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Naked Politics In Cuba-embargo reversal, Hillary Clinton revises history by omission as presidential bid looms

@MarcACaputo

Too bad Florida International University’s latest poll, which showed Miami-Dade Cubans increasingly oppose the embargo of the island nation, didn’t ask respondents just two more questions:

1) Do you favor lifting the embargo only if Cuba holds open and fair elections, releases political prisoners and allows for a free press and labor unions?

2) Does Hillary Clinton need a time machine?

Okay. Maybe No. 2 wouldn’t make the cut.

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Naples Daily News Rubio vows to be more involved in Indian River Lagoon issues

Isadora Rangel, (@IsadoraRangel2) STUART — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said his first visit to the Indian River Lagoon on Friday prompted him to consider reviving a bill he started drafting last year to give Florida more oversight of Lake Okeechobee discharges. Rubio spent a big portion of his meeting with 14 stakeholders at City Hall […]

Naked Politics Texas-talking Ted Cruz welcomed like a Miami son by Miami-Dade GOP

Ted Cruz had a Miami homecoming Friday, even though the firebrand U.S. Senator is from Texas.

The son of a Cuban exile, Cruz was welcomed as a long-lost son by the Miami-Dade Republican Party at its Lincoln Day Dinner, an annual fundraiser he helped sell out and amp up by giving a note-less conservative stem-winder that criticized President Obama for everything from domestic spying to his “feckless and naïve foreign policy.”

Naked Politics Jacksonville Rep. Fullwood fails to qualify, blames clerical error

@tbtia

Scroll through the lists of candidates qualified to run for the Florida House and there is one anomaly: incumbent Rep. Reggie Fullwood, D-Jacksonville, remained listed as "active" and not "qualified" when the noon deadline passed.

That made him the only incumbent eligible for re-election who didn't qualify. He would have been unopposed. Now there is no one running in District 13 to represent Jacksonville's urban core.

Naked Politics Controversial school voucher bill, Pop-Tart bill to become law

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a sweeping education bill that will, among other things, expand the state school voucher program.

The expansion was not as dramatic as lawmakers had initially proposed.

OS Political Pulse Headlining Central Florida's legislative candidate list, Siplin says he can't 'leave the game'

TALLAHASSEE – Central Florida voters can expect to witness a handful of heated races for the state Legislature this year.

Naked Politics FSU sets new presidential search timeline

@tbtia

The Florida State University presidential search committee, with the help of its newly hired consultant, set a timeline for evaluating candidates that could have a new leader named by the end of September.

Naked Politics Another shady Florida political candidate

From the Sarasota Herald Tribune:

How does a Nigerian-educated pharmacist raise $182,000 in the governor’s race with no name recognition, no political ties and a website that says she’s running for “new age ruler?”

She gets it from hundreds of donors who say they live in Florida but do not, from dozens of addresses that don’t show up on a map and from at least three people who appear to be dead.

OS Political Pulse Orange County Mayor draws challenger, but no real challenge

With close of qualifying period, the list of Orange County candidates is final

OS Political Pulse Gov. Scott signs bill to expand voucher program

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Naked Politics Greer's biographer on reaction to 'The Chairman'

Two weeks from Saturday, Florida inmate No. C07705 will leave prison a free man. He's Jim Greer, former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, whose book, The Chairman: The Rise and Betrayal of Jim Greer, recently hit newsstands.

OS Political Pulse Scott signs stadium bill that helps Orlando MLS, Daytona Speedway

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Florida Politics Scott signs stadium bill that helps Orlando MLS, Daytona Speedway

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Naples Daily News A Nigerian president, nonexistent donors, and the campaign of a little-known GOP gubernatorial candidate

Matt Dixon, (@Mdixon55) Contributions from 400 West Park in downtown Tallahassee have been flowing to the campaign of little- known GOP gubernatorial candidate Yinka Abosede Adeshina. So far, she has received 12 worth $3,000 from the address. The problem? It does not exist. When following Park Avenue numerically, the address would fall in the middle […]

Naked Politics Wilson joins lawmakers in push for greater Twitter campaign to help free kidnapped Nigerian girls

@CAdamsMcClatchy

A delegation of U.S. House members recently back from a fact-finding trip to Nigeria is calling for more international attention to help free girls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

U.S. Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, a Democrat from Miami Gardens, spoke along with several other members of Congress Thursday afternoon about their trip and the need for efforts to win the girls’ release.

