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OS Political Pulse Grab your bills, figure what Scott tax cuts would save you

Rick Scott's office today released a calculator that Floridians can use to figure out just how they'd save if the governor's proposed communications tax cut becomes law.

PolitiJax Major NE Florida transportation projects in Scott's $77B budget proposal

Gov. Rick Scott unveiled his $77 billion spending plan Wednesday, including record funding for K-12 education, $673 million in tax cuts, money to clean up waterways and springs and nearly $500 million for transportation projects in Northeast Florida alone.

Scott’s massive $9.1 billion work plan for transportation includes five major projects in Northeast Florida:

Naked Politics With budget season ahead, Miami-Dade's union talks only halfway done


Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez negotiated about half of the three-year labor contracts he wanted in 2014. But talks for the remaining half continue to drag on, including negotiations with one of his biggest foes: police union chief John Rivera.

Post on Politics Health advocates make uphill push for expanding Medicaid in Florida

Medicaid expansion still looks like a no-sale with Florida lawmakers

Amid fresh signs that Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-ruled Legislature will again steer clear of Medicaid expansion, advocates are trying to breathe life into what has become an annual push in Florida.

Naked Politics Rick Scott hears superintendents' testing concerns

Gov. Rick Scott did more than just unveil his budget recommendations on Wednesday.

He met with nine superintendents and Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

The meeting gave the superintendents a chance to express their concerns about the state's new tests.

Naked Politics 4 key quotes from the Cabinet about Gerald Bailey and FDLE

Gerald Bailey's removal from the top job at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was, unsurprisingly, the big story at the Associated Press Legislative Planning Meeting today.

(But what do you really expect with a room full of journalists and a rotating cast of top officials at the lectern?)

Post on Politics Nelson: Increase U.S. military aid to Ukraine’s government, Syrian rebels


Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, in a Senate floor speech this afternoon, called for the U.S. to increase military aid to the Ukrainian government as it fights Russian-backed forces and to Syrian rebels fighting ISIS.


“Let’s don’t fool ourselves. The Russian army is in there and we have to do more to help” the Ukrainian government, Nelson said.

Naked Politics Scott recommends prison budget without money for investigations into inmate deaths

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After years of slashing funding for Florida’s state prison system, Gov. Rick Scott released a proposed budget Wednesday that would inject $51.2 million in new spending into the troubled agency but fails to provide any new resources to investigate inmate deaths – which last year reached a record high.

Naked Politics Bondi: Blame in Gerry Bailey's ouster is on staff, not Gov. Scott

Attorney General Pam Bondi asserted Wednesday that she thinks Gov. Rick Scott's hands are clean in the forced resignation of Gerry Bailey, the former commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. 

Post on Politics Smoking with kids in the car? You could get a ticket for that

Smoking in a car with a child under 13 would become a non-moving traffic violation under a bill proposed by Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth.

Naked Politics Florida legislative leaders outline joint priorities for 2015

Following a tradition established by their predecessors, Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli on Wednesday outlined their list of joint priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, was quick to note that he and Gardiner, R-Orlando, are "good friends" who represent the same region.

Naked Politics Marco Rubio schedules Senate hearing on U.S.-Cuba policy


Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio took the helm Wednesday of a subcommittee -- and promptly scheduled a hearing on on President Obama's new Cuba policy.

Naked Politics Sunshine Law violations alleged in FDLE firing

Matthew Weidner, a St. Petersburg lawyer whose practice focuses on consumer justice, has filed a complaint with a state prosecutor, accusing Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members and their staffs of violating Florida's Sunshine Law and asking for a criminal investigation over the filing of FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey.

Naked Politics Rubio, in charge of Senate subcommittee, to hold hearing on Cuba policy


U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been sharply critical of President Barack Obama's plans to ease tensions with Cuba and open trade with the island nation, officially took over a key Senate subcommittee and said the first order of business would be a hearing on the Cuba policy.

Naked Politics Harsh new criticism leveled at Gov. Rick Scott over FDLE firing

Top state officials in both political parties leveled harsh new criticism at Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday for his decision to oust the longtime Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner absent public discussion with the three Cabinet members who also oversee the agency.

Post on Politics Uber fights back with email campaign to Palm Beach County commissioners

Less than a day after voting to take action against Uber, Palm Beach County commissioners are getting hammered with emails and phone calls from supporters and drivers of the popular online transportation service.

