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OS Political Pulse Floridians push Congress to fund snagged Everglades project

It’s time to cut through the red tape and move water south from Lake Okeechobee to avoid polluted discharges along the Treasure Coast, Florida members of Congress declared on Thursday.

Naked Politics In battle over Politico article, DNC offers defense of Wasserman Schultz

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U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat from Weston who doubles as the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, was blasted in a lengthy article in Politico that documented her rocky relationship with the Obama White House and indicated her tenure might be limited.

Naked Politics Naked Politics changes commenting requirements

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The Miami Herald wants to encourage lively discussion on the blog, but we also believe that respect and civility must be part of a good debate.  

OS Political Pulse Crist allies call Scott's Rothstein ad a 'lie'

TALLAHASSEE -- Two longtime political allies of Democrat Charlie Crist are calling a Rick Scott ad linking the former governor to convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein “nothing but a lie.”

Naked Politics Gov. Scott appoints Jimmy Patronis and Julie Brown to utility board

Four years after the state Senate rejected two of former Gov. Charlie Crist's appointees to the Public Service Commission because they had no industry experience, Gov. Rick Scott has appointed state Rep. Jimmy Patronis to the same board, even though he has had no industry experience.

Naked Politics Gov. Scott names close ally, Rep. Patronis, to PSC

Gov. Rick Scott chose Republican state Rep. Jimmy Patronis Thursday for one of two openings on the Public Service Commission, the five-member panel that regulates public utilities in the state. Scott also reappointed Commissioner Julie Brown to a second four-year term on the PSC.

Naked Politics Crist supporters want Scott to take down controversial ad



Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano and former Department of Corrections Secretary Walt McNeil on Thursday called on Republican Gov. Rick Scott to take down a controversial attack ad.

Florida Politics Crist allies call Scott's Rothstein ad a 'lie'

TALLAHASSEE -- Two longtime political allies of Democrat Charlie Crist are calling a Rick Scott ad linking the former governor to convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein “nothing but a lie.”

PolitiJax JAX Chamber endorses Mike Williams for Sheriff

The JAX Chamber's political action committee has endorsed Mike Williams for Jacksonville Sheriff, chamber officials announced Wednesday.

Williams retired from the Sheriff's Office in August. He worked in the department for 23 years, most recently as Director of Patrol Operations post.

Naked Politics Lois Frankel says Rick Scott closed 30 women's healthcare centers. PolitiFact Florida says: Pants on Fire!

Democrats have been counting on a gender gap to win races in 2014, and Democrat Charlie Crist is part of that trend, lobbying hard for the women’svote in his battle against Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Naked Politics NRA endorses Rick Scott

From a press release:

Fairfax, Va. – On behalf of our five million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to endorse Rick Scott for reelection as Governor of Florida.

Naked Politics Fla Insider poll favors Rick Scott

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The race between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist for Florida governor has long been seen as a toss-up, and recent polls bolster that perception of a campaign that could go either way.

But conventional wisdom among Florida's political elite has shifted decidedly in Gov. Scott's favor, the latest Tampa Bay Times Florida Insider Poll shows.

Naked Politics Miami Rep. Joe Garcia attacks challenger Carlos Curbelo in new TV ad

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Rep. Joe Garcia has gone negative.

Naked Politics How South Florida lawmakers voted: the Syrian amendment

On Wednesday, lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted 273-156 to adopt the Syrian rebel amendment.

The breakdown: 159 Republicans and 114 Democrats voted for the proposal, while 85 Republicans and 71 Democrats voted against it.

The Senate is set to vote on Thursday.

Naked Politics In third year in a row, DC Democrats' wage war on one woman: DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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If three is a trend, then DC has a rite of late summer: Anonymous Democrats attacking DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Democratic insiders, Politico reports today, have "lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most." 

But let's face it. Some of these folks never had much faith in the Broward congresswoman.

Naked Politics Scientists respond to Scott, call for 'Science & Solutions Summit'

If Florida’s climate scientists have proven anything this summer, it is that they are careful listeners.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade mayor testifies in Homestead corruption case

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When Steven Bateman paid a visit to County Hall last year, he pressed officials on speeding up permits for a crucial South Miami-Dade sewage pump station.

