Blogs from around the state

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

 

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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.

Naked Politics Miami's auditor general seeks second opinion on freebie Ultra tickets

@NewsbySmiley

Days after the office of Miami’s city attorney issued an 11th hour memo that there was nothing wrong with city employees receiving free VIP tickets to the Ultra Music Festival, the city’s independent auditor general has requested an outside opinion.

OS Political Pulse State still sees about $1 billion budget surplus

TALLAHASSEE -- Economists have slightly lowered their forecast of tax dollars flowing into the state but still project lawmakers to be on track to have at least a $1 billion surplus for the next budget.

Naked Politics Elections complaint filed against Miami-Dade pets group

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MIami-Dade's Pets Trust  group is under scrutiny for its organizers' central role in mounting a challenge to incumbent county commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade Democratic Party elects Dwight Bullard as new chairman

From a press release:

Today, the Miami-Dade Democratic Party elected by acclimation State Senator Dwight Bullard to succeed Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, who resigned from the post to become Governor Charlie Crist’s running mate. 

Naked Politics Prominent PR firm sues family of brain-damaged Broward man for payment

A prominent Tallahassee public relations firm is suing the family of a paralyzed Broward County man, saying the family owes $375,000 for services rendered over the course of four legislative sessions.

The firm, Sachs Media Group, says it had a contract with the family of Eric Brody — and worked overtime to ensure the passage of a 2012 claims bill that awarded the Brody family $10.75 million in damages.

Naked Politics Maps are starting to emerge as proposed fixes to Florida's flawed maps

The Florida House has proposed a map with minor fixes aimed at repairing the broken congressional redistricting map.

Senate Reapportionment Chairman Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, has submitted his own proposal to repair the map. State Sen. Darren Soto, an Orlando Democrat, and his aide have drawn map also aimed at fixing the flaws. 

Naked Politics Appeal filed in dispute over Gov. Scott's blind trust

A former top aide to the late Gov. Reubin Askew will continue his legal battle to strike down a state law that allows Gov. Rick Scott to place his personal financial assets in a blind trust.

Circuit Judge John Cooper upheld the law in a decision in late July.

Naked Politics Web ad hits Charlie Crist on plane trip

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Naked Politics House and Senate Dems are divided over how many redistricting fights to pick

Florida legislators opened their special session to rewrite their congressional redistricting map and the partisan strains immediately started to show. 

Leaders of the House Democratic caucus first complained that the same people who are creating the mess are now in charge of fixiing it and then agreed not to waive the rules and allow a vote on a final map on Monday.

OS Political Pulse Legislature convenes rushed redistricting special session

TALLAHASSEE -- Lawmakers returned to work Thursday under court-order to redraw their gerrymandered "mockery" of a congressional map in order to avert a chaotic delay in this fall's elections.

Florida Politics Legislature convenes rushed redistricting special session

TALLAHASSEE -- Lawmakers returned to work Thursday under court-order to redraw their gerrymandered "mockery" of a congressional map in order to avert a chaotic delay in this fall's elections.

Naked Politics Voters groups urge legislators to ask questions about chastised redistricting process

Hours before Florida legislators gavel open a special session to repair their invalid congressional redistricting map, the coalition of voters groups that challenged the map said they are submitting their own version of the map and raised doubts about the legisalture's quick-fix approach.
 
In a letter to House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz on Thursday, the Florida League of Women Voters and Florida Common Cause offered several sugge

Naked Politics WFLA/SurveyUSA: Rick Scott 45%, Charlie Crist 43%

@MarcACaputo

Gov. Rick Scott has marginally retaken a marginal lead over Democrat Charlie Crist in the latest WFLA/SurveyUSA poll that shows the Republican pulling in 45% of the vote to Crist's 43%.

That's well within the error margin for the robopoll of 576 self-described likely voters.

Naked Politics Democratic Governors Association kicks in $500k more to Charlie Crist

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The Democratic Governors Association cut another $500,000 check to Charlie Crist's political committee, bringing the total it has invested directly in him to $1.5 million. In addition, DGA has chipped in $1.1 million to the Florida Democratic Party and another $963,000 to a political group called Florida For All.

Naked Politics Legislators hope to make quick work of session to fix flawed map

Florida legislators will convene a rare summer special session Thursday with the goal of making quick work of a court-ordered fix to the congressional redistricting map.

Legislators will convene at noon, meet briefly and then adjourn to let the House and Senate redistricting committee hold a joint meeting to hear their options for fixing a the congressional boundaries ruled unconstitutional by Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis last month.

Naked Politics Alan Mendelsohn out of prison, gets medical license back

Convicted Broward fraudster Alan Mendelsohn is out of prison — and able to practice medicine again after the state returned his license last week.

Mendelsohn, a Hollywood eye doctor who raised millions for Florida politicians, served two years and six months in federal prison for his role in a highly publicized political corruption case.

He was released in July, his attorney Alvin Entin said.

Naked Politics First-time candidate challenges longtime Miami-Dade commissioner

@PatriciaMazzei

Javier Souto, one of the longest-serving members of the Miami-Dade County Commission, doesn’t bring out anger in his reelection opponent, rookie candidate Marina Meadows.

“He is someone who’s an institution,” she said. “But he doesn’t represent us residents anymore.”

Naked Politics Charlie Crist meets with Miami Herald editorial board

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Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist said Wednesday he’s confident he can excite Democratic voters — though some are upset he won’t debate his primary opponent.

“I think they understand, frankly, what I’m up against and what the real challenge is here, and that the battle in November is monumental,” Crist told the Miami Herald’s editorial board in a wide-ranging interview.

OS Political Pulse Bonilla snags national endorsements in FL CD9 GOP primary; they bash Rubio and Bush to promote Bonilla

Jorge Bonilla has received endorsements from two national conservative pundits in Florida's CD9 GOP primary, with the winner to take on U.S. Rep.

OS Political Pulse Sens. Soto and Thompson: Gov. Rick Scott must respect voters' rights

Democratic state Sens. Geraldine Thompson and Darren Soto, flanked by other Central Florida Democratic and Civil Rights leaders, urged Gov. Rick Scott to take seriously a recent letter from U.S.

Naked Politics Another $11-mil for Rick Scott in July

From the Rick Scott campaign:

Today, the Rick Scott for Florida campaign, the Republican Party of Florida,  and Let’s Get To Work announced fundraising totals of nearly $11 million in the month of July.

Naked Politics Crist reports raising $3.5-mil in July

Release from the Charlie Crist campaign:

Naked Politics Attacking Charlie Crist where he lives, or maybe lives

@AdamSmithTimes

The Florida GOP this week has been trying to push a story that...well, we're not really sure what they were trying to say. First they suggested Crist's landlord at his Bayfront Tower rental condo had improperly applied for a homestead exemption or that Crist had secretly left the 'Burg. When told Crist had in fact moved from a condo on the 22nd floor to one on the 19th, the GOP pressed on: