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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

@PatriciaMazzei

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:

Naked Politics Teresa Sarnoff pondering 2015 run for husband's Miami commission seat

@NewsbySmiley

Term-limited Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff’s days representing the city's easternmost neighborhoods are numbered. And a likely scrum awaits in November 2015 when his seat will be open to all challengers.

But it’s possible a Sarnoff will still be on the ballot.

OS Political Pulse Online group to hold candidate forum Wednesday night

An online discussion group known as Orange County Political Voice is holding a forum for local candidates Wednesday night in Thornton Park.

Naked Politics Facing fire from Steyer, Rick Scott says he's ready amid 'Florida Beautiful' tour

Gov. Rick Scott gave a one-word response when asked Tuesday if he was worried that billionaire climate-change activist Tom Steyer is targeting him.

“No,” Scott, a multi-millionaire who isn’t shy about spending his own fortune, smiled during a Miami campaign stop.

“No,” he repeated.

But Scott is still taking precautions.

Naked Politics Supervisors: special election is possible this year for revised congressional districts

Elections officials in the counties facing redrawn congressional districts concluded on Tuesday that, contrary to arguments of Republican legislators, the state could conduct special elections for a handful of districts this year – but winners would not be chosen until after Nov. 4.

Naked Politics Truth-O-Meter looks at drugged driving claim about pot

Medical marijuana opponents are taking to the streets to oppose Amendment 2, citing statistics that drugged driving would be a major side effect to legalizing cannabis.

Don’t Let Florida Go To Pot, a coalition of more than 40 organizations fighting against the proposed medical marijuana amendment, says on its website that the drug is implicated in a fourth of all fatal accidents.

Naked Politics Business owners ask Scott for more time to comment on climate rules

A coalition of 17 owners of Florida-based companies that specialize in solar energy on Tuesday urged Gov. Rick Scott and the Public Service Commission to extend the public comment period on how the state will comply with the federal rules on limiting carbon pollution from power plants.

Naked Politics Crist's jobs event in Ft Laud was largely a repeat of his attacks on Scott about ed cuts and Medicaid expansion

Many of former Gov. Charlie Crist’s ideas unveiled today in his “Fair Shot Florida” plan to grow middle class jobs were familiar campaign talking points.

Crist criticized Gov. Rick Scott for rejecting billions of federal dollars for high-speed rail expansion and for the state’s failure to expand Medicaid.

Naked Politics Nonpartisan Miami-Dade commission race has become proxy for Republicans vs. Democrats

@PatriciaMazzei

Miami-Dade County Commission seats are nonpartisan, but that’s hardly apparent in the bitter contest between incumbent Lynda Bell and challenger Daniella Levine Cava, which has likely become the most expensive commission race in county history.

Naked Politics Carollo wants voters to know Carollo supports ballot question

@NewsbySmiley

Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo wants voters to pass a charter amendment this month that would hold developers’ feet to the fire once they get consent to build on city land. And he really wants voters to know that he thinks it's a good idea.

Naked Politics Dem ad hits Rick Scott on economy

@AdamSmithTimes

<p>The Democrats have a new web ad that takes aim at Gov. Rick Scott&#39;s main campaign argument - that&#39;s he&#39;s a jobs governor. The reality, claims the spot, is not nearly so sunny.</p>

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Naked Politics As Republicans battle to take Senate, Rubio throws his support behind three candidates in tight races

@CAdamsMcClatchy

 

Naked Politics Hey, look! David Rivera puts out another robocall

@PatriciaMazzei

Florida Politics Florida Legislatrure bans staff from talking to congressional members, political consultants

TALLAHASSEE -- In advance of a rapid-fire redistricting special session slated to start Thursday, House Speaker Will Weatherford has ordered staff to have no contact with congressional members, lobbyists or political consultants.

OS Political Pulse Florida Legislature: Don't talk to congressional members, political consultants

TALLAHASSEE -- In advance of a rapid-fire redistricting special session slated to start Thursday, House Speaker Will Weatherford has ordered staff to have no contact with congressional members, lobbyists or political consultants.

Naked Politics Galvano sets Senate timeline for redistricting session

Sen. Bill Galvano, the Bradenton Republican selected to head up the redistricting committee, has ordered staff to start developing remedial plans to fix the congressional redistricting plan. But he has specifically ordered not to discuss or share their drafts with anyone -- presumably the political consultants that were accused of hijacking the process last time. 

Naked Politics 20th TV ad boosting boosting Rick Scott (6th in Spanish) hits airwaves

@MarcACaputo

It's only August 5, and Gov.  Rick Scott's team just announced his sixth Spanish-language TV ad, bringing his total commercial buy to 22, which includes two radio spots. Between the state GOP and his Let's Get to Work Committee/campaign, Scott has spent at least $23 million on them since Charlie Crist jumped in the race in November.

OS Political Pulse Amendment 2 proponents: FMA doesn't represent views of all docs

The group behind Florida's medical marijuana initiative has responded to the Florida Medical Association's opposition to Amendment 2 by countering that many doctors and nurses do not agree with the FMA.

Naked Politics Tallahassee lobbying firm hires former Miami-Dade deputy mayor

@PatriciaMazzei

Chip Iglesias, the deputy mayor who left Miami-Dade County Hall last week, has been hired by prominent lobbying firm.

Iglesias will chair the local government practice at Ballard Partners, a Tallahassee-based shop with offices across the state. He will be based in Miami.

Naked Politics Are legislators headed for stand-off with judge and more litigation?

Florida legislators indicated Monday that they will meet in special session this week to make the court-ordered repairs to two congressional districts in North and Central Florida but they will not accept holding special elections this year to put them in place.

Naked Politics As Sheldon fends off residency questions, Thurston can relate

@mikevansickler

Who knew that the Democratic race for Attorney General would pit two candidates who have had their eligibility to hold office questioned because of residency issues?

Naked Politics Miami-Dade property appraiser asks for hearing against Department of Revenue

@PatriciaMazzei

The Miami-Dade property appraiser filed legal action against the state of Florida on Monday over an obscure administrative rule the county says has contributed to mucking up crucial tax collections for local governments.

Naked Politics Police official breaks law to advocate against medical marijuana

@MarcACaputo

North Miami Beach became the latest flashpoint in Florida’s medical-marijuana fight when a police official broke state law by improperly emailing out political talking-points from opponents of the ballot initiative that voters will decide in November.

Naked Politics Gov. Scott's Half True claim about Eric Holder and early voting

As Florida heads toward a hotly contested governor’s race in November, Attorney General Eric Holder warned Gov. Rick Scott that the feds are "carefully monitoring" voter access in the state.

"I am deeply disturbed that during your tenure, your state has repeatedly added barriers to voting and restricted access to the polls," Holder wrote in a July 21 letter to Scott.