Naked Politics Former Gov. Bob Martinez leads initiative to improve voter turnout; TaxWatch releases election guide

Bob Martinez, who was a civics teacher long before he became the state's 40th governor, wants to get at the heart of voter apathy in Florida.

Florida's recent primary turnout of 17.5 percent, the lowest in the past 16 years, dramatizes the need for a new initiative, said Martinez, who is heading the new TaxWatch Center for Florida Citizenship. 

Naked Politics Miami-Dade wants more scrutiny of FPL cooling canals, fearing bigger problems

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Worried that rising temperatures and a festering algae bloom in Turkey Point’s cooling canals may hint at bigger problems for Florida Power & Light, Miami-Dade County officials said Tuesday they plan to assert the county's regulatory power to find out what’s ailing the aging canals.

Naked Politics After flirting with FAU, Jeff Atwater says he is loyal to CFO job

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Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater met with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board today, where he talked about achievement during his first term office as he runs for re-election. Atwater touched on effects of no-fault auto insurance reform, new policies that allow his office to monitor state contracts and even the environment.

Naked Politics Rick Scott’s “swindle” ad is a “swindle” by Rick Scott’s definition

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In one of Gov. Rick Scott’s most widely run attack ads, a victim of Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein links Charlie Crist to the “swindle.”

Now Scott is backing away from the allegation of criminal mischief by suggesting that Crist’s “swindle” was due to his political flip-floppery – not the Ponzi scheme.

Naked Politics Rubio: Obama foreign policy 'simply non-existent,' America needs to beef up its forces

In a wide-ranging speech that alternately took shots at the foreign policy – or lack thereof – of President Barack Obama and highlighted his own ideas, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio laid out a case for a strong foreign policy and said “our nation is never isolated from the world.”

Naked Politics Bondi says Florida pill mill doctors are gone

Attorney General Pam Bondi has launched her re-election advertising campaign with a major milestone in Florida law enforcement: The death of the state’s infamous "pill mills."

In a Sept. 8 TV commercial, the incumbent touts her record of overseeing the demise of rampant prescription drug abuse enabled by Florida doctors.

Naked Politics Meet the four finalists for FSU president

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Most of the attention surrounding the search for Florida State University's next president has been on state Sen. John Thrasher. But he is just one of four finalists, and the only who has never worked in higher education.

Naked Politics Crist's economic policy plan targets "cutting-edge industries"

Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist wants to invest in business incubation, create a thriving solar energy industry, and usher in a new age of space exploration.

The ideas are part of his "Fair Shot Florida" plan to create jobs and grow the state's economy. 

Crist unveiled the plan in August. But he provided some new details Wednesday.

Naked Politics Iraq war vet sues Gov. Scott over losing state job

A decorated combat veteran of three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan -- and a registered Republican -- sued Gov. Rick Scott and the state Wednesday, claiming the administration used his overseas deployment to eliminate his job in violation of state law.

The suit was filed by Walter Kreitlow III, who works as an agent in the Department of Business & Professional Regulation's division of alcoholis beverages and tobacco. He earns about $50,000 a year.

OS Political Pulse Photos: Crist at Sentinel editorial board

Faces of Charlie -- Photos from Crist' ed board interview at Orlando Sentinel

Naked Politics Universities need $45 million to offset changes to Bright Futures scholarship program

When Florida lawmakers made it harder to earn a Bright Futures scholarship, they celebrated the cost savings.

But the changes to the eligibility criteria may actually come with an unforeseen price tag.

Naked Politics Mystery man in Scott ad unveiled, misleads about Charlie Crist & Ponzi 'swindle'

@MarcACaputo @jayhweaver

With soft piano music in the background, an anonymous Republican in Gov. Rick Scott’s latest attack ad levels an explosive claim about Democrat Charlie Crist and Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein.

“I got swindled by both Rothstein and Charlie,” the man says.

OS Political Pulse More Crist and Scott advertising attacks

TALLAHASSEE -- With over $40 million poured into the gubernatorial advertising slugfest, and about 50 days until the actual election, both Gov.