Commissioner Paulette Burdick had 86 emails in her inbox as of 11 a.m. today, and many other commissioners have been receiving a stream of steady phone calls.

“The emails are really coming in hard,’’ said an assistant in County Commissioner Steven Abrams’ office.

Post on Politics On 29th anniversary of Challenger disaster, a look back at Reagan’s speech


It was 29 years ago today that the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing seven astronauts.


President Ronald Reagan, scheduled to give the State of the Union address that night, postponed that speech and instead delivered a brief statement remembering the astronauts and vowing that the shuttle program would go on.

Naked Politics Marco Rubio's wife sideswipes donor's Porsche at Delano fundraiser. Media car-wreck ensues


Sen. Marco Rubio’s wife sideswiped a donor’s Porcsche Panamera at the Delano hotel’s porte cochère during a big weekend fundraiser for her husband, whose truck she was driving.

The owner of the Porsche, whose identity hasn’t been made public, didn’t want to file a report against Jeanette Dousdebes-Rubio because the damage to the vehicle’s bumper was minimal, Miami Beach Police said.

Naked Politics Eyeing a run for county mayor, Xavier Suarez wants to cap officials' pay


Miami-Dade Commissioner Xavier Suarez, a potential mayoral candidate in 2016, is prepping a petition drive to establish a cap on county salaries within Miami-Dade's charter.

Naked Politics Rick Scott's budget slashes $673 million in taxes, cuts 1,353 positions

Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a proposed $77 billion budget Wednesday that spends nearly most of a $1 billion surplus on tax cuts and an increase in education spending, but leaves many unmet needs by cutting 1.2 percent of the state workforce.

“It’s a strong budget because our economy is strong,” Scott told a gathering in the Capitol of state reporters and editorial writers. “The way to make it stronger is return more money to the people.”

Post on Politics Scott unveils $77 billion budget with $673 million in tax cuts

Gov. Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a $77 billion state budget proposal Wednesday which includes $673 million in tax cuts, with most stemming from a big reduction in cell phone and TV taxes.

Naked Politics Gov. Rick Scott proposes $150 million for Everglades



Standing outside a Miami airboat attraction with some of the state’s top environmentalists and a caged panther named Harley, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday proposed spending $150 million in his next budget on Everglades restoration and habitat preservation.

Naked Politics Gov. Scott wants 'removal' option for Cabinet agency heads

Gov. Rick Scott has proposed a series of changes in handling of appointments and job reviews of Cabinet-level agency heads in the wake of the fiasco last month in which his office forced the ouster of a top state police executive without the advance knowledge of the three Cabinet members.

Scott's office maintains that his staff told Cabinet members' staff that he wanted "new leadership" at FDLE and that staff members "raised no objection."

Naked Politics Commission on Ethics: O'Toole failed to disclose voting conflict

The Florida Commission on Ethics found that Rep. Marlene O’Toole, R-Lady Lake, failed to disclose a voting conflict when she voted on the 2013 budget.

Naked Politics Joyner raises concerns about possible insurance regulator

Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner raised questions Wednesday about the man being considered by the governor's office to be Florida's next insurance regulator. 

Post on Politics Palcohol – powdered alcohol – could be banned before it hits the shelves

Yes, there really is powdered alcohol. And yes, there really is a bill that would ban the stuff, called Palcohol, before it has gained approval to be sold.

Naked Politics Senate bill attempts to impose new penalties for inmate abuse and neglect

As Florida’s prisons face increased scrutiny about suspicious inmate deaths, cover-ups, and questionable medical care, a state Senate committee is proposing new safeguards for prisoners.

OS Political Pulse Scrapped Maitland development idea is back, may just move across the street

Complicated land-swap proposal would also include extension of Independence Lane

Naked Politics Freshman Miami congressman assigned to aviation, maritime transportation subcommittees


Members of the new 114th Congress already know which committees they'll be serving on. But still up in the air, at least for some panels, was who would sit on which subcommittee they'll sit to consider legislation.

Naked Politics Longtime advocate: Insurance chief from Louisiana could be bad news for consumers

Robert Hunter has spent decades in the insurance industry as a consumer advocate. When he heard the name of the man being considered for the state's insurance regulator job, he was "shocked."