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Post on Politics Let’s try this again: Bills would cover medical bills of retired police K9s

Two local lawmakers have renewed their efforts to establish and fund a program to help pay the medical bills of retired law enforcement dogs.

Naked Politics Politico: Debbie Wasserman Schultz's office in 'tizzy' over medical-marijuana donor trouble


U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's office offered to change the Weston Democrat's position against a legalizing medical marijuana in exchange for support from a deep-pocketed donor, Politico reports.

Naked Politics Climate change activists denied anti-Marco Rubio billboard in Miami


An environmental activist group recently tried to put up a billboard in Miami criticizing potential Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio's position on climate change.

"NO CLIMATE DENIERS IN THE WHITE HOUSE," the proposed ad from Forecast the Facts Action read, steering viewers to 

Post on Politics Greyhound protection bill on opening-day agenda

After winning unanimous support at its final committee stop on Thursday, a bill requiring operators of greyhound racing establishments to report all dogs’ injuries to the state will be the first bill considered by the Senate when the session begins on March 3. 

Naked Politics In SC, Rubio sells books -- and talks about competition from the state’s Lindsey Graham


Three down, one to go.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican and potential presidential candidate, hit the third of four stops in his book tour, with one more scheduled next week.

In Greenville, South Carolina, Thursday, Rubio touted “American Dreams,” his book on how to restore “economic opportunity for everyone.”

Naked Politics Man who ran for Miami mayor in 2013 pleads guilty to campaign violations, gets one year probation



In 2013, prosecutors say Miami mayoral candidate Jeffrey Benjamin stiffed vendors, fabricated a campaign bank account, and was under investigation before election day.

Still, he won 2,500 votes, came in second place to Tomas Regalado -- and earned one year of probation and 50 hours of community service.

Naked Politics Scott drops appeal of court ban on voter purge effort


Naked Politics Pa. paper pokes fun at Gov. Scott's job poaching trip

Gov. Rick Scott's upcoming job-poaching trip to frigid Philadelphia is attracting attention up there, but perhaps not the kind Scott and his messengers would like. The state capital paper in Harrisburg, The Patriot-News, has good-naturedly declared "war" on Scott, calling him Florida's "carpetbagger-in-chief" in an editorial that urges readers to write angry letters to him.

OS Political Pulse Lawmakers push Orlando soccer stadium funds quest to extra time

TALLAHASSEE - A panel of lawmakers decided Thursday to put off final approval of the $2 million in state taxpayer funds sought by the Orlando City Lions' for a new soccer stadium.

Post on Politics Murphy’s Senate talks include donors, senators, pollster, Crist

Former President Bill Clinton and Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, in Palm Beach Gardens last fall. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

OS Political Pulse Singh to refund over-the-limit contributions in property appraiser race

Some oversized campaign contributions could become an issue in the race for Orange County property appraiser in 2016.

Naked Politics Crisafulli's water bill passes Appropriations, next stop: Floor vote

It’s a complicated bill that House Speaker Steve Crisafulli says will modernize Florida’s water policy.

Naked Politics Broward Democrats' keynote speaker is James Clyburn

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-South Carolina, will be in the keynote speaker for the Broward Democrats’ annual Unity Dinner March 21.

Naked Politics Fact-checking Marco Rubio's claim about ISIS in Benghazi

Sen. Marco Rubio hasn’t declared himself a presidential candidate yet, but that didn’t stop him from visiting Iowa a little early.

Naked Politics New poll: Americans support higher minimum wage


A majority of Americans support increasing the minimum wage, according to a new poll released Thursday by the Associated Press and GfK.

Post on Politics County could help para-transit firm after all

Two Wheels, Inc., the sub-contractor that leased 10 vehicles in a futile quest to help Metro Mobility meet the county’s para-transit needs, could get a helping hand from Palm Beach County.

An email exchange between Assistant County Administrator Shannon LaRocque and Julia Pascone, an assistant manager for a New York collections firm, indicates that the county’s offer of $30,000 each for the 10 vehicles Two Wheels leased has been accepted.

Post on Politics Senate sober home bill passes first committee

An amended version of Senate bill that would establish a voluntary certification process for sober homes cleared its first committee hearing this morning with a unanimous vote.

PolitiJax Florida's health exchange still struggling for sales in Obamacare era

Florida leads the nation in sign-ups for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, despite the state's Republican leadership resisting the law at every turn.

OS Political Pulse Sen. Soto slams Bondi over Obama immigration order lawsuit


Naked Politics Conservative group hits Jeb Bush for lauding Hillary Clinton

From Miami Herald Washington Bureau's Lesley Clark:

The conservative group, ForAmerica, is launching a video today that declares former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush “unelectable” -- thanks to his participation at a 2013 ceremony honoring former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Naked Politics GOP ready to set March 15 as Florida's presidential primary

Florida Republicans are ready to ditch the first-up status in the 2016 presidential preference primary and are drafting legislation to move the date back to the third Tuesday in March.

Post on Politics Frankel tells mayors she’s seeking federal help on sober home regulations

Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, meeting with mayors on Wednesday.

Post on Politics Watch it live: Greyhound protection bill makes second committee stop

A bill requiring operators of greyhound racing establishments to report all injuries sustained by their dogs to the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering and that the Department of Business and Professional Regulation will make its second committee stop this morning.

Post on Politics Watch it live: Senate sober home bill makes first committee stop

A bill filed by Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, that would regulate sober homes makes it first committee stop this morning before the Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs.

Naked Politics Who's who in the tobacco wars? Chapter One

The lobbying team suited up to do battle this year to pass a single sentence into law to save the embattled tobacco industry millions of dollars is a virtual constellation of both new and old stars.

Naked Politics Tobacco industry re-ignites litigation fight with Florida's trial lawyers

The powerful cigarette industry re-ignited Florida’s tobacco wars Wednesday with a one-sentence bill that would strip away the right of thousands of Florida victims from collecting millions in damages.

Naked Politics Putnam pushes for more control of state waters

In another sign of frayed relations between the state's top Republican leaders, a tug of war is unfolding between Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam over arguably the state's most valuable commodity: water.

Putnam is lobbying for a bill that would overhaul the state's water management, loosening rules on pollution in the northern part of Lake Okeechobee in favor of more lenient standards.

Naked Politics Youth Fair won't move to Tropical Park, Miami-Dade mayor says


Tropical Park is not an option for relocating the Miami-Dade Youth Fair in order to clear the way for an expansion of Florida International University onto the current fairgrounds, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Wednesday.

Naked Politics In Vegas, Rubio says Senate should fund Homeland Security without anti-immigration provisions


Republicans in Congress want to strip funding for President Obama's contested executive immigration actions before passing a budget for the Department of Homeland Security. But U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday that the Senate shouldn't shut down the department just to pass the anti-immigration provisions. The funding deadline is Feb. 27.

Post on Politics Craft beer bills debut: One passes committee, two in limbo

One of three craft beer bills heard by lawmakers on Wednesday made it through committee, while no votes were taken on two other bills.

The House Business and Professions Subcommittee heard from numerous craft beer makers and industry representatives but did not vote on two bills: