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Naked Politics House won't backfill hospital funding program with state dollars

The Florida House will not backfill the $2.2 billion Low Income Pool program with state dollars if the federal government fails to renew funding, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli said Thursday.

"Florida is not in a position financially to backfill a program that was created out of Washington," Criasfulli said. 

Using the reserves to fill the gap, he added, would be "irresponsible."

PolitiJax Firefighters pass on endorsement in Jacksonville Sheriff's race

Following the lead of their police brethren, the Jacksonville firefighter's union has decided not to endorse in the race to replace Sheriff John Rutherford.

Fire union president Randy Wyse said the executive board on Monday agreed to pass on picking between candidates Ken Jefferson and Mike Williams.

Naked Politics Scott's voting chief says 'forces of evil' can derail online registration

Gov. Rick Scott's elections chief got roughed up again Thursday in the Senate as he continues to oppose a bipartisan bill for an online system of voter registration by 2017, which already exists in 20 states.

Appearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Secretary of State Ken Detzner said his agency has no plan to implement the change and he's worried about having to work with 67 county supervisors of election, 67 tax collectors and the state highway safety agency.

Naked Politics Checking in on the Scott-O-Meter: Rick Scott's promise to be No. 1 in graduation rates

As part of a group of promises to invest in education, Gov. Rick Scott promised in his second term to "be No. 1 in nation for high school graduation rates."

Naked Politics PolitiFact updates Rick Scott's promise on school tests

After calling for an investigation into standardized tests and suspending a new exam by executive order, Gov. Rick Scott quickly signed a bill limiting how many hours students can be evaluated.

Naked Politics Judge detains Senator Menendez ally Salomon Melgen in Medicare fraud case

A wealthy South Florida eye doctor won’t be able to practice medicine for the foreseeable future after a federal magistrate judge Thursday ordered that Salomon Melgen be detained before trial.

Melgen — already charged in a public corruption case with his close friend, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez — remained behind bars Thursday on a newly filed Medicare fraud indictment after prosecutors argued he was a flight risk to his native Dominican Republic.

Naked Politics Scott to sue feds over hospital funding

Republican Gov. Rick Scott plans to sue the federal government for allegedly coercing Florida to expand Medicaid, his office said Thursday.

"It is appalling that President Obama would cut off federal healthcare dollars to Florida in an effort to force our state further into Obamacare," Scott said in a statement.

The announcement is but the latest round in an ongoing spat between Scott and the feds.

Post on Politics Alan Grayson says ‘probably yes’ to Democratic Senate primary vs. Patrick Murphy

Grayson on Senate run: “The answer is probably yes…”

Post on Politics Scott threatens to sue Obama administration over hospital funding

Gov. Rick Scott threatened the Obama administration with a lawsuit Thursday if the federal government fails to continue special funding for Florida hospitals which treat the poor.

The future of the state’s low income pool (LIP) is in doubt after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told Scott it was contingent on the governor and House dropping their opposition to a Senate plan to expand health insurance for low-income Floridians.

OS Political Pulse Gov. Scott to sue Obama over Medicaid expansion

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Post on Politics Palm Beach County inspector general: deputy engineer voted 17 of 18 times to “short list” bidders who were her friends

McConnell (center)

Seventeen times out of 18, over three years, Palm Beach County’s Deputy County Engineer, Tanya McConnell, voted to “short list” for county projects firms which she herself described as “friends,” th county’s office of Inspector General has found.

Naked Politics Sarnoff a no-show in first District 2 candidates forum

via @NewsbySmiley

The presumed front-runner for Miami’s District 2 commission seat was a no-show Wednesday night when the seven other candidates campaigning for the post participated in their first forum.

Teresa Sarnoff, wife of term-limited District 2 Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, missed the 7 p.m. event at Grove Isle, though her absence likely had no effect on the tenor of the gathering -- developers and City Hall.

Naked Politics Jeb Bush heads to Puerto Rico

@PatriciaMazzei

Jeb Bush's cross-country fundraising for his all-but-declared presidential campaign is taking him to Puerto Rico, that other Caribbean island to where many Florida Hispanic voters trace their roots.

OS Political Pulse House Speaker 2020 saga continues as faction withdraws Eisnaugle support

TALLAHASSEE – An ongoing fight among freshman Republican House members to become House Speaker for the 2020-2022 took another turn Wednesday, as a faction of members withdrew their support from Rep.

Naked Politics Politico: George W. Bush calls himself Jeb's 'problem'

From Politico:

CHICAGO — Jeb Bush's candidacy has a problem, says brother George.

“Me.”

