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Naked Politics Florida: Keep Medicaid expansion, LIP separate

One day after a top federal official informed Florida that the future of the Low Income Pool is tied to Medicaid expansion, Florida Medicaid Director Justin Senior sent a letter back, saying the two healthcare funding issues should be kept separate.

OS Political Pulse 6 members of Congress ask feds to release hospital funds

TALLAHASSEE  — Six Republicans in Congress are asking federal officials to release hospital funding that is now caught up in a legislative battle over Medicaid expansion.

Post on Politics Gang of Six Republicans defends Scott, House in Medicaid fight

U.S.Sen. Marco Rubio and five GOP Congress members wrote Obama administration

A handful of Republican members of Congress are coming to the defense of Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida House in their battle with the Obama administration over expanding health insurance and federal funding for state hospitals.

Naked Politics Scott, Cabinet, news outlets head to mediation in Sunshine case

After two months of behind-the-scenes legal combat, the attorneys for Gov. Rick Scott, all three Cabinet members and most major Florida news outlets will try to mediate their differences in a lawsuit that accuses the four state officials of violating the Sunshine Law.

OS Political Pulse Bush, Rubio, Christie, others to speak at Disney

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and five of their likely rivals for the Republican presidential nomination including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be speaking at an economic summit hosted at Walt Disney World in June by Gov.

Naked Politics Rubio's bad analogy about borrowing 'like it's 1999'

Sen. Marco Rubio confirmed his 2016 presidential campaign Monday, but an apparent musical analogy in his announcement speech was a bit off key. During a speech in which he implied his opponents were too old, Rubio accused the competition of wanting to recycle ideas "stuck in the 20th century."

Post on Politics Commissioners pleased with administrator selection process

A job mixing south Florida sunshine and a financially healthy county – not to mention the possibility of a $250,000 per year salary – was sure to draw a candidate or two.

Naked Politics WEDNESDAY: Five things to watch on Wednesday

Tensions remain high in Tallahassee as the verbal arrows fly over the fate of the state’s handling of health insurance for the uninsured.  Meanwhile, the House will meet in a full sessionWednesday but much of the action will be in the Senate.

Here are five things to watch:

Naked Politics Tension mounts in Tallahassee over Medicaid expansion, hospital funding

Federal health officials turned up the pressure on Florida Tuesday, saying the future of $1.3 billion in federal funding for hospitals that treat low-income patients is tied to whether the Legislature expands Medicaid.

Naked Politics South Florida doctor already facing corruption charges with Bob Menendez also accused of Medicare fraud

via @jayhweaver

Charged just weeks ago in a political corruption case with a U.S. senator, West Palm Beach eye doctor Salomon Melgen was arrested late Tuesday on new Medicare fraud offenses involving more than $190 million in billing to the taxpayer-funded program.

Naked Politics Key legislator wants prison inspector general fired

A House committee took aim at the state’s chief prison inspector Tuesday, first accusing Jeffery Beasley of failing to properly investigate suspicious inmate deaths, then approving a plan to make it easier for the Department of Correction’s secretary to fire him and his staff.

Post on Politics Business, health care, religious leaders — even Obama admin — turn up pressure on Scott, House

Senate’s health expansion sparks GOP civil war

Naked Politics They agree on this: Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio want Cuba to remain on terror list


President Obama's decision Tuesday to no longer consider Cuba a terrorist nation prompted sharp rebukes from newly declared Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio and one of his likely rivals, Jeb Bush.

Naked Politics Miami's Cuban-American members of Congress slam Obama over Cuba terror designation change


The trio of Miami Cuban-American Republicans in Congress -- Reps. Carlos Curbelo, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen -- were quick to denounce the White House's decision Tuesday to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Congress has 45 days to block the action, if it can find enough support -- a veto-proof majority -- to do so, which seems unlikely.

