wednesday –tapping Wisconsin to win it all.

Naked Politics Gov. Rick Scott rallies support for college affordability plan

Gov. Rick Scott held a press conference in the Capitol Wednesday in hopes of building support for his latest college affordability proposal.

Post on Politics Sober home bill clears final hurdle in House

A House bill designed to ensure sober homes are safe for addicts and neighbors passed its final committee stop on Wednesday and is headed to the House floor.

PolitiJax Fake 'Quick-Picks' published by critic of Corrine Brown's endorsement sheets

A new version of Corrine’s Quick-Picks went online Wednesday, and could be passed out on fliers later this week. One thing worth knowing: It’s not real.

That’s sort of the point, apparently.

Post on Politics Greyhound protection bill headed to Senate

 

After passing through three committees with unanimous votes, a bill that would protect racing greyhounds is now headed to the Senate floor.

Naked Politics Senate panel neuters grocery store booze bill

Senators on Wednesday watered down a bill that would’ve allowed whiskey to be sold in the same space as Wheat Thins.

The Senate Regulated Industries Committee approved new language for a bill (SB 468), which now allows for big-box retailers like Publix and Wal-Mart to put a door between their main store and an attached liquor store. Under current law, a separate entrance is required to sell hard alcohol.

Naked Politics No opinion yet from Florida Gov. Rick Scott on transgender bathroom bill

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Visiting Miami on Wednesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott wouldn't say if he would support legislation banning transgender men and women from using public restrooms of their choice.