“It’s an easy line to say, ‘Haven’t we had enough Bushes?’ After all, even my mother said, ‘Yes,’” the former president told an audience of 7,000 health IT experts here on Wednesday.

Naked Politics Marco Rubio benefactors plan Florida fundraising events

@PatriciaMazzei

Marco Rubio's immediate concern as a presidential candidate is to raise money so he can compete in 2016 Republican primaries. And he will be doing that over the next few weeks in several Florida events.

OS Political Pulse DEP chief says 'climate change' at Senate hearing

TALLAHASSEE  -- Disputing reports that state agencies are prohibited from using the words "climate change," top environmental official Jonathan Steverson repeatedly uttered the phrase during a confirmation hearing Wednesday.

Post on Politics Public interviews don’t deter administrator candidates

Make that three of the four external candidates who have told The Palm Beach Post that they will remain in the hunt to succeed Bob Weisman as the county’s next administrator.

Naked Politics Five things to watch in Tallahassee Thursday

With the official acknowledgement that the legislative session will be heading into overtime because of the stalemate over health care policy, the campaigning on the issue heats up on Thursday. Meanwhile, the House meets in a all-day floor session while the Senate Appropriations Committee meets in a marathon hearing to take up 40 bills.

Here are a few things to watch:

Naked Politics 'No skeletons' in his closet, Marco Rubio says, gearing up for digging by rivals

@PatriciaMazzei

Marco Rubio's flurry of media interviews continued two days after the launch of his presidential campaign, each of them offering a glimpse or two of the Republican candidate's thoughts.

Naked Politics Schools guns bills stumble in Florida Senate

A proposal that would allow certain teachers to pack heat in public schools is on life support after the Senate Education Committee declined to vote on it for the second meeting in a row.

The measure (SB 180) could still come up as an amendment to a related bill.

Post on Politics Senator says, “sand…running out of the hourglass” on 2015 session

Senator says “sand is running out of the hourglass” on session

Florida’s battle over health insurance spawned an angry pushback Wednesday from Gov. Rick Scott’s administration, amid growing signs the Legislature is heading toward overtime.

Naked Politics Marco Rubio raises $1.25M online in first day of campaign

From the Associated Press:

Sen. Marco Rubio raised $1.25 million online during his first full day as a presidential candidate, a person close to the Florida Republican's campaign said Wednesday.

The first-term senator entered the race for the GOP nomination on Monday evening during a rally in Miami. A day later, his campaign made an aggressive digital push for donations. It quickly paid off.

PolitiJax Heading into May runoff election, three City Council candidates have backing of outgoing Council President Clay Yarborough

With his time in office soon ending, Jacksonville City Council President Clay Yarborough is supporting three Republican candidates running in the May runoff election.

Yarborough will back Mike Anania in the District 1 race and Al Ferraro in the District 2 race. Yarborough’s old district covered parts of Arlington that are now included in both districts, which were re-drawn going into this election.

PolitiJax Al Ferarro receives endorsement from former Republican rival in City Council District 2 race

After his elimination from the race for the Jacksonville City Council District 2 seat, former candidate Jack Daniels says he will do whatever he can to help fellow Republican Al Ferraro win the May 19 runoff.

Daniels finished third in the March 24 election behind Democrat Lisa King and Ferraro, earning 27 percent of the vote. 

Naked Politics Senate panel votes to confirm Florida's chief healthcare administrator

A Senate panel threw its support behind Florida’s top healthcare administrator Wednesday, but only after grilling her for more than 60 minutes about the deepening impasse over the healthcare budget.

The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee voted 8-1 to recommend that Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Elizabeth Dudek keep her job.

OS Political Pulse House Speaker: Legislature likely headed for overtime over Medicaid impasse

TALLAHASSEE – Lawmakers will likely need a special session to resolve a deadlock between the House and Senate over health care spending, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, said Wednesday.

Naked Politics Miami asks Hollywood, Boca Raton to pay for downtown Tri-Rail station

via @NewsbySmiley

Miami city officials really, really want to help build a Tri-Rail station downtown -- and they want cities in Broward and Palm Beach counties to foot part of the bill.

On Wednesday, Miami's Chief Financial Officer Fernando Casamayor sent out letters to 11 municipalities to the north asking for money to help fund the $69 million project.

Naked Politics Gardiner tells Gov. Scott his tax cuts are 'on the shelf' in Senate

Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, had a phone conversation with Gov. Rick Scott Wednesday about the session's budget stalemate.

Post on Politics Will Weatherford not part of Florida GOP post-Atwater Senate landscape

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, left, is one of the Republicans who could run for Sen. Marco Rubio’s seat in 2016.