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Naked Politics State recognizes first gay marriage, but only after death

@SteveRothaus

Fort Myers widow Arlene Goldberg has finally received official Florida recognition of her marriage to Carol Goldwasser: Under a judge's order, the state amended Goldwasser's death certificate to read “married.”

Naked Politics Florida's hangup: High cell phone fees and taxes

If you think you're forking over too much of your paycheck to pay your cell phone bill, you're not imagining things.

Florida has the fourth highest average state-local cell phone tax and fee rate in the country at 16.55 percent, according to a study by the Washington-D.C.-based Tax Foundation.

Naked Politics North Miami councilwoman fined after admitting she got special treatment for her mother

@LDixon_3

The county ethics commission voted Wednesday to settle the case of a North Miami City Council member who used her position to get upgrades to her mother’s city-subsidized home renovation.

Councilwoman Marie Steril will have to pay more than $5,000 over the next five years after reaching the settlement and pleading no contest to charges that she violated the county conflict of interest and code of ethics ordinance.

Naked Politics Governor's office now won't release completed prison report into alleged corruption

@jknipebrown

Florida’s chief inspector general is refusing to release an investigation that sources say will exonerate four veteran law enforcement inspectors who allege they were threatened and retaliated against for trying to expose corruption in the Department of Corrections.

Florida Politics More John Morgan RPOF fodder on the Interweb machine

TALLAHASSEE -- The Republican Party of Florida has a new spot making fun of trial lawyer John Morgan's profanity-laced tirade about the medical marijuana amendment.

OS Political Pulse More John Morgan RPOF fodder on the Interweb machine

TALLAHASSEE -- The Republican Party of Florida has a new spot making fun of trial lawyer John Morgan's profanity-laced tirade about the medical marijuana amendment.

OS Political Pulse Sheldon sues Scott

TALLAHASSEE -- George Sheldon, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, has filed a lawsuit against Gov.

Florida Politics Sheldon sues Scott

TALLAHASSEE -- George Sheldon, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, has filed a lawsuit against Gov.

Naked Politics Super PAC against super PACs bashes 'lobbyist' Carlos Curbelo in mailers

@PatriciaMazzei

Naked Politics Survey: Public lacks information on amendments, rates state badly for health care for seniors

A majority of Floridians believe the passage of a constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana will lead to recreational use, according to the latest report from the Sunshine State Survey. But most of those surveyed said they didn't get enough information about proposed amendments or only heard one side.

Naked Politics Sheldon files suit to force Gov. Scott to disclose all of his financial assets

Gov. Rick Scott has failed to report more than $200 million in assets on his state financial disclosure form in violation of the Florida Constitution, Democratic attorney general candidate George Sheldon alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Naked Politics EPA head McCarthy to talk climate change, rising seas in Miami speech Thursday

@CAdamsMcClatchy

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will visit Miami Thursday, highlighting the Obama administration’s efforts to combat climate change in a city that’s one of the nation’s hot spots for dealing with the issue.

Florida Politics Crist's strip club problems

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov.

OS Political Pulse Crist's strip club problems

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov.

Naked Politics The 'Corrupt' ad that gets under Charlie Crist's skin

From @adamsmithtimes


The state GOP has a new ad calling Charlie Crist "a corrupt politician," pointing to assorted top Crist political allies - Jim Greer, Scott Rothstein, Alan Mendelsohn- who wound up behind bars.
The Crist campaign's lawyer, Mark Herron, responded with a letter to TV stations urging them not to run it because it is false:

OS Political Pulse Alcee Hastings endorses medical marijuana

 South Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings on Wednesday announced his support for a constitutional amendment on the Florida ballot that would legalize marijuana for people with serious health problems.

Florida Politics Alcee Hastings endorses medical marijuana

 South Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings on Wednesday announced his support for a constitutional amendment on the Florida ballot that would legalize marijuana for people with serious health problems.

Naked Politics Two new FL polls show Charlie Crist over Rick Scott by 2%, but race likely dead even

@MarcACaputo

Liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling and SurveyUSA, which is polling for WFLA-TV, both released poll results last night showing Democrat Charlie Crist leading Gov. Rick Scott by 2 percentage points, an inside-the-error-margin lead for the challenger.

Naked Politics FIU campaigns for Miami-Dade expansion question

@PatriciaMazzei

Florida International University has kicked off its advertising campaign as part of its bid to win voter approval to expand onto Miami-Dade County parkland.

Three television spots -- two in English, one in Spanish -- debuted over the past few days, just in time for the release of absentee ballots, which were mailed to domestic voters beginning Tuesday.

Naked Politics 'Time for Joe to go,' say conservative group's new TV ads against Miami Rep. Joe Garcia

@PatriciaMazzei

Yet another conservative group has launched television advertisements against U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, a Miami Democrat.

Naked Politics Joe Garcia: Just because I disagree with Obama doesn't mean I'm running away from him

@PatriciaMazzei

U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia took issue with a Miami Herald post Tuesday that suggested he was distancing himself from unpopular President Barack Obama.

Naked Politics After inmate reports threats by guard, she turns up dead

Latandra Ellington had weathered some of Lowell Correctional Institution’s harshest and most primitive realities, and was just seven months shy of freedom — and being reunited with her four young children.

But on Sept. 21, Ellington wrote a chilling letter to her aunt telling her she feared she wouldn’t make it out alive. One of the officers at the prison — she identified him as “Sgt. Q” — had threatened to beat and kill her, she wrote.

Naked Politics Quarantine plan urged in Miami-Dade after Ebola scare

@PatriciaMazzei

Spooked after learning that a teenager visiting Miami Beach from Nigeria was tested over the weekend for the Ebola virus, county commissioners on Tuesday asked Mayor Carlos Gimenez to identify locations to quarantine potential patients in the future.

OS Political Pulse Video, Photos: Sharpton rallies for voters' rights in Central Fla.

Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights activists who heads the National Action Network, made an appearance in Eatonville, the historical black community north of Orlando, speaking at the Voting Rights Leadership Forum, Tuesday.

Naked Politics Miami Rep. Joe Garcia skips own news conference after Carlos Curbelo supporters arrive

@cveiga

U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia planned to take his reelection campaign to the Miami-Dade County school board Tuesday afternoon. But the Democratic congressman was a no-show after supporters of Republican opponent Carlos Curbelo showed up waving signs.

Curbelo is a sitting school board member and was in a district meeting during the scheduled news conference.

OS Political Pulse Nelson joins growing call to close US to Ebola countries

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, announced Tuesday he now believes the United States should consider closing its borders to visitors from African countries with Ebola virus crises. His call joins U.S. Reps.

Naked Politics ACLU to federal judge: Lift stay and allow same-sex couples to wed

The ACLU of Florida on Tuesday filed a brief asking U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle to lift his stay and immediately allow gay marriage in Florida.

“In light of yesterday’s pathbreaking development, Plaintiffs respectfully submit that the Court should lift the stay immediately,” ACLU lawyers wrote to Hinkle, who on Aug. 21 in Tallahassee ruled Florida’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

Naked Politics Scott campaign manager responds to Herald/Times report, questions remain

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Naked Politics ACLU to Rick Scott: Do as Scott Walker does on gay marriage ban

A day after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear any cases on same-sex marriage from lower courts, the ACLU of Florida asked U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle of Tallahassee to lift a stay he put in place Aug. 21, when he ruled Florida’s gay marriage ban was unconstitutional.

Florida Politics Atwater wants to remind people there are other statewide races

TALLAHASSEE -- In the face of what could go down as the most negative governor's race in Florida history, state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater released his first re-election spot last week.