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Naked Politics No LIP crisis here: All systems go with House tax cut

The House is allocating $2 ½ billion less than the $30.3 billion state economists are forecasting for general revenue next year, according to allocations for next year’s budget released on Friday.

OS Political Pulse House moves on budget while Senate waits on Medicaid talks

TALLAHASSEE - House and Senate leaders agree on this much: it’s early.

Post on Politics Ted Deutch, congressman of many hairstyles, to shave his head

Rep. Ted Deutch went for the 18th century look with this wig for an Independence Day event in 2013.

Post on Politics A Patrick Murphy House-to-Senate jump would be first for Florida Dem in 66 years

Florida Democrat George Smathers went directly from the U.S. House to the Senate in 1950. No Democrat has done it since.

PolitiJax Southside Business Men's Club PAC endorses Bill Bishop

The political committee for non-profit civic organization the Southside Business Men's Club announced it is endorsing Republican mayoral candidate Bill Bishop.

The PAC for the group, which represents about 300 business people around Northeast Florida, stated Thursday that members privately supported Bishop but initially intended to only endorse candidates in city races with two or fewer contenders.

OS Political Pulse Another challenge, another delay for state's med pot rules

A legal challenge has been filed to the latest round of rules for the state's new low-THC medical marijuana law. Thee filing questions whether the latest round of rules could provide fair access to the medicine.

Naked Politics Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson pass Senate recognition of late Miami activist


PolitiJax Sheriff candidate Ken Jefferson promises crime reduction if elected

In his first 30-second television spot, sheriff’s candidate Ken Jefferson promises to reduce crime and gang violence by 25 percent his first year in office and points to a plan to deploy police and engage with the community.

The ad that began running this week opens in front of a sign for the housing complex in Northwest Jacksonville where Jefferson lived with his parents and includes a recent clip of him and his father walking there.

Naked Politics Historically, it's a tough road for Florida members of Congress to run for Senate

via @learyreports

Rep. Patrick Murphy is moving toward a run for Marco Rubio's Senate seat, but an analysis from Smart Politics shows it's a tough road.

Naked Politics President Obama reads 'mean tweets' on Jimmy Kimmel Live

No explanation necessary.


Naked Politics Friday: Five things to (binge) watch

Not a single meeting is scheduled for Friday, the 11th day of the legislative session. Lawmakers are fried, having spent the week clashing over Medicaid expansion and complicated water proposals. So here are five things to (binge) watch this weekend:

House of Cards: Senate leaders seeking inspiration on how to pass an alternative to Medicaid expansion can take a cue from Frank Underwood.

Naked Politics Scott Walker sizes up Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush

via @adamsmithtimes

Naked Politics New rules for limited medical marijuana in Florida met with legal challenge


Rules to implement Florida's limited medical marijuana law, already mired in bureaucratic red tape, became further entangled this week by a new legal challenge.

Naked Politics Florida school uniform proposal advances

Florida lawmakers want to help kids across the state with an age-old quandary: what to wear to school.

A House panel on Thursday gave its approval to a plan that would encourage school districts to adopt a standard attire policy for students in grades K-8.

The bill includes a cash incentive — $10 per student —for school districts that comply.

Naked Politics How one Florida congressman reacted to state's distaste for using 'climate change'


U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, a Boca Raton Democrat, took to Twitter on Thursday to jab Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott over his administration's aversion to using the terms "climate change" and "global warming" in writing. (The state says it's not true.)

Naked Politics John Kerry takes on Rick Scott over avoiding 'climate change'

From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that elected officials who ban the words "climate change" are unwilling to face the facts, a non-so-subtle dig at Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration.

Kerry, a longtime champion of combatting climate change, said the officials were ignoring the scientific facts.

OS Political Pulse John Kerry chides a certain governor over 'climate change' ban

WASHINGTON  — Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that elected officials who ban the words “climate change” are unwilling to face the facts, a non-so-subtle dig at Florida Gov.

Naked Politics Univision fires TV host who compared Michelle Obama to 'Planet of the Apes'

via @SarahMorenoENH

Univision fired Emmy-award winning Spanish-language television personality Rodner Figueroa after he said that First Lady Michelle Obama looked as if she were a member of the cast of the Hollywood film Planet of the Apes.

Post on Politics Scott: California, here I come

Gov. Scott sent a “Dear Shipping Industry Professional” letter to California.

Naked Politics Miami Republican congressman questions need for Iran letter


Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo told a Spanish-language television station this week that he opposes the Obama administration's nuclear talks with Iran.

OS Political Pulse Americans for Prosperity sends mailers slamming Rep. Miller over film incentive program

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Naked Politics How much of the state budget goes to Medicaid?

After rejecting Medicaid expansion in 2013, the Florida Legislature is taking a serious look at it this session. The program pays for health insurance for the very poor.

OS Political Pulse Retired OPD officer files for Orange Commission race

Bill Moore to challenge incumbent Pete Clarke in '16

Naked Politics New Hampshire GOP summit next month to draw Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio

via @learyreports

They failed to connect last weekend in Iowa, but Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush have heard the cattle call in New Hampshire.

Naked Politics New hires for Jeb Bush's soon-to-be campaign

via @lesleyclark

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is adding staff to his likely presidential campaign, including a Wall Street investment firm director and a strategist instrumental in U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's landslide win last year.

Naked Politics Revoke Venezuelan diplomat's visa, Miami Republican members of Congress say


The Venezuelan ambassador to the Organization of American States in Washington D.C. had a few choice words this week for members of the political opposition in the South American country.

Naked Politics WashPost: Once the sideshows, super PACs now at the forefront of presidential runs

From the Post's Matea Gold:

In the last presidential contest, super PACs were an exotic add-on for most candidates. This time, they are the first priority.

PolitiJax Debate primer: Mayoral candidates face an uncertain electorate

Programming note: You can follow me (@NateMonroeTU) and Steve Patterson (@StevePatTU) for live tweets of Thursday night's debate.


Naked Politics Rubio to hold hearing on worsening situation in Venezuela, and on U.S. reaction to it


U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from West Miami who last year prodded the White House to take strong action against Venezuelan officials for human rights abuses, will convene a hearing next week on unrest in the South American nation and the U.S. response to it.

OS Political Pulse Primary date push back moves in Legislature

Florida lawmakers are moving swiftly to set the date of the 2016 presidential primary on March 15.