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Post on Politics Lawmakers send dozens of bills to Scott; Let’s get to work

Gov. Scott gets 68 bills from lawmakers to consider by May 22.

Post on Politics ‘Safety concerns’ lead Boca West Country Club to cancel GOP’s dinner with Islam foe

Boca West Country Club, citing safety concerns, has canceled a Republican dinner featuring Dutch politician Geert Wilders.

The Palm Beach County Republican Party will have to find another venue to host Dutch politician and prominent Islam critic Geert Wilders for a fundraising dinner.


Post on Politics Water district to rebuff U.S. Sugar land deal…again

The governing board of the South Florida Water Management District will take another swing at explaining why it is against the U.S. Sugar land deal at its monthly meeting on May 14.

Post on Politics Day after “good conversation” with feds, Scott seeks injunction against them

Gov. Scott filed legal motion against federal officials.

A day after saying he had a “good conversation” with federal officials about Florida hospital funding, Gov. Rick Scott filed a legal motion Thursday seeking to bar the Obama administration from stopping $1.3 billion flowing to the state.

Naked Politics The Daily Show: Cubans are 'snooty subset,' and Jeb 'El Jebe' Bush is really Hispanic


Some laughs, because we've got a long way to go until November 2016:

Post on Politics Palm Beach County mentoring task force meets May 26

The Palm Beach County My Brother’s Keeper Task Force meets from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on May 26  in the 6th floor chambers of the County Governmental Center, 301 North Olive Ave., West Palm Beach.

The group hopes to establish a coalition of public and private entities to improve life for African-American boys and young men by promoting education and employment opportunities and mentoring.

Naked Politics Mickey, meet the Senate Democrats

In the lead-up to a special session with the budget on the table, Senate Democrats will head to Disney World to court donors.

Naked Politics Jeb Bush says poverty rate higher now than in the 1970s

When asked about the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died following an April 12 arrest in Baltimore, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush turned the subject to poverty.

OS Political Pulse Gov. Scott files injunction to get federal hospital funds

TALLAHASSEE – After striking out with federal officials, Gov.

Post on Politics As Scott begins probe of hospital spending, hospital chain gives him $100K

Hospital group gives Gov. Scottt $100K same day hospital commission formed.

The same day Gov. Rick Scott was creating a health care commission to probe the bottom line at Florida hospitals, his political committee $100,000 in contributions from one of the state’s biggest hospital chains.

Post on Politics A guide to who’s not running in Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional District 18

Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, is giving up the congressional District 18 seat to run for Senate.

Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional District 18 is one of the few true swing districts in Florida and a prize coveted by national Democrats and Republicans alike.


Naked Politics Gov. Rick Scott seeks immediate action in healthcare lawsuit

Gov. Rick Scott took another shot at the Obama Administration Thursday, asking the court to take immediate action in his lawsuit against federal healthcare officials.

Naked Politics WMUR poll: Jeb Bush ahead in New Hampshire


Another day, another poll in the early days of the 2016 presidential campaign. This one is good for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who according to the survey is ahead of the Republican pack in New Hampshire, which holds the first primary.

Naked Politics Not much outside pressure to expand special session beyond budget

Special interest groups whose issues weren’t resolved before the Legislature’s regular session ended abruptly they’ll secure a spot on the agenda for the June special session. 

Naked Politics Meet Ron DeSantis' Senate campaign finance team


U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, who kicked off his 2016 Republican U.S. Senate campaign Wednesday, announced his fund-raising team Thursday.

Naked Politics Broward legislators, hospital execs to discuss Medicaid fallout

Broward state legislators, hospital CEOs and community leaders will discuss the financial impact of the state budget fallout over Medicaid expansion.

The meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Post on Politics Republican Pat Rooney Jr. will not run for open Patrick Murphy House seat

State Rep. Pat Rooney Jr.

Citing business and family concerns, Republican state Rep. Pat Rooney Jr. will not run for the open Palm Beach-Treasure coast congressional seat that Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy is leaving to run for Senate.


Post on Politics Outgoing Palm Beach County Administrator Weisman speaks Thursday

The Bob Weisman farewell tour is gearing up in earnest.

The longtime Palm Beach County Administrator, who’s retiring this summer after 23 years, was the keynote speaker at Thursday’s luncheon of the Economic Forum of Palm Beach County.

Six finalists to replace him will go before a selection committee next week.

PolitiJax Councilman Bill Bishop endorses Lisa King in City Council District 2 race

Jacksonville City Councilman Bill Bishop, a former GOP mayoral candidate, is backing Lisa King's bid for the District 2 City Council seat.

King, a Democrat, is facing Republican Al Ferraro for the seat, which Bishop is vacating because of term limits.

A spokeswoman for King issued the following statement on Thursday:

PolitiJax Former councilman Johnny Gaffney to endorse Lenny Curry

Johnny Gaffney, a Democrat and former City Councilman, is set to endorse Republican mayoral challenger Lenny Curry at an event Thursday that the campaign has billed as a "major press announcement" in downtown Jacksonville, according to Curry campaign sources.

Naked Politics Alan Gross favors Cuba rapprochement at Miami Beach fundraiser

via @ngameztorres

The newly formed New Cuba political action committee, which will raise money to promote travel and trade with the island, has found an unexpected spokesman: Alan Gross, the USAID subcontractor who was imprisoned for five years in Cuba and wants to return to play "a constructive role" as the two countries resume closer ties.

Naked Politics Fact-checking Bill and Hillary Clinton

We bring you our two most recent fact-checks of Bill and Hillary Clinton from PolitiFact.

Post on Politics Last Florida DMV driver license office in Palm Beach County closes June 30

On June 30, the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles closes its last Palm Beach County office, the result of a 2010 law that phased out DMV offices and handed such duties to county tax collectors.

A new central Palm Beach County service center is set to open in November at 4215 S. Military Trail, Lake Worth. But when it does, current centers in Lake Worth and Lantana will close.

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Naked Politics In Miami-Dade, a call to treat the mentally ill instead of jailing them


Leaders of Miaim-Dade justice system held a media event Wednesday touting the need to treat mentally-ill offenders rather than jailing them.

Post on Politics Second business group backs LaRocque for administrator

First, it was the Economic Council of Palm Beach County. Now, another local business group, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, has publicly endorsed Assistant County Administrator Shannon LaRocque as she seeks to succeed Bob Weisman as county administrator.

PolitiJax Costello endorses former U.S. Rep. Sandy Adams for DeSantis seat

State Rep. Fred Costello said he won't run for Congress now that U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis is running for Senate and will instead seek re-election to the Florida House.

Post on Politics June special session set on budget…and more

Lawmakers look set to return to Florida Capitol in June.

Florida lawmakers look set to return to the Capitol for three weeks in June to craft a budget for the year beginning July 1, with House Speaker Steve Crisafulli agreeing to the idea Wednesday.

OS Political Pulse Summer time and the budget ain't easy: Special session set for June 1

TALLAHASSEE – House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner have set tentative dates for a special session for June 1-20.

Post on Politics Ron DeSantis launches Senate bid, ally fires preemptive shot at Carlos Lopez-Cantera

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, left, isn’t a Senate candidate but is already taking fire from backers of Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Naked Politics House and Senate agree! Three-week special session to begin June 1

It's a start.