Naked Politics Decision raises more questions about documents in redistricting case

@tbtia

The trial challenging Florida's newly drawn congressional map ended two weeks ago and the judge could rule at any time on whether the revised boundaries violate the law.

Even so, a First District Court of Appeal opinion issued Thursday could jeopardize the use of 538 pages of confidential documents that were introduced as evidence.

Naked Politics RPOF files third ethics complaint v. Charlie Crist over Morgan & Morgan

@MarcACaputo

The Republican Party of Florida filed its third ethics complaint against Democrat Charlie Crist related to his ties the law firm of Morgan & Morgan.

This complaint revolves around Crist’s decision as governor in 2010 to appoint one of the firm’s lawyers to a post that nominates judges while he was negotiating with Morgan & Morgan to become an employee after he left office in 2011.

OS Political Pulse Florida redistricting court case takes a another legal turn

TALLAHASSEE -- In an unusual move, a full panel of appeals judges has overruled a previous decision allowing a Republican political consultant to shield records related to a high-stakes redistricting lawsuit from public disclosure.

Florida Politics Florida redistricting court case takes a another legal turn

TALLAHASSEE -- In an unusual move, a full panel of appeals judges has overruled a previous decision allowing a Republican political consultant to shield records related to a high-stakes redistricting lawsuit from public disclosure.

Florida Politics Wasserman Schultz injured but victorious in softball game

 Hobbling afterward on crutches, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz pulled a hamstring muscle while helping the congressional women’s softball team on Wednesday defeat the women’s press corps in a charity game.

OS Political Pulse Wasserman Schultz injured but victorious in softball game

 Hobbling afterward on crutches, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz pulled a hamstring muscle while helping the congressional women’s softball team on Wednesday defeat the women’s press corps in a charity game.

OS Political Pulse Charlie Crist seeking taxpayer financing for gubernatorial bid

TALLAHASSEE -- When Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Crist is launching ads later this summer, he'll be getting a helping hand from Florida taxpayers.

Florida Politics Charlie Crist seeking taxpayer financing for gubernatorial bid

TALLAHASSEE -- When Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Crist launches ads later this summer, he'll be getting a helping hand from Florida taxpayers.

Naked Politics In Spanish-language ad wars, Charlie Crist 0, Rick Scott boasts 4th 'GOALLLLLL!'

@MarcACaputo

It's the season for political campaigns and Copa Mundial. And there's no better time for Gov. Rick Scott's political team to obliquely reference legendary telecaster Andrés Cantor's trademark scoring celebration.

Naples Daily News Special election: Ray Netherwood says only agenda is ‘do what’s right for residents’

Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, (@Jenna_Buzzacco) Ray Netherwood understands he’s on a mission of low probability. He knows from experience that candidates who don’t have the support of a major political party have a harder go at the polls than Republicans and Democrats. In 2010, he threw his hat in the race for congressional District 2 in the […]

Naked Politics Democrats dust off old anti-Rick Scott TV ad

@AdamSmithTimes

Borrowing a page from the Florida GOP which is happily highlighting old Democratic attacks on former Republican Charlie Crist, the Florida Democratic party is now happily highlighting old Republican attacks on Rick Scott. This one was funded by the political committee of the former House Speaker Dean Cannon.

 

 

Naked Politics Of demographics and drift: 'The re-Cubanization of Miami' and waning support for the embargo

@MarcACaputo @jtamayo2010 

More Miami-Dade Cubans than ever support lifting the embargo and travel sanctions on the island nation, according to a new Florida International University poll that attributes much of the change to new Cuban migrants and younger people.

Naked Politics Curbelo critics muted by Miami-Dade School Board policy

@NewsbySmiley

Critics of Republican congressional District 26 candidate Carlos Curbelo hoped to embarrass him at Wednesday's Miami-Dade School Board meeting. But they ran into a few complications:

1) Curbelo wasn't there (He told The Herald he's vacationing with his family.)

2) Miami-Dade School Board policy prohibits public speakers from criticizing district employees and officials.

Naked Politics Federal judge scolds suspended Miami Lakes mayor, but stops short of sending him to jail

@jayhweaver

A federal judge Wednesday came within a whisker of sending suspended Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi to jail after finding that he violated the terms of his bond and lied to a probation officer about it.

But U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke instead allowed Pizzi to remain free on bail with less than a month before his trial on corruption charges of accepting bribes in exchange for political favors.