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Naked Politics Broward PBA's complaint vs. Gov. Scott dismissed

The Florida Elections Commission has thrown out a highly-publicized complaint that was filed against Gov. Rick Scott in July, calling it "hearsay."

Naked Politics Tracker video shows Carlos Curbelo calling Medicare, Social Security a 'Ponzi scheme'

@PatriciaMazzei

Taking a page from Rick Perry, Miami congressional candidate Carlos Curbelo called Medicare and Social Security "a Ponzi scheme" that needs extensive reforms in order to remain sustainable.

Naked Politics In 'dirty deal' linked to David Rivera, judge reduces convict's prison sentence

@MarcACaputo

Justin Lamar Sternad took the bus to his federal sentencing in a campaign finance scheme that prosecutors link to former congressman David Rivera.

After working a night shift at a local hotel, Sternad appeared Friday morning in court where a judge gave the father off five somewhat of a break: A reduction of his seven-month prison sentence to 30 days with three months of house arrest.

Naked Politics John Thrasher's FSU foes point to political links with Koch brothers

@tbtia

One of the latest lines of attack against state Sen. John Thrasher becoming Florida State University's next president: Tying him to the billionaire libertarian Koch brothers.

But Thrasher's ties to the political activists — whose name at FSU is especially radioactive since a controversial gift several years ago — are not as clear as some are suggesting.

Naked Politics Putnam goes shopping to pitch weekend tax holiday

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam went shopping Friday to promote the state's latest tax holiday for consumers: a first-of-its-kind three-day break from sales tax for purchases of energy-efficient and water-efficient appliances.

Naked Politics First convict in David Rivera campaign-finance case asks for lighter sentence

@MarcACaputo

Federal prosecutors and the lawyer for the first conspirator convicted in a campaign-finance scheme linked to ex-congressman David Rivera will ask a judge Friday to reduce the man's sentence.

Justin Lamar Sternad was sentenced last year to seven months in prison for taking more than $81,000 in illegal campaign contributions, which Rivera allegedly steered to him in a failed 2012 congressional bid.

Naked Politics NextGen builds an ark and says Gov. Rick Scott is picking the passengers

 And now for the latest gimmick: NextGen Climate has built an ark, and the Democrat-leaning enviro group is trucking it around Florida using a pretty low-efficiency vehicle to bring home the point that Gov. Rick Scott won't talk about, yes, climate change. 

Naked Politics South Florida advocate pushes Congress for action in assisting poor, ailing Holocaust survivors

@CAdamsMcClatchy

Citing “tragic and unacceptable” poverty numbers among Holocaust survivors in the U.S., a leading advocate from South Florida told a congressional panel Thursday that Congress should do more to help such survivors get the care and resources they need.

OS Political Pulse Moore earns ex-opponent's endorsement in Orange commission race

Eatonville Town Councilman Alvin Moore receives the backing of a former opponent in his campaign for Orange County Commission in District 2.

Florida Politics 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.

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

@CAdamsMcClatchy

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

Attention Naked Politics blog readers/commenters:

Starting this week, to comment on this blog you’ll need to log in with a Facebook account.

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

@AdamSmithTimes

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

@PatriciaMazzei

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

@MarcACaputo

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

@DavidOvalle305 

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

@JennyStaletovich

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

@tbtia

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.