Naked Politics Back in Washington, Rubio pushes international issues and protections for Israel


In his first day back in Washington after announcing his run for the presidency, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio waded in on international issues dealing with Iran, Israel and Cuba, in both cases pushing back against actions the administration has taken.

Naked Politics Rick Scott's inviting GOP presidential contenders to Orlando

via @adamsmithtimes

Gov. Rick Scott is hosting an "Economic Growth Summit" in Orlando June 2, and has commitments from several leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination to speak about the vision for economic growth. Candidates who have confirmed they will attend:

Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker.

Naked Politics Obama intends to remove Cuba from list of terrorist nations

via @HeraldMimi

After 33 years of designating Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism, the United States is removing its Caribbean neighbor from a list of terrorist nations in another sign of warming relations between the two countries.

OS Political Pulse Senate ramps up Medicaid push, still deadlocked with House

TALLAHASSEE – Flanked by business executives and advocates, Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, prodded the House to negotiate with him over a Senate plan to expand Medicaid with what he calls “conservative guardrails.”

Naked Politics Marco Rubio follows presidential launch with media blitz


Marco Rubio, the latest 2016 Republican presidential contender, generally avoided reporters in the weeks leading up to his campaign inauguration Monday. But he's been all over the national press since then, trying to make the most of his moment in the spotlight.

OS Political Pulse Orlando Mayor Dyer: Casinos could lead to 'next Atlantic City' in FL

Its residents' tanning habits aside, it's unlikely Orlando is often mistaken for the Jersey Shore.

Post on Politics Scott bringing Republican White House contenders to Orlando to talk economy

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks Oct. 20, 2014, at a Miami campaign event for Gov. Rick Scott. (Photo by George Bennett)

Having sided with none of the likely Republican presidential candidates, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is drawing many of them to Orlando in June to share their views on the economy.

OS Political Pulse Corcoran disputes House Speaker plot, threat allegations


Post on Politics House continues on collision course with Senate over prisons

House, Senate at odds over oversight commission

Lawmakers continued Tuesday on a collision course over attempts to repair Florida’s troubled prison system, with a House panel approving an overhaul which fails to endorse the Senate’s plan for an independent oversight commission.

Naked Politics Raquel Regalado: Don't make Baylink "a priority"


Miami-Dade mayoral candidate Raquel Regalado told a Miami Beach breakfast group Tuesday that she doesn't want the proposed Baylink light-rail system to be first in line for county transit dollars.

Naked Politics Shield of police body camera videos tightened

Yesterday, we reported that the Florida Senate is considering a sweeping public records exemption of video taken by cameras worn by police officers.

Naked Politics Repeal of gay adoption ban clears Senate

Senators approved Tuesday a bill promoting adoptions that has become a source of heated debate.

HB 7013, sponsored by Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, in the Senate, will create incentives for state employees who adopt. But it will also strike a ban on gay Floridians adopting.

The ban’s repeal is largely symbolic. A judge ruled the state’s ban unconstitutional five years ago, and gay parents have been adopting ever since.

Naked Politics Rick Scott's claim about LIP and Medicaid

lorida simply can’t trust the federal government to follow through on expanding Medicaid because Washington has already abandoned funding a current statewide health care program, Gov. Rick Scott says.

Naked Politics As expected, Rep. Ron DeSantis is thinking of Senate run

via @learyreports

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis of Ponte Vedra Beach said today he is thinking of entering the race for Marco Rubio's Senate seat, an expected development.

In a statement the Republican said: 

OS Political Pulse Latest dog in the hunt for medical pot is an actual dog

TALLAHASSEE --  Three-year-old Dinah is the latest face joining the entourage pushing for medical marijuana in Florida, arriving on the scene just as the Senate is poised to broaden the state's non-euphoric cannabis law approved last year.

Post on Politics Rebecca Negron enters GOP race for Patrick Murphy congressional seat

Martin County School Board member and GOP congressional candidate Rebecca Negron